Dear Architects, I am sick of your shit.

Dear Architects, I am sick of your shit.

Updated On May 24, 2016    |     Category: Home » Architecture Humour

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PartIV has this really really interesting post – “Dear Architects, I am sick of your shit!”. Basically it is an open letter by Annie Choi, a really long letter, honestly there is some truth to it – especially on the sleeping part. Without further ado, here is the letter:

Once, a long time ago in the days of yore, I had a friend who was studying architecture to become, presumably, an architect.

This friend introduced me to other friends, who were also studying architecture. Then these friends had other friends who were architects – real architects doing real architecture like designing luxury condos that look a lot like glass dildos. And these real architects knew other real architects and now the only people I know are architects. And they all design glass dildos that I will never work or live in and serve only to obstruct my view of New Jersey.

Do not get me wrong, architects. I like you as a person. I think you are nice, smell good most of the time, and I like your glasses. You have crazy hair, and if you are lucky, most of it is on your head. But I do not care about architecture. It is true. This is what I do care about:

  • burritos
  • hedgehogs
  • coffee

As you can see, architecture is not on the list. I believe that architecture falls somewhere between toenail fungus and invasive colonoscopy in the list of things that interest me.

Perhaps if you didn’t talk about it so much, I would be more interested. When you point to a glass cylinder and say proudly, hey my office designed that, I giggle and say it looks like a bong. You turn your head in disgust and shame. You think, obviously she does not understand. What does she know? She is just a writer. She is no architect. She respects vowels, not glass cocks. And then you say now I am designing a lifestyle center, and I ask what is that, and you say it is a place that offers goods and services and retail opportunities and I say you mean like a mall and you say no. It is a lifestyle center. I say it sounds like a mall. I am from the Valley, bitch. I know malls.

Architects, I will not lie, you confuse me. You work sixty, eighty hours a week and yet you are always poor. Why aren’t you buying me a drink? Where is your bounty of riches? Maybe you spent it on merlot. Maybe you spent it on hookers and blow. I cannot be sure. It is a mystery. I will leave that to the scientists to figure out.

Architects love to discuss how much sleep they have gotten. One will say how he was at the studio until five in the morning, only to return again two hours later. Then another will say, oh that is nothing. I haven’t slept in a week. And then another will say, guess what, I have never slept ever. My dear architects, the measure of how hard you’ve worked and how much you’ve accomplished is not related to the number of hours you have not slept. Have you heard of Rem Koolhaas? He is a famous architect. I know this because you tell me he is a famous architect. I hear that Rem Koolhaas is always sleeping. He is, I presume, sleeping right now. And I hear he gets shit done. And I also hear that in a stunning move, he is making a building that looks not like a glass cock, but like a concrete vagina. When you sleep more, you get vagina. You can all take a lesson from Rem Koolhaas.

Life is hard for me, please understand. Architects are an important part of my existence. They call me at eleven at night and say they just got off work, am I hungry? Listen, it is practically midnight. I ate hours ago. So long ago that, in fact, I am hungry again. So yes, I will go. Then I will go and there will be other architects talking about AutoCAD shortcuts and something about electric panels and can you believe that is all I did today, what a drag. I look around the table at the poor, tired, and hungry, and think to myself, I have but only one bullet left in the gun. Who will I choose?

I have a friend who is a doctor. He gives me drugs. I enjoy them. I have a friend who is a lawyer. He helped me sue my landlord. My architect friends have given me nothing. No drugs, no medical advice, and they don’t know how to spell subpoena. One architect friend figured out that my apartment was one hundred and eighty seven square feet. That was nice. Thanks for that.

I suppose one could ask what someone like me brings to architects like yourselves. I bring cheer. I yell at architects when they start talking about architecture. I force them to discuss far more interesting topics, like turkey eggs. Why do we eat chicken eggs, but not turkey eggs? They are bigger. And people really like turkey. See? I am not afraid to ask the tough questions.

So, dear architects, I will stick around, for only a little while. I hope that one day some of you will become doctors and lawyers or will figure out my taxes. And we will laugh at the days when you spent the entire evening talking about some European you’ve never met who designed a building you will never see because you are too busy working on something that will never get built. But even if that day doesn’t arrive, give me a call anyway, I am free.

Yours truly,
Annie Choi


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    andrew walker [ Reply ]


    Have your friend “the doctor” prescribe you a heavy dose of valium…you are way to neurotic.

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      isy [ Reply ]

      Architects, I will not lie, you confuse me. You work sixty, eighty hours a week and yet you are always poor. Why aren’t you buying me a drink?

      Neglected woman, angry at a man who did not give her enough.
      Ignorant as well.

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      CA$$hus Clay [ Reply ]

      It’s called ‘sarcasm’, buddie! lol

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    Calvin [ Reply ]

    i was funny, i mean the letter, according to Annie herself in PartIV’s blog, she receive quite a number of hate mails… poor annie.

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    Wu Jin Tze [ Reply ]

    What can I say? Almost ALL successful architects I know have rich family or rich spouse who supports their practices. Two successul ex-boss of mine have rich developer wives. 3 companies I work for started by rich guys who are related to the Rockerfeller dynasty. MOST architects that work longest hours for low wages have trustfunds thus they don’t care about pay or raises, working for ELITE companies that make slave labor in Indoniea look like a light weight. And THAT is the ultimate form of elitism.

    This profession has alienate itself from society by it’s own arrogance and esotericsim and elitism.

    The amazing thing is, every architect I know thinks they are better, smarter, more environmentally, socially responsible than everyone else.

    Social transformation, leading the stupid masses into a better environment, all these are preached by every architect as their noble self-sacrificial goals, what a joke.

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      race I hugo [ Reply ]

      Don’t just stop their, everybody I meet think they are better than everyone or have the answer or knows how to solve the governments problems or are a better coach for their favourite sports team. Not just architects.

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    jamesgeorgeinedu2 [ Reply ]

    i think architects simply overdo it,
    all the real great architects (non is still alive) have nothing to say of rest…they just go on working. and truly, the architect is much smarter and socially responsible than everyone else. in truth, you understand life until you become an architect. this is not obtained by training in schools however. the original author has a point. truly, architects are lousy, escapist blabbers. ok they dont sleep, but what do they have to show for it? the engineer does all the work, and leads a fairly normal life. this only goes to say that architecture as we know it proffessionally is at its point of death, and that this proffessional should evolve to become what he truly should be in this century. if architects bother more of this, they’d have less time to bicker of sleep. does any of you feel the need for more hours in the day? one hardly gets any sleep these days. this architecture business….

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    saifullah [ Reply ]

    i am an architect and run my own firm,i woke up 11:30 noon, came to ma office at 12:40.. im working now on a project.and am coming up with great ideas, love ma work..clients are satisfied… will leave office at 5 pm. will hit the sack at 12 pm!!…. got ma poiint!!.?

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      Joe [ Reply ]

      If your point somehow implies that you’re undeveloped or a 4 year old child in reality, then yes, I do get it.

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    jamesgeorgeinedu2 [ Reply ]

    saifullah, you are my new hero(ine). what country are you? now thats the life.

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    anka [ Reply ]

    by the way, i think rem koolhaas drives a bright and shiny new bentley or something like that….
    now….i have to go. i need my beauty sleep.

    young architect.

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    goober squidly [ Reply ]

    Man I HATE You stupida insipid ARCHITECTS. I have workin Engineering for 20 years now and it is SO apparent that you guys / gals cannot use AUtocad to save your LIFE!

    Learn What NORTH is. Learn that Not all lines are 90 degrees. (Like Streets) they look 90 but they are NOT. Offsets from these lines affect the project. When an Engineer gives you a Base Drawing.. DOn’t Scale it. Don’t ROtate it. ANd PLEASE PLEASE Learn how to use more than 1 layer. Not all lines go on the SITE layer.

    I wish Architectural schools would teach some of these basic principles and learn how to get along with Other Disciplines.

    Out !

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      race I hugo [ Reply ]

      I have no idea which architect you’ve worked with. They must be draughtsmen. You’ve worked for 20 years and can’t find an architect that knows AutoCAD. That’s nearly impossible to believe.

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    Ronco vegimatic [ Reply ]

    Hmmmm. Do any of you really know an actual architect? I assume goober squidly does (some of his points are more or less correct – regarding SOME architects). Some of them really are a horse’s ass. No lie. However, Engineers are …not perfect. Lazy? not wanting to take ownwership? Let the the “stupid insipid architect” bring the “big picture together” and sweat the details – I’m too good to worry about all that “unskilled” coordination work that the dumb-ass architect has to do. The architect is where all the consultant “input” comes together and is coordinated. This is the sad part – instead of making any really creative contributions to human “built environment” architects are relegated to keeping all the crap together that leads up to a successful design-bid-build process. (Or more and more – design-build – which is far worse – no time for any “design” – you’ll eat up any bottom line you MIGHT have had). If you want to make a difference – become a city planner, (after working in architecture a few years to find out how bad it is).

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      Sarfaraz [ Reply ]

      Only an architect knows how much people need architects. I see houses being built without a proper floor plan and I feel sorry for the family that is going to live in it.
      You would only know the worth of an architect when you don’t take his advice.

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    arq.fab [ Reply ]

    …at some points annie choi is right about us, but much of the time, she overreacted…

    saifullah….LUV YA!

    goober squidly…get a F#%^)^#@! life..

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    Sick-of-it [ Reply ]

    Goober Squidly is right, but he doesn’t expand on it enough. Their ACAD skills are worse than those of a boiled turnip.

    Architects always assume they never make a mistake and the rest of the dumb masses can’t tie shoes w/o help…Yet if you ask a question, they cannot answer it: Specs, Plan View, and Elevation View do not agree. What should I do?
    Answer: Bid and build according to plans and specs!

    And how is it we have to send in RFIs and allow two weeks for a response, if we EVER get one, but we have to respond to requests from them in 7 nano-seconds?

    Why do they play “Where’s Waldo?” with info and details on the prints? Can’t put all the info in the dwg pkg? and then tell you it’s your fault that you didn’t know thus and such, but you never got an answer to your RFI ‘cuz you sent it in too close to the cut-off date.

    Not to mention that they never have details that actually look like how it is really built. They hang stuff in the air w/o support (sky hooks?) They spec stuff via some boiler plate crap that was written in 1947 or before and want you to stick to it even if it doesn’t work…Sorry, I’m getting crazed.

    Architects and their shoddy work cost their clients money. They should be avoided like a rash.

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    CAD Lady [ Reply ]

    Hey Goober and Ronco! Of course Architects cannot use CAD. They spent all their time learning theory and how to draw off the board. I am the one that they hire for the Cad work. You see, I am, What is known as a “Specialist”. If your drawings are not at a 1 to 1 scale in model space, guess what I do! I scale it to 1 to 1. North is always north, even if it points slightly to the left. And, what is up with the 256 pen assignments that engineers use? Can you not find comfort in the basic 9 so called “Logical Colors” and maybe a couple of extra gray scales and a nice shade of red to use when I want to visibly cloud your error for revision? Also, why do you have to draw two thirds of your stuff at fifty seven feet eleven and seventeen one
    millionths of an inch above the z coordinate? All that dose is make me cuss. We all know that cussing is just not lady like. Oh, and one more thing. Learn to spell! “Engineer” is not spelled “Injuneeear”.

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    Kate [ Reply ]

    Goober Squidly has some serious issues. I saw your exact same reply on yahoo answers. Why so much hate?

    I feel that every profession feels superior to another. And architects aren’t all elitists.
    Half my studio is on financial aid and scholarships plus working part time. Don’t make such vast generalizations.

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    simone [ Reply ]

    are any of you architecture students?

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    Vanessa [ Reply ]

    I’m sorry but, I think everyone’s lost with what architects really do. Architect literally means “master builder”. Where I’m from we study structures, construction, geodesy, lighting, plumbing, history, theory, and design. I think most of us talk about how much sleep we got coz we cherish the rest we get, not to brag which one of us is the last one standing. We need a little bit of respect for juggling everything altogether. I found some parts of the article humorous but some parts were just over the top. I really enjoy what we do, it may be hard to believe but yes, we actually waste our time to go about our work with social transformation, sustainability, and all that other so-called “crap” in mind. We try. With talking about European works, and late great architects, well, that’s like our Entertainment Tonight, or American Idol. We’re all the same.

    My feelings. :> Peace.

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    arkiwiz [ Reply ]

    Well yeap…..a real architect goes through a load of shity life to be what he really is……….and at the end it may not end up so well……but yes the architect indeed is the master and it is beyond any other profession in the world………..I mean think about where would you be without architecture…it is the art of all is where you sit, you eat and sleep. Next time remember it is more than not having to sleep after long days and nights of useless work………………….

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    hjons [ Reply ]

    engineers know everything about 1 thing. architects know something about everything.
    dear engineers, yes you are “masters” of auto cad and yes, you may know more about some technical aspects. but you couldn’t design something reasonably nice to look at even with all your brains. yes we spend a lot of our time complaining about not getting any sleep and all that kind of jazz but maybe thats because having a design ability is not something you can teach. it is not something you can learn. it is not something you can do by learning a computer program well.
    i realise engineers are very smart people, and we have much to thank them for as i personally hate anything that has anything to do with a “statics” or “bending moments”, but if you had any idea on how to design a nice looking building we, the architect, would not be around. but alas, you can not design pretty functional things. if you could, you would be architects.
    so i guess what i am trying to say is, STOP COMPLAINING AND GO BACK TO BEING ARE COMPUTER BITCHS.

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    bandanana [ Reply ]

    Lol I thought you guys are college/uni people, or at least heading to that part of your life.
    Show some respect guys. Architects and engineers have their roles, and they both have their good aspects and bad. As much as honesty is an important aspect of life, hopefully you guys don’t act like this in your work office.

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      b [ Reply ]

      Word, bandanana, word.

      Everyone plays a role in the industry and while some fella here said architect’s can’t draw for shit, I also say and experience all other players in the industry who can’t draw for shit, just won’t give the right info, don’t give a shit about the quality of their work, have no respect for the degree they worked their assess of to get.

      BTW, I guarantee you Rem Koolhaus, as hard working as he is, works his ass off and didn’t get much sleep during studies, or even now when hes in the middle of some large fantastic design. Show some respect people, going about and carrying on like this is exactly the reason why we players end up playing divide and conquer and the blame game, and not working together properly and banging out sick ass projects.

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    Marisse [ Reply ]

    I’m an architecture student and yes, we do cherish the time we spent for sleeping. Yes again, we do brag about not sleeping for days to our fellow architecture students but I must say that we don’t think that we are “Superior”. Maybe you heard people say architects are superior people because they imagined of beautiful and huge buildings and engineers(Yes, they’re a big help…NOT) helped them make it come true. Just a thought, Fine Arts students also spent sleepless nights. Architects are not the only ones who brag about their nights spent doing projects, almost other professions, one reason or another, causes them to stay awake for days.

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    Streakytoosle [ Reply ]

    Oh this is all soooo funny!! I’ve just spent 6 years studying architecture and tomorrow I get my degree and like HELL am I actually going to become an architect!!!!! I’m so fed up with the rubbish my architect friends and teachers come out with! Like “there is no such thing as ‘beauty’ because architecture is more ‘meaningful’ than ‘beauty'”… oh come on!!! We all know that if a building is functional and looks good everyone will love it. There’s no need to design a building that “interprets the trees on the other side of the road” or that “follows the flow of the neardy river”. Just accept that what you do is an extended and slightly more complicated version of what an interior designer, or fashion designer or any kind of designer, even a craftman does…! Yet most of them don’t brag about knowing the ‘fundamental truths of life and the world’!
    So yeah, can’t stand the architects anymore and can’t wait to start working with normal down to earth people again! Just one more day of fake-phylosophical hell!

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    Interior Designer [ Reply ]

    Ok, kiddies.. I’ve been doing this for 18 years now. I want to know why all of the “interior designers” are put on construction documentation… and all of the “Architects” pick fabrics and finishes. I’ve done more God Da*n parking lots than I want to tell you… I’m currently working on architectural room joists for Cargo Container Architecture… HEY… WHERE’S MY F”ING FINISH BOARDS??? They didn’t teach me parking lots in Interior Design School… they taught me the History of Tassles.. which I majored in… so what’s with the F*ing PARKING LOTS???, STRUCTURAL CROSS BEAMS, VEHICULAR ASPHAULT, AND ALL OF THAT NONSENSE I’VE HAD TO DEAL WITH..

    I’m really SICK of being used as a cheap architect… didn’t have the training… and don’t want IT.

    And I want to eat out someones throat right now!!!

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    lugasa [ Reply ]

    hey, i’m from indonesia and yes i agree with that “elitism”. i just quit, but when i was in second year i was briefed by this middle man contractor about how we can “cheat” our way in using cheap materials and designs to maximize profits. i didnt know until quite sometime, he really did seriously offered me a job to design the interior of some rooms in a hotel and he didnt even cared that i was a student! of course i couldnt take it, i wasnt ready and i suspect the money was corrupted.

    my lectures always blame the education system and how it dictates us so we’re afraid to explore our creativity but they are also a bunch of materialistic extravagant hypocrites who likes to dictate us with their OWN standards…so in every presentation we have or every exams that requires our creativity they get super subjective.

    i always have this question in mind, if we are still living in houses of our perspective of a “civilized” modern are we more evolved than bees in their hexagon’s nest? they have interior designs and specific functions too, as humans we should have more to offer. we can easily adapted to a space and a condition but it’s not particularly ideal,yet we allow the elite to control what or how we should live.

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    Architecture student [ Reply ]

    I love this article. I am SO SICK of hearing people brag, yes brag, about how little they have slept. It actually makes me sick. Architecture students love to spend HOURS talking about how little they’ve slept and I can’t help but think its pathetic. It’s like some sad badge of honour and I’m so over hearing about it.

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    why so serious [ Reply ]

    Imagine not sleeping for two days, working on a project with your friends. Imagine the state of your mind after litres of coffee and energy drinks, almost no food, glue fumes, cigarette smoke, same winamp playlist that’s been playing for hours.. At a certain point everybody goes kind of crazy, but good crazy. From half hour long laughter attacks, to hallucinations, we’ve had it all. And although it was hard, we always spoke of how other people are actually missing on something really great, all in all. As far as the money part goes, you should probably dig deeper than Koolhaas. To such a bad argument, a response is redundant.


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    Someone in the right industry [ Reply ]

    Architects are not required in todays world of construction, we the civil and structural engineers/draughtsman can do the job with ease.

    Dont even get me started on autocad, it doesn’t take the brains of an arch bishop to work acad but by jo these lads struggle with it.

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    casualobservation [ Reply ]

    Anyone who thinks that architects are not required in the modern world is clearly uneducated about what architects do.

    Some of these are valid points, but really people, educate yourselves about things before arguing for or against them – almost every post on this is a joke.

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    architect from hell [ Reply ]

    My architect is a technical marvel but has NO Artistic talent or taste. This is the house from hell. He can’t or won’t draw a perspective. instead,He insists on providing a sample–of what–an entire library? I would like to just walk away from the project because he makes me hate the whole endeavor.

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    larz [ Reply ]

    A Humble GC.
    I am on the end of what the architect produces, an resonsible for legal liability of the finished outcome.

    So I have something to say.

    Architects are designers and not builders. Big problem.

    I am a developer, design/builder and contractor. Architects are paid by the hour with limited funding. They are not invested in providing detailed plans that work. Therefore, the owner payes extra for their lack of detail to describe construction.

    Think of history. Leanardo Di Venchi was a design build contractor. It worked. When architects are not resonsible for contruction, you get a partitial design.

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    MeRmEr [ Reply ]

    Dear Annie,

    Too bad you are poor as your Architect friends. If you were rich, you would be able to appreciate your architect friends more when you are asking ideas on your very own house.

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    drave [ Reply ]

    well…haters gonna hate… :)

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    Overview [ Reply ]

    What architects do:

    Provide building designs based on life safety codes, accessibility codes, local design ordinances, ensure a water-tight design, include building developers site and spatial requirements, and site constraints, all within prescribed budget requirements, and allotted production/ construction time, for a building which is just an image in someone’s head, or has been a dream/ goal of an owner.

    We start from a blank piece of paper, create drawings for the owner to see the final product and possibly market (pretty renderings), provide drawing coordination for a minimum 4 consultants, include code information for permitting and the local planning department, research and specify every single architectural product to be included in the building (all the way down to door locks), and include information for a contractor to build, within the same set of drawings and specifications.

    During construction, providing answers to questions for contractors, because yes, it is a one-of-a-kind design which every owner wants, ensure products submitted are the correct quality, review pricing to ensure the owner is getting a fair price, and provide on-site observation.

    Architect’s are the discipline who are there for the owner from beginning to end. No consultant can say this, and neither can the contractor. Consultants, and contractors, have the luxury of not worrying about the big picture.

    If you can do it, by all means do it. If not, then you should rethink your position.

    I think every person involved in the design building process is important, but everyone needs to understand architects do more than draw pretty pictures, and make paint selections.

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      Kate Spane [ Reply ]

      Well said, bravo!

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      Zippy [ Reply ]

      I am a licensed architect. Yes, you’ve got it spot on. We do a LOT more than make pretty pictures and select paint colors.

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    Arch thesis student [ Reply ]

    I am an adult in my thesis year of architecture who works is a completely different profession. A NYC Medic who started at a community college 8 years ago in an Architectural Engineering Associates then transferred to a 5 year Arch Program. I’m a 3.7+ GPA student in my final semester and actually 2 months to the end ready to quit. Reason being? I spent 5 years learning nothing with my GPA as high as it is. I know no more about construction than when I started and the reason I got into this program was my love of construction and knowledge and performance in carpentry and home repair, working with my hands etc. needless to say, it has been extremely disappointing to how little Architects focus on construction and only theory and conceptual pretty images. Yes, concepts, spatial orientation and being able to represent ideas to a client are important I know but holy crap, we learn nothing. You spend 5 years in a program to get an internship and realize you haven’t been taught shit. What’s theory and how it’s implemented and the real world is a complete disconnect. I completely understand why engineers and contractors ridicule architects. Yes contractors can be shady but damn architects. Maybe it’s just my school but the lack of education is insane and I’ve always been the NERD in school….the math/science geek. Architecture school is the equivalent of being given 1 thousand circles and squares and being told you have to color each one in with a red crayon in 5 minutes. Busy work and lacking efficiency or critical thinking. I don’t know a single architectural student that once graduates if told to build a deck, they’d know how to. Sure they will say they can “design” it but I’m a firm believer that you can’t be the best architect if you can’t pick up a hammer and do. Seriously, you get a BArch degree and “I have an Architecture degree, but I need a Home Depot 1-2-3 book to help me do a home repair”. I agree with the engineers on here. I wish I can get my money back. PS: I’ve gotten A’s in design. I’ve spewed off a bunch of BS and in the end I guess I got an A in the “art” of BS. I would love for a good engineer to take me under their wing.

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      John [ Reply ]

      You are very correct. right on spot. I think architecture curriculum should be over-hauled as most schools use curriculum that doesnt prepare their students for the real world. I finished architecture school some couple of years ago and a day doesnt pass by without me asking “exactly WTF was i taught in school”. (dont get me wrong, i was above average in school). I am sure a lot of graduate architects out there will relate with the feeling of inadequacy that most of us felt immediately we left school and was faced with a real life situation where some contractor or engineer was waiting on us for some answers on site. Like you, I wish I could get my money back. I wasnt taught sh-t despite sleepless nights in the studio for good five years of undergraduate studies. That’s one of the reasons why after Masters degree I refused to seek employment as an assistant/junior lecturer in the same school. I’d rather prefer to get some real world experience first before mentoring students.

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      Sha [ Reply ]

      Beautifully put. As a profession, it may have it’s merits, butt he degree is the emperor’s new clothes sewn with invisible thread.

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    Architect [ Reply ]

    Just saying, Rem Koolhaas gets his shit done and he sleeps as long as he wants because he has an Army of non paid interns doing the job for him. Same for Zaha Hadid and so on.

    There are good architects and bad architects and, although some things are true (for example the “who-slept-less-tonight” part), most of it is just a dumb generalisation and proves that maybe, you should change your friends instead of publically insult them. Would be more mature.

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    Luke Johnson [ Reply ]

    This was just what I needed! Hilarious, well written, and smartly crafted. Thanks so much Annie :)

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    Katie B [ Reply ]

    People like you is the reason architects and designers get married. Because this is world you will never understand and will never appreciate. We devote our lives to our jobs and constantly on the look out for inspiration for our next project. Just think about working on 1 project for 3 years day in and day out. You have no idea what you’re talking about so do some research before you make fun of a profession that the world can’t live without.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      The lack of sense of humor in you is the reason.

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    race I hugo [ Reply ]

    There is a very easy solution. All architects should pull a “who is John Galt” let the engineers design coordinate and deal with the clients. After 10years we come back and see what incredibly beautiful works of art they have built. The fact is I can replace any engineer with a piece of software. Atlas Shrugged. Lol. I love engineering studied both, worked as a civil engineer for only 4 years went back to architecture, I guess I just loved that more.

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    race I hugo [ Reply ]

    When I first started architecture, I actually wanted do product design. Or draw comics, or write stories, all those were my hobbies. I also wanted very much to be a scientist, I still think and believe I would have been a great scientist. I’m interested in physics and how the world works. I hated philosophy and literature and poetry and psychology, but over time have come to appreciate those things, I owe that to studying architecture. It just teaches so much, you really get an appreciation for lots of things, studying cities and people and environments, I find its all connected. What I do now as an architect is far different from what I studied, even though I still am not a big fan of philosophy and all that jargon, I can appreciate it to some extent and quite a bit of it is pretty relevant still. I don’t subscribe to the building design based on the meandering rivers and wotnot, but those things make for very interesting pieces of architecture, think about it, think of the great historical buildings so majestic that defines cities to this day, columns were based on human proportions. You don’t ask why did they do that the way they did, you just love it. Its just that its really hard to listen to some architects talk and ramble on about their style and this or that while the movement is in development. But what I’m sure of is, 50 years from now when we are looking buildings designed now, its will be like how we are currently appreciating architecture from the past, and those future architects will be under the gun and criticised as I’m sure the vitruviouses were in his time. Like me architects have a love for many things and we have to put them all together in our minds that makes sense, so how do I put together, product design, comic books scientist physics and lately cooking…what happens in the melting pot of my mind….I’ll tell you what happens…. Architecture happens…but for right now only I can understand it. You will get to see it with each building I publish.

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    Kurt Sutherland [ Reply ]

    I’m an Architect. This is funny.

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    John88 [ Reply ]

    Architects are just a bunch of delusional ego maniacs who think they know everything about anything. They should just concentrate on designing good buildings and leave the city to urban designers, social studies to sociologists, furniture to designers, gardens to gardeners, structures to engineers, artistic drawing to artists, etc.

    Less ego and more collaboration with other professions! Abandon that ridicolous and unprofessional semi-god like attitude!

    PS: And it is worth remembering to our dear architects that architecture is actually a pseudo-science, since there is no kind of scientific proof between design choices and other environmental factors. Never. A design choice, even when influenced by external factors, is always a subjective decision. Trying to objectively prove design choices, like architects always do, is just PATHETIC.

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      Angry architect [ Reply ]

      Why are you making so many generalizations? Of course, there are delusional ego-maniacs. But aren’t they everywhere, in every profession? People like you who base their opinions on stereotypes they’ve seen God knows where, disgust me. Because you manage to INSULT A WHOLE PROFESSION AND DISCARD IT AS WORTHLESS. Sad and pathetic. But I forgive you. You either have issues or don’t know what the heck you are ralking about. Because if you knew ANYTHING about what you blabber about, you’d know that urban planners are ALSO architects and that architecture and urban planning are COMPLEMENTARY in every way and one cannot function without or in no regard to other. Real architecture is about COLLABORATION. And why do you think there is no relation between design decisions and environmental factors? Well what do you know, design decisions ARISE FROM ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS and more importantly, THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE architects design for. How is that not OBJECTIVE? Real architects design OBJECTIVELY and not because “They just like it for no reason” and if you had known anything better than degrading a beautiful profession, you would know how hard it is to design in a way that everything falls into place and the users are happy. Please educate.

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        John88 [ Reply ]

        I hold a BSc in architecture so I perfectly kwow what I’m talking about; now studying in my final year for a MSc in Construction Engineering. Don’t get me mistaken, I love good architecture and truly appreciate the artistic skills of architects, but I’m still firmly convinced that 1) it’s an overrated profession, especially by architects themselves 2) no architectural choice can ever be defined as “objective” – in the end everything in a project is a subjective decision of those glorified designers that are generally known as architects.

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    Sine [ Reply ]

    All the things you said about architects, are not exclusive traits to architects alone. Being one sided in your opinion about one single profession is clearly biased. But you clearly know what you’re doing, since you’re a writer.

    Why not try scrutinizing other professions.

    If you try and research on the history of architecture you’ll know (if you have half a brain) that architecture is an essential part of where we are right now. The structures that facilitates the growth of nations, the shelters that keeps people safe, the roof over your head. the factories that makes paper (you know, that thing used for writing letters), etc.

    You said you don’t care about architecture, well lucky for you architecture is aimed to care for you.

    I know architects that are nothing like the ones you’ve mentioned. They are people too, just like you and me. How can you spit so hard on a profession that has done nothing personal to you.

    Architects, just like other profession aims to satisfy their clients. If you’re not happy with what you see, that’s because you’re not the client who ordered it.

    It’s not just about giant bongs or glass dildos, exercise your neck and look around you. And the bit about that sleeping part, its absolutely true.

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    polly [ Reply ]

    Earth needs architects too. They r not only meant for big buildings. Everyone can build big homes. But architects explains that how to use the given space. Normal ppls lok u thinks architects are nothing. But only architects know what is the wold. We architects feeling the world is so meaning. Others don’t. We can handle everything including humanity. If u architect so u are luchy. Others don’t know this. Architects don’t talk architectureal things to others.

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    Lbois [ Reply ]

    I read this article 7 years ago. Are people still talking about this? Don’t we have something better to talk about?

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    Not_shithole [ Reply ]

    Well done!!!! Great article! Even myself as an architect can relate to that and I feel (mild) hate while looking at all that wannabe lifestyle and those people that are trying to be unique but are all the sameat the end… Gross. I can be an architect without being a shithole,just watch me.

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    Lucy [ Reply ]

    THANK YOU! I laughed so much, down to the point. Thank you for brining some humor into the architecture world.

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    an architecture major [ Reply ]

    THIS IS HILARIOUS and definitely holds true. Love love love. Thanks for the laughs!

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