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If Crime Doesn’t Pay Architects

November 7, 2012

If Crime Doesn’t Pay… Where Do Architects Get All Their Money?


If Crime Doesn't Pay... Where Do Architects Get All Their Money?

If Crime Doesn’t Pay… Where Do Architects Get All Their Money?


Architects’ Revolutionary Council Poster: Those were the days. When architects talked about revolution. About taking responsibility for ‘others’.

Some of them (like ARC) worried about the designer of a building having little contact with its user. Whereas this might be true of other times as well, now the designer has rather little contact with the building itself. Architects’ world has turned upside down in last 30 years. Some are relying on technology to help them design. Most are relying heavily on technology to erect their designs. Many are designing and building overseas or far far away from where they work.

Many are buoyed by hype. Some, servants to finance (read constraints of space, or time, or both). There is always that pressure to deliver more work in less time. Almost always a resource crunch: good employees are not easy to come by, nor cheap.

Often this results in compromises. Not enough time to design, or to go see when it is going up. Need to decide everything beforehand, quickly, with no choice of changing anything during implementation. This means dependence on technology that governs rather than serves the design. Therefore, most big architecture firms will rely on local offices. The person who has designed will likely not even meet the guy who goes on the site and project manager with a firm grip on finance will rule the roost.

What gets done and what doesn’t will be decided on criteria other than merits of design.

Isn’t it time we call for a change in the ethics of profession once again?

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