abusive architecture job posting of the week
April 20, 2009, 7:21 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Economy, Work Life
The economy is bad, and there are lots of architects out of work, but no need for this level of abuse.

“We are looking for interns unafraid to question the basic premises of architecture and to operate far beyond its boundaries, in territories more familiar to history, philosophy, economics, and religion. AUDC is a radical architecture practice….Please see our Web site and our book, Blue Monday, for more about us. Please do not apply if you have not looked at these…AUDC principals will be in the office three to five days a week, but interns are expected to be self-starters…. AUDC is a radical architecture practice that is a labor of love, not a for-profit….We regret that all internships in 2009 are unpaid, … .Please bring your own computers and software (e.g. CS4, CAD, Office). … PCs are acceptable…..We look to fill three positions, one centered on video, one on graphics, and one on research. Application to be submitted as a single PDF (8MB maximum) document including:
Cover letter
Letters of recommendation”

Good grief, letters of recommendation for an unpaid internship where you are expected to provide your own computer and thousands of dollars of software??

Laurie Anderson worked at McDonalds
July 30, 2008, 12:18 pm
Filed under: art, Work Life

The new issue of Smithsonian magazine has an interview with Laurie Anderson.

You’ve also worked at McDonald’s.
Yeah. I began to think, “How can I escape this trap of just experiencing what I expect?” I decided maybe I would just try to put myself in places where I don’t know what to do, what to say, or how to act. So, I did things like working at McDonald’s and on an Amish farm, which had no technology whatsoever.

Work Inquiries down in architecture
July 22, 2008, 11:32 am
Filed under: Architecture, Economy, North America, Work Life

From the AIA:

Billings at U.S. architecture firms slowed again in May, marking the fourth straight monthly decline. Inquiries for new project work also declined, pointing to continued slowing in billings over the next few months. Work at institutional firms remained at healthy levels, while residential and commercial/industrial firms reported further weakness. Firms in the Midwest reported a rare increase, mild as it was, while work softened further in other regions of the country

Design Salaries
July 18, 2008, 6:00 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Design, Work Life


Top architecture firms to work for…
July 15, 2008, 3:31 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Work Life

This list is from 2006 but compare it to the top architecture firms by revenue from 2007.

  1. FRCH Design Worldwide, Cincinnati, OH
    Number of employees: 200
  2. Little, Charlotte, NC
    Number of employees: 275
  3. Bloodgood Sharp Buster Architects & Planners, Inc.,
  4. Sasaki Associates, Inc., Watertown, MA
    Number of employees: 250
  5. EDSA, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Number of employees: 200
  6. BSA LifeStructures, Indianapolis, IN
    Number of employees: 215
  7. Scott & Goble Architects, Tulsa, OK
    Number of employees: 70
  8. RNL Design, Denver, CO
    Number of employees: 200
  9. Mackey Mitchell Associates, St. Louis, MO
    Number of employees: 45
  10. Kahler Slater, Milwaukee, WI
    Number of employees: 125
  11. Harley Ellis Devereaux, Southfield, MI
    Number of employees: 500
  12. MulvannyG2 Architecture, Bellevue, WA
    Number of employees: 400
  13. JLG Architects, Grand Forks, ND
    Number of employees: 25
  14. Hnedak Bobo Group, Inc., Memphis, TN
    Number of employees: 100
  15. WESKetch Architecture, Millington, NJ
    Number of employees: 30
  16. Dominick Tringali Architects, Inc., Bloomfield, MI
    Number of employees: 25
  17. Perkowitz+Ruth Architects, Long Beach, CA
    Number of employees: 320
  18. Cuhaci & Peterson, Architects, Orlando, FL
    Number of employees: 100
  19. SGA Companies, Inc., Bethesda, MD
    Number of employees: 15
  20. Maxwell Johanson Maher Architects, Nashville, TN
    Number of employees: 40

Typical worker’s day
July 15, 2008, 10:37 am
Filed under: Work Life

From the New York Times.