Architects Need Not Apply

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on April 30, 2015 in News & Opinion |

There are very good reasons why I decided to take the course – both directional and educational – that I have, ones which I hardly need explain to those who regularly read this blog. I could have chosen many fields, ones where my disability would have made no difference, and many have been suggested. One of them was architecture. With modern technology the ability to draw – technical or otherwise – is hardly necessary to fulfill the requirements of the job. A good imagination – for top architects – an ability to work to a time scale and financial budget, and attention to detail. Which may well remind people of that little post I wrote back in March on bridge building.

Planning Money

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It’s clear to me now that whoever decided to choose the architects or the planners, or even those responsible for financing this car park project in Verden, didn’t bother looking at qualifications. In fact, judging by what is happening now, I’d say qualifications, a proven track record, the faintest idea of what is going on in the world, were the things furthest from this person’s mind. The car park requires a further investment to pay for the landscaping, a different type of concrete to the one ordered, workers who labored outside of normal working hours to the tune of five hundred and fifty thousand Euro. The figures just roll off your tongue, I am sure.

Of course, it could be worse. They might have chosen the company responsible for a major building project in the center of Bremen who, clearly in an effort to build an energy-saving building, forgot that cables are needed to provide power. A minor oversight, I’m sure, since cables for power are not something you find in office blocks and hotels every day of the week….

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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