It is time again for an #architalks blog post. I suppose it is a good thing these come around monthly. I might never post otherwise. This month's subject is Work/Life. Given that this post goes live on labor day this topic is fitting. For my interpretation of the topic I have decided that

work is life

might be a more appropriate title. I don't know if this is true for all architects (I still have a few left to meet), but most of them that I have met are pretty obsessed with their work. It is definitely the case for me, evidenced by the fact that as I am writing this it is 10pm on a Saturday night.

For many, architectural culture begins in architecture school. In case you haven't heard the stories, students in architecture school spend a ludicrous amount of time on projects. Ask any architect about it they will probably recount stories with a twinkle in their eye. Theoretically it is possible for people to make through without crazy hours, most racked up more than a few all nighters. The culture that has developed at schools across the country is one of perfection (and bragging about all nighters). Every project had to be done perfectly, and that takes a bunch of time. Many architects look back on the all nighters with a sort of masochistic nostalgia. I can't count the number of times that I was asked “how can you stay at school so much?” It was hard to explain that when you are doing something that you enjoy so much that it becomes less like work and more like.. like um… fun? Although fun is NOT the right word, but the work does become life absorbing. During crunch time on projects nearly every waking moment my mind would be thinking about how to make the project better.

It has been a long time since school, and a long time since I spent all night working. But my obsessive nature (and school training) still has me thinking about work all the time. I enjoy what I do tremendously. However, there have sadly been to many moments to count where my wife or daughter has been taking to me, but all I had going through my mind was how to solve a particular architecture problem. Not ideal, but like I said above, work is life. 

I think that this is not an uncommon problem for people who have found a career they love. One thing that we, at di’velept, think is important is to make sure that we are most flexible in working hours. We understand that inspiration comes at all kinds of strange times, but in order to find balance we know that it is necessary to take time to go to a child’s school thing or take a bike ride during what might be normal office hours.

All in all, I love the being and Architect, even if at times it can consume all of life. It is wonderful to be doing something I enjoy so much that work becomes life.

This post is part of the Architalks blog series. The goal of architalks is to showcase the variety of people in the profession. Check out all of the links below to see how lots of other people interpreted the topic Live/Work.

Enoch Sears - Business of Architecture (@businessofarch)
Work Life

Bob Borson - Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
Work | Life - Different Letters, Same Word

Matthew Stanfield - FiELD9: architecture (@FiELD9arch)
Work / Life : Life / Work

Marica McKeel - Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
Work/Life...What an Architect Does

Jeff Echols - Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
The One Secret to Work - Life Balance

Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
work | life :: dance

Mark R. LePage - Entrepreneur Architect (@EntreArchitect)
Living an Integrated Life as a Small Firm Architect

Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
#ArchiTalks: Work/life...attempts

Collier Ward - Thousand Story Studio (@collier1960)

Jeremiah Russell, AIA - ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
what makes you giggle? #architalks

Jes Stafford - Modus Operandi Design (@modarchitect)
Turning Work Off

Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Work/Life -- A Merger

Rosa Sheng - Equity by Design / The Missing 32% Project (@miss32percent)
Work Life Fit: A New Focus for Blurred Lines

Michele Grace Hottel - Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
Work Life

Meghana Joshi - IRA Consultants, LLC (@MeghanaIRA)
Architalks: Imbalanced and uninterrupted

Amy Kalar - ArchiMom (@AmyKalar)
ArchiTalks #12: Balance is a Verb.

Michael Riscica - Young Architect (@YoungArchitxPDX)
I Just Can’t Do This Anymore

Stephen Ramos - BUILDINGS ARE COOL (@sramos_BAC)
An Architect's House

brady ernst - Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
Brady Ernst - Family Man Since 08/01/2015

Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Father, Husband, Architect - typically in that order

Tara Imani - Tara Imani Designs, LLC (@Parthenon1)
On Work: Life Balance – Cattywampus is as Good as it Gets

Jonathan Brown - Proto-Architecture (@mondo_tiki_man)
Architecture: Work to Live

Eric Wittman - intern[life] (@rico_w)
midnight in the garden of [life] and [work]

Sharon George - Architecture By George (@sharonraigeorge)
Work = 1/3 Life

Daniel Beck - The Architect's Checklist (@archchecklist)
Work Life Balance: Architecture and Babies - 5 Hints for Expecting Parents

Jarod Hall - di'velept (@divelept)
Work is Life

Anthony Richardson - That Architecture Student (@thatarchstudent)
studio / life

Lindsey Rhoden - SPARC Design (@sparcdesignpc)
Work Life Balance: A Photo Essay

Drew Paul Bell - Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)
Work / Life

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