The Fear of The Young Architects

The Fear of The Young Architects
I wrote a few time ago an article about the condition of the young architects on Linkedin.

Young Architects – Not Good Enough to Design?

In many countries, including mine, a graduated student with a bachelor or master degree in architecture is not allowed to design and sign his/her own architectural projects. This right is related to the affiliation with a national organization such AIA in USA, or The Order of Architects in Romania, in my case.
The official excuse is that a young architect is not prepare to deal with the complex professional work and responsibilities. The official excuse is that the final client is protected by an experienced architect.
In Romania, one of the issues is related to the ability of the architect to manage his firm/company. The architects are maybe the only social category that are restricted to operate their own limited company, as a person is not required even to grad from high school to have his/her own business.
The other issue is related to the ability of our younger colleagues to deal with building permits, even if a 16-32 class would be more than ok to learn basically everything one should now about this.

They Are Good Enough To Work As Interns

Yep! They have to complete a 2 years internship stage (in my country is 2, after the university 6). In a tough market as after 2007-2008, there are just a few internship positions in architectural firms. In Romania, if an architect does not complete the internships during the first 5 years after the graduation, the stage is even longer. So there are some of them offering them to work for no payment at all.
Let be honest about it!
This is nothing about protecting the clients. This is nothing about teaching a person in 2 years something that 6 university years failed to teach. It is just to protect the registered architects from the young competition. It is to provide cheap highly qualified workforce to established architectural design studios. It is hypocrisy.

By Octavian Ungureanu

Mă numesc Octavian Ungureanu și sunt arhitect.
Nu proiectez doar blocuri, clădiri de birouri, hoteluri și pensiuni sau clădiri industriale.
Fac și proiecte de case, iar asta îmi place la nebunie.