Sunday, June 17, 2012

Work/life/work balance by Andrew Maynard

Interesting article by Australian architect Andrew Maynard on the issues and mindset of the architectural profession which makes it very difficult for architects to achieve a work/life balance. Maynard then challenges the profession "to end exploitative and exclusionary work practices." The article was first published in Parlour. 

"Epicurus argued that humans needed only three things in life to be happy – friends, freedom and an analyzed life... Does contemporary architectural employment deny us our happiness; our friends, freedom and the opportunity for an analyzed life? Many would argue that being employed in architecture and the pursuit of happiness are irreconcilable. It can reasonably be argued that most architects, and almost all recent graduates, are working in conditions that are unhealthy, unsustainable and exploitative."

This article seems to apply to many professions in both the creative and business fields.

Rosenfield , Karissa . "Work/life/work balance by Andrew Maynard" 15 May 2012. ArchDaily.
Accessed 16 Jun 2012.

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