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AD Interviews: Andrew Maynard / Andrew Maynard Architects

At the World Architecture Festival, we sat down with Andrew Maynard, co-director of Australian architecture firm Andrew Maynard Architects.

An optimistic "Work/Life/Work Balance" by Anthony Ling

The infamous decorative construction hat from Joshua Prince-Ramus's "Building a theater that remakes itself" TED Talk. - Joshua Prince-Ramus: "We can only blame ourselves."
The infamous decorative construction hat from Joshua Prince-Ramus's "Building a theater that remakes itself" TED Talk. - Joshua Prince-Ramus: "We can only blame ourselves."

Work/life/work balance by Andrew Maynard

Courtesy of Andrew Maynard Architects
Courtesy of Andrew Maynard Architects

Australian architect Andrew Maynard, co-director of Andrew Maynard Architects, has shared with us his article “Work/life/work balance”, published first on Parlour. “Many women leave the profession due to the difficult combination of poor work cultures, long hours and low pay. But these conditions affect everyone – women and men – as well as the viability of the profession as a whole. Andrew Maynard sets out the issues and challenges the profession to end exploitative and exclusionary working practices.” It is time for architectural work practices to grow up. We must stop deluding ourselves that architectural employees are anything other than a contemporary exploited labor force. Epicurus argued that humans needed only three things in life to be happy – friends, freedom and an analyzed life. All evidence indicates that Epicurus had a rather good time while he was around. Now he is dead. I wonder if Epicurus became a senior associate at Philosopher & Associates Pty Ltd before he died? Surely this was a priority. 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. Continue reading after the break.