On this latest issue of the Archinect Sessions podcast Ken, Paul and Donna talk with Peggy Deamer and Shota Vashakmadze , from the Architecture Lobby . For those of you unfamiliar, the Architecture Lobby is a non-profit organization run by and for architectural workers that advocate for the value of architecture to the public, and for the value of architectural work within the industry. The Lobby is rooted in a 10-point manifesto:
- Enforce labor laws that prohibit unpaid internships, unpaid overtime; refuse unpaid competitions.
- Reject fees based on percentage of construction or hourly fees and instead calculate value based on the money we save our clients or gain them.
- Stop peddling a product–buildings–and focus on the unique value architects help realize through spatial services.
- Enforce wage transparency across the discipline.
- Establish a union for architects, designers, academics, and interns in architecture and design.
- Demystify the architect as solo creative genius; no honors for architects who don’t acknowledge their staff.
- Licensure upon completion of degree.
- Change professional architecture organizations to advocate for the living conditions of architects.
- Support research about labor rights in architecture.
- Implement democratic alternatives to the free market system of development.
One of the most recent initiatives by the Architecture Lobby is Just Design , recognizing firms exhibiting exemplary labor practices. Archinect is currently working in partnership with the Architecture Lobby to profile these firms, which we are excited to announce soon, so stay tuned. Until then, enjoy this conversation with Peggy and Shota...
Direct download: Archinect-Sessions-127.mp3
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