The RIBA Linkedin group has been hosting an interesting discussion thread called ‘Re-Educating Clients’ over the last few months in which I have been participating. You can see it by clicking the link above (but you need to join the group and be a member of Linkedin).
It is a fascinating discussion with a great deal of consensus around the positions ‘They don’t understand what we can do’ and ‘we should understand them better’. Then at the weekend Mark Raymond, an architect in Trinidad and Tobago, posted a link to one of the profane but amusing satirical conversations between a graphic designer and his client which is doing the rounds on Youtube at the moment.
NOTE: Please don’t watch it if you don’t like swearing.
The plot in essence is a conversation between the client who is asking for a huge amount of ill-defined work, delivered yesterday in exchange for a pittance, and a graphic designer whose response is to descend into more and more hideous insults. Its funny, and sad.
I find these videos telling. If the graphic designer can only insult the client he clearly hasn’t got a reply to the case for ‘free’ or ‘low cost’ graphic design. His response is a desparate, pointless exercise akin to gnawing your own arm off or banging your head against a (polished plaster) wall. It is madness.
Do architects really feel this way? How much pain is there in this industry?
If you really feel like this then you must stop injuring yourself and your firm and take stock. Now.