I noticed that, too; definitely a "Clang: guess what this
But given that the program would (I think) be careful to use the
designation carefully, I assumed she was qualified, but that hubby set
her up in practice before she'd actually done any actual architectural
work. (They mentioned that her company was set up in order to build
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Interesting comment. I notice my wife and most other women I talk to have
this same problem with visualisation of concepts.
Plus it has now been proven that women don't read maps in the same way men
I thus wonder if perhaps there is a fundamental problem here ?
Is this a job that biology really does prevent women from doing ?
Oh please don't, it's too hideously true. I struggle with two aspects of
the male/female communication problem. One is that the female knows what
she wants and she damn well knows when she wants it by but is unable to
explain it to anyone else other than another woman.
I've struggled for years with the vaguest of directions, and the fact
that to complete the brief usually involves ImpossibleTechnology(R) at
some point. Objects are supposed to suspend themselves in thin air
somehow, water is supposed to move mysteriously from A to C without any
need to use tube that passes through B where B is some immovable object.
As an example I completed a bookcase for erindoors last year. Her idea
was that it was to be fitted into blocked up doorway and that it was to
match with the period of the house. I looked around at other features in
the house and ended up making the bookcase in poplar which I've found to
be good wood to work with. It doesn't split and it doesnt bow even when
heavily loaded so it seemed ideal.
Every aspect of what I did was questioned and scorned. Why not use 9mm
ply? It's cheap, why must I mess about with expensive wood. It's just an
excuse for you to play with tools isn't it? Why spend so long finishing
the wood? What were those mouldings for, they look all wrong (etc).
When it was finished there was more grumbling about detail.
Last week a (female) friend came to visit and I had to listen
stoney-faced as the friend commented that she liked the "expensive
designer bookcase", and erindoors prattled on that she had designed it
all herself and that I had built it to her design "but you wouldn't
believe the fuss he made about it, I had to put him right several times
and I never thought it would be finished."
This year it was the fitting out of a new bathroom. Again, every step of
the way questioned and complained about. And again now it's finished she
shows it off to friends and tells them that she designed everything
I think to a woman "design" means waving hands around vaguely and
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Indeed ... having spent part of my professional life working with/for
architects, the ability to visualize 3D spaces and to translate
instantly between 2D drawings, 3D physical models, 3D CAD models, and
the intent of the "real thing" seems to be a prerequisite for any
I can't remember whether she was introduced as being "an architect" or
as "running an architecture practice". Certainly the brief interviews
with the architrects working for her suggested that their role was to
translate her "ideas" into reality -- no mention of any direct,
hands-on involvement in the detailed design processes.
If I was in the position to be contracting a firm of architects to
undertake/manage a major project, on the basis of the Grand Designs
programme I'd run a mile from her particular practice ...
julian (at) bellevue-barn (dot) org (dot) uk
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