Message - Re: Why architects so underpaids in architectural firms.

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Posted by  Gone Sketching on May 19, 2003 at 07:48:41:

In Reply to:  Re: Why architects so underpaids in architectural firms. posted by Richard Haut on March 14, 2003 at 23:13:25:

Good riddance! ..and I thought Malaysian architects were alone! Seriously, it's really not all that surprising to find such a 'malignant' condition plaguing the profession in other parts of the world. I shall not dwell into (not comment on) the sensitive issues (political, social and economical).

Let me share the local scene. We share the same problems (if that's a consolation) and it's all a chaotic cycle of events fiercely putting pressure on architects (big and small). Simply/bluntly put, I feel that(most of, if not all) architects are an egoistical, self-centered, selfish but highly gifted lot. We think we know everything about a lot of things (Jack of all trades, master of none?), dwell in awe-inspiring revolutionary ideas but we fail to master the social art of mutual respect and honour in upholding our hypocritical professional tenets (code of conduct?)

Being in a developing country, we are very much governed by the economic & political forces which orchestrates the way we practice here. Sure, we do have our tenets, codes, 'local architectural movements', programmes, campaigns but rarely (or never) concrete results. The 'know-whos' get all the cream and the 'know-nots' get the bone! Over here, we're lucky if we even get a full 5% of the building cost! Salaried architects here are considered lucky if they can command USD700/month! Full fledged architects get an average of USD1600/month. That's how design is appreciated.

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