The following is a part of the #ArchiTalks series wherein a topic is suggested and a group of architect bloggers each give their take on the subject.
The topic this month is “Work / Life”
Work / Life. Life / Work. Is there really a line between the two? Architecture has created and generally reinforced a culture in which having a life outside of work is not practical. Your work becomes your life. Your life becomes your work. In fact, there ceases to be a distinction between the two. Architecture is more than a mere vocation. It is a calling. A passion.
I enjoy what i do. And i do not often feel i need a break from it. So why this insistence on a distinction?
That all sounds fine and good until my 12 year old tells everyone that i work all the time (which is not untrue). That i do not have time to play catch with him (which again is not always untrue). And when he starts every conversation with “Are you too busy…?”
Running my own business, laundry for a family of eight, home repair / improvement projects, community involvement, providing architectural services. They all take time. Often time leaving little to no time to relax and enjoy my family. Being an introvert does not help either. I often find my late night time alone working to be reenergizing after an evening of noise and activity that accompanies having six children still at home.
I am learning though. Trying to work in the evening is not the most productive and really puts a strain on my familial relationships. And with school back in session, my daytime hours can be more productive. Though there are more non-architecture demands on my evenings.
So while architecture is and will always be an inexorable part of my life, so is my family. And at this stage in my life, that about sums up my life. Architecture and family.
So what about that line? As i think about the topic more, it really does seem to be artificial. Life is not what happens outside of work. Or if it is, i kind of feel sorry for you. Rather, work is a subset of Life. It is part of what makes up our life, though it should not be the sum total of our life. Life should neither be distinguished from nor defined by our work.
For other thoughts on Life and Work:
Bob Borson – Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
Work | Life – Different Letters, Same Word
Marica McKeel – Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
Work/Life…What an Architect Does
Jeff Echols – Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
The One Secret to Work – Life Balance
Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
work | life :: dance
Mark R. LePage – Entrepreneur Architect (@EntreArchitect)
Living an Integrated Life as a Small Firm Architect
Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Collier Ward – Thousand Story Studio (@collier1960)
Jes Stafford – Modus Operandi Design (@modarchitect)
Tuning It Off
Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Work/Life — A Merger
Jeremiah Russell, AIA – ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
what makes you giggle? #architalks
Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
Meghana Joshi – IRA Consultants, LLC (@MeghanaIRA)
Architalks: Imbalanced and uninterrupted
Amy Kalar – ArchiMom (@AmyKalar)
ArchiTalks #12: Balance is a Verb.
Michael Riscica – Young Architect (@YoungArchitxPDX)
I Just Can’t Do This Anymore
Stephen Ramos – BUILDINGS ARE COOL (@sramos_BAC)
An Architect’s House
brady ernst – Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
Brady Ernst – Family Man Since 08/01/2015
Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Father, Husband, Architect – typically in that order
Eric Wittman – intern[life] (@rico_w)
midnight in the garden of [life] and [work]
Sharon George – Architecture By George (@sharonraigeorge)
Work = 1/3 Life
Daniel Beck – The Architect’s Checklist (@archchecklist)
Work Life Balance: Architecture and Babies – 5 Hints for Expecting Parents
Jarod Hall – di’velept (@divelept)
Work is Life
Anthony Richardson – That Architecture Student (@thatarchstudent)
studio / life
Lindsey Rhoden – SPARC Design (@sparcdesignpc)
Work Life Balance: A Photo Essay
Enoch Sears – Business of Architecture (@businessofarch)
Drew Paul Bell – Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)
Work / Life
Rosa Sheng – Equity by Design / The Missing 32% Project (@miss32percent)
Work Life Fit: A New Focus for Blurred Lines
Jonathan Brown – Proto-Architecture (@mondo_tiki_man)
Architecture: Work to Live
Tara Imani – Tara Imani Designs, LLC (@Parthenon1)
On Work: Life Balance – Cattywampus is as Good as it Gets