…or the architect’s basic guide to Upwork

Yours truly

To say that architecture is conservative is the equivalent of calling Putin a leader with some control issues, with the notion that you can hire an architect online from half a world away might give some of my colleagues a heart attack. I don’t even want to imagine what some of my tutors from university would have to say about this. But for someone like me stuck in a lockdown with most of the project they had running put on hold, it sounded like something interesting to do. The catalyst for this article was a talk with a colleague who…


…or how to ensure indoor survivability for long stays at home

Apartments are one of the most basic forms of living in the contemporary world, virtually ubiquitous in all contexts. Yet, as architects, we are probably the least concerned with them. We barely mention them in school, in favor of more relevant projects such as ‘’Vertical Cities’’, ‘’Urban Farming’’ or ‘’The Zepellin Village’’ (that last one wasn’t a theme per se, but I’ve seen someone come up with it in school). However, the lack of interest has made residential living more of a developer-driven typology, rather than designer drive. As such, most residential projects are made to lower costs, not necessarily…


…or what architects can learn from Volkswagen

This is the Volkswagen Phaeton. It might seem conspicuous that I’m starting an article directed to architects by talking about a car, but bear with me, the ‘’why’’ will become clear as I go on.

The Phaeton was VW’s attempt at entering the luxury market and they really went for it. The design and engineering team poured their hearts and souls into this and it shows. Riding in this thing will give you one of the smoothest driving experience you can have. The chassis was specifically tuned for this model, all interior leather, wood detailing and almost every other thing…


Photo by Garreth Sampson on Unsplash

You made it! After the long and arduous all-nighters to take your bachelor's degree, the stress riddled internships, the long and arduous master’s studies and the PTSD-inducing jobs after graduation, you’ve finally done it! You passed all the exams and are now a fully licensed architect, ready to change the world and build wonders unseen and untold! And just like Robbie Williams, you know you can do better, so you decide to ditch Take That and go solo! ’Cause deep down, you know you’re better than Barlow and the rest! …


Recently, an Archdaily article was making the rounds, causing outrage among the artists and free-thinkers of the profession. In it, an Instagram video posted by artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz, in which he explained why there is a strong chance that architects will be made redundant by automation. So, as I am an architect, I thought I would weigh in and give my .2 euros on what he said: Although I can criticize the viewpoint as somewhat simplistic and focusing on a narrow segment of the market (single-home residential), Sebastian is about 50% right (10% can be attributed to the…


Meet Rocco…Sorry, I mean: Meet Howard Roark

You can’t go through architecture school without being bombarded by “The Fountainhead”, that is simply a fact. For those unaware, “The Fountainhead” is a novel written by Ayn Rand, later adapted into a movie, portraying the exploits of Howard Roark, architect, full time tortured artist and part time educator of the philistine public. For a significant portion of architecture students and most professors, Howard Roark was the man. Strong, visionary, uncompromising his work and art for the average, uneducated consumer. The dude was basically the architect version of Rocco Siffredi. To me, Roark…


Photo by Samuel Scrimshaw

As much as I love my profession as an architect, it has become borderline impossible to overlook the glaring faults that plague it. Although architecture as an organized profession dates back to Ancient Egypt, the modern prototype was established in the Middle-Ages, with the idea of the ‘’master builder’’ and the ‘’guild’’. And even though several centuries and a few technological and social revolutions have passed since then, little has actually changed.

Architects still spend several years in school (5 or 6, depending on where you study), with most of these time spent thinking about concepts and architectural philosophy, are…

Andrei Vasilief

Architect | Founder of Animo Regis, a Bucharest-based design and research practice

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