Trying to blot that “football” game out of my mind…. a few days ago, jennifer had an ‘amusing’ story about the games that ‘clients’ like to use. I had a phone call that same day, that I was going to mention in a comment… but it got better.
As I had mentioned, one of the problems in my profession is young architects with little experience but a job working for someone else, who moonlight-freelance for little jobs, driving down fees by charging little or nothing, as well as diluting the consideration that an architect can actually bring value to a project. And occasionally, I have been called in to bring coherence and resolution on projects that the original designer could not fulfill.
Several years ago, I had one of these. A real estate firm that I had worked with gave my name to an out of town property owner; they had a tenant who wanted to put a retail store on the second floor of a building, and the building inspector had raised issues that the tenant’s “architect” could not figure out and refused to rectify them under his original fee. So, rather than lose the tenant, the building owner engaged me to resolve the code issues.
So on Tuesday evening, that tenant left a message on my cell phone asking for a meeting the next morning. Called me in the evening. Looking for a meeting the next morning, as if somehow his emergency was my crisis.
Eventually, after talking with him, he had another project where he hired an architect who, it seems, was again not able to adequately address code issues. it is under construction, and the inspectors are again questioning things… be aware that inspectors are not obligated to provide code solutions, but rather to verify that the approved plans have been built as approved. It is the job of the Architect of Record to make sure code issues are addressed.
After talking with him a bit and explaining how I might be able to help them find solutions, and my billing rates, he kind of blew me off, saying he had to talk to his partner. Kind of thing I’ve heard before, so I said hey, fine, talk to ya later.
THEN; he called me on my cell, on Friday night at 8:30. Wanting to meet at noon on Saturday.
I blew him off. Sent him an email on Saturday afternoon, saying that I was unable to change my Saturday plans.
OK, I confess my Saturday plans largely involved watching a shitload of Doctor Who, but fuck if I am going to let a maybe-client who picked the wrong architect and doesn’t have me under contract yet yank me around like that. I’m meeting with them at my office on Tuesday.
Perhaps I harm myself by not taking anything and everything that comes my way, but my experience has been that clients like that do nothing but ask for more, and pay less. I told one of them once, “hell, I’ve got some decent computers here and an internet connection. For nothing, I’d prefer to just spend the day playing video games.”
EDIT UPDATE WHATEVER:
SEE!?!?!?!?!?! THE REPUBLICAN ARE RIGHT. Let a couple of gay guys get married, and it’s all CATS and DOGS living together MASS HYSTERIA!!!!!!