Recently, doing some discussion late night with folks on FaceHell about houses and designing houses and how architects actually design houses. It was late at night on both sides, but I expressed a bitter side of it…
I have often said that I am conflicted, sometimes. I bill a bit less than most attorneys, but I still kind of figure that when I spend time on your behalf, that I should be recompensed.
But what is weird, is here. Many many people figure that if I work on their behalf and they never go forward with the project, they really don’t owe me anything. Which is never part of whatever agreement we have (admittedly, I am perfectly willing to spend some amount of time for clients that I have an ongoing relationship with, but that is based on already cashing some checks,even if they are on other projects. Good credit, you see….)
I have done work for impoverished areas to improve the housing stock, and I have also done multi-million dollar penthouses in the factory district. I have one client for whom I have done his residence three times….and he is a third generation person who used his parents to help him become a big time developer; he is mostly Republican, although his parents are die-hard Democrats. But here’s the difference; He has learned, through working for his parents, the value of being a decent developer and he is one of the most respectable people I have ever met in this debased business.
In fact, here was a recent conversation I had with him:
“blah blah blah “
(Side conversation) ” have a good weekend pam”
You’re letting Pam have the afternoon off? (this was like 2 PM on a Friday)\
Shit, on a Friday I am pretty much the only person here. I am the best boss ever
You don’t have to tell me. I have had some pretty crappy clients….
His parents are also lovely people, who I have done work for. They are first-person contacts with the Obamas (so I am 2 degrees, right). I started working for his father’s company when I was in college, and managed a 24 unit building (a block from where I live now) and later, designing a new office down the hall from my office in a rehab building (they resided in their previous office for like 27 years!) and then designing their offices later when they moved to a a rehab building in the Third Ward. I have to say that there is no better feeling than when someone keeps coming back to you as a professional….
But I digress. I came here to talk about the draft. Wait. Let me back up. I was here to talk about Shithead fuckhead people who stiff people who gave them credit.
Like Turdwaffle. Yes, he will eventually find a way for his captive Legislature to turn that back to us in Wisconsin; in fact, they might find a way to make Milwaukee bear the brunt, if not taking it out of the hide of the UW or, in the end, public schools. So many victims!
Like I said, I am conflicted. As an architect, my clientele tends toward the wealthy, because who the fuck else can spend and extra 5-8 percent on their construction cost for a turtleneck-wearing motherfucker? Or more, if that motherfucker has already designed houses for all your parent’s friends? (I don’t wear turtlenecks)
Myself, I have designed several extra-million dollar house projects. So how am I to feel about those? When they happened, I sucked up to rich fuckers as as necessary, and cashed those goddam checks, you know I did.
I don’t want to blow my own horn, but I am fucking good architect, who has had many design awards. But that’s not even the point; the idea is that I do some great works, both outside and inside.
And should I not be paid for that?
I understand, that when it comes to the work I have done for the NFP corporations in the distressed areas of the city. But When I have done the same work for other cities? Damn.
After many years, I am fucking great at several aspects: Code work. Existing buildings. design. GREAT design. coordination with all the other assholes.
What I suck at? getting money from dickwads.