Work like a Party


Last Saturday when I left the office at 5am in the morning, passing by drunk people leaving the club next door, I wondered why we as architects have the tendency to work excessive hours and why can we not have a “normal life” leaving at 6pm and go out having some fun.

The answer is: work tends to be fun and what people in other professions have to pay for (going out to have fun) we do for a living – such as, dreaming about the future (designing new cities), wishing to make an impact on the world (building a building that lasts), socializing with other people (once a project is realized, it socializes with the community for a lifetime), watching a movie and looking at pretty pictures (creating our own inspiring visuals). Labor in architecture has the richness of diverse work experience, with an amazing moment of satisfaction once a building is built and realized.

About The Author

Matthias Hollwich is principal of HOLLWICHKUSHNER, LLC, a New York City based architecture and concept design firm. He is also co-founder of ARCHITIZER, a social networking platform connecting architects via their designs. Matthias is driven by the aim to upgrade man-made environments on a human and engaging scale with an ECONIC twist and can be best reached at (

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