August 16, 2010

Living With An Architect: A Users Guide

We're going to get back to posts about our Holyoke Home later this week, but first - a helpful guide for YOU!

As many of you know, one of us (not me) is an architect, with a stamp and everything.  Having lived with said (excellent) architect for awhile, I've garnered some hard won wisdom. In an effort to help my readers, I offer the following suggestions for living with an architect:

1. Traveling with an architect? Expect to visit architecture.  A lot.
2. While traveling with an architect, build in your own 'shopping' time or you won't get any.  I suggest something like: "I'll be enjoying retail therapy while you tour the [insert name of Frank Lloyd Wright House/Mies van der Rohe building.]
3. Don't even bother trying to figure out how to use an architect's mouse, or pen, or joy stick or whatever the hell.

4. In fact, you know what? Don't even look at their computer.
5. Planning to live with an architect? Negotiate a limit on the numbers of walls in your home that can have holes in them at any one time PRIOR to move-in date. I'm not kidding.
- Post it notes with a number on it. Even if the number is '6'.
- Napkins with any sort of mark on them at all (actual architect napkin pictured!)
- Receipts from the Apple store


  1. OH. MY. GOSH.

    I'm sending this to my husband. Right now.

    Hilarious - and you are so on.

    ps. I heart FLW.

  2. Said husband has received post.

    Duly noted.

  3. Ha! Ha! Ha-larious!!! :-)) I don't live with an architect...and I'm now NOT sorry!! ^_^

  4. I have to admit this is really funny... But as a Mechanical Engineer, this guide don't only apply to Architects... This guide could be applied to other technical disciplines... Thanks for the laughs..BTW the mouse you are referring to in guide #3 is also known as a space ball.

  5. Haha, I'm an architecture student myself, and it's all true! I hope lots of civilians will read and learn from your tips :)

  6. One of our Docs should have been an architect..he leaves notes on the anesthetic machine at the end of the surgery day that look just like that napkin...only more detailed. You never know what your Doc is doing while you're asleep!

  7. I'm a tech head, and I don't even know what that thing is.

  8. Why oh why can't I live with an architect? That must be so handy. Your hubs may be excited to know that I live in Racine, WI where there are numerous awesome Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and homes, including Wingspread and the S.C. Johnson building, both built around 1939 and still big tourist draws. Your post is funny!

  9. Jessie PionAugust 16, 2010

    Now THAT is funny!

  10. Architects get their own seal/ stamp! That is too cool. I celebrated my 40th birthday by touring Frank Lloyd Wright houses in Buffalo. . .maybe I should've been an architect!

  11. Very funny. I will probably never live with an architect, but this is good to know all the same!

  12. Saw this today on Making it Lovely and thought of you -

  13. You're a great writer! This is great xD Keep up the good work!

  14. Imagine what I feel like with BOTH of us being architects!
    If I had a dollar for every time I'v heard: "Have you seen that post-it note?"


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