You’re Not An Architect

This is a little much, I would say – but that doesn’t take away from it being pretty funny. Someone in Boulder, tired of the interwebs being full of “IT Architect” postings put this up on Craigslist:

Dear IT/Computer/Analytics professionals:
You are not ‘architects.’ It’s true. I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you, but you just aren’t. Do you know that even real architects can’t even legally call themselves an ‘architect’ unless they pass a rigorous intern/licensure process?… yeah, it takes about 5 yrs and hundreds of dollars, and it’s regulated by an international organization devoted to the single purpose of licensure. Yet, you self-inflating computer hacks throw that word around like it belongs to you. Maybe you’re just filling that white space on your business card, or maybe you’re just trying to get laid by riding the coattails of a noble profession. I don’t pretend to understand your nerdy motives, but I implore you to stop this chicanery. Shame on you.

My ninjas, please!

In all seriousness, though – looking for ‘real’ architecture jobs in a culture where the term has so many new meanings is HORRIBLE. I care less about what people call themselves, and much more about how hard it is to distinguish IT professionals from designers [online]. That’s probably because I myself don’t have a license…

.:actual Craigslist posting->

Posted: January 19th, 2010
at 6:00am by orangemenace

Categories: architecture,my ninja, please

Comments: 10 comments


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  1. Well, if one listens to Stewart Brand, most architects are mainly just interior designers who forget about roof leaks.


    19 Jan 10 at 10:29 am


  2. I mean, that may be the case in some instances – but what’s your point?

    And really, Stewart Brand is kind of a clown. He’s a biologist who’s trying to sell books by oftentimes having an outlandish opinion – an opinion that I’m not always sure is supported by an appropriate foundation of knowledge of the topics he discusses.

    To blame architects / designers for the shortfalls of buildings in the U.S. shows a clear lack of understanding of the complexities of our construction industry.


    19 Jan 10 at 11:34 am


  3. this guy must have tired of getting 8 emails per day from career builder from IT architect job postings as i have. it did come across awfully sanctimonious though.


    19 Jan 10 at 12:49 pm


  4. I’m guessing from the line about ‘riding the coattails of a noble profession’ that this is about snobbery. (That bit about paying ‘hundreds of dollars’ for a training course was pretty funny, too.)

    I’m afraid you are on shaky ground here, since the word ‘Architect’ comes from Latin and Classical Greek. The ‘archi’ part means ‘chief’ or ‘boss’ and the ‘tect’ part comes from the root that gives our language the words ‘technique’, ‘technical’, and ‘technology’. Since nobody ever challenged the right of computer people to call themselves ‘technical’, it makes perfect sense for the chief designer of a technology project to be called an architect.

    Gordon Rae

    20 Jan 10 at 3:44 pm


  5. the word architect in ancient greek means exactly “master builder” (head mason) and nothing else. it’s just silly to make a re-reading of the word in order to try to fit it into your argument… anyways there are laws in every country that protects the right of individuals to call themselves ‘architects’ – a title which is only giving to registered and qualified proffessionals.


    21 Jan 10 at 9:42 am


  6. An architect is trained and licensed in the planning and designing of buildings, and participates in supervising the construction of a building. Etymologically, architect derives from the Latin architectus, itself derived from the Greek arkhitekton (arkhi-, chief + tekton, builder), i.e. chief builder. [1]

    Also, in terms of eptimology, the best fit is tectonics, not technology.


    21 Jan 10 at 10:16 am


  7. It’s nice to see someone finally say it, even if it is a bit sanctimonious. I am a licensed architect, and while it never really bothered me that IT folks use it so widely, it has begun to feel a bit tired and maybe a bit misleading (maybe a lot misleading). A search on Indeed for “Denver Architect” produces 28 new results today alone, 1 of which has anything to do with building. Results include software architect, data architect, enterprise architect, solution architect (?), application architect, analytics architect – I mean fuck. There’s even a job listing for “Architect” only, from Charles Schwab, for an IT position. No sour grapes here, call yourselves whatever the fuck you want, it’s just a bit weird in light of the centuries of tradition that the word implies.


    22 Jan 10 at 7:09 pm


  8. As an unfortunate member of the layoff club I have to concur with the author. Trying to sort through hundreds of jobs with the word, “Architect” within their descriptions is a nightmare. Also it is a bit depressing to see 150 matches at CareerBuilder or Monster only to find 5 legitimate job openings. I am not sure when it became en vogue to use the term architect as an adjective to bolster ones job title but the practice should come to an end.


    24 Jan 10 at 2:46 pm


  9. IT Architects are nothing but COMPUTER JERKS who wanna have some professional titles. Most of them are actually SAD and PATHETIC (Building) Architects Wannabes who didn’t make it to Architecture school. LOL!!!


    4 Aug 10 at 8:56 am


  10. Bravo. I hadn’t searched for a job or had to interview since 1993, but was shocked to see so many people glomming onto the term architect. When I graduated in the 80s we were regaled in professional practice classes with stories of people assuming that word into their titles, and being summarily sued by actual architects. It seems now the AIA, and other alleged defenders of the profession do little besides collect dues and throw a great Christmas party, largely paid for with….dues.


    26 Jan 12 at 5:45 pm



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