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The Rights of the Architectural Worker

Architecture on Stage

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This live Q&A panel brings together architectural practitioners from across generations – from Boomers to Zoomers – to build a new conversation about architectural work and how it is valued.

Architecture is notorious for punishing hours and low pay, but recently conditions have grown worse: the gap between productivity and wages grows wider, with young practitioners among the hardest hit. The average salary for Part 1 architectural assistants is effectively on par with the national minimum wage. 

But a new labour movement is emerging. For a new generation of architects – burnt out and saddled by debt – the culture of architecture-as-vocation, fuelled by passion and sacrifice has worn thin. There are increasing demands for regulated working hours, stable contracts and paid overtime. 

How might collective action shift the practice of architecture? What role does education play in changing the culture? How is the quality of work subordinated in the name of workers' rights?

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The Architecture Foundation, in association with the Barbican, presents Architecture on Stage – a programme of talks by the world's leading architects.

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