DOC wrote:I'd certainly be interested (have done Simon Open Door every year since it's inception). I hope it's BT's
parka wrote:Seeing as it was already done in Arnotts, other stores will all want an architect on call clinic.
Not to sound like a moan, but why is the architecture profession always offering a free consultation service.
Fair enough giving money to charity is good, but I get the impression the public expect our free services throughout the whole design process too.
gunter wrote:I'd sign up myself, but I don't have the people-skills, my fingers would be itching to club to death half the potential clients before they'd even finished describing the stupidity of their three year old island unit
gunter wrote:The suggested charitable donation is the innocent looking worm on the hook Parka. Once the well-heeled mark has been hooked and slowly reeled in, possibly using the line . . . . . 'Madame, are you completely satisfied with your kitchen?' . . . . . there are no barriers [moral or legal] to the pursuit of full fees.
I'd sign up myself, but I don't have the people-skills, my fingers would be itching to club to death half the potential clients before they'd even finished describing the stupidity of their three year old island unit
I presume you costed out the option of pitching a tent at the Galway Races?
brianq wrote:A good idea blue and I hope its a success. At least someone is trying to do something positive and constructive instead of moaning and whining
onq wrote:Perhaps we could organize a free enclosure in Dublin Zoo under the Endangered Species Directive.
I'll say this - if architects are putting themselves out there in front of the public, they'd better treat this like a marketing campaign and run it competently and professionally.
A badly run stall populated by person of mixed ability, and in particular, younger, less competent or experienced architects will give a poor impression of our profession.
I spoke with an RIBA Part III architect who attended the Ideal Homes exhibition this year and ran a stall - a competent guy, well up to running a multi-disciplinary office, he had a rough four hours of it from De Peepil.
He said he hadn't felt this under pressure since he sat his Part III interview, with questions coming from all angles and on all subjects to current and past standards.
Many of the questions may related to the nitty gritty of planning law, the competence of architects -vs- other building professionals (if I employ an engineer do I need an architect) and you really need to be on-message and alert to give a good impression.
And don't get caught by some ass who only wants to trap you in a discussion about why percentages fees are only a means for architects to push up costs and exploit clients.
Treat it like a Part III exam and prepare, to current standards, or you're going to look very lame indeed.
I'd strongly suggest you bring a laptop with online access, some reference texts and Google Sketchup.
bluepicasso wrote:Oh dear, seems that this idea may have ruffled a few feathers out there!
I think it's a real shame that we, as a profession, despite being in the middle of one of the most crippling recessions in living memory are still refusing to move with the times. I mean why shouldn't we develop new strategies for engaging with potential clients, whether that's in a department store or anywhere else where "De Peepil" hang out for that matter. If people are refusing to come to our ivory towers, which they are, then we shall go to them. There is no shame in trying to promote your business whilst providing a valuable service.
I really hope most of you don't hurt yourselves when you fall of your high horses...
Paul Clerkin wrote:I propose a machine similar to a passport photo booth....