Don’t mention the holidays

Architects’ wives often live in fear as school holidays approach – of being asked by well meaning friends that most ordinary question : “So are you going away f0r the holidays?”

The well seasoned will have a prepared response – that they are staying home these holidays – and hint that they prefer to stay in town to get things done around the home and catch up with friends. Oh and they might spend a few days with their sister’s or brother’s family at the coast, mountains or lake. Or take mother somewhere for a few days.

In reality mum/dad are being relied on to take the daughter/daughter in law and grandchildren (minus the architect, who will be working) for a short holiday if the architect doesn’t find the time and money to do so. Thus the family can indeed catch up with friends – who are at the coast/island/lake/ski slopes during the holidays.

And have the semblance of a normal family life.

Holiday times are when most architectural tenders and competitions are due, or when clients expect the architects to deliver, while all other contractors and employees are away.

There is never a good time for an architect to be away – although architectural tours and conferences – work related – will find a place in his life.

Architects’ wives know their husbands are overworked, in need of a good holiday, and yet also suspect he may be bored at the very thought of a holiday with the family.

It is tricky getting an architect to agree to a holiday with family.

He will abhor resorts (unless designed by Phillippe Starke) or similar design gurus.

sls hotel in bererly hills - designed by stark

sls hotel in bererly hills - designed by stark

The architect will prefer the idea of a rustic cabin or a 50s style beach cottage. And may prefer the idea of an adventure – survivor style – rather than an indulgent break near a pool or in a place with room service.

An architect's ideal beach accommodation - a modernist cube - no people - no crass commercialisation.

An architect's ideal beach accommodation - a modernist cube - no people - no crass commercialisation.

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3 responses to “Don’t mention the holidays

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