How many architects does it take to change a light bulb? Well, we don’t have the silly response to that joke, but with one quick Google search you can find a lot of jokes about architecture and architects. It seems that architects get picked on for their quirky personalities and traits.
However, here at Workingholiday Canada, we respect (and sometimes adore) the amazing creations that the complex brain of an architect is capable of.
So, without poking fun, we have put together a list of the top ten signs that you married an architect. We think you will find most of these “signs” are at the very foundation (excuse the pun) of what your marriage is built on.
1) Your Spouse Wants to Build You A Temple
Architects give us temples in which something marvelous is obviously going on. Actually, practically nothing is going on.” ? Kurt Vonnegut, Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons
Ah yes, your significant other has BIG plans for your future home. Instead of promising you the moon and the stars, they have promised you the home of your dreams— an epic home, a masterpiece, a temple!
Meanwhile you are thinking, “That’s great, honey, but I just want a nice house to live in”. Architects don’t do nice, they do extraordinary.
If your spouse has larger-than-life plans for your future home, then you are most definitely married to an architect. However, don’t set your sights on decorating this temple, as your spouse will not want any decorative accessories messing with their masterpiece.
2) You Have A Lot Of Windows To Clean
Do you have stock in glass cleaning products? If not, maybe you should. Architects LOVE incorporating glass and windows into their designs, and who can blame them—What’s better than a wall of windows that allow the natural light and views to take center stage within your home?
This is all fine and dandy until you are the one that has to clean all those glorious windows. You may also need to invest in a rather tall ladder because we know that your floor-to-ceiling windows are not the standard 8-feet—architects never do anything that is just standard!
If you find yourself endlessly cleaning windows, then you are probably married to an architect.
3) Depression Spawns Their Greatest Ideas
Acquaintance with grief turns out to be one of the more unusual prerequisites of architectural appreciation. We might, quite aside from all other requirements, need to be a little sad before buildings can properly touch us.” ? Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness
Architects have a tough job and they are told no more often than yes. In a sense there is a cycle to the job of an architect, and this cycle can be depressing. The highs and lows of this cycle look something like this:
1) They land a big client. Yay! They are estactic.
2) Now they need to come up with ideas/designs to wow said client. Extreme frustration occurs as they struggle to come up with the perfect design.
3) Ah Ha! They have the perfect idea/design. They are full of excitement and nervous anticipation.
4) They pitch this perfect idea/design only to be told, No. Rejection depression is in full swing.
5) Back to the drawing board. Deep frustration and moodiness is common at this point.
6) Ah Ha! They have an even better idea/design. They are tentatively excited, but sleep loss due to worry is common at this point.
7) They present this new idea and are finally told, Yes! They are happy again! (until the next job)
You see how their job can be frustrating and downright depressing at times? However, like all great artists, this depression spawns great ideas. Unfortunately, you as a spouse have to live with this cycle and the depression/moodiness it can cause within your spouse.
4) You Have At Least One Pet (or child) Named After A Famous Architect
Do you have a cat name Frank (after Frank Lloyd Wright) or maybe a dog named Michelangelo?
If you have a pet, or even a child, named after a world famous architect, then you are definitely married to one.
Rest assured, this is normal. After all, don’t we all name the people or pets that we love the most after our idols? Really, it’s a compliment to the highest degree. Not to mention the conversations it can start!
5) It’s Been 5 Years And Your Home Is Still In The Design Phase
“Cheops’ Law: Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.” ? Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love
Remember that temple they were going to build you? Well, it’s still in the process of being designed, but all good things come to those who wait—although as the spouse of an architect, you may be waiting longer than most.
Architects are meticulous creatures, and you cannot rush them. Every detail has its day and every day revolves around a single detail. Eventually, you will get the perfect temple that you were promised, but you will need patience.
If you are the spouse of an architect, then patience is a definite virtue.
5) Your House Isn’t On The Hill, It’s Of The Hill
No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other.—Frank Lloyd Wright
By now, as the wife or husband of an architect, you are very familiar with the poetic, nature-loving traits within your spouse. So, you completely understand when your better half says that your house is of the hill rather than on the hill.
Your home is a masterpiece whose form follows nature—it is part of the hill, rather than an intrusive object that is on the hill.
So, if your house is of the hill then you are definitely married to an architect.
6) They Think Outside Of The Box
“When they first built the University of California at Irvine they just put the buildings in. They did not put any sidewalks, they just planted grass. The next year, they came back and put the sidewalks where the trails were in the grass.”
? Larry Wall
The above quote is a perfect example of form following function. Architects are savvy creatures who truly think outside that confining square box that most of us are stuck in. Frank Lloyd Wright coined this phrase, form follows function, thereby creating a new architectural belief system that all designs should follow their function, or in simpler terms—the shape of a building is based on the way it will be used or its purpose.
Architects understand the way buildings are used and plan their design for the ultimate purpose—ease of use—-while simultaneously making it a fascinating object of beauty.
So, when your significant other squashes all of your ideas for theirs, don’t get too frustrated—-they just think differently than the rest of us.
7) Sometimes You Are Lonely
Remember that cycle we mentioned above, the one where your architect is busy devising unique designs and then getting turned down for said designs? Well, this cycle causes them to also become quite reclusive and stuck inside their own heads.
Architects are supreme thinkers and need a quiet place to sit without interruption while they design their next great masterpiece. This can cause us spouses to feel rejected, lonely and left out at times.
The best solution? Let it be, they will soon hit the high of ‘their next great idea’ and happiness will fill your marriage again.
8) Your Relationship Has A Very Solid Foundation
Architects are studious, hard-working people with visually creative minds—they are mostly right-brained, spatial thinkers. The good news is that those who think with the majority of their right-brain have specific personality traits that make a very solid marriage.
For instance, right-brain thinkers are known to be expressive with their emotions, intuitive, and good at reading others emotions. Who wouldn’t want a spouse with these thoughtful qualities?
Is your architect good at reading your emotions and intuitively responsive to your needs?
9) You Pick A Dental Visit Over House Hunting
While we just mentioned that your marriage is built on a solid foundation, a house hunting trip may lead you to dream of divorcing your architecturally-inclined mate.
There will never be a home that is good enough for an architect (unless they built it themselves), so going on a house hunting expedition will be very painful for the spouse.
You will hear constant criticism of each and every house you visit, making that root canal seem very appealing.
10) You Have Begun To Sound & Think Like An Architect
Have you caught yourself saying things such as contained space or structure? Do you know what Parti means? If you answered yes, then you are most definitely married to an architect.
Whether it’s through the power of osmosis, or just simply listening to their constant home design banter—being married to an architect will soon make you feel like you have earned your own degree in architecture.
There is not necessarily anything wrong with this, after all it’s nice to know what your spouse does during their work day, and you will never get lost in translation.
If you are married to an architect, then many of these top ten signs have certainly hit home. Do you have the dog named Frank? Would you rather get a root canal over house hunting with your spouse?
Or maybe you are still waiting for your spouse to build you that dream home he/she promised, or perhaps you are beginning to think and sound like an architect through the power of osmosis…these are all signs that you are most definitely married to an architect.
Which of these ten signs is your spouse guilty of?