Archinect - News 2015-11-25T13:29:57-05:00 AIA speaks out against unpaid internships in new emerging professionals campaign Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-08-07T15:51:00-04:00 >2015-08-10T07:29:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="131" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Center for Emerging Professionals introduces a campaign dedicated to informing all generations of architects about the value Emerging Professionals bring to the field and the importance of getting paid for internship hours.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Responding to ongoing debates regarding unpaid internships and the devaluing of the profession, the AIA has launched a new educational campaign called "Know Your Worth", to inform and publicize how architects should value themselves in today's profession.</p><p>In a pair of videos introducing the campaign, architects at SmithGroupJJR (Los Angeles), McGraw Bagnoli Architects (Washington, DC)&nbsp;and&nbsp;Klimatic Architecture (Washington, DC) discuss the value of young and emerging professionals to the profession, and perhaps most importantly, present an unflinching view on unpaid internships &ndash; just don't do it. "If someone is in a situation where they're needing to argue about whether or not they should be paid, my advice would be to walk away from the situation," said Laura Ondrich, Architect at SmithGroupJJR, in below's "Value Your Work" video by the AIA.</p><p></p><p>Emerging professionals deserve compensation because they provide a unique and integral addition to firms:&nbsp;"Every new class of interns does bring...</p> Employers Have Greater Leeway on Unpaid Internships, Court Rules b3tadine[sutures] 2015-07-03T11:37:00-04:00 >2015-08-03T14:04:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="377" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Employers have considerable leeway to use unpaid interns legally when the work serves an educational purpose...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Writing for a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge John M. Walker Jr. held that the Labor Department&rsquo;s criteria were both out of date and not binding on federal courts.</em></p><p><em>He argued that the proper way to determine workers&rsquo; status was to apply a &ldquo;primary beneficiary test&rdquo; &mdash; a concept proposed by Fox in which the worker can be considered an employee only if the employer benefits more from the relationship than the intern.</em></p><p><em>Judge Walker wrote that he and his fellow judges on the panel &ldquo;agree with defendants that the proper question is whether the intern or the employer is the primary beneficiary of the relationship.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>He further argued that the test should hinge largely on the internship&rsquo;s educational benefits: for example, whether the internship was tied to the intern&rsquo;s formal schooling and whether it occurred in an educational setting.</em></p> Sydney architecture intern underpaid almost $7000 Nicholas Korody 2015-03-18T15:49:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:27:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="368" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A student was underpaid almost $7000 during an internship with a Sydney firm of architects, a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation has found. The student was completing a masters degree in architecture when he was paid $12 per hour for six months of full-time work. His duties included architectural drawing, consulting with clients and and conducting site visits...the student, aged in his 20s,... was short-changed $6830.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to Australian labor laws, the student was performing work that was not part of his architectural education and should have received minimum wage payment. Australia's minimum wage is $16.88 (in comparison, the US minimum wage is currently $7.25/hr) and after the student's graduation his payment should have risen to&nbsp;$21.19 an hour.</p><p>This news is the latest in a gathering storm surrounding the abuse of intern labor in architecture and other fields. For example, former interns at the publisher Cond&eacute; Nast recently won a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">lawsuit </a>against the firm, collecting a total of&nbsp;$5.8 million for unpaid labor (divided among 7,500 people).&nbsp;</p><p>The issue is part of a larger, systematic problem that inhibits young people at the nascence of their careers. In conjunction with the massive loans need to get educated, un- and underpaid internships are an impossible burden to shoulder for many aspiring architects, yet are often presented as a normal and necessary aspect of getting into the profession. For...</p> Employers Should Pay Their Interns. Here's Why Archinect 2014-06-10T20:24:00-04:00 >2014-06-16T10:51:33-04:00 <img src="" width="346" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Proponents of unpaid internships say the jobs help aspiring professionals get on-site experience and r&eacute;sum&eacute; entries that can spur their careers. Detractors insist that unpaid positions exploit workers, take jobs from would be entry-level employees, favor the privileged who can afford to make no money, and perhaps most importantly, break longstanding labor laws... employment defense lawyers are increasingly advising clients to start paying interns at least the minimum wage...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The 67-year-old Supreme Court case used to justify unpaid internships Archinect 2014-05-16T12:42:00-04:00 >2014-05-20T20:10:43-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the Labor Department established a six-point test for circumstances in which aspiring workers in need of skills, like trainees and interns, don't have to be paid. Must be similar to training you'd get at a school Must be for the intern's benefit Must not take the place of other, paid, employees Must provide the employer "no immediate advantage" Must not necessarily be entitled a job after the internship Must be understood by both the employer and intern to be unpaid</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Why the unpaid internship may be on its way out Alexander Walter 2014-05-05T18:27:00-04:00 >2014-05-05T18:29:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Any time you post an ad for an unpaid internship, you&rsquo;re writing &lsquo;Poor people need not apply&rsquo; in big letters at the top,&rdquo; says Mikey Franklin, founder of the Fair Pay Campaign to end unpaid internships. If the fairness argument hasn&rsquo;t been persuasive, the threat of lawsuits has been. Magazine publisher Cond&eacute; Nast just settled a suit brought by some of its former unpaid interns. Rather than start paying, the company shut down its internship program altogether.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> For Interns, All Work and No Payoff Miles Jaffe 2014-02-17T17:50:00-05:00 >2014-02-26T17:12:25-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Call them members of the permanent intern underclass: educated members of the millennial generation who are locked out of the traditional career ladder and are having to settle for two, three and sometimes more internships after graduating college, all with no end in sight.</p></em><br /><br /><p><br>&nbsp;</p> Editor's Picks #337 Nam Henderson 2013-10-14T23:46:00-04:00 >2013-10-16T05:48:51-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg,</a> Editorial Manager for Archinect, traveled to Aedes Network Campus Berlin as a fly-on-the-wall, and reported back with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">7 Lessons from the 3rd International Architectural Education Summit</a>.&nbsp;These were; 1) <strong>The relevancy of the &ldquo;Architect&rdquo; is fleeting</strong>, 2) <strong>Kids today don&rsquo;t know a thing about radicalism</strong>, 3) <strong>The powers that be are male, and architecture is a gender-divisive practice</strong>, 4) <strong>Architects need to be &ldquo;strategically naive&rdquo;</strong>, 5) <strong>Architectural authority is not above democratic authority (?)</strong>, 6) <strong>Form before finances</strong> and lastly 7) <strong>The student has become the master (at least regarding computers)</strong>.</p> <p> <strong>In response </strong><strong>Thayer-D</strong> opined "<em>The main problem with architectural education isn't the lack of branding or radicalism, or even male dominated pedagogy (although that does suck).&nbsp; It's the lack of faith that tackling the myriad of issues associated with any given project will result in the most compelling and present project possible, regardless of one's aesthetic proclivi...</em></p> ProPublica is investigating interships, and is seeking your feedback Archinect 2013-05-07T18:49:00-04:00 >2013-05-10T08:29:55-04:00 <img src="" width="300" height="200" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In April 2010, the Department of Labor released a six-point test to help determine whether an internship in the for-profit sector qualifies to be unpaid under federal law. One of the key criteria is that the position must be of more benefit to the intern than of benefit to the company. Companies can&rsquo;t just use interns to replace regular employees.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" target="_blank">Click here</a> to take their internship survey.</p> Editor's Picks #296- Happy (Gregorian or Julian calendar) New Year's Day! Nam Henderson 2013-01-02T01:22:00-05:00 >2013-01-15T09:12:33-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="566" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>fschlem started a blog The Dirty South...The blog takes it name from a studio titled the "Dirty South," offered at the Georgia Tech. The studio was the brainchild of TVSDesign Distinguished Studio Critic Jennifer Bonner and it&rsquo;s goal was to look at the city of Atlanta through the filter of the rap ideology of east coast/ west coast/ dirty south, translated to the realm of architecture...Connely Farr thought "wow. really interesting idea for a studio..."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Just like last year, Archinect has begun the transition into the new year by reflecting back on the 2012 by sharing the most trafficked pages in Archinect's diverse online ecosystem, with a list of 12 top 12 lists for '12. As always, they listing the most popular pages from across the site, based exclusively on visits by unique page-views. Released so far are the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">12 most visited News posts</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">12 most visited Feature articles during 2012</a>.</p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tomorrow the 12 top 12 BLOGS,BLOG POSTS and LIVE BLOGS&nbsp; will be announced</a>.</p> <br><p> <strong>News</strong><br> Michael Kimmelman reviewed the new Stedelijk Museum and reflecting on it&rsquo;s design asked "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why a tub?</a>" <strong>Thayer-D</strong> offered up a few guesses but then gave up and replied "<em>Why IS this museum shaped like a tub?</em>". <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orhan Ayy&uuml;ce</a> added "<em>Building aside, it is a good museum with an excellent director, Ann Goldstein, who was a great curator here in Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art since the 80's. She is one of the best curators anywhere when it comes to conceptual art. Sh...</em></p> Exploitation of Interns Coming to an End? Anna Johnson 2012-12-27T13:17:00-05:00 >2013-01-03T17:16:16-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Unpaid interns are common in architecture firms, but recent lawsuits brought by interns across other industries may have the architecture industry forking out some cash. In many industries, the term &lsquo;intern&rsquo; is often used to describe someone who works for no pay, but the NCARB&rsquo;s IDP has been trying to detach interns from the assumption by architecture firms that they are willing to work for free. The council defines architectural internships as post-graduate, pre-registration professional work.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Work Is Work: Why Free Internships Are Immoral Archinect 2012-05-17T23:07:00-04:00 >2012-06-02T13:36:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="226" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Estimates put the number of unpaid interns every year between 500,000 and one million. So, in a country where working for free is mostly illegal, a student population somewhere between the size of Tucson and Dallas will be working for free, in plain view.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A 100-Intern Poll Archinect 2012-03-28T00:30:00-04:00 >2012-03-29T21:34:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="527" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>An intern-rights movement is afoot, sparking class-action suits against Hearst and Fox Searchlight; rumors of new rules at Cond&eacute; Nast; a Times &ldquo;Ethicist&rdquo; column (headline: &ldquo;The Internship Rip-Off&rdquo;); and a book (Intern Nation) decrying many of the unpaid jobs as boondoggles. Amid the uprising, our interns surveyed 100 other New York interns about the apprentice&rsquo;s life.</p></em><br /><br /><p> A fairly informal poll was conducted by NY Mag near the campuses of NYU, Columbia, and FIT in NYC. While the results are not that surprising, some are worth noting:</p> <ul><li> 72% report getting paid nothing</li> <li> 4% report getting paid over minimum wage</li> <li> 41% indicate that they would like to continue working for the same employer after internship is complete</li> <li> 56% do not believe they are being exploited by low (or no) pay</li> </ul><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to view the full-size infographic</a>.</p> Interns File Suit Against ‘Black Swan’ Producer Archinect 2011-09-29T17:44:25-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two men who worked on the hit movie &ldquo;Black Swan&rdquo; have mounted an unusual challenge to the film industry&rsquo;s widely accepted practice of unpaid internships by filing a lawsuit on Wednesday asserting that the production company had violated minimum wage and overtime laws by hiring dozens of such interns.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The GOOD Guide to Hustlin': How To Know if Your Internship is Worth It Archinect 2011-09-14T18:14:57-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:16:03-05:00 <img src="" width="450" height="327" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Internships are pretty sweet deals for employers, especially during a recession that&rsquo;s forced them to lay off thousands of workers. They get to cull from a pile of r&eacute;sum&eacute;s from increasingly qualified and well-rounded students and graduates to choose interns to come work at their company for free for two, four, or six months. Where interns may have once been confined to the coffeemaker, post-grad interns may now find themselves overworked...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> They Do It for Free! The Inner Lives of Interns Paul Petrunia 2011-05-23T16:11:47-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="473" height="705" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Certainly, internships can provide the relevant job experience employers look for when making hires, and they give career hopefuls the chance to make industry contacts. The problem, of course, is that only the privileged tend to have the means (i.e., parental support) to pursue them without going into debt, putting those who can get by on nothing in the short run at a long-term advantage.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Unpaid Interns, Complicit Colleges Paul Petrunia 2011-04-03T18:29:56-04:00 >2011-04-03T18:29:56-04:00 <em><p>ON college campuses, the annual race for summer internships, many of them unpaid, is well under way. But instead of steering students toward the best opportunities and encouraging them to value their work, many institutions of higher learning are complicit in helping companies skirt a nebulous area of labor law.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>