Moonlighting as a design assistant?


Hey all, it's been a while since I've last been here!

I've read a few posts on moonlighting here, and I wanted to preface my thread by stating that I have gained permission from my boss, and that it is allowed by company policy as well.

I've recently moved to a significantly more expensive local and currently have a job that I absolutely love. However, I'm looking to gain some experience in a different sector, and make a bit of money on the side to pay for furniture. Sitting on cardboard boxes full of Instapak may be unique, potentially even fashionable, but it is not comfortable.

I currently work on mostly industrial/infrastructure projects, and I wanted to get a bit of perspective on what it's like to work on single family residential.

Have any of you here had any experience in hiring, or working as an assistant to architects on the side of a full time job? Is this a viable idea?

Taking this one step further. If viable, what might be some methods of getting in touch with architects looking for help?

Nov 22, 19 11:46 am

It can be done.  I have known people who have drafted in the evenings for residential architects after working daytime at commercial firms.   Your local AIA chapter may be a good place to put your resume in the job bank and also to connect with firm owners at events.

If your city has a local shelter/home decor magazine, that can be resource for locating local firms that do residential work.

The key to making two jobs work will be having clear schedule boundaries and expectations between you and your multiple bosses.  I also suggest trying to find a residential operation that is well-organized and runs smoothly.

Nov 23, 19 1:57 pm

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