Thank you Architects who code

About a week ago I posted a job advert for Bad Monkeys on LinkedIn and YouTube. I didn’t know there were so many of you!

I’ve been completely overwhelmed by your feedback, enthusiasm, funny comments, and anger. Most of all the anger. I’ve received some unforgettable applications. Legendary stuff. One application was titled “CV of an angry Architect.” I’m still laughing with you, brother.

I’ve been surprised by the amount of interest. Of course, I had a feeling that “it’s not just us who feels angry,” but I did not expect so many people worldwide to react to this call to action. It’s so far away from anything I ever expected that it almost scares me. But most of all, it reinforces our confidence in what we believe so strongly; More people need to start learning to program and if you already know how to, you should code instead of drafting door schedules.

Here’s the link to the advert: vasshaug.net/jobs/architect

Clarifications

The job is in Oslo. You need to move here and have a permanent address here if you don’t already. Also, it’s a full-time position, not an internship.

Qualifications

“I know Dynamo, Grasshopper and a bit of Python, but I can’t code.”

Look, I’m no expert on terms and frankly, I don’t really care if it’s called programmer, coder or hacker. But in my book, if you know visual programming, you know how to code. At least enough for this position. If you are self-sufficient in Python you sure as hell know how to code.

If you’re not sure if you’re qualified, send an application anyway and find out. The worst thing that can happen is that one of us says no and that’s not a problem. Also, as I write in the advert, I am serious when I say I’m looking more for personality and attitude than technical qualifications, but remember that what you accomplished says something about your attitude.

Lastly, ladies – We’ve all seen the statistics saying women who are not sure if they’re qualified or not, tend not to apply. I’m asking you to please apply.

Questions

“What do you actually do?”

We are architects and engineers who code on projects and products. We build parametric Revit models, we build Dynamo scripts, we build Revit addins, we build generative design workflows in Grasshopper, we automate BIM at night with Python, and we have fun. We do whatever it takes to make projects and processes better for our clients and their clients by building and implementing better workflows in projects, while also transferring skills to the people we work with. The key here is projects. I’m now a firm believer in project innovation (I wasn’t before), so we try to do as much development on projects as possible.

We have some work to do in the marketing department, but in the meantime, you can read a short story about what Jostein has been doing here.

Can I work remotely?

Yes and no. You will be asked to participate physically in our office environment in Oslo. We want to build a team where people develop personal relationships. And if you work on a project in Oslo, you will probably have to be onsite occasionally. Same if you want to work on a project in NYC. Then you should probably be there. So basically, it’s a nice balance of working remotely and working with your other badass teammates.

PS. Thanks to Marius Sunde at Snøhetta for creating this .gif. It’s my mom’s proudest moment.

Possible

A while ago I wrote the blog post Impossible.

I couldn’t say at the time but the project in question was the new Le Monde Headquarters in Paris, France. After years of construction and a global pandemic, the building is today finally in use.

I cannot express with words how fantastic it was to have the opportunity to work on this building, most because of it’s 3 key Snøhetta ingredients: People, Process and Projects, and in that particular order. The individuals I got to know as colleagues on this will stay in my heart forever; The process I was involved with was an amazing one, a process I’ve covered in great length at conferences and events (and in the original blog post); And the architecture of the site in itself is one that resonates with me deeply, going all the way back to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, challenging the original proposal and of course the sphere cut. Here are a few pictures. I think Luca, who was responsible for the facade development, took most of them.