There’s so much to say about architects. They are one of the most in-demand professions especially in uprising places where structures are still either being built or renovated. These specialists have stressful jobs, but they get loads of money with their work. Alongside these tags about architects, they are also dubbed as individuals with a high divorce rate; some are suffering from depression, leading an unhealthy lifestyle and even getting critical health ailments. But all these are rumors. There is no direct evidence to these claims for now. These claims were considered void when you look at the actual statistics. Data show that architects, most of them, are happily married and has a high life expectancy. But just how these rumors came about?
There was this film about the said professionals wherein one abandoned his family because of work. This smeared the image of the architects and probably where the conclusions were drawn. However, this claim was contracted by data analysis in the U.S census that revels; architects ranked 45th amongst 449 professions reviewed to get into divorce proceedings. However, there are limitations in terms of the gathering of the data. But still, it is drawn that there is a significant percentage of divorce occurrences among architects compared to other professions.
Studies are indeed showing how people estimate their waiting time depending upon the design of the room they are in. Narrow spaces without the possibility to direct the gaze into a distance, be it through a window into nature or a picture, throw us back on ourselves and the waiting situation we are in. — Marc Wittmann Ph.D.
Data also revealed that there is a significant number of architects that cohabitate yet didn’t get married at all. However, in a research conducted by National Endowment for the Arts found that people in line with artistry field (architects and like professions included) are happily married.
As for the depression case amongst architects, it was found out that no studies can back up this claim. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the percentage of depression occurrence on engineers and architect professional is only 4.3 percent. However, there may be a discrepancy in the analysis of data since architects in this analysis were combined with the engineers. So there is a possibility that some architects are suffering from depression, but due to the process of capturing the data on the identified respondents, the situation was covered up. But still, despite the way the information is covered, yet, it cannot be stated that most of the architects are depressed.
In terms of health, it was then perceived that architects’ life expectancy is lower compared to any other profession. This is due to an unhealthy lifestyle, stress, and vices they are into. This claim is somehow correlated to the previous social status of the architect. Like some were born poor and are then perceived to have more tendency to get sick and eventually die. But this claim by ruled out with a revelation from a specific study that most architects did not come from low-income families. This profession entails long and expensive academic journey in colleges and universities, and this requires money. Thus, only people with money can pursue college with an architecture degree. And there are also studies that show that architects have less probability of getting respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, psychiatric diseases, rheumatoid diseases, ulcers, and even cancer.
By diving into a project — and then letting it recede into the background of our awareness while we turn our attention to work on other projects — we can start out by absorbing a bundle of necessary details and facts about the constraints of the project and the possible directions it might go, without committing to final choices. — Wilma Koutstaal Ph.D.
It may be true that the life expectancy of correlated with the socioeconomic status he is into. And with architects, stress and long hours of work can be perceived to have on their health but then there is this glucocorticoid element that can help people live long lives. And this can be obtained if one has a long time partner or a spouse. And since most architects have spouses, despite their stress at work, they still tend to live a long life.
As for the economic climate, it was found out that the architects’ status would also depend on the economic turnaround. There is a claim that the unemployment rate amongst architects is around 40 to 50 percent. This may be true, but that status would not last for a long time. Because of the nature of competitiveness in this line of profession, a new architect could not get a break that instantly. However, when he climbs up the ladder, he would then move with the workforce. And would stay there even a recession takes place. The reason behind is their educational qualifications. So, despite the current socioeconomic status, architects are on their seats and will remain in their jobs.
If we are serious about re-creation and steering our career in a direction of doing what we love, then a transition phase is essentially a time period of dedicated work and effort, geared towards acquiring new skills, establishing new networks and potentially rebranding our current job role. — Gaby Pfeifer, Ph.D.
In conclusion, the claims aforementioned about architects have no scientific basis. The nature of their profession has nothing to do with their mental health, their state of mind, their health, their views in marriage and most importantly their stand in the labor force. This profession is here to stay. It has a vital role in society, and the community would love to have an architect in their midst. So don’t be afraid if you are planning to take this career path in the future.