Jennifer from Cowork Penticton asked me a few questions about how coworking is for an architect. An architectural firm in her own town is considering coworking, but they would like to hear comments from others before committing and she is looking for some feedbacks. As an architect it is very interesting for me, as I’m noticing that while coworking is something normal for graphic designers, social entrepreneurs and web developers, it’s not the same for architects. For instance, at mutinerie coworking, one of the place where I cowork, I am one of the few architects of the community (and maybe the only one).
Why do you cowork?
I can’t exactly explain it. I just feel that I have to.
I cowork mainly to be among people who make things they love.
I am an architect but I also work as a professional blogger and when I started blogging at complexitys.com, in 2007, I couldn’t explain why I was doing it. I just felt it was incredibly important for my job and for my life. 5 years after I started understanding the reasons why. It’s the same as for coworking: I will probably know the reason why in 5 years.
Our world is very complex and I think we should all be able to feel things to go on the right direction.
Are you a solo architect, or do you work with a firm?
None of those.
I work as an independent designer (I often define myself as a slasher) but I’am always doing projects with other professionals or firms. I would say that I work in a network with people and firms. Among other things, last year I worked in Madrid with Ecosistema Urbano and I am currently developing some projects in Paris with Hugh Dutton Associates.
Is your firm coworking also?
Soon it will.
As I said, in 2007 I created complexitys.com for Hugh Dutton Associates. Since then, I have been curating the blog and managing its community of students and professionals. A few month ago I started thinking about the possibility to translate this community into a physical space, and hopefully we are achieving this in January, when I will be running a creative coworking in Belleville, Paris (the photo above shows one of the desk). I am very happy with this opportunity. I think that the physical space and human contact is the next step for the knowledge revolution started within the digital space.
What has coworking added to your professional life?
At the beginning I thought i went coworking to start new projects with new people.
And this is also true, since I am developing a new idea with people at mutinerie coworking right now, but I think people cowork just to be with other amazing people and to share values with them.
I also think coworking is a good way not to feel lost in our world. It makes me feel as if I am in the right place.
For a firm, it’s also a great opportunity to open the organization and to be costantly in contact with new “fresh” ideas and people.
Are you an architect and you cowork or you are considering coworking?
Please leave a message, it would be very helpful to have your feedback and your suggestions.
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More info are coming soon.