Hello fellow architects and intern architects,
My name is Santiago Ortiz. I am an intern architect living and working in Venice, CA.
I recently came across an article on a lifestyle magazine (online) where a former client of mine is showcased on her life, work, and the home she lives in with her family. Half way through the article it says her husband designed and built her home. Her husband, a general contractor, did build their home but was not the designer. I was hired by them to design and permit a two story addition and an extensive alteration of the existing home built in 1921. I believe it is always a group effort when working with clients; however, I am the project designer on all my projects. I immediately called them after reading the article to express how flabbergasted I was about them not giving me proper credit for my work (visible on photographs throughout the article) and misrepresenting his position as the designer of this home.
I wanted to find out if any of you have experienced a situation like this before. Also, is there anything I can do in order to get proper credit for my work when it is visible on print or online?
Greatly appreciate it.
I'm more interested in what the client said in response to your flabbergastedness and his misrepresenting himself!
Greg McMenamin, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Architects have the endless task of reminding the media, the public, and clients of their presence. I have found the press and clients mostly embarrassed when the omission is brought to their attention. Nevertheless, it continues to happen. I am often impressed how in other places in the world, architects are more typically front and center in the reporting of building projects.
This is beginning to change here, too. In the Washington (DC) Business Journal, for example, architects are routinely cited, and often featured, in an otherwise real estate newspaper.
But we are tasked with to remind hosts to place a setting for us at the table.....I would conclude by suggesting you should not get used to it, contain the anger, and gently remind them that "it couldn't happen without the architect" and remember your manners at the table.
ALLEN E NEYMAN, AIA O 301-251-1412 C 301-351-7264