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10 Signs That You Are Married To An Architect

Architects have unique personalities that spawn amazing designs and ideas, but what is it like to be married to one of these original thinkers? Image Source: Photo Klik

How many architects does it take to change a light bulb? Well, we don’t have the silly response to that joke, but with one quick Google search you can find a lot of jokes about architecture and architects. It seems that architects get picked on for their quirky personalities and traits.

However, here at Freshome, we respect (and sometimes adore) the amazing creations that the complex brain of an architect is capable of.

So, without poking fun, we have put together a list of the top ten signs that you married an architect. We think you will find most of these “signs” are at the very foundation (excuse the pun) of what your marriage is built on.

Read our top ten signs that you married an architect. You may be surprised how many apply to your marriage. Image Source: Techo-Bloc

1) Your Spouse Wants to Build You A Temple

Architects give us temples in which something marvelous is obviously going on. Actually, practically nothing is going on.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons

Ah yes, your significant other has BIG plans for your future home. Instead of promising you the moon and the stars, they have promised you the home of your dreams— an epic home, a masterpiece, a temple!

Meanwhile you are thinking, “That’s great, honey, but I just want a nice house to live in”. Architects don’t do nice, they do extraordinary.

If your spouse has larger-than-life plans for your future home, then you are most definitely married to an architect. However, don’t set your sights on decorating this temple, as your spouse will not want any decorative accessories messing with their masterpiece.

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If your spouse has larger-than-life plans for your future home, then you are most definitely married to an architect. Image Source: Kolbe Windows

2) You Have A Lot Of Windows To Clean

Do you have stock in glass cleaning products? If not, maybe you should. Architects LOVE incorporating glass and windows into their designs, and who can blame them—What’s better than a wall of windows that allow the natural light and views to take center stage within your home?

This is all fine and dandy until you are the one that has to clean all those glorious windows. You may also need to invest in a rather tall ladder because we know that your floor-to-ceiling windows are not the standard 8-feet—architects never do anything that is just standard!

If you find yourself endlessly cleaning windows, then you are probably married to an architect.

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You are definitely married to an architect if you have ever pondered taking stock in glass cleaning products. image Source: Cultivation Design

3) Depression Spawns Their Greatest Ideas

Acquaintance with grief turns out to be one of the more unusual prerequisites of architectural appreciation. We might, quite aside from all other requirements, need to be a little sad before buildings can properly touch us.” ― Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness

Architects have a tough job and they are told no more often than yes. In a sense there is a cycle to the job of an architect, and this cycle can be depressing. The highs and lows of this cycle look something like this:

1) They land a big client. Yay! They are estactic.

2) Now they need to come up with ideas/designs to wow said client. Extreme frustration occurs as they struggle to come up with the perfect design.

3) Ah Ha! They have the perfect idea/design. They are full of excitement and nervous anticipation.

4) They pitch this perfect idea/design only to be told, No. Rejection depression is in full swing.

5) Back to the drawing board. Deep frustration and moodiness is common at this point.

6) Ah Ha! They have an even better idea/design. They are tentatively excited, but sleep loss due to worry is common at this point.

7) They present this new idea and are finally told, Yes! They are happy again! (until the next job)

You see how their job can be frustrating and downright depressing at times? However, like all great artists, this depression spawns great ideas. Unfortunately, you as a spouse have to live with this cycle and the depression/moodiness it can cause within your spouse.

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The job of an architect is a cycle of highs and lows which can lead to frustration and moodiness. Image Source: Zak Architecture

4) You Have At Least One Pet (or child) Named After A Famous Architect

Do you have a cat name Frank (after Frank Lloyd Wright) or maybe a dog named Michelangelo?

If you have a pet, or even a child, named after a world famous architect, then you are definitely married to one.

Rest assured, this is normal. After all, don’t we all name the people or pets that we love the most after our idols? Really, it’s a compliment to the highest degree. Not to mention the conversations it can start!

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If you have a pet, or even a child, named after a world famous architect, then you are definitely married to one. Image Source: Coates Design

5) It’s Been 5 Years And Your Home Is Still In The Design Phase

“Cheops’ Law: Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

Remember that temple they were going to build you? Well, it’s still in the process of being designed, but all good things come to those who wait—although as the spouse of an architect, you may be waiting longer than most.

Architects are meticulous creatures, and you cannot rush them. Every detail has its day and every day revolves around …read more      

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