The Intern: Part IV

Tuesday, 12th November 2013

David Weir Architects 

Mosman Park, Western Australia, Australia 

Another day comes to a close in the offices of David Weir Architects. For today, it was one that was filled with no zany adventures or rooftop mischief. Today was a day for drawing mark ups and filing. Not every day involves hands-on work like site surveys, painting, or hammering nails into walls. There's a reason why things run as smoothly as they are: organisation is key. And that's what today was.

Obligatory monochromatic lighting snapshot, at the office of David Weir Architects.

Rather unusually, today started off with an 8:00am appointment at Red Cross to donate platelets. I've been an active donor since I was eighteen, but this was the first time that I've donated those blood-clogging bastards. There's a process - a process! - that involves going through multiple successive donations of whole blood and plasmapheresis, and then being a successful candidate for plateletpheresis....and then passing benchmarks to be suitable. These checks exist to make sure you don't go into cardiac arrest in the chair as they suck away the little bits that help make you get up in the morning and eat Weetbix. I digress. It went well, except for the part about rapidly losing body temperature despite having three heat packs and three blankets all at once. A scheduled double-bag donation turned into a single-bag donation. Oh well, there's always next time. I'll bring a five-stage Saturn V rocket engine. Who's cold now?

Arriving at the office just before midday with fresh bandages, the mission was set: find a soakwell supplier. Easy, except the conditions for the use of this soakwell were...quite unorthodox, to say the least. A phone call to a local business ended with mentions of thousands of dollars of costs, involving large cranes and traffic management. No thanks, Tyra Banks. A few more calls around dropped the price down from thousands to hundreds, albeit the 'forgotten' mention of "It's not for underground use". We'll cross that bridge when we submit the development application for proposal of said construction project.

WASARA 260mL / 8oz Wine Cup   (Source)

WASARA 260mL / 8oz Wine Cup (Source)

Dave's Cans needs wine single-use dispensary units! Also known as disposable cups, they needed to be cheap, but not the cliché, I'm-really-fancy wine "glasses" you'd find in many stores. Alternative materials were discussed. After a bit of searching, I stumbled upon this wine cup by WASARA. Completely made out of paper, single-use, easy to stack and store, and no assembly required , it seemed to fit the vibe perfectly. The problem was the price. It was one of the more cheaper ones I've seen, but the price per unit was too high to justify. Something to take away from this: aesthetics does not pay the bills (nb: This statement might sound contradictory to the entire architectural culture. I might have to eat these words). Sacrifice a lovely wine cup such as the one shown along with the higher overheads, and go for something more basic. After all, they're single use. Either way, I'm going to make it my personal task to hunt down those resellers in Australia and discuss prices. It may be futile, but damn - that cup is elegant. More in the 11pm bulletin.

A rather archaic method of storage, nearly everything has a hardcopy. Drawings, communications with the client, subcontractors, consultants. Have a back up of the back up of the back up. Back up. Back up everything.  There is no worse feeling in the professional workplace to find your server, USB or hard drive has been wiped, and you've lost everything. In saying that, a metric ton of paper is used to properly file everything and anything relating to a project. It all needs to be sorted according to what it relates to, and kept within a certain bound (chronological, priority, etc.). I'm not going to lie: it's not glamorous. Paperwork never is. Nonetheless, it has to be done. And if it means that documents are easier to find and saves a little bit of time over multiple periods, it's a definite necessity. The office of David Weir Architects has been thoroughly organised by yours truly.  Let the principal architect do the things they need to do.

A small snapshot of the office. Dave has been cropped out - "No images of me!"

So, a nice and easy finishing time of 4:00pm for today. Couple that with a very late start time, and you could easily call me the most slackest slacker that ever slacked. I'm not going to be getting off the hook that  easily with THE INTERN writing series entry, that's for sure (By the way, it's now listed as one of my project. Check it.). I've got at least three other writings lined up - notably, one that involves my recent adventures at Curtin University, doing some freaky things. Keep those eyes peeled.

Next week, we're painting again. 

- c.