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Days at the Office

Today was hectic! Totally hectic! I spent half the day simmering in anger for one reason or another! This is totally not how I wanted to end my relationship with this office. And the fact that Ive learned one of my ex superiors from here has some kind of grudge against me and has been bad mouthing me behind my back is so not helping! :/

As it so happens, 15th October is my last day there. And even though Ive been working there for like three months already (July and onwards) October is my fourth month there but I have yet unresolved issues with management.

When I joined up, I was given the post of a trainee Architect. Fine by me, but HR gave me a letter of appointment of Interneeship/Traineeship. Again, it wasnt much of an issue, except, they dont happen to realize the difference between trainees and internees. And though I tried to get them to review it, my pleas fell on deaf ears and I ended up just keeping shut about it. I hoped it wouldn’t raise much issues in the future, but alas, I was proven wrong today!

Anyway, back to history, after the end of my second month, in the end days of august, I ran after HR for a few days asking them to give me my appointment letter now that I had passed the one month not-payable probationary period. They told me they’ll issue it in a day or two. I was glad it wasn’t causing me much fatigue. Oh how wrong I was! :/

Two days later, I received my “letter” and was informed by HR to contact finance and receive my Cash Award by the MD for “Outstanding Performance” of ten thousand rupees. When I opened my “letter”, it turned out to be an appreciation letter! As far a cry as possible from the appointment letter I had asked for!

And so passed the second month, without pay.

In the middle of the third month, I became too depressed and exhausted to work further. The politics of the place was too dirty and the people not so different either. In the end, I had a bit of a fight with the MD which ended in friendly terms, and with me being told I shouldnt leave just yet and all my grievances would be answered. Three days later, it was pay day, and I got my lump sum amount of 10,000.

At first I thought it was probably my pay. Two days later, HR came and told me to have my clearance done (and get lost) now that my traineeship period had ended. Another meeting with the MD told me I was indeed about to be sent either on entrepreneurship (and hence off the payroll) or onto the institute to teach. The company had gone into debts trying to stay out of deep waters and the MD was now starting the process of downsizing. Me and a friend were the first to go.

We had a tea party held in our honor at the end of the week (which I was unable to attend) and now theres just five more days that we have to put up at the office till we get our clearance and are free!

But those five days were bound not to be peaceful as well! Today, on the fifth last day, I had another major fight with HR (That guy never seems to learn) regarding my pay. I was supposed to be paid 10K per month but he only paid me 10K for two months. And seemed to think that was it. I went to the other “incharge” for monetary and personnel affairs with my case. There was a bit of debating, after which I was told me case was a bit “too complicated” and that I had better go back n see the MD. I did, and he authorized I be paid 10K for every month, even the probationary period. And that the cash award I got, was not part of my pay! And yes, even he agreed the HR Manager was a bit …. ahem ahem… Let’s not repeat the exact words. 😛

Tomorrows going to be another adventure! We [Me and my pal] have to get our letters of recommendation from the MD [He gave us the liberty to write them ourselves and hell sign them after a read] and I have to specifically get a signed letter from the MD detailing my payroll and all and pass that to the HR manager. Maybe then it’ll finally settle in his mind! Muhuhahahahaha 😀

Ah, it’s late and I’m tired! So I’m off to sleep! Gotta get enough rest for any upcoming battles for tomorrow! After all, better not look down at the number of days left! 🙂

Architectural Post – Architectural Studio Project

The attached project is a project we had to undertake in third year of design school. We had to design a campus building for  the architectural and design division for our schools new campus. I’m simply attaching the final sheets I used in my final display.

The Layout Plan and Concept

The drawings were then hand rendered for the final presentation. These are the Jpegs I printed straight out of Photoshop.

The School Building Plans – Floor 1 to Floor 3 and Elevations

Layout of Floor 4 and Floor 5

The sections and 3D Images

Architectural Works – I

The topic for this design is a Madrassa-An Islamic Learning Institute. In Pakistan, the culture’s roots lie deep within the religion followed, Islam, because as Muslims believe, Islam is not only a religion but also the way of life. Since centuries ago, Madrassas have acted as centers of learning for both religious and scientific knowledge. In Pakistan, the trend of Madrassas exists, but the education reforms for Madrassas and their education does not meet the needs and wants of the century. Moreover, there is no distinct character for Madrassa architecture in Pakistan.

This project focuses on reviving the essence of the Madrassa, incorporating the ideology and principles of socio-adaptive architecture, all the while proposing a hypothesis for it that would bring it at par with today’s education criteria.
Objective: 

To revive and recreate the true essence of an Islamic Learning Institute, incorporating user friendly and socio spaces- which can be said to have defined a new identity for its architecture

The selected site for the madrassa is along the Indus Highway at Village Dao, Pakistan. The site is 10-25 acres available. The original purpose of the land there is for agriculture which can be used as a benefit in the madrassa where the land can be irrigated with vegetables, trees so as to generate an income for itself every term. The site belongs to a landlord who is willing to donate it for the purpose of building the madrassa there. Parents main hesitation is that sending girls to school meant they would not be able to care for the house and perform household chores. To counter that, it is proposed that certain additions be made to the already existing curricula and teaching styles.

These are the sheets that constituted the whole thesis display at the end and some images of the 3D. Thank Heavens, the jury went awesomely well and I won a distinction for this work! ^_^
So, what do you think of it?! 🙂

An Architect’s Life

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“Architects design the structures in which people live, work, shop and play. They are involved in all phases of the project — from the initial project specifications created in the office to the actual building of the structure at the construction site.”

From http://www.ehow.com/info_7823577_architect-job-qualifications.html

Almost everyone knows what an architect is and does. In the engineering and technical terms, it is called design; an architect designs a space that is comfortable to the user, in more than one sense. In the layman’s terms, it is a scribbling of lines, which, to my utmost amusement, I have heard several people to this day easily say “That’s so easy, even we can do it!”  Whether you’re sitting in the hallways of your university campus from morning to evening producing sketch after sketch in first year, or sitting in the studio in third year all day long scribbling designs and concepts, shuffling between creativity and standards and trying to find common ground between design and the client’s conditions, or whether you’re staying up day and night for two weeks before the final date for submission finalizing and polishing your work till you’re satisfied; to the world out there, all an architect does, as the world sees it, is draw lines.

What’s funny is not that people ridicule our work and efforts like that, but that they close their eyes to the effort and work that has actually been done in the backdrop of those “lines”. Undermining the efforts of an architects work like that is the same as ridiculing an artist for his paintings that “never make sense”, or a doctor of medicine for prescribing medicine that “anybody could prescribe”. No work in the world can be measured on a scale of easy-hard or good-bad in comparison to others. Every work has its own essence. A fireman may not be the most wanted job for people, but do those who have never come across this profession realize the danger firemen put themselves in every time they are called to put out a fire and have to walk in it? Even the most basic of mannerisms requires that a person polite to another, no matter their background or status. Rather than demeaning and undermining the work and effort that has been made for the achievement of architectural feats, its best to leave each profession to be critiqued by its own experts who know the backstage as well as the back of their hand! Making jokes makes the whole scenario even more interesting; After all, architecture is a fun job and fun comes in all forms. Most architects make jokes themselves regarding their profession, yet on a closer look, those jokes are rather harmless and creative. After all, injecting a syringe into a patient may seem like the easiest task a doctor has to undertake when giving medicine or taking blood, yet a slightest mistake in it can cause the patient a lot of pain and bitter memories. A small mistake on the architects behalf can bring about chaos in the form of loss of life or collapse of design. Conclusively, whether its an architect, a doctor, a fireman, a clerk or a simple mailman, no job in the world is simply “easy” or “not really needed” or something that any other person of another profession can perform.

As the wise say; “If you seek respect for yourself  from others, give them respect first!”

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Here’s a picture I found on Google and really enjoyed!

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To end the post on a friendly note, here’s a few funny takes of an architect’s job:

From my experience, I can safely say, life as an architect is definitely hell, but a lot of fun and a lot of hard work! 

Architectural Marvels – I [Bridges]

The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge

The chinese are fast becoming the frontier state around the world, starting to lead with its economy, policies and now, even architecture! To this day, China and its neighbor Taiwan have some of the best architectural structures to boast about; the Taipei 101 and Shanghai World Trade Center, alongside many others. Another addition to this list of achievements is now the longest Sea Bridge in the World; The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge!

Don’t think about crossing it on foot, it’s the length of a marathon. At 26.4 miles long, it is five miles further than the distance between Dover and Calais. The Jiaozhou Bay bridge is 26.4 miles long and links China’s eastern port city of Qingdao to the offshore island Huangdao. The road bridge, which is 110ft wide and is the longest of its kind, cost nearly £1billion to build.

A bridge over misty waters: The immense £1billion structure which is supported by more than 5,000 pillars stretches for 24 miles along China’s eastern port city of Qingdao to the offshore island Huangdao, cost £960million and took four years to build!!
Stretching beyond where the eyes can see!
 The suspension beams form an imposing sight as the reach through the clouds and look down upon colourful flags marking the bridge’s grand opening
Twenty-four miles of fresh untouched tarmac stretch from Qingdao to Hungdao
Map of the Bridge and its running area

Yet the Chinese are not to be outdone by themselves! As they would have it, this marvelous engineering feat will only hold the record as the longest sea bridge for a few years – it will be beaten by another Chinese bridge in the next decade. Last December officials announced workers had begun constructing a bridge to link southern Guangdong province with Hong Kong and Macau. Set to be completed in 2016, officials said the £6.5billion bridge will span nearly 30 miles. It will be designed to cope with earthquakes up to magnitude 8.0, strong typhoons and the impact of a 300,000 tonne vessel.
Yet again, both structures will still be dwarfed by the longest bridge in the world, also in China. The Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge is an astonishing 102 miles in length.

Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the next best marvel that China will bring us!  ^_^

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