Question: How many archetypal architects are there in your office?
Type A : Score three points for every bearded, bespectacled, corduroytrousered gent who is prone to wearing bow-ties and, at 'black-tie'events, 'fun' waistcoats or white jackets. A dying breed, although still some at director level.
Type B : Score one point for every 'young hipster' with:
darker clothes than seems humanly possible; a shaven head (men only); 'odd'glasses with no frames or square frames, which make them appear serious and Germanic; or a 'vintage Americana' T-shirt.
Must work in practice with an obscure and single-worded title. Or acronym.
Type C : Score five points for every 'fancy dan'- suited, late 30s to 40s, sustainably 'aware' but drives a mean motor.Does a lot of commercial but talks big on low energy. Friends with developers. Goes to lots of parties. Smokes cigars.
If you scored less than five you are in your 20s and are part of a thrusting young team full of ideas about sustainability, flexibility, pods, the new lofts, and curvy organicism. Not much work, though.
If you scored 5-19 you are working mainly on mass housing schemes, having learnt how best to negotiate hurdles thrown up by PFI and housing associations, and with the belief that the community is benefiting as a result.
Twenty or above and you make shops happen.