I haven't worked in Jack Pringle's office but I gather he is a nice bloke. So what is he doing scaring off young women with tales of architecture's long hours and desperately crap pay (AJ 8.3.01)? When he told the young people taking a view about their future careers that it took him only six years of 16-hour days to get to his current pinnacle, I hope he didn't tell them how many single-person practices get by for years on less than the basic starter pay in a medium-big office such as Pringle's.
The lads in the office were enraged when they read the AJ's report on this alternative careers workshop. Apart from diminishing with a few words the volume of potential totty in their future working lives, some of these young women might have had rich parents, which, they all believe, is the best way to escape perpetual AutoCAD servitude. The two women here were also cross because, apart from not improving the potential social mix, Pringle had exposed to the world how little dosh some women are prepared to do architecture for.
It makes you wonder, especially when, for all the gravitas and self-importance that partners trot out effortlessly, the fact is that architecture gives you a lot less take-home pay than interior design - and on the work and social front has a sex imbalance which is massive and, thanks to people like Pringle's helpful words, built into the system.