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Architecture and Labor

1st Edition

By Peggy Deamer


200 pages | 65 B/W Illus.

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Through a collection of 13 essays, Peggy Deamer examines the profession of architecture not as an abstraction, but as an assemblage of architectural workers.

What forces prevent architects from empowering ourselves to be more relevant and better rewarded? How can these forces be set aside by new narratives, new organizations and new methods of production? How can we sit at the decision-making table to combat short-term real estate interests for loner term social and ethical value? How can we pull architecture – its conceptualization, its pedagogy, and its enactment – into the 21st century without succumbing to its neoliberal paradigm? In addressing these controversial questions, Architecture and Labor brings contemporary discourses on creative labor to architecture, a discipline devoid of labor consciousness.

This book addresses how, not just what, architects produce and focuses not on the past but on the present. It is sympathetic to the particularly intimate way that architects approach their design work while contextualizing that work historically, institutionally, economically, and ideologically. Architecture and Labor is sure to be a compelling read for pre-professional students, academics, and practitioners.

Table of Contents

List of Charts

Forward: Andrew Ross


Chapter 1 Craft and Design: "Detail: The Subject of the Object"

Chapter 2 Architectural Work: "Work"

Chapter 3 Technology, BIM and New Work: "BIM and Parametricism"

Chapter 4 Architectural Production and Consumption: "Architectural Work in the Capitalist


Chapter 5 Architectural Work: "Immaterial Labor"

Chapter 6 Antitrust Laws and Architectural Value: "The Sherman Antitrust Laws and the Profession of Architecture"

Information Classification: General

Chapter 7 Architectural Unionization: "The Missing Unions of Architectural Labor"

Chapter 8 Professionalism and the AIA: "Response to AIA Values" with Keefer Dunn and Manuel Shvartzberg

Chapter 9 Other Nations’ Professional Architectural Associations: "International Architectural Associations: Comparisons and Concerns"

Chapter 10 Architectural Contracts: "Contracts of Relations"

Chapter 11 Architectural Cooperativization: "Socializing Architecture Practice: From Small Firms to Cooperative Models of Organization" with Aaron Cayer, Shawhin Roudbari, and Manuel Shvartzberg

Chapter 12 Beyond Architecture: "For an Architecture of Radical Democracy" with Manuel Shvartzberg

Chapter 13 Coda

Afterword Jane Rendell

About the Author

Peggy Deamer is Professor Emerita of Yale University’s School of Architecture and principal in the firm of Deamer, Studio. She is the founding member and the Research Coordinator of the Architecture Lobby, a group advocating for the value of architectural design and labor. She is the editor of Architecture and Capitalism: 1845 to the Present and The Architect as Worker: Immaterial Labor, the Creative Class, and the Politics of Design and the forthcoming Architecture and Labor. Her theory work explores the relationship between subjectivity, design, and labor. She received the Architectural Record 2018 Women in Architecture Activist Award.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice