Campion Platt: Luxurious Exploitation

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Luxury might be "about materials and context" as his website asserts, but refusing to pay a summer intern seems less than luxurious.

MR Architecture and Decor: interior design on the cheap

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Stylish designer David Mann seeks an interior designer who will run his errands.

Dirty Greens Pt. 1: Clean Solar Inc.

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We urge Clean Solar Inc. to look beyond sustainable energy and adopt a sustainable business structure that fairly compensates all employees.

Our Mission

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Offering inexperienced and desperate young architects jobs working for free or less than minimum wage is plain immoral, unfair, and typically illegal. This blog will aim to end this practice by exposing the firms that unfairly treat their employees.

From Craigslist LA:
Architecture gallery seeking interns in the Pacific Design Center



SUPERFRONT LA, an offshoot of the experimental architecture gallery and project space in Brooklyn, seeks 2 interns in the Los Angeles area to fulfill curatorial and gallery functions at the Pacific Design Center from 1PM to 5PM, Monday through Friday. Interns will work directly with artists and architects exhibiting work in the gallery, assist with exhibit design and installation, and act as liaisons with the design community of the Pacific Design Center. Each intern will work at the gallery 2-3 days a week, Monday through Friday.
Unpaid, pending grant funding.
Mitch McEwen is the director and founder of Superfront. Superfront seems to be a cause that we here at AWETY would champion. From the Superfront website:
SUPERFRONT’s mission is to support, promote, and produce radically contemporary architecture, while fostering creative interdisciplinary exchange.
We fully support Superfront's mission and empathize with the difficulty of their endeavor. Given the tight economy it is difficult to fund experimental and research initiatives.

We urge Ms. McEwen to take the time to devise a more sustainable business plan that does not rely on labor from unpaid interns or to make the connections necessary to offer course credit for architecture students in exchange for service. As it stands the good cause of this organization is endangered by their exploitative business model. To send email to Superfront you can contact them here.

From Craigslist NYC:
INTERIOR DESIGN / MODELMAKING INTERNSHIP

MKDreamDesign is an interior design and architecture firm based in Manhattan.
Our projects include nightclubs, spas, retail stores, restaurants, and residences in New York,
New Jersey, Las Vegas, California, and Dominican Republic (www.mkdreamdesign.com)

We are getting many new building and interior projects and seek a passionate and motivated
intern to start full time. Must be especially strong in modelmaking (physical and 3D computer).
It is an unpaid internship but we provide lunch and you will also learn a lot and engage in all
aspects of a design business from this hands-on internship.

Requirements
- Strong Model-Building skills
- Strong 3D computer modeling skills
- Proficiency in Vectorworks and/or Autocad
- Organizational & Communication skills
- General office skills
- Familiarity with Macs a+
- Graphic design skills a +

Duties:
- Physical model-building
- 3D Computer modeling
- Drafting
- Visiting and measuring sites
- Material and finish selection
- Acquiring and delivering samples
- General office work, answering phones

Please title subject as DESIGN & MODELMAKING INTERNSHIP

Send your cover letter, resume, and samples to:
Mkdreamdesign.jobs@gmail.com

Any resume without samples will not be reviewed.
List all programs you know: vectorworks, rhino, sketchup etc.
Matthew Kelly is the founder of MKDreamDesign. Mr. Kelly needs to be reminded that in the real world people are paid for the job they do. To email Mr. Kelly and remind him that exploiting his workers is wrong, you can contact him here.

From Craigslist NYC:
MR Architecture + Decor, a widely published interior architecture and decor firm, currently has an opening for an unpaid intern in our decor department. The ideal candidate will be an interior design student or recent graduate who can handle multiple tasks with minimal supervision. Duties will include working with the interior designers, running errands, sourcing materials, making follow up phone calls to vendors, organizing the materials library and anything else required to keep the operations running smoothly. Must know MS office and Photoshop, and Auto CAD is a plus. This is an excellent opportunity for students and recent grads looking to enter the interior design field.

For consideration, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to day@mrarch.com. and be sure to include INTERN POSITION in the subject field of the email.

To learn more about David Mann the Principal of MR Architecture + Decor you can read about his "Stylish" lifestyle on Page Six. He also talks about the pains of running a "sweatshop" here.
From Archinect's Job Board:

We are seeking an individual with experience in AutoCAD, Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop and 3D Studio Max (or comparable). Excellent language and graphic skills are required. Additional information on the studio’s work can be found at: www.campionplatt.com No phone calls please.

This is an unpaid position. An allowance for lunch and travel will be provided. Hours of operation are 9am – 6pm. We are seeking someone available from Memorial to Labor Day.






Luxury might be "about materials and context" as his website asserts, but refusing to pay a summer intern seems less than luxurious. With projects in the Hamptons and Turks and Caicos, it seems Mr. Platt should be able to afford just compensation for a summer employee.

If you feel like being exploited you can contact Mr. Platt here.

Our mission

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Architects design only a small percentage of the built environment. This can be attributed to a failure on the part of the architectural profession to demonstrate that architectural design is of more value than other modes of production. If architecture is to reverse the longstanding trend of diminishing prominence and control, all architects must work to demonstrate the value of their labor.

If the process of hiring an architect for a design is to be justified then the value of that decision must be reflected in the compensation for the entire team that labors toward the realization of that design. When reputations are built on experience it stands to reason that it is bad for the profession if the previous experience of some hires results not from their individual aptitude, but from a willingness to accept unpaid work. It's not a level playing field when some firms are taking advantage of young employees by offering unpaid internships or volunteer positions. Offering inexperienced and desperate young architects jobs working for free or less than minimum wage is plain immoral, unfair, and typically illegal. This blog will aim to end this practice by exposing the firms that unfairly treat their employees.
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