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Johanna, Architect
Finland, workplace of 1-20 employees
Education
Master, Architecture
Yearly salary (€)
55000-65000
In profession since
1996
Weekly hours
35-40

Could you describe your job in short?

My working picture is very diverse - I work both as a professor in the academic world and as a designer in our own office.

What do you do on average work day?

The interesting thing with my work is that very few days are alike (this is not the case for all architects). Usually part of my day goes to doing obligatory stuff - answering e-mails, requests and phone calls. Another part goes to meetings with clients, students or academic staff. One part of the day I try to use for design work.

What do you love about your job?

I like the challenge, multidisciplinarity and collaboration in the work. Every new task is different and makes you work hard and progress in your own thinking. The work is a creative balance between intuition and hard facts.

What are the worst parts of your job?

There's quite a lot of sitting in front of the computer as well as bureaucracy. But that's perhaps the case with most professions nowadays.

What are the most important skills in your job?

Ambition Collaboration Creativity Hard working Problem solving

What are the most important tools/softwares in your job?

Adobe PhotoShop Email ArchiCAD AutoCAD Rhino

How do you acquire and develop these skills?

In Finland there are quite hard entrance tests to enter the studies in Architecture. First of all you need to enter the school, most of the skills you will develop during your studies.

If your job differed from your initial expectations, what were your expectations and how did your job differ from them?

I didn't know much about the profession before I started my studies, but I have to say I really enjoy my profession today.

What does your work week include?

9.0h

Meetings / Group work

8.0h

Emails

10.0h

Independent work

5.0h

Breaks

6.0h

Travel

2.0h

Events