For What It’s Worth: Unpaid Overtime Among Future Architects

Niall Patrick Walsh


April 28, 2021


“I think it’s fair to say that the industry is already under pressure: long hours, low fees, a steady reduction in agency,” says Chris Hildrey, director of London-based Hildrey Studio and author of acclaimed research into unpaid overtime in recent years. “But it’s important to remember that this is what we find after the productive capabilities of the profession have already been artificially inflated with the output of literally millions of hours of free labor every year. It is not only financially reliant on unpaid overtime, in its current form it is existentially reliant on it. Our entire approach to practice needs to adapt if the symptom of unpaid overtime is to be addressed.”