Questions From Interns

Discussion (9)

  1. Matt

    Once upon a time, you were all an “intern” (with or without IDP), and had to learn these things too. I can guarantee that no one started working in a firm and knew everything… While frustrating, this is how they will learn, and in turn, will teach their own interns in the future… As the last frame says, be thankful that they are coming to you to try and get it right the first time, and not make you fix it later!

  2. Riss

    We all have to learn somewhere and we know the basics of the day to day work you’ll have to do won’t be taught in school.
    Also, many an Architect I’ve worked for was terrible at redlines/markups. Between terrible handwriting and sometimes unclear direction, I’ve had to ask many a question. At least she’s asking questions.

  3. RamaFan

    The one’s that won’t ask questions are MUCH worse. We’ve got one that asks questions, but then will assume on other lots of other items and just do them plane wrong….and on top of that won’t do half the stuff you asked. The’ll just highlight it as done only for you to find it a few hours before you’re supposed to issue for bid. Half the time he’ll write notes that not even make grammatical sense….and that’s just poor education or laziness right there.

    • RamaFan

      get it…get it…not even make…darn this is a hard crowd.

  4. Random Architect

    When I was an intern, instead of interrupting my supervisors throughout the day every time I had a question, I’d note the question and move on, then at the end of the day I’d schedule 30 minutes to go over the list of questions I had that day.

  5. E Architect

    Yes – we have all been interns along the way. Luckily my office experiences were fair to OK but I have heard of horror stories – we all have. Anyway, with my interns I try and determine what they CAN do and not what I WANT them to do. It is a subtle but important difference. It really is the boss that has no clue and expects the world out of an intern who is making the biggest mistakes.

  6. Central Standard

    I’ve been licensed for 30 years and am smart enough to know that I still don’t know everything. Be it a diffeerent building type or process house within the structure, new code requirements and on. I find myself off course when I don’t ask questions.

    I get nervous when I am working with someone and they are not asking questions.

  7. Not An Architect

    This is the world I live in every day. The worst is when someone comes to ask a question, you say, “No, we’ve discussed this the client already and they don’t want that detail.” And they say, “Oh, because I already did this, coordinated it through the set, and have the engineers working on the revision.” Commence slamming my head into the wall.

  8. swolfearch

    Maybe a little more attention in school to the less exciting part of the business – like how a building goes together and the information contained in the working drawings and specifications – would help.