Architecture is a notoriously grueling industry, and 'Just Design' is a new activist organization looking to improve upon that reputation.
While in grad school, future architects routinely pull all-nighters in order to complete projects and designs. This hardly abates in the professional world, where architecture firms either explicitly or implicitly expect their staff to work 14-hour days and be constantly available via email. It goes without saying that these practices lead to stress and unhappiness for architects. Just Design hopes to push out this toxic work philosophy through a method with which architects are very familiar: self-regulated certifications.
Just Design offers a certification process through which architecture studios and firms can prove the quality of their labor practices. Firms must be nominated by employees, and the certification assures traits like flexibility, employee agency, fair pay, salary transparency, employee diversity, and family-friendly policies.