Thursday24 July 2014

Architects' desks: Alan Berman, founding partner at Berman Guedes Stretton

Alan Berman's desk
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BD takes a look at the workspaces of architects

Alan Berman said: “The blue note on my keyboard says ‘urgent – send pic of desk to BD’. The guys in the office snapped it before I got back to ensure I didn’t tidy my desk because they rib me about my untidiness. What no-one can see is that it has a definite order, visible to my eyes only. It also excellently captures many unfulfilled aspirations: I have kept my drawing board - I draw whenever I can but it’s still much less than I would like; the pile of books are some I dream I will one day read; and the two notebooks might one day get used – instead I try managing my time using the post-it system which reflects my  jaundiced view of VDUs - here captured by showing how I use mine as an excellent and efficient pin board.”   


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  • Sebastian Cuff

    A splendit desk, what? Clutter and mess, yes, but not quite enough to make it look like the desk of some neurotic nutter. And the idea of having a flat screen monitor just as a Post-It board is brilliantly novel.

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  • Good heavens, a desk which looks like somebody actually works at it. And a drawing board - at least the Campaign for Real Drafting lives on!

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  • Alisa Selezneva

    nice desk. drawing board, cool!

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  • At last methinks I have made it. Although I don't have the VDU post it board I do have chutney jars filled with pantone markers.

    Maybe I can ditch the black suit now and rest easy.

    Peter Czajkowskyj

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  • JuiceMajor

    wait a minute....is this a contractor desk? shame!

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  • Munter Roe

    From the range of directors / owners shown so far in this series I must say im dissapointed with the lack of luxury. I would expect an individual office and some comfort.

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  • Geez! One thing you get with a sole tradership is an individual office! I knew there was a reason I left my old practice. LOL!

    Although the individual office is overrated - harder to get a colleagues attention, and difficult for people being mentored to learn from you if you're shut away in a box.

    Still have the drawing board but do most sketches - including 3D work - on clients tables on A4 pieces of paper. They seem to like to see me "working for a living" :)

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