Patrik Schumacher and Harriet Harriss clash over long-hours culture at Dezeen Day - architecture and design

Patrik Schumacher and Harriet Harriss clash over long-hours culture at Dezeen Day



Patrik Schumacher defended architecture's long-hours culture at Dezeen Day last week, arguing that protecting students from working too hard could lead to a "socialist kind of world of stagnation".
Schumacher, the principal of Zaha Hadid Architects, spoke on a panel about design education, claiming that worrying about exploitation of workers could have a "paralysing" effect on companies like his.
"In my world, talk about protecting students from working too hard, from late-night working in firms like ours, that's the wrong story," he said.
"This is a competitive place where people are eager, have passionate and want to succeed and want to do something," he added. "But you can't do that if you're told that if work beyond eight hours you can observe exploitation, and something is wrong with you." The panel from left to right consisted of Neil Pinner, Stacie Woolsey, Harriet Harriss and Patrik Schumacher, with moderator India Block far left
But Harriet Harriss, dean of New York's Pratt Institute School of Architecture, argued that working long hours leads to a decline in productivity and could trigger mental health problems.
"It's very important to just bust the myth here that longer hours equals productivity," she said.
"There's been goodness knows how many studies that have been identified that the UK is actually less productive than countries that have a limit [on working hours]."
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