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FRIDAY FUNNY: The Funny Side of Architecture

Written by Heidi Schwartz. Posted in Friday Funny

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Published on August 13, 2010 with No Comments

What happens when the activities of a madcap group of overworked, frustrated architects is chronicled in the form of an old fashioned black and white comic strip? The result is a clever Web offering called Architexts. While originally created for the amusement of architectural professionals, some facility managers (and others in related fields) may also find it humorous. [Click on image to enlarge.]

From the Website:

Architexts tells the story of a fictitious mid-sized architectural firm called Franklin + Newbury Architects, Inc. Their experiences are mostly based on real life experiences of architectural professionals. Franklin + Newbury Architects, Inc. is a fairly typical firm. The projects aren’t all that exciting: tenant fit-outs, small commercial renovations, feasibility studies… not much new construction. The lack of exciting design work makes the young production staff jaded and cynical. They struggle with their seemingly mundane jobs and constantly finding ways to amuse themselves to get through each day. They have antipathy for the bosses, who don’t seem motivated to pursue more exciting projects.

The production staff is made up of designers and drafters ranging from recent graduates in their early 20s who still have high expectations for their careers and the profession, to more experienced designers in their mid-30s who would like to work in a better firm, but feel stuck. Your office may not be like Franklin + Newbury Architects, Inc. but we are sure you will be able to relate to the situations and hijinks that occur.

Here’s one more sample, just perfect for a Friday in the summer (when everyone else has left the office…)

[Again, click on image to enlarge.]

About Heidi Schwartz

Heidi Schwartz

Schwartz joined Group C Media in April 1989 as managing editor of Today's Facility Manager (TFM) magazine (formerly Business Interiors) where she was subsequently promoted to editor/co-publisher of the monthly trade magazine for facility management professionals. In September 2012, she took over the newly created position of internet director for TFM's parent company, Group C Media, where she is charged with developing content and creating online strategies for TFM and its sister publication, Business Facilities. Schwartz can be reached at

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