We Need to Prioritise Architects Mental Health

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My experience with Mental Health

During my years at Bamboo Architecture, I faced severe mental health issues.

  • The long hours
  • Financial struggles
  • Managing team members
  • The pressure to meet project demands


The combination of these factors took a toll on my mental health.

I felt exhausted, anxious, and, at times, disillusioned with my job.

My busy schedule prevented me from spending time with family and friends.

So, it affected not only my work but also my personal life.


It was a difficult time.

But I learned the importance of taking care of my mental health and seeking support from others.

I realized that I wasn’t the only one facing these problems.

Talking about mental health with other architects helped me share stories, learn new things and feel supported.


We need to prioritise architect's mental health
We need to prioritise architect’s mental health


Architects are often caught up in the same problems.

This article talks about the tough trials architects go through.

And why they need to take care of their mental health.

When architects are mentally well, it strengthens and improves our entire community.


Coping with Stress and Burnout

Being an architect nowadays can be tough; there’s a lot of pressure.

Architects feel constant stress when finishing projects, pleasing clients, and following changing rules, which will lead to long-lasting stress and burnout.

It’s like trying to balance a tall building on a tiny base.

The overstress can lead to collapse. The overexertion can lead to burnout.


We are speaking the same language, aren’t we?


The Struggle of Long Hours

Being an architect requires a lot of dedication.

And we often work more than the usual 9-to-5 hours.

What can I tell you that you don’t already know?


Working long hours not only affects your work. It also spoils your personal life.

You might have trouble sleeping, feel anxious, and lose your passion for the job.

You may not have enough time for family, friends, and self-care.

This strains your relationships and makes you feel even more stressed.

Making the problem even worse.


If you’re in this situation, you need to:

  • set clear boundaries for your work hours
  • take time for your self-care
  • and manage your time efficiently


A good balance between work and personal life is crucial for mental well-being.


The Impact of Low Salaries

We know that money (or lack of it) is one of the biggest stressors.

After spending years studying to be an architect, you may still struggle financially.

A low salary makes you worry about money and can make you feel depressed and less motivated.

You have to deal with student loans, high living costs, and daily expenses, which is tough.

Even if you are creative and hardworking, feeling unappreciated can make you enjoy your work less.

Your financial difficulties are evident.


Take care of your finances as much as you take care of your health.
Take care of your finances as much as you take care of your health.


Do you remember when we talked about the Average Salary of an Architect?

The figures were quite sad. And I fully understand that many architects are having such a hard time.


We have always said that one way to fix it is to learn about business and how to make more money.

Learning about money can help you:

  • be less stressed
  • feel happier and healthier
  • manage your finances better


Take my advice and learn more about business; you’ll feel happier and healthier as an architect.

We talked about Money and Income in several articles.


Building a Supportive Architectural Community

Architects have unique challenges, but a supportive network can make a big difference.

When there is a supportive community, architects can share their experiences, learn from each other, and support each other.

That’s why Mental Health is the cornerstone of our Brand.


At Global Architect, we’re committed to breaking the stigma around it.

We aim to make it easy for everyone to discuss their mental well-being.

Like we discuss building designs, we want to discuss mental health openly.

I will actively engage in and promote discussions about mental wellness.


Open Conversations about Mental Health
We discuss open Conversations about Mental Health on Global Architect.


As you may have noticed on my LinkedIn profile, I post once a week about Mental Health, trying to open conversations.

And I have many more on the way…


Mental Health is the cornerstone of our Brand
Mental Health is the cornerstone of our Brand


Architects should take part in sharing knowledge and supporting each other:

  • Talking about their work challenges
  • ways to deal with stress
  • celebrating successes


This will make the architectural community stronger and more resilient.

We feel more confident and happier with our profession when we support each other.


Having mentorship programs might be a great idea.

Experienced architects can guide and help younger ones, which is super valuable.

There are also peer networks and online communities where architects can connect and discuss their problems and solutions.


My Tip: don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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Conclusion: The Need for Mental Health Support

Many architects face mental health challenges.

But there’s a problem…

They don’t talk openly about it, which makes some architects scared to seek help.

They worry that others might see them as weak or not good at their job.


The mental health challenges architects face due to long hours, low salaries, and stress are significant and demand urgent attention.

The architectural community needs to come together.

We should encourage talking openly about mental well-being and provide support services in architectural firms.


Remember that asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness.

It’s a brave step towards getting better.

We can help each other by teaching everyone more about mental health and making it a normal topic.

This way, we won’t feel embarrassed or afraid to get their assistance.


We can build a brighter future together.


Take Care of your Mental Health
Take Care of your Mental Health



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