interview with archer circa 2010

The Incredible Hulk! Archer Style.

Almost three years ago, I was inspired by fellow architect, Bob Borson who publishes  Life of an Architect to interview my own son. What follows is an interview conducted on May 22, 2010, which is several weeks prior to his fifth birthday. In it he shares his thoughts on life as an architect. (Note: I recently conducted a similar interview with my soon to be six year daughter that will be published later this week.)

Some context first; before starting the interview, he was coloring with pens at the drafting table in my office that looks out into our backyard at the detached garage.

Dad: Archer, I’d like to ask you a few questions about what daddy does for a living.
Archer: Ok.

Dad: Do you know what daddy does for a living?
Archer: <Shakes his head no.>

Dad: Daddy is an architect. Do you know what architects do?
Archer: They draw stuff.

Dad: What do they draw?
Archer: They draw homes. And they draw pictures of the homes and they use different colors with pens.

Dad: Do you need any special skills to be an architect?
Archer: <Nods head yes.>

Dad: Such as?
Archer: Artists color trees and houses and garages and plants.

Dad: Do you think it’s easy being an architect?
Archer: Uh huh.

Dad: Why do you think that is?
Archer: Because we draw great pictures.

Dad: What are some of the jobs that are more difficult then being an architect?
Archer: Drawing stuff.

Dad: Do you have to be smart to be an architect?
Archer: Uh huh.

Dad: How do you know that?
Archer: You draw stuff and pictures of houses.

Dad: Do you think being an architect is a difficult job?
Archer: Yes.

Dad: Why do you think that is?
Archer: Because we draw pictures on paper.

Dad: Do you think it’s a fun job?
Archer: Yeah.

Dad: Why do you think it’s a fun job?
Archer: Because coloring is so fun.

Dad: Do you need any computer skills?
Archer: Yeah.

Dad: What sort of computer skills do you need?
Archer: Ah…I want Hulk smash.

Dad: Are architects mostly men, women or a mixture of the two?
Archer: Ah…number 5.

Dad: Number what?
Archer: Number 5.

Dad: Number 5?
Archer: Daddy number 5 is Hulk smash.

Dad: Ok.
Archer: He’s the red Hulk smash. The red Hulk smash is number 5.

Dad: So, are architects…
Archer: And, Daddy, the green Hulk smash is number 7.

Dad: Ok.
Archer: And the purple one is number 18.

Dad: There’s a purple Hulk smash?
Archer: Un huh.

Dad: Oh, ok.
Archer: And there’s a black Hulk smash. The black Hulk smash has the number 65.

Dad: Ok, ah…so, Archer, do architects need to lift heavy things?
Archer: Yeah.

Dad: Like what?
Archer: They go into cranes and the cranes hang up walls and they fix houses.

Dad: Do architects have to work a lot of hours?
Archer: Yes.

Dad: Does daddy have to miss anything because I have to work a lot?
Archer: Yes!

Dad: What do I miss?
Archer: You miss the…you miss…you don’t get to…because you miss.

Dad: Do architects have to go to school?
Archer: No.

Dad: No?
Archer: <Nods yes.>

Dad: Ok. How do people know if you’re a good architect?
Archer: Because you color so great.

Dad: What does daddy color?
Archer: You color a garage and a robot.

Dad: How long does it take to design a house?
Archer: Ah…fifteen dollars.

Dad: No, how long?
Archer: You work so hard with it and you get tired of doing it.

Dad: So, how long does it take to design a house?
Archer: Ah…Sixteen fifty.

Dad: Not how much, how long? How much time?
Archer: I don’t know.

Dad: How long does it take to build a house?
Archer: Ah…you get tired of building a house.

Dad: How long does it take?
Archer: I don’t know.

Dad: Do you think being an architect is a good job?
Archer: <Nods yes.>

Dad: Why do you think that?
Archer: Because they color garages out of robots.

Dad: Do architects make a lot of money?
Archer: Ah…One hundred.

Dad: One hundred. Is that per house or for the whole year?
Archer: The whole year.

Dad: Ok. Thank you very much.
Archer: I have to go color now.
Scarlett (Archer’s three year old sister): It’s my turn.