Tips for dating an architect

) and that if you were to press them on any one of those topics, they’ll find a way to skillfully manipulate the conversation into some abstract “concept” and avoid being called out on not knowing nothing.

They probably have one of three “systems” for organizing their bookshelves: by color, by size (largest to smallest), or by the publisher.

You might think it’s cute at first, an endearing quirk – until you realize how much of their precious little free time is consumed by obsessing over things that a) no one cares about and b) does not enhance their lives in any way.

Perception versus reality is a topic I have covered a few times on this site.

The waiter hands you the menu but while your other half decides what they're having quickly and efficiently, a mini-ice age passes while you study the choices. That said, when you next arrive home at midnight to find your partner has packed their bags, will you still be thinking of your cool designer lifestyle? Gushing over the time you passively inhaled Peter Saville's cigarette smoke at that ever-so-cool independent design festival in Prague is not going to win many hearts. Before long the Mac Book is on your lap and you're experimenting with Muse and Typekit. As your partner laughs at the endearing comedy you're both watching, you smile politely as you've just added the Typekit Java Script into your Muse site prototype. You know that limited edition vinyl toy by that cool artist – the one you got signed and only cost you £200?

But it's not the comparative merits of the steak tartare and the confit duck that's bothering you – it's the kerning! And talking as though you're best buddies with Neville Brody is only going to elicit a shrug from most. These are your heroes and you have to let everyone know just how cool they (and by osmosis, you) are. You and your partner are both watching a movie, but your mind wanders.

If it’s not organically grown, economically sustainable and socially consciously harvested, and brewed in a vintage French Press OR a Chemex, chances are, they might politely decline your coffee.

Your partner toasts to the day you met over a glass of your favourite wine. The long hours are just part of the job – part of the lifestyle.

The subject of dating brings with it mixed emotions for architects.

Love is supposedly on the cards for a lucky few, but with all those projects on the go, who has the time for romance in the design world?

Here are just a few reasons an architect could be the perfect match for you, and we’re sure there are many more besides …

Architects, let us know your most attractive qualities in the comments below! They will make you the best gifts ever using the laser cutter and the 3D printer in the office.

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