When we first started in business working with architects and engineers as part of their design team as the security consultant and security system designers, we made our share of mistakes so we understand when contractors occasionally mess up. We’ve had to explain the definition of “shop drawing” to hundreds of contractors and few truly understand what a record drawing really is. We’ve learned that if a contractor can misinterpret a specification’s intent he probably will and how important it is to pay close attention to every detail. We’ve developed a number of checklists and inspection reports that help us manage complex projects and reduce problems that will occur but this has taken us many years to achieve.

Here is some humor we’d like to share with our associates “in the trade” because we know that they will have meaning to you, too, if you share our desire for a quality end product and trouble free project. We hope you enjoy them. Drag them to your desktop and print them as jpegs if you want to share them with others.


After a Third of a Century of Working With Architects,

We Still Have a Sense of Humor

Architect Humor

An architect, an artist and an engineer were discussing whether it was better to spend time with the wife or a mistress. The architect said he enjoyed time with his wife, building a solid foundation for an enduring relationship.

The artist said he enjoyed time with his mistress because of the passion and mystery he found there.

The engineer said, "I like both." "Both?"

Engineer: "Yeah. If you have a wife and a mistress, they will each assume you are spending time with the other woman, and you can go to the lab and get some work done."

I'm not interested in what the architect has to say about his building.

I'm interested what the building has to say about its architect.

Consultant Brains

In a village on south Pacific island a sign hung over a Headhunter’s market stall:

  1. Ordinary brains $10 /lb.

  2. Engineer brains $8 /lb.

  3. Architect brains $7 /lb.

  4. Accountant brains $15 /lb.

  5. Consultant brains $114 /lb.

Asked to explain the relatively high cost of Consultant brains, the Headhunter said "You don't appreciate how many Consultants we have to catch to get a pound of brains!"

Architects:  Be careful when you cloud drawings. Some contractors don’t understand.