We are UArch Initiative

🇩🇪 Architects for 🇺🇦 Architects 

We connect displaced Ukrainian architects and designers with freelance work projects in Germany

Our mission and purpose

Why are we doing it?

Behind UArch Initiative are people whose friends, colleagues and acquaintances have lost their jobs and were asking if we have some freelance projects in Germany they can help us with. That's why we have started this initiative, talking to our German friends, colleagues and media about possibilities to give Ukrainian specialists ways to get some work and earn money. 

Why give projects instead of donating money?

People of Ukraine appreciate the support they get in and from Germany and all over the world - as humanitarian aid, donations, gear, information support, volunteering, hosting and much much more! But the war is going on and they need income to support their families.
We at UArch Initiative believe we can do another small step and help our countrymen, friends and colleagues with some projects - to get back a bit of "normality" to their lives such as working, earning money, taking care of their families and relatives. Normality which was lost during the last months. This is our feasible contribution to the surrounding infrastructure and economy.

Benefit for all

Architecture and design field in Germany and Europe is known for lack of workforce. On the other side, many Ukrainian colleagues have no work for indefinite time due to Russian invasion of Ukraine. Both sides will benefit from cooperation.

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Get use of our experts' community

Architects, designers, 3D artists and other specialists will take over your routine tasks and small projects - quick, affordable, on-demand and on short notice.We can handle large workloads and offer flexible contracts & payment models. 

Services offered by UArch

Visualisations

Visualisations

● Interior & Exterior Renderings● 2D & 3D● Architecture visualization, Product visualization● AR / VR Visualisations● Sketch drawings● Animations, simulations

Custom built 3D Objects

Custom built 3D Objects

● Furniture, appliances, doors and more - built individually for each project● Object libraries & GDL objects● 2D & 3D objects

Custom Automatisation

Custom Automatisation 

● Automatisation tools for BIM projects to reduce planning time and costs● GDL Programming● BIM Consulting

Interior Design Projects

Interior Design Projects

● Professional designs for houses, apartments or separate rooms● Color and material concepts

3D Modelling & Printing

3D Modelling & Printing

● Simple 3D models for model making i.e. for environment models● For 3D printers

CAD Drawings

CAD Drawings

● Digitization of as-built documents● Mass determinations● Point Cloud to BIM / CAD● etc.

Image Editing

Image Editing

● Content for your website from existing files  ● Marketing materials● Preparing for print-media i.e. catalogues, fairs, etc. 

Outsource your headaches

We know your difficulties

It is not always simple to delegate work and stay on scope

    error
    poor communication
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    unsatisfying quality 
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    no quality assurance
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    expensive hourly rates
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    limited payment models
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    overbooked contractors
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    inflexible project team size in urgent cases i.e. unexpectedly exploding timelines
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    inflexible reaction to project changes
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    boring routine tasks which take up time and costs

And we have solutions

Let us make it all easier for you 

    our coordinators serve as link between you and Ukrainian designers
    we offer work trials at no charge
    quality assurance through our coordinators who are experienced German architects & designers
    benefit from affordable cost of labour
    pay in a way that suits you best, we take care of everything else
    thanks to the broad community available, work on your project can start on short notice
    you can scale up your team fast from the pool of available freelancers
    costs, project scope and team size can be adjusted if necessary
    give your routine tasks to Ukrainian designers - they will be happy to help

How it works

Step 1 Contact

Step 1. You contact us and we discuss what has to be done

We begin with a free consultation. Give us a call or write us an email, then our coordinators will get in touch to discuss and work out project requirements. We are from Munich so we speak German and English, but also Ukrainian and Russian.

Step 2 Briefing

Step 2. Coordinators select & brief suitable freelancers

 We match the freelancers from our community with the project. Coordinators brief them about scope, deadlines, budget, delivery steps, definition of done etc. Any questions coming from freelancers will be clarified here as well.

Step 3 Work

Step 3. Work in progress & delivery  

You will get regular reports & intermediate results if necessary.Coordinators keep an overview of the ongoing work and make regular quality assurance.We check the final result with you and adjust if necessary.

Step 4 Invoice

Step 4. Finalisation & invoicing 

After you are happy with the result we will issue an invoice from a German/EU company.As soon as payment is done, we transfer the money to the project team members.

We can be useful for 

Architects & Visualizers

Architects & Visualizers

● Architecture & Design Firms● Freelancers ● Film producers● Interior designer● Real estate agencies

Privates & Art

Private Customers & Art

● Real estate owners● Small offices ● Developers● Craftsmen● Artists● Game designers● Music producers

Industrial

Industrial

● Design departments● Furniture houses● Productions ● Marketing departures ● Retail ● Construction materials manufacturers 

Education

Education

● Students● Professors● PR departments● Museums and galleries

.. and others who need architectural, 2D or 3D visualisation services!

Hire a working student or UArch?

Pros of working students or trainees

Sometimes it is better to get fresh blood in a company 

    Present in office
    Potential future full-time employee
    Young talent and fresh blood 
    Brings new technologies
    Brings coffee :)
    Inexpensive (cost-effective), no taxes
    Possible to include company projects as a part of thesis/diploma

Pros of Ukrainian specialists

Sometimes you need experience and flexibility right away 

    Available for more than 20 hours per week
    No exam time
    Flexible team size scaling (both up and down) of involved specialists: i.e. go from 1 to 10 professionals in a week if needed.
    Experienced professionals
    No work = no spendings
    No need for extra workplace, hardware and software 
    Taxes included in prices, simple invoicing
    Replaceable in case of sickness or vacation
    Free of charge trial period possible

Sometimes your office is overloaded with work, and even working students are full. We can jump in on short notice and help get the project done. 

Who is behind UArch

We are design and IT professionals of Ukrainian heritage who live in Europe and we created UARCH Initiative to help displaced Ukrainians find work projects in these turbulent times. 
We believe that for many professionals in Ukraine, being able to work means not only financial support but also offers a piece of normality while being affected by the war.
Freelancers from our community are architects, 3D artists, interior designers and other professionals from various regions of Ukraine. Together they have a broad range of skillsets and specialities. 
Many of the freelancers who work with UArch are colleagues and friends who we know personally. 

Our customers & projects

Small architectural office asks for a 3D model of environment for 3D printer. Ready in 1 man-day

Private customer asks for a design and work planning for a bathroom. Ready in 2 man-days

Freelance architect asks for interior and exterior renderings. Ready in 4 and 5 man-days accordingly 

Marketing studio asks for a 3D modeling for VR game - room and characters. Ready in 2 man-weeks

Small interior design studio asks for a design of a hotel lobby. Ready in 1 man-week

An architect asks for consulting on optimization of his BIM Project. Automatization scripts ready & integrated in 1 man-week

Private customer asks for a design and work planning for an Airbnb apartment. Lots of discussions and consulting, ready in 1,5 man-weeks


and much more..

Satisfaction guarantee

Get your project done or pay nothing

We are convinced about quality of our delivery

Coordinators start with a briefing and gather all the necessary information. We are not shy to ask questions until we are sure that we get your brief right.Together with you, we split bigger tasks into partial deliveries. Each partial delivery will await your feedback to make sure your expectations are met and to guarantee timely corrections.

You pay only after we complete the work

After we completed partial results and intermediate feedback-rounds from you, the last loops will be repeated until the original requirements are met and delivered. Until this is the case, the freelancers keep working on necessary adjustments. 

Answering your questions

Contact & Team

  • How can I contact you?

    German coordinators are available as well as per email as per phone or in person in Munich, so feel free to suggest an appointment! 

  • Where do you have your office?

    We are at the very beginning of our formation so we don't have an office yet, but our German coordinators will be happy to meet you in person in Munich, as well as per Teams/Skype/Zoom/etc. - to discuss your ideas and projects. 

  • I don't speak Ukrainian or Russian. Can I still use your services?

    Our coordinators speak German, English and Ukrainian/Russian, so there will be no language barriers. Of course if you have Ukrainian/Russian speaking colleagues in your office - that can be useful too.

  • Can I meet freelancers in person?

    The freelancers we work with are based mostly in Ukraine, so it is not possible to meet them in person.However you can meet our coordinators in Munich, Germany! They will be happy to talk about your ideas. 

  • I like your initiative. How can I help if I'm not an architect/designer?

    You are welcome to help displaced Ukrainians in other ways - i.e. by sharing this site to other people or offering us any other work projects that you have on your mind! Just contact us - we will be happy to hear from you! 

  • I want this particular Ukrainian architect as a permanent subcontractor - is it possible?

    The more projects we get, the more freelancers we can support with work. Our initiative is less about placement for permanent office jobs, but more about finding lots of freelance-based projects. We believe that through distribution of the projects that come to us we can support more architects. We can match you to a particular freelancer if the project requires it. 

Working process & services

  • How long would it take to get results?

    Your projects with us will be on a freelancer basis (or other forms suitable for you) - we'll discuss the scope and deadlines, find the delivery date and intermediate timepoints. 
    We are providing safety measures to ensure your project gets done - i.e. there will be always additional freelancer(-s) as a "backup" who knows all the details and could jump in if necessary. We also can scale up our teams to get faster results due to the broad community available. 
    We can start working after signing a contract or verbal agreement. 

  • How long does each project-step take? 

    It is in our common interest to start as soon as possible and to give the freelancers options to get their income. So we'll contact you and kick off the first meetings immediately. 

  • What does "BIM consulting" include?

    We can evaluate your BIM projects individually and help you with guidelines on how to manage them more effectively. We also offer custom-made objects, automatizations, etc for your software. Just send us an email. 

  • Are you offering IT services for architects as well?

    Yes! Thanks to our big community we do have access to specialists from other business branches: for example, IT. We are preparing to expand our offer beyond Architecture & Design fields. You are welcome to send us an email with your need - we will do everything we can to make it possible.

Results & Payments

  • How much will my project cost?

    UArch can offer attractive prices due to difference in German and Ukrainian salaries, but our primary goal is to let freelancers earn income as the war continues. 
    The project-price itself is composed from (approx. list): corresponding estimates of chosen freelancer or team, Ukrainian coordinators if needed, buffer for feedback loops etc., communication costs, potential costs for digital tools if needed for the project. 
    We can always talk about better price if you have more or frequent work for the freelancers! 

  • Where do UArch Initiative get financing?

    German coordinators are working on a voluntary basis, but naturally there are some running costs like hosting, marketing, software & digital tools, etc.; add. costs for Ukrainian coordinators. Thus costs are covered by German side and running incomes.

  • What payment options do you provide for clients?

    We will issue an invoice and we are flexible to get paid with any payment-method suitable for you, including cryptocurrency. We will transfer the money to freelancers in a way that works for them, since they use different banks, credit cards and money transfer systems. As we are working on a freelancer-basis, there are no hidden costs, taxes etc for you.

  • How long does it take to get results delivered?

    We will discuss it at the beginning of every project - depending on scope, deadlines, team size etc. Due to the bigger community of freelancers we have the possibility to distribute tasks among more specialists and get things done faster.

  • What if I am not happy with the result?

    During the project you will regularly get intermediate results and will be informed about the current state, so that your feedback is applied as soon as possible. At the end we offer several correction loops. 

  • What guaranties do I have that the work get done?

    Our concept presumes you get intermediate results you can check and give the freelancers timely feedback, so they can correct their process as soon as possible. On the other hand you have to pay only if you are satisfied, even if it takes additional feedback-loops. 

  • How do you pay freelancers?

    We will transfer the money to freelancers in a way that works for them, since they use different banks, credit cards and money transfer systems. Your trust is everything - that is why we handle all payments transparently. We also have a safety net for running costs and to make sure freelancers who work with us always get paid on time.

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