Assistant Architect


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Zhang Siyi, a graduate student of architecture department went back from overseas seeking for work, he had a heated fight with his ex-girlfriend in a cafe. Angered, his ex-girlfriend was about to splash a cup of coffee in his direction but he managed to dodge it. As he stepped back, the misfortune was met by the handsome guy next table instead.

The following next day, as Zhang Siyi headed for a company interview, he discovered that the interviewer was the same man who suffered the splashing of coffee.

Hopeless, Zhang Siyi thought this work was unalterably unattainable, but that handsome man unexpectedly “disregarded past grudges” and decided to hire him. Even more, the man had become his immediate superior.

To accept Zhang Siyi by the said man, he was moved to tears with such magnanimity and kind-heartedness. Never had he realized it yet that his “miserable” fortune has just begun…

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07/14/19 Snowy Notes c158
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New Mott rated it
July 2, 2019
Status: c152
Things I enjoyed about this novel:

  1. The intricate details regarding architectural work that feels like the author has expansive knowledge of the field
  2. The gradual development of the MC and ML relationship from complete strangers to mentor-mentee and eventually to lovers. I can imagine that this is a realistic developing relationship.

    THEY MET AS CHILDREN! And I enjoy the fact that the readers don't find out until after their relationship has developed quite a bit! Which makes it feels like a fated connection, but even without this detail their relationship is still strong

  3. Good interpersonal relationships for MC and ML that are important to both of them and can be independent of their romance (coworkers, friends, family.. Etc..). I think that when I get to the point where MC and ML come out to their families this will strengthen their relationship further bc currently they're learning to communicate and team work more in their relationship
  4. MC growing from a fresh young graduate who doesn't quite know how to adult to a mature adult in both professional and personal life
  5. ML's hesitancy in a relationship with MC yet still can't resist being drawn in MC's orbit 🤣
Things I don't like:

  1. In the beginning, the balance between just enough architectural career details and plot details isn't very good. Sometimes I feel like the architecture stuff can make the chapter feels tedious to read especially since in the beginning the relationship between MC and ML isn't that great yet so there isn't enough romance to balance out the career stuff.
  2. Spoiler

    MC's mom as a danmei fan. I am not sure how I feel about this yet until future chapters. I don't think I will like it if the mom ships ML and MC just bc she is into danmei. Based on the latest chapters though I think the novel will go to the "Mom likes danmei but not quite into idea of a gay son" which I think is more realistic.

Overall: Good slow build romance. Be aware that the build is super slow, but once the romance starts the novel is very cute!!
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New banoffee rated it
June 26, 2019
Status: c149
I diddled around for like a week and only got to the 30th chapter, because there wasn’t any romance and the translation quality wasn’t the highest. After getting to like, the 35th chapter, I read up to the 149th chapter in like a day... 🤭 I’m very glad I didn’t give up on it! It’s a comedic slow burn, a black-bellied gong who’s always teasing the simple, sweet and silly shou (although he’s really not that dumb.) Half of it focuses quite seriously on the details of an architect’s professional... more>> life, and there’s not much romance in the beginning. It grows on you. <<less
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Redroses__ rated it
January 20, 2019
Status: Completed
The novel is relatable because it presents the reality of life after graduation. The time wherein reality will smack you in the face while your expectations crumble. I especially like how the story shows the struggles of different people on how to face life. For me, as a newly graduate individual, this story serves to remind me to perservere even if I don't know what to do anymore.;)

But above all, I love Gu Yu and Zhang Si Yi. The BL was so lit :D So much fluff which had... more>> me smiling throughout the end. Like! <<less
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Sinsey rated it
March 31, 2018
Status: c50
So far, its really interesting 😁

Edit: MTL-ed my way through

... more>>

well I couldn't hold it in and mtl-ed my way through half of the chapters and I must say it really focuses more on architecture related stuff than Bl but there are subtle hints throughout. Well that's all I've got after reading till around 40 or 50. I guess we'll get more on their romance in the later chapters cos they're gradually building up their relationship and MC has already fallen in love with ml. Also both ML and MC are really cute aye

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batodo rated it
March 23, 2019
Status: Completed
Honestly this needs to be a webtoon, like, right now. An actual healthy relationship that develops natural. Wow. I love.
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positiveaddictchan rated it
April 6, 2019
Status: Completed
The romance is slow burn, but totally worth it!

It depicts a realistic take on the field of Architecture--from being a student, working, and the accompanying challenges.

I love how the MC and the ML's relationship developed. It really shows that when you find the right person, you will work hard to be the best version of yourself.

I love how the story came full circle by the end.

All I can think of as I was reading the last extra chapter was: Zhang Siyi #proud.
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agathe rated it
January 26, 2019
Status: c222
It’s probably one of the best novel I read so far in the web galaxy

Fisrt it’s pretty well witten; it was good enouh for me to go through excruciating google translations, and it’s good enough for me to wait for more good translation in the hope tonsee them compiled in one good file :)

i cannot relate to the « young » graduates thing, but I would guess it’s probably very good; yet as a professional in a not to far away art job, I was captivated by the inside... more>> of the architects job, and all it’s culture;

but what made this book extremely special to me was the very deep insight of china and somewhat a political culture, and social values that are very challenged by the introduction of the big power of « money » since the 80s. It is absolutely not central, but it gives a strong flavor showing contradictions of our own system, that maybe we do not perceive anymore

contrary to many text, It gave me a feel of that country, made me want to learn more, and to see more. The relationship between the MC and the ML are ok, and cute, sometimes they can even bring a big bit of depth, specially when the story converge toward realistic subjects ; but I must say I loved the professional part more than the romance

maybe it’s me, but i’d rather it would have kept the same depth, instead of being a bit gimmicky, for example including some very typical painful butt allusions. I would guess the intimate part, makes the genre, but the heart is not there. And maybe i’m st Dreaming to read stories where if s*xuality is a subject, it does not come with abuses, even if pretendingly fun, cute and half accepted. In the same way the strict « top/bottom » script of these register seems apaling to the old me. Why should there be a « sacrifice »of pride or health, why should it « hurt ». It does not need to; but well. It’s a genre, it’s not this title in particular;.

Yet the rest of the text shows so much maturity and interest that I could not help wanting a bit more there Too. I love deepth that can be kind to my small reader heart. It’s something that actually works pretty well with the chapters about the relationship with friends and family, they bring a lot of « closet peril » questions with smart and sometimes big emotions, but without ever becoming to harsh.

Don’t misunderstand me, it’s still very sweet and cute. It’s simply seems a bit to stereotypical when it get « intimate », and I just wish it had achieved the greatness of the professional pursuits. It’s a great read and I can only recommend it and thak deeply the very good translator that shared this great piece with us :) <<less
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May 21, 2019
Status: c19
Maybe I'm spoiled by "quick romance" stories or I'm just not all that into drawing toilets and parking lots but I'm struggling to stay interested in this story. I find myself skimming through half of each chapter since it's all about rooms and hectares and whathaveyou. Which yes, it IS about architecture but I thought it was supposed to be a romance too...

Don't get me wrong, it's well written and I DO like the MC and ML, I think I need a bit more than "so subtle you need a... more>> microscope to see them" romantic moments.

I'm going to give it a go though and not give up since the other reviews indicate fluff to come but jkfdlsja right now... I'm bored out of my mind. <<less
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FistFullOfDillars rated it
March 13, 2019
Status: c118
I do not understand why this doesn't have a higher rating, it is one of my all-time favourites!

Very fluffy, slow-burn romance with adorable characters and just the right amount of tension. If you like modern BL with sweet misunderstandings, more romance than smut (although there is a wee bit of smut, I promise) then you've hit gold with this.

I also love the insight you're given into working in architecture, it's fascinating.

In terms of tone, I'd place it with 'The Daily Life of Being the Campus Idol's Fake Boyfriend' and 'Rebirth... more>> of a Supermodel'. READ READ READ! <<less
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potxki rated it
January 6, 2019
Status: c33
What I like about this novel is it focuses on a young adult's life after graduating from college. Finding a job, thinking up how to save money and make rent, what to do in your new work place, etc. Those are some typical things a newly graduate struggles about. Readers are taken along the MCs journey as he makes sense of his life. And we see him in different kind of relationships and as he forms new relationships. The romance is subtle, it's like slow burn, but in a satisfying... more>> way. It's like part of his journey. He considers himself heteros*xual (even if it's a running gag in his circle of friends that he is gay dating his best friend and omg that's a can of worms I'm so curious about, like come on, best friend, are you seriously just platonically following MC around or what ugh) then ML appears in his life and then MC finds himself waxing poetic about MLs competency in architectural field as well as MLs smile and good looks. He even wants to monopolize ML's attention and wants to know more about him but doesn't really think about WHY. Oh boy, I'm so ready when he starts asking himself that question, haha. Their relationship is developing in a nice pace. Whenever they interact, I'm like "is ML inlove with him at this point or what" and it makes an exciting read, lol. ML's private life is also so... private so another mystery to look forward to.


(plus I'm really, really curious about MC's best friends intentions towards our MC, okay?! Is this even considered spoiler? Lol)


This is a fairly good and exciting read and I'm so happy it's now getting updated regularly (so thank you translator-sama)

Anyway, his deserves good rating and more reads because compared to other novels in here, this one actually makes sense. <<less
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shineeernesvt rated it
June 5, 2019
Status: c140
The pace of the story is really slow but waiting for them to get together is really enjoyable. And it is not all about romance as well as the story revolves around architecture and workplace that will be relatable to anyone. It's one of the best stories so far that I read. The characters are really alive and I love them so much.
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ThiriHtike rated it
May 5, 2019
Status: c126
This story is so fun. Since I am quite interested in architecture, it is such a fun and interesting read. And all the sweet fluff!!! It also reflects China's construction market and the role of architecture, the struggle of fresh graduates living in big cities, different life values and perceptions of people, insecurities of people regards to work, love and friendship. OH, one more important thing, it is very humorous, too. It is very well translated as well and thus Fully recommended!
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oddanka rated it
March 30, 2019
Status: c21
This story is completely relatable as I work in animation. I don't have to work as much overtime due to the difference in the nature of our work, but despite not working overtime I have to draw outside of work in order to improve in all aspects of drawing. I read this story despite the low rating because I guessed that the lower ratings wasnt interested in the architecture aspect of it, but I love reading about different occupations so this gets a 5 from me. Theres no romance yet,... more>> but his boss is a very good boss which makes me quite envious. <<less
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ikitty03 rated it
March 23, 2019
Status: c25
The main story is about Zhang Siyi job as an architecture. There hasn't been a BL story yet. It just tell that Zhang Siyi work overtime of his job. It doesn't talk much about his private life. The isn't like other her novel Waiting for you online.
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Anna88 rated it
March 22, 2019
Status: --
This is one of the sweetest reads I've come across in this genre! :) Also so very well translated. That is key. I've had to give up stories that looked very

interesting due to translation that'll give you a headache but this one has no such problems.

Top notch story and translation.
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