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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New Red Rose rated it
May 31, 2020
Status: c236
Wow I'm actually feeling sad that the novel has finished.

But aside from that I really appreciate the translater. It's apparent how they fot better and better while translating.

And about the novel, it's actually fulfilling. It's like I witnessed a life journey of the couple. What I like most is their mutual understanding & no unnecessary drama. Everything that happened had happened for some reason. And the amazing thing was ZSY never doubted his decision as in many novel I've read before how the MC waver over their decision. Their first... more>> impression to liking each other to realizing their love to accept the fact that ZSY is gay to living together and everything was just perfect. Nothing exaggerated.

What I miss is the author didn't describe in which point GY realized his feelings? If this part was included I think the story would be more fulfilling as I really want to know. But it's worth reading. Love <<less
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New oopsaloo rated it
May 28, 2020
Status: Completed
This is a slow burn, BL. Sometimes I get bored of novels that are long and drop them if there are too many cliches, the main characters become idiots halfway, or the side characters get to annoying. Fortunately, this novel does neither of these.

story: The slice of life, day-to-day progression is very well written. The pace is just right, not too slow and not too fast. You really get to experience the growth of the MC every step of the day, in his career and relationship with others including the... more>> ML. The way the office life is depicted is much more realistic than other novels, as it includes the ups and the downs. Even the transition from straight to "bent" is well written, along with the realization of characters' love and the acceptance from family and friends. The characters also have a lot of depth, and as the reader it is very easy to empathize with them and one can't help but root for them.

translation quality: superb, 5/5. Well done.

Overall, this novel is among my top 5 BL favorites. Very heartwarming and refreshing. <<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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OceanMagix rated it
February 20, 2020
Status: Completed
My own feelings

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I first saw this novel months ago but I wasn't ready to read it then. The first few chapters of how Gu Yu and Zhang SiYi met... I can't remember why I didn't continue on back then.

A couple of days ago, I reread one of the author's work 'The Daily Life of Being the Campus Idol's Fake Boyfriend' Finding it entertaining I went to search for more of the author's works.

Maybe it's cause I was once interested in architecture plus the previous novel put me in a good mood. I decided to try it again.

Before I started, I saw a review describing about it being relatable to reality. Being also around that point, I'm wondering about my future *laughs*.

Reading this simulated me.

I keep listening to others talk about how it is not easy to get a job. And that makes me wonder what sort of certificate may be able to have better chances.

Reading this two days, the thing that spoke out to me was about effort.

I feel that Zhang SiYi is a good example of what I feel.

When he started working at Boundless and realised that the company had people much better than him. That each and every one has their own strong point. So what does he have?

Zhang SiYi put in his efforts. Although he had a rocky start, when he improved further, his strength showed for itself.

No matter what, I feel that effort is important if you want to further yourself. Like what others say, what you put in will be what you are cultivating.

Honestly, I'm envious that ZSY has such a good environment. My nightmare would be having a situation like Su Yuan's.


After finishing the novel, I think the BL became a backdrop for me. What I became focused on was Zhang SiYi's life. From first looking for a job, breaking up with his girlfriend and his subsequent growth.

Drawing toilets and car parks, given such things to do, if you never realised why your senior gave you such a thing to do, you will certainly complain. Well even after you know, you might still complain. *laughs*

what I admire about ZSY was that even after he realised why, he continued on with it. Although there was some grumbling he still took his work seriously.

What I like about the relationship process was that ZSY realised the difference between his current relationship and the previous one.

The attitude he had towards his ex and how he realised the difference in his feelings and attitude towards Gu Yu. It touched me when he felt apologetic when he realised the way he treated his previous relationship as compared to what depth of feeling he has to Gu Yu

And Gu Yu isn't omnipotent. Like how it was mentioned that GY is a rational person, you cannot always use rationality to treat your relationship, it is not something controllable. Gu Yu is human too. No no, he's not just a cold strict guy. Gu Yu has layers of emotions, slowly melting outwards.

When looking at the comments, I realised that there isn't perfection. Saying that Zhang SiYi's overreaction was frequent and also about how it felt like ZSY was the one who kept apologising first even though Gu Yu was also in the wrong. Maybe I'll have to read again to reflect on this part. I'm not sure why it was written so, maybe subconsciously? maybe not? Who knows but it's simulating my brain for further thoughts anyway *laughs*

Actually there's many more things but I'll not continue on...

The supporting cast:

Cactus oh cactus, what an appearance you made at the beginning and what a cameo you made at the end >.<

Looking back, while the surrounding people gave colours to their story, at the end, what I know of them was only during what now feels like a short journey they had with both Zhang SiYi and Gu Yu. While it's not an abrupt ending it felt like their lives became untold stories.

The laughter:

>_<|| I cant remember?!?!

Maybe it's the little jellies, the karma of phone numbers *hahaha*, the childhood stories and perhaps fate. It's funny thing, how fate can make people interconnected. Well, you'll have to read the novel to understand O (∩_∩) O~~ *hahaha*

As long as you are willing, give it a try ^_^ <<less
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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 sexuality 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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xxBlackRabbitxx rated it
September 6, 2019
Status: c172
Its really a sweet and good slice of life yaoi/shounen ai novel. It's s never too fast or too slow, and each stage of falling inlove was corporated throughly here unlike other stories where they instantly fell in love.

I guess the only draw back here is 2 things. 1 is just at the 150's to 170's is quite boring and pretty much a stagnant point of the novel (or where I stop for now) as well as the where the ML is really never in the wrong of the... more>> situation. Its not really like he's never wrong but the way its was told made it as if, if ever MC and ML we're quarreling or something they made the dialog where 95% of the reason they fought was because of MC despite it being a 50-50. For example, communication problem of the two became mc's fault for not taking the initiative to talk to ML despite the ML himself not doing the same. In the end the one who apologized and was lectured was MC by the fking ML himself and the whole time this was happening the MC have got problems after problems piling up then some bomb of unluck was given to him by ML in a unemotional way and somehow its still MC who took the initiative to say sorry. just bc the author feels sorry for ML for thinking that he's getting hopes up... Pls... The MC was given 4-5 big problems continuously and his mentality throughly suffered by the last bad news but somehow its still acceptable to lecture him first when half the problem was bc of ML and his lack of communication (f*ck sorry for ranting still bitter about this section ruined my mood for the ff. Chapters) <<less
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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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Aurinne rated it
April 16, 2020
Status: Completed
An extremely rare five-star rating from me.

This suited my taste so well and was almost (almost) flawless.

I really enjoy stories that genuinely focus on the development of something (sport, acting, magic, anything), and the focus on the MC's achitectural career was extremely enjoyable and satisfying to read. I appreciated the slow building of the main couple's relationship, the realistic and (relatively) complex personalities of the characters, the measured storytelling style and the couple's balance. There was, definitely, a small power imbalance in this story - the apparently-perfect ML who is... more>> already in a position of leadership and relative influence vs the talented but immature and unfocused MC. However, this wasn't used as an excuse to make a possessive/domineering/doting ML and a cute/s*upid MC, although there is a definite mentor-learner dynamic. Instead, the story gradually brought out the strengths of the MC's character, showed how he had traits that were different from and appealing to the ML, and showed how even his traits that were initially weaknesses could become strengths with focus and maturity.

The complexity of the characters extended to the supporting characters, too. While not all received a lot of attention, I appreciated the way many of the characters were presented with a realistic mix of positive and negative traits. No characters were perfect, and often their traits were flaws or negatives in some situations but strengths in others. The "bad" characters (and it's not a story with unnecessary scheming/jealousy etc.) were frequently revealed to primarily have different values rather than inherent meanness. I enjoyed the way we as readers learned to see other characters less biasedly (negatively or positively) as the MC matured.

(It is not a completely flawless story, but the flaws were relatively minor in the context of the whole story - mainly a few ways the relationship, when they were finally together, was written slightly ML-biased, which I'm a bit tired of, but this was mild compared to most BL.)

For some, the slow pace of the romance and attention to the details of the MC's career (which forms the primary impetus for the plot) may not be what they are looking for in a story. For me, it was a well-executed, easy-to-read, intelligent and well-translated novel that was really satisfying and exactly suited my taste. <<less
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rinshi rated it
October 8, 2019
Status: c184
This novel is really a fun read. Although, admittedly, the pacing was a bit slow, and it took till chapter 107 (I think?) 'till their first kiss. But honestly, it was worth the wait. The relationship between MC and ML is thrilling, and I liked its progression. It showed how hesitant both parties were, which was completely justified, given the uncertainty and doubts they had about each other's sexual orientation.

However, I must note that I was sometimes really put off by the MC's naive (and often very childish) personality. Nevertheless,... more>> I really liked (almost) all of the characters in the story (especially Tao Fei who kept cracking me up). <<less
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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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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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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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May 16, 2020
Status: Completed
After reading this novel, it becomes hard to find a wholesome, satisfactory novel to read.

While this novel has it flaws, but it is really relatable in many ways and provide chicken soup for my soul. The plot develops not only through settings and events, but also 3D character development. The narrative is very good. Fluffs and smut are a plus.

Sometimes I wonder if I met a mentor like Gu Yu, my life would be different. This novel really makes me question my life choices. Although not all applicable and agreeable,... more>> I do learn a lot from some of his advice and views; also from his father.

Highly recommended. <<less
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teagsho rated it
May 1, 2020
Status: Completed

Honestly yeah, chapter 1 - 227 (main story) is more like Zhang Siyi's character development and relationship between the characters (both friendship and love), as for his architect carrier, his growth in career is expanding greatly in the extras chapter.

Let me tell you, for 1st time reader, FXH (Siyi's bestfriend) isn't gay and didn't have any feeling for Siyi, the reason he didn't say anything when their friends teasing them is just he's too lazy to respond. Tbh it's kind of a pity that FXH caring attitude... more>> lovers-like is stopping greatly when FXH's family is going down on trouble, smh.

I will tell you a spoilers about who will ended up with who in the end :


Gu Yao is married with He Chengtian.

FXH got together with He Xueyuan (He Chengtian's sister)

Bai Rui and Tao Fei relationship is unknown in the end but I think they're only friends

There isn't any explanation about Su Yuan's relationship, but I guess she's ended up with Liang? Who knows hehe


The earlier chapter can make you have a second-hand embarrassment when you read about ZSY's reaction and antics, but later it gotten better, except he's still hot tempered and childish when he got teased, but he's becoming more calm and gentle when working and talking.

About ZSY and GY journey in relationship, I think it's pretty normal and more realistic, GY is already gay to begin with, and ZSY himself, even though he's quite panicky and anxious about his feeling, he didn't reject it, just confused and tend to avoid it since he feels like GY is his boss, but in the end, he's avoid it not coz of society but about GY's feeling lol.

I thought it's gonna be frustrating since both of them already in love but still didn't get get together coz of communication, but no, if you think about it again, ZSY and GY's behavior is pretty normal. It's just, GY is sometimes too cold imo (when he's courting ZSY), and ZSY is always overthinking, so sometimes I got so annoyed.

Oh yeah and Gu Yu bully nature is really too much in the beginning! It's good that ZSY is simple minded and hot tempered so it didn't coz too much misunderstanding.

Their dynamic is bully x gullible.

9/10. <<less
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April 24, 2020
Status: c61
I can't anymore...I give up.

I can't, for the life of me, like the ML even just one bit. He's the kind of sly bastard I can't stand and of course it's because I can't find a reason to like him. I don't find the charm with his personality and if his chemistry with MC is at least good it can be ignored. But no, I can't find it in me to root for them. The MC is likeable, but ML? Hah. I root more for the best friend (though I... more>> dunno if he likes MC).

There's also no effin consequence at all for his actions. The MC might dislike him but only for a second, cuz of course he can't really hate him or else the story wouldn't move forward. This story finally irked me into hating stories where it's heavily in favor of MLs, where characters have no free will and just moving according to the author's whims. They're not even being treated as people so much so as puppets. At some works I might ignore this, but not when you hate one of the primary characters. Most of my misgivings might be caused of this forced romance. I can read a story about MC and his architecture journey and occasionally show progress with the relationship between him and besfriend and I would be content.

And of course, the romance. I don't dislike stories where the romance is secondary, I even like some of them where the life of the characters are showed. Of course, at the chapter where I'm at there's still no romance, and frankly I can't imagine how they're gonna be like when they finally got in a relationship, so I decided to skip and skimmed through the extras (cuz where else would authors shower the readers with fluff). Surprise, their behaviors are still the same (and by the same I mean their interaction with each other), and I can't sense the romantic atmosphere off them. I dunno, maybe I'm just blind or with I skimmed through that, too.

I think by the fact alone that when I was finding some completed bl works to read and saw this at first it didnt catch my attention (the reason I read this is cuz I found out its the same auhor as waiting for you online) may be because in the end it didnt really hold my attention for long.

There, finally I vented my frustrations. Read at your own risk. <<less
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Chocotania rated it
April 24, 2020
Status: Completed
Its slow burn but it's amazing the plot is well thought out and fun to read. The romance is well developed and realistic, most characters have character development, even the side-characters have interesting personalities. Overall, the book is fun to read and really heart-warming.
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Darkfairy rated it
April 14, 2020
Status: c233
Loved everything about this novel highly recommend it. You wont regret it. Beautiful story and characters
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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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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 heterosexual (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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Pinkthejackpot rated it
May 27, 2020
Status: c1
From ratings you’ve probably seen that is highly rated and highly recommended because it is a nice story, slow pace like everyone says and nice romance.

However I feel that it’s a bit overhyped, it really isn’t realistic and most BL’s aren’t but most of the reviews were saying that it was “realistic and relatable”, I just think the author made it that way so that they could define the characters personalities if anything.

The main characters be more likeable later on, but it is all about patience of.

But I can just... more>> tell you now it does have a happy ending you’re not going to find heavy drama in this one so yeah. <<less
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May 27, 2020
Status: c145
I must say that I have been enjoying this novel reasonably, however, I am at chapter 145 and already for a few chapters have been struggling. I believe this is where I and this novel part ways - at least for now. Things sort of quieted down story wise, so it just becomes the description of the "happy ever after", which is kind of dull, since the philosophical value of this novel is very low and the story has basically no additional layers. While this is a light novel and... more>> typically that is indeed what you may expect, the good stories stand out - either there is some kind of a special feeling you find yourself experiencing while reading, or, sometimes, you truly feel for the characters in some other-worldly way, sometimes the story is simply very gripping due to a mystery being solved. In this case, nothing really special is left with you when you stop reading. If you are experiencing some kind of anxiety and need to calm down, then go a head and read this story. In any case, I am not sorry I read up until now. <<less
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