The nuclear meltdown and resulting steam explosion contaminated the local area, including the buildings. Their structural integrity lost, many buildings simply collapsed while others were condemned due to heavy radiation. As the survivors cling to life, they resort to building basic shelters to protect themselves from the elements. Without proper knowledge of building safety requirements, these shelters were kept as simple as possible to avoid risk of collapse. Making do with scraps of wood, carpet, metal, mortar, and bricks, survivors no longer dream of building beautiful abodes. As they rebuild, rumors of hidden meeting places pass from one to another and that the famous architect Howard Brady may have survived the explosion.

Your sim decides to fix the situation and embarks on a career path to restore the beauty and utility of well built architecture to the region so that sims everywhere may have spectacular homes.


    • Prerequisites - Business, Master Thief, and Politics
    • "There is nothing like staying home for real comfort." Jane Austen
    • One sim in your family is deeply concerned by the deplorable state of the houses in this town. They are broken down and some are even dangerous to live in. People have shoddy furniture, poor fitting window fixtures and exposed wiring. Your sim KNOWS they can make a difference, so they set out to do just that
      • Reach level 10 in Handiness, Painting, Writing, and Charisma.
      • Write 1 hit Non Fiction Book.
      • Reach level 5 in both Business and Politics careers.
    • Your sim has worked hard to ensure the safety of sim houses around the town. They have helped residents build new and better furniture, fix faulty wiring, and they have EVEN helped people procure some decent decorative things to make their living space more comfortable and inviting. However, your sim knows they must confront the city council about their stinginess in making mass goods available. In a dramatic showdown at a city wide Town Hall meeting, your sim presents their extensive research and exposes the penurious attitude of one of the senior council members and publicly shames the council into allowing business to stock and sell all manner of home improvement items. Architect restrictions are now lifted.
    • Prerequisites - Ambitions Expansion, Military, and Espionage.
    • “A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines." Frank Lloyd Wright
    • Reach level 10 in the Architect profession.
    • Prerequisites - University Life Expansion
    • "The artist's world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep." Paul Strand
    • Reach level 10 in Art Appraisal-Art Acquisition career branch.


  • Your house may only have a total of FIVE levels.
    • You can have a combination of as many basements and above ground levels as you want within that limit.
      • Car parking spaces placed on the ground count as a ground floor level whether you have built with stilts or foundation.
      • The game allows 4 levels of basements.
      • The game allows 5 levels of building above ground.
      • The roof is inaccessible and you may not place anything on top of it.
    • Above ground levels of your house MUST be built on stilts or a foundation (one of the two square block ones, not the stage platform one).
      • The game counts the foundation itself as a level of your house.
      • If you have a foundation, you will only be able to build upward 4 living space stories on your house.
      • Anything besides the mail box and the garbage can placed on the ground at the same level of the foundation will cause the foundation to be counted as one of your five levels. (see the second picture example below)
      • If you place NOTHING on the ground but the foundation and stairs leading up to it, the foundation will not count as a level. (example 3)
    • The illustration below shows the three possibilities for above ground construction and how they affect your 5 levels



One Level Visible.
The ground level is covered.
Can build up or down four more levels.

Three Levels Visible.
The foundation level is one (has car parking).
The first story is two.
The second story is three.
Can build up or down two more levels.

One Level Visible.
The foundation does not count (No car parking).
Can build up or down four more levels.

  • If you choose to recolor an object, you must use the most worn, cracked, or faded options available. There is no option for spiffy, shiny, and new looking objects.
  • Sims may not purchase anything with an environment score over 3.
  • Sims may not purchase buy mode objects over $1000 in price.
    • NOTICE this rule will be replaced soon by a hard list of what you are allowed to buy in the buy/build menus. (List available HERE, note: revisions coming soon.)
  • Sims may not have any but the cheapest appliances available.
    • This applies only to appliances. Other categories of items are only limited by the $1000 rule above (plus whatever other restrictions apply, such as Criminal and Paranormal to beds, for example).
  • Sims may only have the cheapest fireplace available and they may only have one on the lot at any given time.
  • Sims may not use any curtains, rugs, or picture frames. (Rugs are further restricted by Art Appraisal.)
  • Decorative build items (flooring, wall covering, fences, etc) must be the most basic, least expensive options. (List available HERE, note: revisions coming soon.)
  • Sims may not paint paving stones on the lot.
  • Sims may only use the Survival Window or The Nugget Window.
  • The only item from the Decorative tab that may be placed is the cheapest mirror.
  • No space completely enclosed by wall elements is allowed on a community lot except for rabbit hole buildings and building shells - they are objects and thus not covered under this rule. But any building you do on those rabbit hole lots MUST comply. Rabbit hole buildings may also be placed in basements (the only allowed NON emergency usage of "moveobjects on".)
  • You may not use building cheats. Moveobjects may only be used to fix glitches.
  • See Business restrictions for how many build mode objects can be placed at a given time on your lot.
  • You may only use the Flat roof. (Anything else is too advanced and architecturally out of reach.)
  • You may use Auto Roof on a pre-built lot on the first day to replace the roof with a flat one, but after that you may not use it at all.
    • The drafting table may only be purchased once a sim is attempting to lift Architect.
      • Only the Sim attempting to lift Architect may use the drafting table.
      • Remember if Business has not been lifted, you may only use one of the drafting table, the easel, the sculpting station, and the inventor's bench each day.
      • Until Art Appraisal is lifted you may only have one drafting table.
    • Sims in the Architect Profession may ignore the Middle Of Nowhere building rules while they are remodeling clients' houses. It is assumed that the clients have arranged the delivery of everything you need to make over their homes in the way they want.
      • For example, they may place more than 2 build mode items from each category and delete items with no penalty.
    • You may not place spiral staircases.
  • PETS
    • You may not purchase or use the Kitty Tower (big, multilevel scratch post/sleeping platform).
    • Sims may not decorate for the holidays.
    • Sims in the household who go to University after the founder are bound by ALL Architect restrictions while at school.
    • You may use ladders in your land locked house in place of regular staircases.
    • Houseboat rules
      • You may only have one level under the deck of your house boat.
      • You may only have three levels above deck.
      • Your helm control panel must be located within the structure.
      • You MAY use ladders in your house boat.
    • Sims in the household who travel to the future are bound by ALL Architect restrictions while there whether they reside in the boarding house or whether they purchase a house of their own.
      • Prior to traveling to the future, you may edit Oasis Landing from Edit Neighborhood to make sure the boarding house is in compliance before you land there.
      • Any property you buy in Oasis Landing must be edited to comply with restrictions immediately upon moving in.
    • ALLOWED items and activities
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Once a great architect rises in the family, blueprints are drawn up to create safer homes for the survivors. With the construction company the architect started up, sights are set on rebuilding the community areas damaged by the catastrophe. While the region is being rebuilt, Howard Brady reveals himself to the public; bringing with him his engineering prowess. Together with the newly arrived City Planner, the region begins to make use of the quality building supplies stashed at formerly secret locations. The Architecture Restrictions are lifted.