I started Journey of an Architect to document my quest to design 30 projects by the age of 30 (May 2020). My posts focus on my design process, thoughts, struggles, and successes throughout my journey to develop a professional portfolio of work and to start an architecture firm.
Every week, I send out a short newsletter that summarizes a lesson I learned, my best moment of the week, what I'm currently reading, watching, or listening to, and an update on my 30x30 projects.
Thank you for joining me on my architectural journey!
Ever since I was 12 years old, I’ve been near sighted and needed to wear glasses to help me see into the distance. Being the only child out of 5 siblings that needed to always wear glasses, I’ve had my fair share of good frames that were comfortable and worked with my facial structure as well as bad frames that left dark marks on my nose and would slip off of my face. This year marks the 7th year that I’ve had my frames and it was time for a change. Here’s my story of my search for a low cost, comfortable, and stylish new glasses and prescription sunglasses.
Back in the summer of 2013, I graduated from architecture school with a Masters of Architecture degree at the age of 23. As soon as I walked across the stage and took the blank diploma, my journey into the real world began. Then, I received an email congratulating me for graduating followed by a note that my 6 month grace period has started. It was at this moment that I realized I just set foot into the professional world with a net worth well below zero. Sound familiar to you? Here are 10 important things that I learned about my finances as a young professional.
Three years after graduating from architecture school, I became a licensed architect in New York State and I shared my excitement with all of my friends. During dinner with a good friend of mine, I shared the news with him and he joked about designing a building for him in the future. A month later, we met at a bar and he asked me to be his architect for a building that he purchased. Although I was thrilled to work on a project with my good friend, I was faced with the dilemma of moonlighting as an architect and found an alternative solution that worked in favor of both the firm where I’m employed and me. Here’s an alternative to moonlighting as a young architect told through my short story.
Over the 4 years of my career as an architect, I’ve always felt guilty about taking time off at the architecture firm for a vacation. Perhaps it’s due to my millennial mindset that I constantly tell myself that if I work hard now, I’ll have time and money to relax in the future. However, I’m quickly starting to realize the importance of taking time off and exposing my mind to different experiences. Here are 5 reasons why architects should take time off and explore the world.
At every conference that I’ve ever attended, I’ve always made time to stop by the expo area where manufacturers put their best foot forward and showcase their products. At the AIA 2017 conference on architecture, I walked through the entire expo and spent a lot of my time at the technology area as well as one manufacturer’s booth. Here are my 5 favorite technology and manufacturer booths at the AIA 2017 conference expo hall.
At the American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) 2017 conference on architecture, there was an amazing lineup of keynotes ranging from world renowned architects to the former first lady of America, Michelle Obama. There are many great reasons for attending the annual AIA conferences on architecture and the keynotes give more than enough reason to attend. Here are highlights from each of the keynotes and the conversation with Michelle Obama.