Thoughts on finishing Micro Housing China

Last week, I focused on creating and gathering all of the graphics for project 12x30 Micro Housing China, which was one of my longest theoretical projects to date. When I started the project back in the middle of March, I thought I’d have enough time in my evening schedule to complete it within a month. However, as unexpected as life generally is, my travel schedule filled up and two other projects came up. Here are two important lessons I’ve learned from working on project 12x30, Micro Housing China.

An Alternative to Moonlighting as a Young Architect

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.

5 Reasons why architects need to take time off

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.

Micro Housing China Initial Renders

With my bathroom renovation complete, I made some extra time at night to focus on project 12x30 Micro Housing China. Picking up from where I left off on the project, the overall design of the project is complete and all that’s left is finalizing a project site in China and developing graphics. So this week, my focus was to find an ideal location for the Micro Housing China project and develop renderings using photographs and/or street view images. Here is the final location for the project and some of the initial renderings!

5 Mentors that are in my life

From my sophomore year of high school to now, I’ve always surrounded myself with people that I admire and that I can openly seek advice. To this day, I call these people my good friends and will always feel that way about them. However, others would say that they’re my mentors who are guiding me through my life. Through their guidance and eyes, they have informed and witnessed my failures and success in my education, career, and life as an architect. Here are the 5 types of mentors that are in my life.

Communicating Architecture through Sketches

One of the most powerful tools that designers and architects use to communicate their ideas is freehand sketching. This simple act of putting pen to paper allows the architect to translate thoughts and words into forms and abstract visuals. These visual interpretations build and refine until it works within the given parameters and combines the primary conceptual ideas. However, I've found that many young architects are afraid or not used to developing their ideas through sketches. Here are stories of my old fears with sketching and how I gained the confidence to sketch at all design meetings. 

15 Day Full Bathroom Renovation

At some point in every homeowner’s life, there will come a time when the idea of a bathroom renovation becomes a reality. After two years of living in my home, I finally decided to move forward with my bathroom renovation project without any prior experience. Even with my knowledge as an architect, I faced many issues and moments where I thought of giving up. However, I continued moving forward and completed the entire renovation in 16 days. Here’s the full story of Andrea and my bathroom renovation project.

054 - My 5 Favorite Booths at the AIA 2017 Expo

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.

Keynote Highlights at the AIA 2017 Conference on Architecture

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.

The Reality of Starting a Bathroom Renovation

After picking up all of the materials for my bathroom renovation, I brainstormed a good day to start this new project. As I held my forehead and stared at my desk, I thought to myself, why not start now? So on a Friday evening, I walked my dog and took my last shower in the outdated bathroom, and brought over a scraper, hammer, and work gloves. Here are eight learning experiences that I’ve had so far in my bathroom renovation project.