Admit you don't know

As I continue working hard at the architecture firm, I’ve found myself with new exciting responsibilities that involve answering lots of questions. My preference is to receive questions via email rather than over the phone because I noticed that many people expect immediate answers. As every architect knows, a majority of questions don’t have immediate answers and require some investigation in order to get the correct answer. Whenever I find myself in a situation where someone expects an immediate answer, I admit that I don’t know, but I’ll find out and get back to them. Here are 5 reasons why I admit I don’t know.

10 Tips for starting a website

If you’re thinking of starting a website or blog, this post was written for you. I’ll go over several main ideas that you need to figure out as well as the steps for building your website; from creating an account with a website hosting platform to selecting a template on WordPress and tips for managing your website. If I were starting this website over again with what I know today, this is the process I would follow.

Design Progress on Sky Mausoleum

With very little time in my evenings to focus on designing the 13x30 Sky Mausoleum project, I’ve been developing my proposal whenever I have an hour to devote to the project. This week’s focus was on developing a typical floor plan of the mausoleum floors. While working on the layout of interior spaces, I made a decision to offset the mausoleum floors from the ground floor to create an outdoor space on the first floor of the mausoleum. Here’s a design update for Sky Mausoleum.

5 Things I Love and Hate About Being an Architect

Although I’ve been a licensed architect for a little over a year, I’m still relatively young in the profession of architecture with a total of 4 years and 3 months of professional experience. In this time, I’ve been able to exponentially grow, take on more responsibility, and climb the corporate ladder at my firm. During this time, I’ve had observations of my peers and personal experiences that I’ve loved and hated. Here are 5 things that I love and hate about being an architect.

Designing the Sky Mausoleum

As everything in my life begins to settle into a new routine, I’ve made time to focus on designing the Sky Mausoleum project. My process always starts off with reclining in my chair, staring off into the sky, trees, or my ceiling, and thinking. From one idea, an evolution occurs and the idea is constantly criticized, expanded, and refined until I eventually have a mental image of a possible design. Here’s the evolution of the Sky Mausoleum’s design thus far.

Making a Photo Wall in 3 Hours

As we approached Andrea’s one year academic travel to New Mexico, we decided to take a few hours on a beautiful Sunday afternoon to put up a photo wall that we’ve been planning for a few months. With all of our photos sent to the store to print and our box of picture frames opened, we gathered our tools and went straight to work. Here’s how we put together our photo wall in 3 hours with an easy plan and simple tools.

Lessons Learned from Frank Gehry on Masterclass

After several months of waiting for Frank Gehry’s Masterclass to be fully released, I finally had the opportunity to go through all of the courses and learn from his experiences. Although his class is an overview of the various skills one needs as an architect, I found it to be very informing for both non-architects and architects at any point in their career. Among many others, here are 3 things that I gained from Gehry’s Masterclass.

Starting Project 13x30 Sky Mausoleum

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been brainstorming several exciting projects to continue my 30x30 goal and I’m excited to tell you about one of them; Sky Mausoleum which will be my 13th project in this series. As the name implies, project 13x30 will be a mausoleum in New York City that challenges our notion of cemeteries and storing the remains of our loved ones. This project is meant to provoke further thought in the architectural typology of mausoleums while relating to current issues and trends of society in the 21st century. Here’s how.

The Best Glasses I've Ever Bought

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.

A Young Professionals Financial Reality

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.