Finalizing the Sky Mausoleum Project

After two months of working on the Sky Mausoleum project, I’ve completed the design and proposal ahead of schedule! From last week to now, I’ve taken these renderings and post processed them in Photoshop. I also asked a good friend of mine if he could visit the site and take some photographs for a street view rendering. Here are the final renderings for the project and what’s next on my 30x30 list.

Initial Renderings for Sky Mausoleum

Over the past week, I’ve been finalizing the material palette and setting perspectives for the final renderings of the Sky Mausoleum project. Similar to last week, I didn’t have a lot of time to focus on the project, but I made sure that I focused for an hour a day on bringing the Revit model to its final conceptual stage. After testing several material options for the building, I’ve finally made a decision on all of the materials. Here are a handful of the initial renderings of Sky Mausoleum.

Setting Materials for Sky Mausoleum

Although this week has been busy with lots of work at the architecture firm, I found a little bit of time every evening to continue developing the interior design of Sky Mausoleum. As I mentioned last week, my goal was to design seating along the walls in every mausoleum, adjust light fixtures, design the stone container for holding the ashes of loved ones, and setting materials. Here’s how far the interior design has come since last week.

Interior Design Progress of Sky Mausoleum

For the past week, I’ve been focusing on the interior layout of Sky Mausoleum, the reflected ceiling plan, and setting preliminary materials to prepare the Revit model for rendering. The interior layout has gone through several iterations and I’m proceeding with a design option that has curved interior walls and ceiling. Here’s a quick update on my design progress with Sky Mausoleum.

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.