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!
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.
Are you currently working in an architecture firm surrounded by people from multiple generations? Some who may be old enough to be your grandparent or your parent? Ever noticed that there's a common sense of humor, work ethic, respect, etc.? What does this mean in a field like architecture? And how can we bridge the gap between these generations? Learn more in this short post!
Most people, including myself, have dreams that they’re hoping will come true in their future. At some point in our lives, we decide it’s the right time to take action and work towards these dreams one step at a time. My first step towards realizing my dream was creating an initial budget for my architecture firm and creating a list of things holding me back from pursuing this dream. Here's what my startup budget looks like and the fears that I have to overcome.