Journey of an Architect is a blog started by Tim Ung to document his journey to design 30 projects by the age of 30 (May 2020). His posts focus on his design process, thoughts, struggles, and successes throughout his journey.

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There are a handful of young architects and designers working at architecture firms all over the world who are constantly striving for more opportunities. With eyes wide open and an eagerness to grow, these individuals are always asking themselves, “what’s my next big goal and how am I going to achieve it? Do you fit into this group of people? If so, you’ve probably experienced what I’ve been experiencing over the past few months. Learn more in this post!

Now, without further ado, here is this week’s Friday Four!

1. Lesson of the week – Always offer to help others

Whenever I’m chatting with my colleagues in the office, I’ll ask them what they’re up to at the firm and learn about the status of each project. This discussion usually leads to a discussion about being busy how everyone feels like they’re buried in work. In most cases, I’ll offer to help them with their project even if I’m working on several projects of my own. Now, this might not be the right thing to do for some of you, but for anyone who’s looking for more responsibility, this is one of the best ways to get more opportunities at work and in life.

This week, one of the principals was contacted about a small project and he asked me to take the lead. By constantly offering to help others, people will remember you and opportunities will emerge.

2. Best moment of the week – Seeing my girlfriend compete in a Poetry Slam

During a meeting with my friend at a local bar for his restaurant and apartment renovation project, my girlfriend decided to join the poetry slam that was being held in the bar. While she was performing her piece, my friend and I watched her amazing performance and complimented her when she was done. However, she didn’t make it to the second round and I got to see her frustration and sadness. It reminded me of the times in my life when my failures used to hurt. I used to think that I wasn’t intelligent enough, athletic enough, or good enough. Nowadays, my failures make me who I am and I accept them with an open mind and open heart. So I half-jokingly told her to let out all of her frustrations now so that she could get better sooner.

By the next day, she was doing just fine and although her loss was still on her mind, she was moving on and continuing her life as it should be.

3. What I’m currently listening to – The Pursuit Podcast

Every couple of months, I find myself caught up with the podcasts that I’m following. This week, I searched for some more podcasts to listen to and I came across The Pursuit Podcast, which is a series of interviews with famous individuals from all walks of life. I discovered this podcast during my search for interviews with Tony Robbins, who is a very well-known person. I’ve caught up to every episode of this podcast this week and I highly recommend it to any entrepreneur.

4. 30x30 Project Update – Finalizing the Design Development of 5x30 Restaurant and Apartments

After conducting a thorough code review of my friend’s project, there were a few design issues with the size of the existing stair, which has to be extended in order to meet the building code. So I modified the staircase and moved the bar to a new location. Once these changes were made, I finalized the design and I’m ready to have the final design meeting with my friend before moving forward with all of our consultants!

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