Every year, I take a moment on Thanksgiving to reflect on milestone goals that I’ve been able to accomplish and learn in the past year. Check out 5 things that I'm most grateful for in this post.
Now, without further ado, here is this week’s Friday Four!
1. Lesson of the week – Talk to people outside of architecture
For Thanksgiving, I drove down to New York City with my girlfriend and dog so that we could spend time with our family and friends. During the first night, I had a long conversation with my brother about our careers and our plans for the future. We talked about what we’ve observed and learned about the structure of the businesses where we’re employed.
From this discussion, I learned that project managers in larger organizations usually have training and certifications for being a manager. This is different from how mid-sized architecture firms are structured because they usually employ an Architect with years of experience to be a project manager. These Archimanagers are usually overwhelmed because they have to be both an Architect and manager all at the same time.
We have to stop splitting ourselves and wearing so many hats for our architecture firm. We just need to have an understanding of each role, determine a good time to expand the firm, and hire experts in these particular niches; accounting, project management, marketing, graphic design, etc.
2. Best Moment of the week – Thanksgiving dinner with my family and friends
One of my favorite times of the year is Thanksgiving when I travel to New York City and spend time with my family and friends. This year, I ate so much food at my girlfriend’s family’s apartment, my home, and my friend’s apartments. All of the food were from different cultures and they all tasted amazing!
At the end of the night, my friend brought us to his house and showed us his virtual reality headset and gaming system. I’ve always had an interest in using virtual reality in architecture to help explain our design ideas to clients. Needless to say, this experience was fantastic and I could definitely see a future with having virtual reality in architecture offices.
3. What I’m currently reading – Architect Magazine
I’ve been going through my stack of Architect Magazine that has been piling up over the past few months and reading the articles that interest me. In particular, there was a section dedicated to winners of the Research and Design awards. All of the projects were amazing in concept and most of them were either constructed or implemented on an actual building project. One, in particular, is the Tally plugin for Revit that the architecture firm Kieran Timberlake developed for architects. This plugin allows you to track the lifecycle of materials that you’re planning to use in your projects. Although I made it through these articles, there’s so much more magazines left to read!
4. 30x30 Project Update – 2 design options for the restaurant and apartment renovation are complete
After meeting with a local preservation consultant, my friend and I decided to propose 2 different design options for the apartments so that we could increase his chances of receiving the historic tax credits for his building. The issue that we discussed was that our preferred floor plan removed all of the interior walls and reconfigured the entire floor plan. Our preservation consultant believes that the committee that reviews these proposals will ask for us to maintain as much of the original interior layout as usual. So we’ll propose these 2 options, show them the existing conditions, and ask for our preferred option that removes most of the original interior walls.