At some point in our careers, we, as Architects and creative professionals, find ourselves working from sunrise to sunset trying to get that last edit done or the bid documents complete. Far too often, we get sucked into the mindset of putting our careers over our health and well-being. This is the situation that I often encounter and it took time to realize and acknowledge that it's okay to take time off to recharge. Learn more about it in this post!
Now, without further ado, here is this week’s Friday Four!
1. Lesson of the week – Learn a skill by trying before researching online
Over the past few months, I’ve been getting back into running and trying to develop a better running form. I recently recovered from a running injury that came from researching terms like “how to run faster” and “Usain Bolt” and trying to imitate the running forms that I discovered. Well, I ran faster for a few weeks, but ended up with a stress fracture on one ankle. So, I decided to run and allow my body to develop my natural running form and I also attended a running clinic to get pointers on my form. Now, I’m running with very little or no pain and I’m running further and faster every couple of weeks!
Just like our time in architecture school, we could watch as many YouTube videos and read Alex Hogrefe’s blog on rendering techniques over and over again. If we never open Revit or Photoshop and learn by trying, we’ll never be able to properly apply these techniques and truly learn a new skill.
2. Best moment of the week – Planning an ice cream social in the office
During this very warm week in New York, I thought it would be a fantastic idea to have an ice cream social in the office. After telling my idea to a good friend who works in the front office, we decided to bring in tubs of ice cream and an assortment of toppings. Once it was 3 PM, everyone including our office janitor came to the kitchen and went through all of the ice cream in 15 minutes! I felt great after seeing everyone excited and happy with their ice cream.
3. What I’m currently watching – Mixed Martial Arts fights on YouTube
For some reason, I’ve found an addiction to watching mixed martial arts fighting on YouTube. All I remember is typing YouTube in my browser, going to the website, and seeing 1 video in the recommended area of my homepage. I clicked the video and somehow managed to watch 3 non-stop hours of different fights. I know it doesn’t have anything to do with architecture, but I guess my mind needed to get away from thinking about design for a day.
4. 30x30 Project Update – 6x30 Competition model is complete and we’re developing graphics
After a little over a month, my team and I have finally completed our Revit model of the competition we’re working on. We have all interior spaces designed, furniture and reflected ceiling plans complete, and we’re putting in some amazing 3D models of mechanical systems for growing and converting algae into energy. While a teammate and I are developing renderings and diagrams, our third teammate is working hard on finishing up the system designs in Autodesk Inventor.