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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Although this week has been very productive, it’s also been full of late nights and two days of traveling. My team and I have been working hard to finalize our Revit model and graphics for 6x30 – Competition, which you will hear more about in the future. I also had a chance to meet with my good friend for 5x30 – Restaurant and apartment renovations and show him my design for his building. With very little time to write, I had a few minutes with a co-worker to photograph amazing views of New York City’s skyline on our travels.

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

1. Lesson of the week – Don’t be afraid to delegate work

I’ve recently discovered that I have a fear of delegating some architectural work with my co-workers and architecture friends. In particular, if I’m unaware of a person’s skills for developing a Revit model or renderings and I’m able to complete them quickly, efficiently, and at a high level, I’ll usually add it to my list of tasks. However, as I began running out of time to do everything on all of my current projects, I slowly delegated more and more work to my teammates so that I could focus on the crucial and difficult tasks.

Sharing and teaching your team different skills allows you to free up more time for other higher level tasks. This requires building trust between all of the teammates and ourselves so that we’re comfortable giving them a task and knowing that it’ll be completed at a high quality and on time.

2. Best moment of the week – Traveling to NYC for work

As you’re probably aware, I love traveling both for work and leisure. This week, my team and I traveled to New York City to work on one of our projects, which was simple, but required us to be on site. So we flew down to NYC, rented a car, and drove out to the project site. We were able to complete all of our work ahead of time and I was able to spend my evening with my girlfriend who has been in NYC all summer.

I also began to wonder how I could travel for work more often. I’m sure there are jobs for Architects that would allow me to travel a few days every week and stay overnight in different cities!

3. What I’m currently watching – Runners on YouTube

As I begin to develop a better running form, I’ve been watching videos of both sprinters and long distance runners to understand how the human body works during a run. With the information that I learn, I filter out the biased ideas and I’ve been incorporating small changes to my running form.

4. 30x30 Project Update – 5x30 Restaurant and Apartments’ schematic design is near completion and 6x30 Competition is almost complete

After meeting with my friend and showing him my design for his building, we both agreed that the design works and won’t need much changes. So I reviewed my fee proposal with him and we’re hoping to finish the schematic design phase (including renderings) by the end of August. Project 6fter meeting with my friend and showing him my design for his building, we both agreed that the design works and won’t need much changes. So I reviewed my fee proposal with him and we’re hoping to finish the schematic design phase (including renderings) by the end of August. Project 6x30 – Competition is very close to completion and the team is working hard to finalize all of our graphics. We have 9 days left to submit, so we’ll be working hard this week!

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