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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This week has been full of work both at the office and with my team’s 6x30 competition submission. My mornings started at 6AM when I woke up and ended every night around midnight when I finally went to sleep. In this 18 hour timeframe, I worked very hard on several projects at the office and developing the final graphics for the competition. I’m excited to tell you that my team and I were able to finish this project a few days early and submit on time! Check out our project here.

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

1. Lesson of the week – When life is chaotic, close your eyes and take deep breaths

As I juggled several projects with short deadlines and my own personal work, I found myself breathing in shorter breaths and forgoing exercise for the week. Although I mentally prepared myself for this week, there was a part of me that knew I wouldn’t be able to have a healthy lifestyle for the week. I realized that I was only getting more stressed from lack of sleep and the avalanche of work piling on my desk.

So before every meeting, I made sure that I sat down, closed my eyes, and took deep breaths for 5 minutes to clear my head. This was my quick meditation to help me clear my head and refocus my energy on the people and tasks at hand.

2. Best moment of the week – Meeting a good friend for lunch

I’m fortunate to have friends and mentors who are extremely kind and giving. In particular, one of my close friends was my professor in architecture school and she has also (unknowingly) been my mentor ever since! After getting promotions, my architecture license, and starting on all of my new endeavors, I realized that I haven’t been keeping in contact with my friends. So we met for lunch and had a wonderful conversation about everything that’s going on in her life and mine.

3. What I’m currently watching – Runner tryouts for the Olympics

With the 2016 Olympics in Rio quickly approaching, I’ve been watching two of my favorite runners, Usain Bolt and Mo Farah, in the qualifiers for the Olympics. They’ve both come out on the top of the list and I can’t wait to see them at the Olympics in Rio!

4. 30x30 Project Update – 6x30 Competition has been submitted and I might have 7x30 in the works

After a long week of meeting with my fantastic team for the 6x30 competition, we finally pulled together a beautiful board and submitted all of our materials Thursday evening. There’s an extraordinary feeling that comes with seeing all of your hard work and efforts displayed on a comprehensive board. We have a strong feeling about our submission and I’ll share more once the results are announced! I just had my second meeting with a friend who has a very interesting development project in mind, which might become project 7x30. I’ll know more in the Fall!

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