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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Every Architect views the world from a perspective that’s different from other professionals. As we travel from one place to another, our minds are constantly thinking about ideas and we’re always asking ourselves questions that start with, “what if”. This week, I came across some discarded logs on the side of the road and my mind began racing with ideas of how I could use the logs as firewood, to make a table or nightstand, and as furniture. Learn more about my adventure to pick up these logs and how I ended up using them in this post!

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

1. Lesson of the week – Quality is worth the price

A few years ago, I purchased a black striped suit and wore it once or twice and I recently ordered another two piece suit. In my opinion both suits fit me well, but they were a little too large in some areas. Last week, I decided to bring the suits to a local tailor and get them to fit. After pinning the entire suit to the correct sizes, we made our way over to the cash register where I was given a quote that was way above what I expected.

I consulted my brother who gets his suits tailored to fit and he told me it was a fair price. So I decided to tailor both suits and I picked them up this week. The suits fit my body perfectly and I felt fantastic wearing these suits. Every service profession, including architecture, charges a fee based on experience levels. We have to understand that quality service is worth the price.

2. Best moment of the week – Spending time with my girlfriend

It’s been some time since my girlfriend and I spent time together in Buffalo because she’s been away in NYC for a summer internship. This week, she came up to Buffalo to catch up on her research work and to attend my company’s annual retreat. We’re looking forward to zip lining in the adventure park and spending quality time together with my comrades from the office.

3. What I’m currently reading – Getting Things Done by David Allen

I’ve had this book on my shelf for a very long time and I finally made time to read a chapter of the book. Allen provides great insight on the things that take away from our focus and attention in the 21st century. He also gives tips on overcoming these distractions and regaining control of our lives. I’m looking forward to reading another chapter and learning more about stress free productivity!

4. 30x30 Project Update – Writing a project summary for 6x30 - Competition

While my team’s competition submission is still in my mind, I’m putting together a project description along with all of the imagery. I know that if I don’t take the time to do it now, I’ll forget some important points of the project and I won’t be able to explain it in depth. I’ll be sure to release the project details in September after the results are announced!

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