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 relaxing with my firm’s retreat over the weekend, seeing my girlfriend, and watching the Olympics! After spending the past two months working hard on an architecture competition and managing several projects at the firm, I started to feel as if I was burning out. So I decided to put together a full project description of the competition, which I’m excited to share with you next month after the results have been decided, get back to reading, and catching up on my sleep.

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

1. Lesson of the week – Hard work pays off

Whether you’re an athlete who physically trains for competitions or an architect who imagines designs in multiple dimensions, there’s always a point that you reach where you feel exhausted, unmotivated, and negative. This is especially true when we train really hard to reach a new physical level or to figure out how to make our imaginary buildings real. Whenever your brain feels like it melted away or your body feels heavier than ever to move, take a break to recover, meditate, and reflect on everything you’ve done to get to this point of exhaustion. I guarantee you’ll feel fulfilled and accomplished, which will help you recover much faster and put you in positive spirits!

2. Best moment of the week – My Architecture Firm’s Retreat

Every year, the firm where I’m working has a retreat where we rent a hotel room for all of the employees, reserve activities such as spas, adventure courses, and road biking, sit by the hotel’s pool with an open bar, and eat a fantastic dinner at a wonderful restaurant. This year, I was able to share that experience with my girlfriend who had a fantastic time with all of the activities. Although I was mentally exhausted from everything I’ve done the past couple of months, we were both physically exhausted by the end of our night. I’ll definitely have something like this in my future practice!

3. What I’m currently watching – The Olympics in Rio

Ever since I started running, my interest in sports has been increasing and I’ve found several that I love to watch every 4 years in the summer Olympics. A few of them are swimming, the USA women’s soccer team, table tennis, and all running events. At the company retreat this weekend, our invited speaker talked about the benefits of swimming and mentioned a few, Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky, who won gold medals. I’m also looking forward to Usain Bolt’s final Olympic races in the coming week and Mo Farah’s distance runs.

4. 30x30 Project Update – Creating a project page for 6x30 - Competition

I’ve been working very hard on finalizing the long project description for the competition that my team and I just completed. This past week, I put all of the text into a page on Journey of an Architect and I’m now organizing all of my team’s final graphics to be strategically placed throughout the page. After the results of the competition are announced next month, I’ll publish the page and share our exciting work with you!

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