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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As an Architect today, I sometimes reminisce about my time back in Architecture school. While driving home from a vacation, I found myself thinking, if I could write a letter of advice to myself in architecture school, what would I say? Find out in this post.

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

1. Lesson of the week – Taking care of another life is difficult, but rewarding

This week, I decided to adopt a dog that I met at my local SPCA that is a mix breed of Labrador Retriever and Pitbull. She was such a nice dog at the shelter and we never heard her bark at any other dogs in the kennels. However, getting her into the backseat of my car was difficult and I hardly slept the first night. Aside from the 5:30AM runs with her and her never ending energy, she has been a great dog that pushes me to get outside and stay active. I’ve also found myself to be happier because I know she’ll be excited to see me whenever I come home. We’ll see if I decide to keep her after this weekend.

2. Best moment of the week – Going on a vacation using Airbnb

After a few months of careful planning, my girlfriend and I decided to book two Airbnb trips for our 5 day summer vacation. The first place was an old church in Perth, Ontario that was renovated by a wonderful woman named Janice and her partner Garry. The second was a cabin perched on a hilltop on a farm in Plantagenet, Ontario. We had an amazing experience at both of these places and I learned so much about architecture from the homeowner’s perspectives.

3. What I’m currently listening to – #AskGaryVee Show – Gary V. at Vaynerworld 2016

Over the past year, I’ve found so many podcasts that I love listening to as I’m working on projects in the office. This week, there was an episode on Gary Vaynerchuk’s podcast that was captivating to listen to and his authenticity was fantastic. In this particular episode, Gary V. had a powerful statement. He said, “The biggest poison in us is regret… Stop making excuses, stop complaining, nobody is listening, they might pretend they’re listening, the market doesn’t care. What you need to do is make one person happy. You. Then you can make everybody else happy.”

4. 30x30 Project Update – Submitting a project in the AIA WNY Design awards

With all of the materials finally together and a brief description of the project, I’ve finally been able to package all of my content and submit a project for this year’s design awards. Eventually, I’d like to submit my projects for many more awards and hopefully win!

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