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 I continue to develop project 5x30 - restaurant and apartment renovation for my friend's building, I decided to focus on coming up with a material palette for both the restaurant and studio apartments. Learn more about how I worked through draft renderings from Revit and the cloud to develop a material palette for these spaces in this post!

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

1. Lesson of the week – Schedules and agendas helps me stay sane

Ever since I was a child, I always thought about all of the steps that I needed to take in order to accomplish a task. When I learned how to write and discovered daily agendas, I would make a list of tasks that I had to accomplish that day. These tasks would be separated by categories such as new habit development or a checklist item. Today, I still keep an agenda and reminders at the tips of my fingers (literally on my ipad) and I make a bullet point meeting agenda for any meetings that I’ll be leading. This saves everyone time, makes sure we stay focused, helps me stay organized, and most importantly, it prevents headaches and the anxiety that I often get from a moment of disorder and chaos.

2. Best moment of the week – Finalizing an architecture speaking panel for an upcoming event in Buffalo, NY

After joining the AIA Western New York Emerging Professionals committee, the board applied for a grant from the college of fellows for an event titled “Planning a Practice”. This event will bring together an architect, finance professional, marketing strategist, and attorney and have them give a 1 hour presentation on the best practices for starting, managing, and growing an architecture practice. I’ve been leading the effort in coordinating the speakers for this event and all of them have confirmed their attendance. Now, I just have to wait for their presentation files and handouts and start the event!

3. What I’m currently listening to – Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn - Podcast

One of the first podcasts that I subscribed to was Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income, which is full of entrepreneurial information and is very easy to listen to while I’m developing a model in Revit. His most recent episode was about his speaking engagements and he explained how he went from having poor presentation skills to feeling comfortable and delivering an unforgettable speech at every event. I’m afraid of public speaking, but I know that it’s something that I have to be comfortable with doing – especially if I’m going to run my own practice one day.

4. 30x30 Project Update – Developing Revit titleblocks and ordering my Architect’s stamp

Now that project 5x30 – restaurant and apartment renovations are moving into their phase, I’m working on developing demolition drawings for my friend’s contractor. In order to get this done, I’m in the process of getting my official Architect’s stamp and developing a titleblock for the demolition drawing sheets in Revit. Since this project is my first, these titleblocks will be a part of my “Revit standards”, which I’ll use in all future projects.

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