As my team and I continue designing a theoretical renovation of One Seneca Tower in Buffalo, NY, we focus on coming up with a design for the mix use programs on the lower level of the building. We discuss current trends in fashion retail and decide to design an experience for shoppers. Learn more in this post.
Now, without further ado, here is this week’s Friday Four!
1. Lesson of the week – It’s important to help others and to know when to say no
A professor from a local community college reached out to the AIA Western New York diversity committee asking for mentors and people to help their group of minority architecture students. After receiving this email, I immediately responded and offered to help the group. During a meeting with the chair of the school and a professor, I learned that out of 32 students in the freshman year, 14 of them were minorities. Statistically speaking, they have had issues retaining these students and in most cases, only a few would graduate the two year program and move to an accredited school.
I’m very passionate about issues relating to minorities and equality in architecture. So I reflected on my experiences teaching a very diverse group of students and offered my advice. From this, the chair jokingly offered a teaching position and a position on the school’s board to help develop their curriculum. With my vision and goals for my future set, I decided to turn down these opportunities and instead, I offered to help by being a mentor for any student, giving a firm tour to the entire class, and being a critic at their reviews.
2. Best moment of the week – Reconnecting with old friends
Every month, alumni from my high school meet in New York City to develop an alumni association for all of the graduates. After living away from NYC 8 years ago, there’s a part of my heart that longs to go back and catch up with all of my good friends. So I decided to join the meeting via conference call and listen to the group talk about all of their plans and the next steps. Although it was only an hour long discussion, I was able to have a few words with some of my friends who I haven’t seen since high school.
3. What I’m currently reading – Money Master the Game by Tony Robbins
Money Master the Game has been a fantastic read and I’ve made it through 200 pages in the past week. I’m a very slow reader, but Tony Robbins’ writing is very easy to follow and the information – although complex – is broken down into simple terms. So far, he’s talked about making money work for you by being smart in our investment choices. He broke down all of the myths that people have about funding and exposes the unknown fees that our 401k might be charging us. I’m now up to chapter 3 where Robbins will discuss ideas in investing.
4. 30x30 Project Update – Developing residential designs for 3x30 – One Seneca Tower
While my friends work on developing the luxury retail shops, museum, and café on the lower levels of the building, I’ve been focusing on designing the residential units in the tower from floors 21 and up. So far, I’ve been able to design the units on floors 21-33 and I’m now focusing on the penthouse units on floors 34-36. More to come in the following week!