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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My friend and I decided to visit his building to investigate the structural issues in more detail. During this visit, we uncovered more structural problems, climbed through some rubble, and came up with a game plan to stabilize the building and continue moving forward. Learn more about what we found in this post.

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

1. Lesson of the week – Be grateful for what I have in my career

After giving a presentation on the different projects that I’ve worked on at my current firm to students from a community college, I received very good feedback about the firm and myself. Many of the students were amazed to see and hear about the projects where my team and I came up with hand sketches, developed a realistic 3D rendering, and saw it through construction. In many cases, the students had difficulty distinguishing between a rendering and real photograph.

Needless to say, while I was talking to a close friend at a reception, he told me about our mutual friends who were now working at various firms and were dreading their experiences. He said many of them are working as a production person where they are constantly putting together the same drawings for multiple projects. Eventually, some of them decide to leave the field. After telling him about my experiences so far, I realized that I’m in a fantastic position where I have the ability to be a part of the major design of a project as well as the technical drawing and detailing of the designs that my team and I developed. So I’m grateful to have had this many opportunities at a young age and I hope to continue designing and learning over the next few years!

2. Best moment of the week – Reception for students and architects

This Wednesday evening, a friend of mine hosted a reception for students on the rooftop of his building with food and drinks. Once I arrived, I recognized so many faces, two of which I mentored and worked on competitions with, and others that I’ve known for some time. I had a great time catching up with my peers and hearing about their journey through architecture life, traveling, or in their career.

3. What I’m currently reading – Money Master the Game by Tony Robbins

Now that I’ve made it to the middle of the 4th chapter, I can definitely say that Money Master the Game has changed the way that I think about my money. Did you know, based on statistics, that most Americans would be unable to come up with $2,000 if asked today? Speaking as a millennial, I’ve been doing great with my savings and finances, but I’ve never learned about investing my money in safe ways so that I can earn more by making my money work for me. There’s a lot more to learn and I hope to finish the book this coming week.

4. 30x30 Project Update – Developing demo drawings for 3x30

After finishing a demolition and minor new construction work for my friend’s restaurant and apartment building, we decided to do an in depth walk through to investigate its existing structural integrity. We found that the building will need a lot of work on the floor system on the ground floor and that we’ll need to figure out steel column and beam sizes that he’ll be installing to hold up the second floor of the building. I’ve decided to develop a core and shell set of demolition and new construction drawings so that he can get his building stabilized.

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