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 we focused on refining our schematic design for One Seneca Tower's boutique clothing stores, brainstormed several rain screen systems for the façade of both the tower and adjacent building, and refined the museum layout to include secure areas. Learn more in this post.

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

1. Lesson of the week – Remember to stand back and look at the bigger picture

Oftentimes, we tend to get so focused on our day to day tasks that we forget to think about the bigger picture. For me, my big picture is to start my own architecture and design firm and becoming a recognized and respected architect. I’d like to have a firm that’s dedicated to helping all of my colleagues grow into the person that they truly want to be – whether it’s a designer, owner of a practice, or a technical genius. This past weekend, I reminded myself of this goal and I’m now realizing that I have a little more to learn before taking a leap and starting my own practice. I’m now aligning all of my tasks with my vision and forging new relationships to help me along the way. This bigger picture helped me take control of every decision that I make and it gave me the confidence that I needed to say no to the tasks that aren’t aligned with the person that I’m quickly becoming.

What’s your ultimate goal in life and how will you work towards it? Reply and let me know and we can hold each other accountable!

2. Best moment of the week – Hosting the Planning a Practice conference

After several months of coordinating a venue, speakers, and many agendas, I was able to host the Planning a Practice conference in Buffalo, NY with my great team members! This conference brought together an architect, attorney, finance professionals, and branding/strategic marketing expert to present on the best practices of safely starting, maintaining, and growing an architecture practice. Everyone learned so much from this conference and the feedback has all been positive. This wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for my team’s help in organizing the paperwork and the behind the scenes planning. Stay tuned for a summary post of the conference and audio files!

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

For the past 3 weeks, I’ve been slowly making my way through this 600 page book called Money Master the Game and I’m getting very close to the final chapter. So far, I’ve learned about making money work for me, which basically means starting an investment account and building a balanced portfolio of assets. These assets should all be things that will grow in value over time. The trick is to never touch these investments and continue adding to them as I continue earning.

4. 30x30 Project Update – Working on the last residential floor of 3x30 – One Seneca Tower

As my friends continue working on their designs for the lower levels of One Seneca Tower, I’ve been focusing on finishing the residential designs in the upper floors. I’m now working on the developing a schematic design for the highest penthouse floor. Once the design is set, I’ll work on the reflected ceiling plans and add lights to all of the floors.

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