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 soon as an architecture project moves into the schematic design phase, it’s important to conduct a code review concurrent with designing the project. Although many of us have read through our respective building codes multiple times, we’ll almost always discover something new with each project. Find out what I discovered in my code review for my friend's restaurant and apartments in this post.

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

1. Lesson of the week – There’ll be times when you just can’t get any work done. Stop and relax.

On Wednesday of this week, I left the office and made my way home to work on a few tasks. After playing with my new dog and eating dinner, I sat in front of my computer in my studio, opened Microsoft Word, and began writing. After coming up with a sentence or two, I would erase them and start again. After about half an hour of doing this, I realized that my mind and my heart were not up for writing. So I stopped, took a minute to relax, and moved onto my design projects.

Some days, I need to remind myself that I’m not a robot that’s capable of constantly producing work. My brain and my body need time to recover after a full day of project coordination and drafting. So if you ever feel like you’re forcing yourself to do anything, pause and ask yourself, is this something that I really have to do right now? Does it align with my vision? How is it helping me achieve my life goals?

2. Best moment of the week – Rescuing a dog from the Bahamas

Over the past month, my girlfriend and I were thinking about rescuing another dog from a local animal shelter. After short discussions, we searched online for a Labrador retriever breed and found one that’s called a Royal Bahamian Potcake, which is a mix between a lab and shepherd. This breed could be found in the Bahamas where they are treated as garbage and left to roam the streets and eat scraps, which are mainly the hard leftovers on the bottoms of pots.

So we met a few of the dogs that we found and within three days, we had a new companion in our house named Lady. As many Architects and designers know, it’s difficult to find any time in our day to devote to anything else in our lives. Having both my girlfriend and new companion forces me to organize my time effectively throughout the day and focus on the tasks at hand. I’ve found that adopting Lady has led to more organization and happiness in my life.

3. What I’m currently watching – American Genius on Netflix

This year, I’ve found an addiction to learning about successful entrepreneurs from all over the world. My first source of information were podcasts by designers like Debbie Millman and entrepreneurs like Lewis Howes, Pat Flynn, and Tim Ferriss. Recently, I discovered a television series on Netflix called American Genius that tells the story of American entrepreneurs who have changed their industry. The TV series does a fantastic job at explaining their story in a captivating way, but also the rivalries and the race to the finish between the entrepreneurs. A must watch show for anyone interested in inventions and entrepreneurship!

4. 30x30 Project Update – Finalizing layouts of the residential units in One Seneca Tower

After a month and a half of designing the luxury condominiums in One Seneca Tower for my 3x30 project, I’ve finally finished the floor plan layouts! With the design complete, it’s time to focus on the ceiling plans and add lighting, furniture and materials to the units that will be rendered, and move onto designing a typical office floor.

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