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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In the past, I found it challenging to simultaneously work on a few small architecture projects. Today, I'm usually working on at least 4 projects in the office and a competition or theoretical project on my own. You might be wondering, why do I keep taking on so many projects and putting myself under pressure? How do I manage to complete everything on time? Find out my reasons in this post!

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

1. Lesson of the week – More communication is better than less

As the week began, I had a feeling that a project would suddenly take off and the deadline would overlap with another project. In the middle of the week, we received a call from our client asking for a set of millwork drawings to replace a series of entertainment centers at a psychiatric center. The original design allowed the patients, all of whom are children, to climb onto the counter and create chaos in the open living room space. To say the least, the original millwork design became a safety hazard to the patients.

So this project took off and I had two days to complete a full set of drawings. During one of these days, I had to head home at the usual 5pm time to let my new dog out. At the end of the day, I was in the middle of all the fast paced design development and revisions, and I completed my tasks. On my way out, however, I didn’t call the project manager to discuss where we were and our next steps. Being left in the dark, this made him uncomfortable. Luckily, we called and updated on another about the project and we knew we could finish the drawing set by the next day.

Whenever you’re working with a team on any project, be sure to check-in with each member to see how the project is going and to clarify any confusion. It’ll help everyone feel at ease and it’ll reassure them that they’re a part of the team.

2. Best moment of the week – Being asked to work with each partner on a project

At the firm where I’m employed, there are 4 partners who bring in many projects and create teams to complete each one. So far, I’ve been able to work with each of the partners on their projects at different times. This week, each of them asked me if I could help them with a new project which led to fantastic opportunities and multiple overlapping deadlines. Unfortunately, I had to turn down one project for the time being so that I could focus on the ones with a shorter deadline.

There’s a great feeling that comes with being needed or wanted by others.

3. What I’m currently listening to – Entrepreneur on Fire Podcast by John Lee Dumas

After listening to many entrepreneurial podcasts, I finally made my way over to John Lee Dumas’ podcast called Entrepreneur on Fire. At first, I was intimidated by the 1,500 episodes because I thought I’d never be able to listen to them all. However, as I started listening to his podcasts, I realized that there was so much information from his interviews with successful entrepreneurs. He covers a vast amount of information in only 25 to 30 minutes!

4. 30x30 Project Update – Preservation meeting for the Restaurant and Apartments 5x30

While continuing to develop my friend’s restaurant and apartment project, we have a meeting with a local preservation group to discuss our design ideas for the building. Truthfully, we’re not doing much with the existing street side façade of the building, so getting board approval to move forward shouldn’t be difficult. We’re adding a sign with the restaurant’s name and wall mounted downlight to illuminate the entry area and sign. We’re also adding a kitchen on the back and rebuilding two patios that were a part of the original building. Hopefully, all goes well and we’ll not only get their approval, but their much needed support for the project!

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