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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Now that the One Seneca Tower Revit model of the tower is complete, it’s time to merge it with the lower floors that includes a 4 story building and courtyard, setup cameras, and apply materials for rendering. Check out the initial perspectives in this post!

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

1. Lesson of the week – Try doing tasks from the position you want in your career

This past week, I realized that I’ve started to fall under the traditional career path that architects often follow. I’ve been working on various tasks for several projects in the office and saw that my days were starting to become repetitive. By chance, a project manager in the office was swamped with worth, so I had a discussion with him and took over some of his tasks for a project that we were working on. I was able to learn more about writing specifications and get into the nitty gritty details of different products and manufacturers.

Comparing my experience working with specifications to the dreadful stories that almost 90% of my fellow architects have told me, I actually found specifications to be quite enjoyable. It’s important to have a good understanding of how the different materials of our buildings come together and the proper procedures to follow for correct installation. Best of all, he and I sat down together and went over any issues that I found in our specifications and the corrections that I made.

So if you find your days becoming less challenging, try asking for more opportunities at the office. Your firm’s management will be excited to give you more responsibility!

2. Best moment of the week – Attending freshman architecture reviews

After graduating from architecture school in 2013, I’ve been fortunate enough to be an invited critic at the University at Buffalo every semester. This fall, I attended the freshman architecture reviews and followed a new format that my good friend and design studio coordinator put together. I was able to follow the progress of a particular group of students.

On Monday, they had their final review, which was more of a celebration of hard work where critics walked around to each student, saw their work, and had an informal discussion about their projects and experience in architecture school. During my talks with some of the students, we spoke about the long nights and struggles that all of them had. This led to a story about my past and how I nearly dropped architecture twice. We all bonded over these experiences and they were able to see how I, someone who is so passionate about architecture and design, went through the same experiences as they are currently going through.

So in the future, take any opportunities that you can to mentor architecture students and being a critic for project reviews. You never know what you’ll learn by looking at the work and growth of the younger generation.

3. What I’m currently listening to – How I Built This podcast by NPR

As I looked for a new podcast for entrepreneurs, I came across one called “How I Built This”, which was started by NPR in the fall of 2016. This podcast is a series of interviews with successful multi-million and billion dollar entrepreneurs like Mark Cuban, Sara Blakely, Jim Koch, and others. They share stories of their struggles with finances, at their jobs, and how they began their business. Most of all, they share the moment where they realized they wanted to do something that was fulfilling for their lives! A lot of millennials and younger are always contemplating these questions about starting something of their own or leaving their occupation to do something that their heart and gut wants them to do. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone who has a vision for a fulfilling lifestyle and needs some motivation to take the leap.

4. 30x30 Project Update – Merging One Seneca Tower Revit models

Now that my team has finished their Revit model of the lower levels, I’m now working on combining their model with my tower. This is challenging because the Revit model is full of furniture, lights, millwork, and other detail or entourage components that’s slowing down the computer. So we’ll divide the model into a final one with furniture and a final one with only building components for exterior renderings.

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