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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Creating an architectural rendering is always both fun and time consuming. As architects, we're always trying to make everything as perfect as it can be, which makes us shift objects over a few inches and change an object's material multiple times to find the right shade for the render. This is what I've been up to as I complete each rendering for Project 3x30 One Seneca Tower. Check out the first rendering for the project in this post! 

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

1. Lesson of the week – It’s okay to have a “staycation”

Ever since I started working at a firm in Buffalo, NY, I’ve taken some time off to visit and spend time with my family in New York City. After these long drives to NYC and long drives back home, I’ve finally accepted the fact that I’ve been wasting two days out of my vacation on travel alone. Although I love visiting my family and seeing all of the architecture in NYC, it’s draining to spend so much time on the road and only a few days at my family’s house.

So for my upcoming week off, I’ve decided to spend my time at my house in Buffalo. My decision is based on the fact that we, as architects, spend so much time working on our projects in the office where we’re constantly staring at our screens and responding to emails, drafting, and reviewing drawings. All of our time is given to the architecture firm where we’re employed and we spend very little time thinking and planning our future.

For this upcoming break, my focus will be on myself. There are so many personal questions and tasks that need to be addressed in my life as an architect. So I’ll be taking the week to set my goals and start my new year off on the right track!

2. Best moment of the week – Knowing that my mother enjoyed her gift

On Thanksgiving, I decided to buy my mother a new bed from Tuft & Needle so that she could throw away her 20+ year old mattress and sleep in comfort. After receiving her new bed and bedframe, she finally set everything up and slept on it for the past week. Now, all I hear is my mother praising the bed and sharing her experience of better sleep and less body pain. It’s always great to hear that a gift has made someone happier and healthier.

*I thought I should mention that I am in no way affiliated with Tuft & Needle. I purchased one of their beds for myself during Thanksgiving and I’ve truly enjoyed it as well!

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

This week, I’ve listened to all of the episodes of How I Built This, a podcast by NPR. All of the people that they’ve interviewed so far have had fantastic stories of how they built their businesses. From quitting their job to starting a business and almost failing to generating hundreds of millions of dollars a year, every episode is filled with so many life lessons. It’s probably one of the best podcasts that I follow and I can’t wait to listen to the next episode!

4. 30x30 Project Update – Finalizing One Seneca Tower Renderings

My team and I are finally nearing completion on our theoretical proposal for the renovation of One Seneca Tower in Buffalo, NY. Our focus this week is on completing all of our renderings and drawings. We’re also developing a program diagram and potentially a façade detail diagram. Our hope is to have the project complete before Christmas!

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