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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After months of designing project 3x30, One Seneca Tower, my team and I finally completed our renovation proposal for the building. We were able to come up with a new mixed-use programmatic layout and schematic designs for both the high rise “L” shaped building and the skyscraper tower. Learn more about the project here!

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

1. Lesson of the week – Stop multi-tasking and focus

One of the things that almost every architect and designer prides themselves on is their ability to design and work while watch YouTube videos or moves on Netflix. Recently, I tested this theory and developed a bad habit of doing two things at once rather than focusing on the tasks at hand. In theory, one would think that working on an architecture design while watching a television show would only slightly increase the timeframe for completing one’s tasks.

However, I realized that a task which takes me about one hour on average, such as developing a final rendering in Photoshop, ended up taking about 3 hours of time. I found myself caught up in the exciting moments of the television show or movie and losing track of what I was just doing. I also found that the final rendering didn’t come out as good as it could have been, so I ended up spending just a little bit of extra time touching it up – without anything playing in the background.

Just like my experience with splitting my focus between architecture and media, we have to find a balance in our lives and learn to focus our time and energy on the important things – like our family and friends when we’re physically together. So for this holiday week, spend some time with your family and friends, put down your devices, and create a memorable experience!

2. Best moment of the week – Celebrating Andrea’s Birthday

Everyone has that one person or group of people who support everything that we’re doing and pursuing. For me, it’s my girlfriend Andrea who gets to hear all of my crazy entrepreneurial ideas and non-stop blabbering about architecture. However, this week, we spent her birthday away from all of the entrepreneurial and architecture talk and focused on spending time together.

Normally, I don’t go out to the theaters and watch new movies, but she and I really wanted to see Assassin’s Creed, which was a fantastic film. We enjoyed our time on Thursday afternoon in an almost empty theater watching the movie together. Then, we made our way to a Brazilian Steakhouse where we ate a buffet style dinner with servers bringing and unlimited amount of fresh and perfectly cooked steaks, chicken, pork, and lamb to our table. We ended the night with a wonderful chocolate mousse cake!

We had a fantastic day, evening, and dinner together! It’s important to get away from the things that we’re constantly thinking about or working on and spend time with our loved ones.

3. What I’m currently listening to – Ask Gary Vee podcast by Gary Vaynerchuck

This week, Gary Vaynerchuck updated his podcast with lots of talks that he gave at conferences and each one of them is worth a listen. From these new episodes, I’ve realized that Vaynerchuk repeats his stories at every conference and skips right to questions and answers. Although he’s very well known in the entrepreneur and marketing industries, there are still lots of people who don’t know his story. His answers are always genuine and his New Jersey/New York City personality is refreshing (be careful if you listen to his podcast with children around).

4. 30x30 Project Update – Contemplating project 7x30

Now that project 3x30 One Seneca Tower is complete, I’ve done some online reading and searching for new competitions and came across the Amsterdam Light Festival. After reading through the project brief, I’ve been contemplating entering the design competition that results in a small sum of payment, travel, and building one’s proposal on site. I’ll decide by the end of the year and have my proposal in soon after making my decision. In fact, I already have a design idea!

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