With several of my 30x30 architecture projects underway, I’ve decided to narrow my focus for 2017 on two particular areas; architecture design and business. Based on my experiences last year, I’ve learned that I’m not particularly good at multi-tasking and I constantly say yes to opportunities that come my way. In order to prevent myself from spending time on opportunities that aren’t aligned with my vision for my future, I’ve decided to turn down or refer some opportunities to my friends so that I could develop my expertise as a designer and future business leader. Learn more in this post!
Now, without further ado, here is this week’s Friday Four!
1. Lesson of the week – Keep meeting people
One of the unfortunate realities of going through architecture school and transitioning into the professional world is that architects often don’t network with people outside of their immediate circle. By immediate circle, I’m referring to the people in our office or even sitting adjacent to them. In fact, many architects from the younger portion of the millennial generation are introverted and are unable to expand a conversation to a topic outside of architecture.
Fortunately, I’ve always found comfort in meeting architects who have multiple interests as well as professionals from other fields such as healthcare, business, marketing, and design. With this growing group of friends with the self-motivation to do and create more in our lives, we eventually reach a point when we ask for advice and help.
One of my goals this year is to continue fostering all of my friendships and make more connections with like-minded individuals who are honest, passionate, and go through life with integrity.
2. Best moment of the week – Receiving a holiday gift from my good friend
While meeting with one of my closest friends to catch up on our lives and discuss our plans for the future, he ran over to his car and gave me a gift for the holidays. Although I was raised in a family that doesn’t celebrate any holiday other than Chinese new year, I realized the impact that giving a gift can have on a person. I’m not suggesting that we go out and force ourselves to purchase something for a friend, but instead, we should always be willing to give something to the people and causes that we care about.
Gifts can range from a physical item that’s purchased at a store, a simple card with a handwritten note that’s sent via snail mail, or even spending time and having meaningful conversations with your family and friends. With my new gift of a messenger bag and an Apple pencil, I’ve purchased the Procreate app for my iPad and I’ve been sketching for the past week. Thanks for the gift, Rob!
3. What I’m currently reading – Louis Kahn: Conversations with Students
As one of my favorite architects, Louis Kahn’s books have been in my wish list on Amazon for some time. After a few months, I decided to purchase Louis Kahn’s Conversations with Students, which is a compilation of several talks he gave at the school of architecture at Rice. It’s a very short read, but it was full of insightful remarks by Louis Kahn. In the book, Kahn discusses his belief on how architecture should be taught in schools, his belief on materials, and he shares stories about specific projects he has worked on in his career.
4. 30x30 Project Update – Refining old competition proposals for my 30x30 collection
After some short-term planning, I decided to go through my archive of proposals for several competitions that I entered and select a few of them to refine for my 30x30 projects. During my review of several projects, I decided to refine 4 of my competition entries and 1 project from architecture school, which will need a significantly longer duration for refinement. So far, I’ve refined two of the competitions and will be working on the remaining 2 this week!