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 coming up with concept sketches for the NYC Net Zero Public Housing Project, I started a new Revit model, setup a 10’ x 10’ grid, and began modeling the exterior concrete walls and the interior partitions. Once I translated my hand sketch into the Revit model, I focused on designing the four different apartments that would be mirrored and copied to the floors above. Check out what I accomplished over the past week and some of the issues that I’ll be working through in the upcoming week in this post!

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

1. Lesson of the week – Always look and ask for more opportunities

This week, I found myself completing all of my work at the firm ahead of time and jumping between architecture projects as the project managers reviewed the work and discussed it with our clients. That’s when I realized that I’ve grown so much as an architect because I’m now able to take on projects and fulfill all of our requirements without asking too many questions. However, I make it a point to ask the team any questions that I could think of during our meetings so that I could clarify our goals, deadlines, and submission requirements.

After assisting on different projects in the office, I had a meeting with one of the principals and asked for more opportunities to take on higher roles and responsibilities on projects in the office. I mentioned that my goal was to be as profitable as I can for the firm this year by working as intelligently and efficiently as possible on all of my projects. So he gave me a very small project to manage along with one team member to assist me.

We’re surrounded by opportunities and people who are looking for others to step up and offer to help. Why not be the person to offer help and in return, learn more skills that will propel you to the next level of your career? Give this a try and ask others at your office if you could assist them with tasks that you’re looking to learn!

2. Best moment of the week – Going to Barnes & Nobles

Last year, I began a journey to read at least 25 books every year and I was able to achieve that goal in 2016. This year, I have the same goal and I’ve already purchased about 20 books to read. Needless to say, I’ve already acquired a collection of books to read this year, but I decided to go to Barnes & Nobles with my girlfriend to look at all of the new books and take advantage of my sister’s membership.

While picking out several books and reading through the blurb and first few paragraphs, I quickly realized that I was going to leave with a handful of books; 5 to be exact. As I paced around the store, I found myself holding onto entrepreneurial books and glancing over the architecture section of the store. Isn’t it odd that Barnes & Nobles has a great selection of novels and books in most genres except architecture?

Anyhow, the experience of physically walking into a store and reading through real books rather than scrolling through previews on Amazon was refreshing!

3. What I’m currently reading – The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

One of the books that I picked up from Barnes & Nobles is The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch, which he wrote in the last few months of his life as a professor, father, and husband. Pausch applied to be a presenter at Carnegie Melon’s lecture series that used to be called “The Last Lecture” and literally gave his final presentation to a performance hall full of 400+ attendees. His lecture was titled “Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” and he talked about how he achieved all of his own. Check out his lecture on YouTube here.

4. 30x30 Project Update – Developing designs for NYC Net Zero Public Housing

This week, I developed the schematic design of all the apartments in the NYC Net Zero Public Housing project. I’m now focusing on designing the ground floor of the building, vertically aligning all of the concrete structural walls that separate the apartments, and developing a reflected ceiling plan for each unit. There’s a lot more to do, but I’m confident I could get this project done in the next three weeks!

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