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 a month of working on the NYC Net Zero Public Housing as a part of my 30x30 architecture goal, I’ve met my deadline and finalized the project. Picking up from where I left off last week, I refined my Revit model of the project, added materials and entourage, and went through several iterations of draft renderings for each perspective. Here’s a brief overview of how I developed the project’s graphics.

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

1. Lesson of the week – Stop doubting, trust yourself, and save time

As a young architect, I often find myself excited to design any project and initially, I’ll have moments where ideas are entering my head and pouring out on sketch paper. However, once I enter the schematic design phase where I’m developing a Revit model and encountering realistic technical questions about whether or not a detail would be possible, I find myself in moments of doubt and negativity.

This week, I received an email notifying me that my submission to the Amsterdam Light Festival competition has been approved to move into round 2. Out of over 750 proposals from 50+ countries worldwide, only about 100 entries were selected.

My entry for this competition was the shortest competition proposal that I’ve ever put together and it was developed from concept to submission in 3 days. Throughout the competition process, I was confident in my design ability and I had a very clear idea in my mind. I let the ideas continue to culminate for two days and when it came time to create a Revit model and graphics, I completed everything in about 6 hours.

From here on, I’ll acknowledge my doubts and my fears that arise for competitions and projects, but I’ll trust myself and continue moving forward with my visions for every project! I hope you find the strength to do the same as well.

2. Best moment of the week – Getting selected to phase 2 of the Amsterdam Light Festival competition

In relation to my lesson learned for the week, my best moment was receiving the congratulatory email to move into round 2 of the competition. Although I’m still competing against 100 other entries for 30 spots, it’s exciting to know that my concept was understood and accepted by the jurors of the initial round. Within a month’s time, I’ll have to develop my second submission along with an itemized budget to realize this project.

Wish me luck!

3. What I’m currently listening to – How I Built This NPR Podcast Interview with Gordon Segal of Crate & Barrel

This week, I’ve been going between reading my books and listening to podcasts. A new episode in the How I Built This NPR podcast was an interview with Gordon Segal of Crate & Barrel, which immediately caught my attention. As Segal spoke about his journey from starting a store, importing housewares and supplies, and his success/struggles along the way, I found myself thinking more about the journey that I’ll eventually embark on to start my own business. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit in you, I highly recommend listening to all of the episodes in the How I Built This podcast by NPR.

4. 30x30 Project Update – Finished project 2x30 – NYC Net Zero Public Housing Project

After a month of steady work and developing a daily agenda for the NYC Net Zero Public Housing Project, I was able to complete my designs and develop presentation boards! Along the way, I had days where I just couldn’t get myself to focus on the project and procrastinated and other days where I worked from the morning long into the evening. My next step is to step away from the project for a few days and then develop a comprehensive narrative to display it on my project page! Onto the next exciting projects…

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