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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Are you currently working in an architecture firm surrounded by people from multiple generations? Some who may be old enough to be your grandparent or your parent? Ever noticed that there's a common sense of humor, work ethic, respect, etc.? What does this mean in a field like architecture? And how can we bridge the gap between these generations? Learn more in this short post!

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

1. Lesson of the week – When a problem arises, assess it before reacting

During one of the days this past week, Buffalo, NY experienced high winds with strong gusts that nearly blew my dog away on our walk. Later that evening, I was cooking dinner when Andrea came home and told me that the siding of my house was in my neighbor’s yard. Knowing that my house is old, I had a feeling that something like this would happen. I just didn’t anticipate that it would happen now.

I began panicking and financial thoughts flooded my mind. How much is this going to cost to get repaired? Should I just replace the entire exterior cladding around my house? It’s on my list of to-do’s, but it wasn’t a part of my financial goal for the year!

Andrea went over to the neighbor’s yard and began picking up the insulation that was laminated beneath the aluminum siding. I turned off the stove and made my way over to see the damage. It’s important to note that the question “how bad is the situation?” never crossed my mind. Once I turned the corner of my house and looked up, I noticed that only one horizontal aluminum panel was missing, but was in one piece in my backyard.

Without any knowledge of how to properly install siding, my neighbors and us pulled out a ladder, hammer, and nails, and temporarily reinstalled the siding. My mind blowing estimate and high blood pressure prior to this simple repair went away. Although we have some repairs to make, the situation wasn’t as bad as the conclusions that I imagined.

Before you react to any problem that arises, take a moment to logically and clearly think it through. If it’s an issue that you can see, go and investigate before jumping to conclusions. It can save you time, money, and the feeling of anxiety.

2. Best moment of the week – Riding in a hot air balloon

One of the things that I’ve always wanted to do was to take a ride in a hot air balloon and see the world from the sky. During my last day in New Mexico, Andrea and I took a ride in a hot air balloon and had an incredible experience. As we took off into the sky, I had a chance to see the world from a new perspective. One that we might think could be seen from an airplane, but a hot air balloon can rise and lower in elevation and travels at a slow pace. Best of all, you can hear the city and see the design of the city’s plan from up above.

3. What I’m currently reading – The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau

While I was at Barnes & Nobles, I passed by a shelf and saw a book called “The Happiness of Pursuit” by Chris Guillebeau, who I’ve listened to on podcast interviews, and purchased a copy. After reading through the book, there was a sense of wanderlust that emerged within me. In his book, Guillebeau shares the stories of so many people who set out on a long-term quest and were able to finish. His was to travel every country in the world. He explains why it’s important to define a quest and its relationship to fulfillment in your life. Just like one of the critics on the back cover of the book stated, Guillebeau’s book “The Happiness of Pursuit” has definitely lit a spark in me to gear up and set out on my own quest to start my practice in the upcoming years.

4. 30x30 Project Update – Writing final submission content for the Amsterdam Light Festival

As the final submission for the Amsterdam Light Festival competition quickly approaches, my friend and I are working hard to figure out a way to physically build my proposal so that we can incorporate a close estimate for materials and labor in our budget. We’ve finally come up with an idea for building it ourselves, so we’re now putting together the final graphics and content for the phase 2 submission.

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