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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Newsletter 037

Now that the NYC Net Zero Public Housing project and my materials for the second round of the Amsterdam Light Festival have been submitted, it’s time to start developing the next project! Continuing with the theme of affordable housing, I’ve decided to continue researching this issue on a global scale. In fact, I’ve decided to start researching affordable housing in another dense population, Hong Kong. Learn more about my initial research in this post!

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

1. Lesson of the week – Don’t have any open loops in your life

After attending a seminar on how to work with multiple generations in one office, there was a brief discussion about productivity and how to be more focused and efficient throughout the day. One of the key lessons that came out of this talk was the idea of completing all tasks as soon as they come up. This doesn’t mean that you blindly work on a project that was just emailed to you, but rather, that you read through the project, determine what’s being asked as well as its importance to you, and deciding if you’ll focus on that task now, later (determine the date and time), or never (respond and delete).

This is something that I’ve been doing ever since I had a form of digital communication; online messaging, emailing, texting, face to face discussions, etc. because I never wanted to forget to do something that I promised someone. As I continue this practice, I’ve also decided to set a time limit on opening, reading, and responding to a message as well as a dedicated timeframe to focus on a project before taking a break.

After putting this system in place, I’ve found that I’m able to get tasks done more efficiently and at a higher quality. Most importantly, I’m able to save time that I could spend with my loved ones, take on more projects, or for leisure. This simple system helped me determine where I was wasting time and forced me to come up with a resolution so that I could spend more of my days focusing on the things that I most enjoy.

2. Best moment of the week – Submitting the final proposal for phase 2 of the Amsterdam Light Festival competition.

As you might’ve read in a previous newsletter, I’ve been focusing a lot of my time on coming up with the final proposal for the Amsterdam Light Festival competition. As one of the 100 finalists, I wanted to come up with the most extraordinary, but realistic, proposal for this competition. So I’ve teamed up with a very good friend of mine on this competition and we’ve developed some fantastic ideas for constructing our design within the budget that was specified. He also helped tremendously in coming up with clear graphics on how the different components will come together.

Best of all, we submitted on time! We’re looking forward to hearing back in a month.

3. What I’m currently listening to – EntreArchitect Podcast by Mark R. LePage

This week, I’ve listened to several episodes of EntreArchitect by Mark R. LePage, which is a fantastic podcast for architects. The episodes that I chose to listen to focused on small firm architects and setting their fees, getting paid on time, and creating standard systems to follow. The episode that I most enjoyed was the questions from the EntreArchitect community group where Mark goes through some of the major questions from the Facebook group, repeats the answers from the community, and gives his own answer. I’m looking forward to more of these Q&A’s from the community!

4. 30x30 Project Update – Concept development for a micro housing project in China

As I continue to focus on residential designs, I’ll be developing several concepts for a micro housing project in China. Due to the exponential population growth in many major Chinese cities, there’s a shortage of housing and a high percentage of the population live in slums located at the outskirts of these cities. How do we design affordable housing that provides basic amenities and standards of living within a dense country?

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Newsletter 036