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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At some point in every homeowner’s life, there will come a time when the idea of a bathroom renovation becomes a reality. After two years of living in my home, I finally decided to move forward with my bathroom renovation project without any prior experience. Even with my knowledge as an architect, I faced many issues and moments where I thought of giving up. However, I continued moving forward and completed the entire renovation in 16 days. Here’s the full story of Andrea and my bathroom renovation project.

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

1. Lesson of the week – Choose the opportunities that align with your future

Throughout the time that I’ve been working at the firm where I’m employed, I’ve always offered my help and assistance to the project managers in the office. Over time, I began to selectively offer my help to those who I saw as my mentors in the company. Whenever my workload lightened up, I would fill my schedule with other projects that needed assistance.

Last month, the architecture office had so many architecture projects, big proposals, and people on vacation, which led to lots of projects needing assistance. Every day became a constant fire fight where project managers were asking anyone and everyone for immediate production, graphics, design, and construction administration assistance.

Since my schedule was already full, I had to be more selective about the projects that needed assistance. I offered my help to the project managers who needed assistance in the areas of architecture that I have a desire to learn more about. I joined two projects with a bigger role in construction administration, helped with one of the biggest and high profile proposals that we’ve ever had, and worked directly with clients and consultants for multiple projects.

Remember to offer your assistance throughout your life and career. One day, this will lead to so many opportunities and you’ll have to choose carefully. Ask yourself, what aligns most with your future? Do you want more design related work? Or do you want more construction experience? Take those opportunities that will help you grow into the life you want and deserve.

2. Best moment of the week – Traveling to NYC for Memorial Day Weekend

After heading out of my office, Andrea and I drove down to New York City, which took about 8 hours. In the past, we would always make plans with our family, friends, and each other. This time, however, we decided to not make plans. Instead, we spontaneously came up with ideas and relaxed.

One of our ideas was to bring the board game Settlers of Catan with us to Manhattan and invite our good friend to come play with us. We sat by the water on the west side by the Hudson River, then at Gotham Market by the Highline, and we had a fantastic time! It was great to sit back, talk to one another, and play a board game outdoors in NYC. Best of all, I spent half of my time in NYC with my mother and younger sister, which is rare on my trips to NYC. I’ll be doing this more often on my future trips!

3. What I’m currently listening to – Gary Vaynerchuk’s podcast

As you might know, I’ve been following Gary Vaynerchuk’s podcast closely for the past year. In one of his recent episodes, Vaynerchuk invited his father as a guest and they had a dialogue about their past. The bond between Gary and Sasha Vaynerchuk was evident through the stories that they told and the way that they interacted with one another. It was a beautiful episode and I highly recommend following Gary Vaynerchuk’s podcast and YouTube channel.

4. 30x30 Project Update – Finishing up project 12x30

Now that the bathroom renovation project is complete and I’m not traveling as much, it’s time to focus on the affordable micro housing project in China that I started in April. I’ll be revisiting the project, coming up with final diagrams, drawings, finalizing its location in China and setting up materials for final renders. 

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