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.

Newsletter 052

Newsletter 052

This has been a busy week at the office with lots of Revit modeling, graphic development, rendering, and finally presenting a major project to a well-known stakeholder. With all of this going on, I had very little time to spend on the 30x30 projects. However, I was able to complete all of the renderings and elevations! 


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

1. Lesson of the week – Life is a marathon, don’t rush to finish

Every day, I come up with new ideas for businesses that I could potentially start, products that I could build, architecture projects that I can pursue, and home renovation projects. In the past, I would pursue these ideas without taking time to brainstorm whether they align with my vision of my future or if they’re just intriguing ideas.

Ultimately, the new phrase “FOMO” or “fear of missing out” is how I felt about all of these ideas. I constantly had the thought that if I don’t pursue these ideas now, someone else will bring them to fruition. Today, I filter through all of my ideas and ask myself if they’re something that I feel passionately about, would pursue as a hobby, and could see myself doing for a majority of my life.

If the answer is no or maybe for a few years, then I let the idea go and/or I share it with my friends who are interested in that topic. To this day, rushing into another project and trying to get to the finish line has never led to good results. In fact, everything that is worthwhile in my life came from living my life one day at a time and never losing sight of my long term goals.

With our ever evolving technology, we all have time… lots of it! Think about the fact that our species is now living beyond 100 years old! If you’re in your 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s, you still have about 40 more years to focus on your passion projects. So take your time and get there by putting one foot in front of the other.

2. Best moment of the week – Presenting a project to a well-known group

Since I started working at the firm where I’m employed, I’ve helped principals put together submissions for request for proposals for public projects and presentations for interviews. However, I’ve never attended an interview with big stakeholders or public officials to showcase our work and attempt to win our projects.

This week, my team and I pulled together all of our graphics and renderings for a large project that we’ve been working on over the past few months and presented to a very well-known group. We were presenting all of our design ideas for a confidential project and the team was comprised of millennials all in our 20’s – with the exception of the principal in charge.

The experience was fantastic and we did a great job presenting all of our work to their team. As our first and biggest presentation ever, we were all very excited for the opportunity and we were complimented and remembered by the group!

3. What I’m currently listening to – Tim Ferriss Podcast

This week, I discovered a new podcast that I’m now following through Tim Ferriss’ latest episode interview with Reid Hoffman. Hoffman’s podcast called “Masters of Scale” focuses on the different ways that large companies succeeded in scaling their practice. He goes over some of the strategies deployed by companies like Google and Facebook and explains how they used these strategies through interviews with the founders. Both the Tim Ferriss interview with Hoffman and Hoffman’s podcast is worth a listen!

4. 30x30 Project Update – 12x30 Micro Housing China renderings

This week, I was able to complete all of the renderings and façade elevations of 12x30 Micro Housing China. The next step is to develop floor plans and diagrams that explain the design concept of the building. I’ll be focusing on this project later in the week! 

Newsletter 053

Newsletter 053

Newsletter 051

Newsletter 051