An Architect's Introduction to Web Design - How to Create Better Online Experiences
An Architect's Introduction to Email - How to Build Better Correspondence
How can we can articulate our presence as Architects better on the world wide web?
As Architects, we’re great at design, but often horrible at creating effective, memorable online experiences.
Let’s take some time to understand exactly what it takes to build a better website.
Re-Building My Portfolio | Part 5 | Jim’s Kitchen
Email is a necessary evil.
In a digital world, email still reigns supreme over most forms of professional communication. Yes, it’s true that some correspondence is done via ‘snail mail’ or (gulp) fax. The vast majority of our documented interactions day-to-day are found in our inbox.
Let’s take some time to understand exactly what it takes to build a better email. We’ll look at the purpose and format of an email and then dive into a few pitfalls you should avoid and habits you should strive for.
Level Up - How to Build an Epic Architecture Career Through Gamification
This time, let’s take a look at the third project, a concept design for a competition called Design Jim’s Kitchen. The design is called Sensibly Smooth.
Off and on over the past several years, the website Architizer has hosted some amazing design competitions. In 2012, I entered a competition they held to redesign a small kitchen in Hell’s Kitchen.
Re-Building My Portfolio | Part 4 | Tread Chassis
What if you could control your architecture career like you were playing a game?
Rather than the everyday place you work and live, imagine a world where you could venture into heroic quests to attain powerful skills, knowledge, wealth, and experience.
Let's talk about how something as fun as video games can be used to amplify our efforts to building epic, long-lasting careers in architecture.
This time, let’s take a look at the second project for the portfolio. It’s a design competition entry for One Good Chair, called the Tread Chassis.
A few years out of school, I entered a contest to design a sustainable chair. The premise was actually quite simple - make a chair in the most sustainable way possible while maintaining high-quality design aesthetic. Ok, well, it wasn't THAT simple, but that's how I remember it.
Re-Building My Portfolio | Part 3 | Project 1 - Zig-Zag Library
When we get out of architecture school, no one is there holding your hand, guiding you where to go next. We’re all sort of left to our own devices, assumed we’ll find our own way in the world.
And why shouldn’t we? The last generation did it, right?
But perhaps there’s a different way to think about the next step.
Embracing the Freedom of a Multi-Faceted Architecture Career
In the third post of this series, let’s take a look at the first project for the portfolio. It’s a design-build competition winner for a Little Free Library, called the Zig-Zag Library. We’ll evaluate what drawings still need to be made and take a first pass at integrating the image assets into the InDesign templates we made last time.
Re-Building My Portfolio | Part 2 | Planning the Layout Design
Freedom is something we all strive for.
But what does it mean to have freedom in your professional architecture career?
To me, building career freedom means that you have the opportunity to make the professional choices you want for yourself.
Freedom inherently comes down to choice.
My circumstances are unique to me, but that doesn’t mean that someone else without my experiences can’t close the gap on my career or that I can’t on someone who has the career I wish for.
Let’s talk about a few of the core values that can bring you closer to the career freedom you’re searching for.
The First Books I Would Recommend to Any Architect
In the second post of this series, let’s take a look at the formal layout for the design of the portfolio itself and plan the overall vision for the portfolio.
Re-Building My Portfolio | Part 1 | Creating the Roadmap
Summer is upon us.
For the times when you’re just sitting in the backyard, drinking a cool glass of lemonade (mmmm....lemonade), I want to share some of the first and best reads I'd recommend to any Architect.
Here's a deep dive into ten books that have helped me successfully navigate my own career -- ones that are simply a pleasure to read when all you have is a warm, Summer breeze and some time.
A Creative Reset: Knowing When to Embrace Change as a Designer and Human Being
As a creative person, I’ve always been bad at one thing in particular — showing my work.
You see, I’m what you might call a ‘chronic perfectionist’ or a ‘tinkerer.’ My projects become mini-obsessions in that I pick and play, adjust and tune them until a moment comes when I just have to put them down and move on.
To break me of my bad habits, I’m going to write an ongoing series of posts that bring you behind the scenes of my personal design work. I’ll slowly reveal my projects over time by re-building my portfolio from the ground up.
The design process is rarely a straight path. It’s full of windy trails, dead, ends, pit stops, and roadblocks.
This first post is about how I start and conceptually plan out a portfolio.
An Architect's Introduction to Cover Letters - How to Make a Professional First Impression
Do you believe in serendipity? (No, not the John Cusack movie.)
In its simplest terms, serendipity is when a series of chance events lead to a positive outcome. Sometimes the universe has a way of placing things in your path.
Sometimes we have to embrace serendipity to change our path for the better, especially when we lose our inspiration.
Recently, I did just that.
An Architect's Introduction to Resumes - How to Develop the Story of You
Your cover letter is your first impression in the job search process. It can quickly inspire the person on the other end to interview you or to send your entire application careening to the nearest trash bin.
Let’s take some time to understand exactly what to expect with your next cover letter and how to maximize its positive impact.
An Architect's Introduction to Specifications - 8 Steps to Simple Spec Writing
Whether you’re an Architecture Student getting ready to look for your first job or a seasoned Architect searching for your next one, everyone needs a way to convey their experience succinctly to a prospective employer.
If only there was a document out there that could describe the story of you.
Enter the Resume.
Knowing what product is in your design is just as important as the drawing you use to articulate the design intent.