Evolution Weekly 67 // Valentine's Day Architect

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'How did you love?'

This week, millions of people around the world will experience love in a variety of ways. Some with gifts of chocolate, pink and red hearts, some with an evening out, and some with a simple, "I love you." Valentine's Day is Tuesday, and given the state of the world lately, it's about time to spread the love.

I've been listening a lot to music lately. In particular, one song has been on my mind. It's called 'How Did You Love?' by Shinedown. The song is actually from their 2015 album 'Threat to Survival,' but they recently remastered the track as an acoustic re-release. Perhaps in part to the tension our nation has felt over the past several months, or perhaps because of the timeless and haunting message it holds, the song has spoken very deeply to me.

It talks about the fact that one day, all of us will be gone. Knowing that, a single question is asked, "How did you love?" What lasting mark did you leave on the world? How did you leave it better than when you found it?

Especially as an architect and a human being, I am often captivated to use my skills to help others. I hope that what I do here has helped you in some, small way.

So, in the spirt of the season, I hope that you're able to share this February the 14th with someone you love and find it in yourself to love through the positivity you can share with the world.

Thanks for being awesome!



SketchUp Architecture

A Guided Introduction to SketchUp and 3D Modeling for Architects

This course is for those who are serious about building a 3D Modeling skill set to level up their architecture career. It’s everything I wish I knew when I started using SketchUp as a creative designer and an architect. Through these video lessons, I share each step of the successful workflow I've used on my own projects.

The course covers every step along the process of planning, modeling, editing, and completing a basic house model in SketchUp.

The full course will be available on March 8th, 2017!


Why I Love SketchUp

Because of the SketchUp Architecture launch I talked about last week, I'll be writing more about SketchUp over the next several weeks. I wanted to start with something that not only spoke to the way I feel about SketchUp, but also the positivity of this time of year.

When I consider all the software programs that I've had to learn in order to practice architecture, the one that I always think fondly of is SketchUp.

It's not the first software I ever learned by any means, but it's the first that really opened my eyes to the possibilities of architectural design.

Workshop Wednesday / Intro to Goal Setting

The SketchUp Architecture Course will officially go on Pre-Sale next week and will be available to students starting on March 1st, 2017. After that, they will have lifetime access to it.

In ‘Intro to Goal Setting,’ we’ll look at best practices for creating goals that you can stick to. We don’t want to just set goals, we want to shatter them. Topics to be reviewed:

Understanding your goals at various scales Establishing benchmarks and rewards Maintaining balance Setting goals that stick

Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed it, please pass it on to someone you know. It would mean a lot to me.

Ok, that’s all for now. In the mean time, let's connect on LinkedIn and discuss more topics like this on the Blog.

Michael LaValley

Buffalo, NY