As it turns out, travel is a great way to reconnect with yourself.
That may seem counter-intuitive at first since one of the obvious points of traveling is to see other things. But don’t let that be the end of your view on travel.
In the past month and a half, I had the good fortune to visit two great cities.
Had I seen them before? Yes.
It’s the time from the visits though that helped me see Boston, MA and Washington, D.C. in a whole new light.
When I think of the time I spent wandering the streets of the North End or meandering through the underground rooms of the African American History Museum, I remember what made me want to become an Architect in the first place - being an architect means bringing into being spaces that have the potential to inspire generations to come.
Let’s take a walk. This time, we’re walking in Boston.
I’ve been re-building my portfolio for a few months now.
But when it rains, it pours.
This month a lot of stuff happened (ie. I was traveling for half of it - Boston and DC are really nice this time of year) and I didn’t get to any significant project updates. But rather than avoiding the post altogether, I wanted to talk briefly about what ‘absent progress’ in a project looks like.
I have a feeling it affects us and our projects more than we’d like to admit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.