Day trip to Maine doesn’t mean I stop thinking and working on studio. #architecture
Our beautiful site model got turned into a working model. It’s a good and bad kind of situation. Good because we got to think and play around with ideas but bad because the model was just so beautiful and now it’s ruined. My heart broke at every crack and pencil mark.
Do you think I can get this all done for Friday? God help me now. #architecture
That smell is ravishing.
A wonderful talk by Brené Brown. As creatives, designers, and architects we conjure up our ideas and put them out for display for critics everyday. This notion alone is frightening and makes you feel vulnerable to their opinions.
We need to shift this mindset, step away from this fear and take this opportunity as a chance to hear what people say in a positive light. What critics say may not always be positive, but listening to their opinions and respecting that they have an opinion on your work just as you should respect theirs.
It takes a lot of willingness to put yourself and your work out there, the only way we will ever make great work is by taking great risks.
“It’s not the critic who counts. It’s not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled. Credit belongs to the man who really was in the arena, his face marred by dust, sweat, and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs to come short and short again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. It is the man who actually strives to do the deeds, who knows the great enthusiasm and knows the great devotion, who spends himself on a worthy cause, who at best, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement. And, who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and cruel souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
I’m glad that you shared your thoughts about how you want to use your degree and what career path you want to pursue. I share the same thoughts actually, except for the fact that I would like to teach one day. You seem like you are ready to work and have the experience, why not finish school and work right away? If you feel like you need to get a Masters, you can always go back.
I’m currently working at a construction firm and although there’s not much of a design aspect to it, I’m doing a lot of program management stuff that I also really enjoy (I like organizing, making list, and processes) . But I have aspirations to keep design in my life and do something with it.
You mentioned multi-disciplinary firms and I couldn’t agree more! Those are the most well rounded companies when it comes to design. As architects we are designers, we learn this mentality in school and I feel like it gets lost when we enter architecture firms (depending which ones). Multi-disciplinary firms get to step out of just architecture and do much more and that’s what I think most of us would want as a career! Although these types of firms are most appealing, they also don’t pay as well.
I don’t want to say that money should dictate what you want to do, but it obviously has a big impact. For me, working in construction is making me more money than if I were to work in an architecture firm and right now money is important as I’m trying to get my family on our feet. Plus I love my company and what their doing. Again, there’s not much architecture/design but company culture, pay, and experience makes it worthwhile.
What are your opinions?
Never in architecture.
Even though today is a holiday I still have a ton of work for Wednesday to do.
Here’s a list followers and I have been coming up with:
If there are books you would like to see on this list, please message me!
It’s been a long week. Group projects suck. #architecture
As much as know the feeling of frustration I’d have to disagree. I believe group projects (or preferable pair projects) can be extremely rewarding and produce extraordinary results. There is a key, however – communication.
A recent project of mine and a friend greatly benefitted from the constant sketching and writing we had to do in order to communicate the project to each other as well as the assistants. The argument “I have it in my head” becomes totally unviable. Instead you have two or more brains working to solve the same problem; if you put aside individual prestige you can cherry pick ideas and put together a great project.
Finally, the production of drawings, diagrams and visualisations can become a whole lot easier if you exchange them between each other and work on them a little bit at the time.
So communication solves anything. And the heroic architect (as Venturi & Scott-Brown might have put it) is dead.
There are many types of group projects.
1. Those that, like you mentioned, are productive, beneficial, and manageable. When you group with people who care about the work and do it. Conversions and decisions can occur smoothly and efficiently. This is rare unfortunately.
2. Then there’s those that have lazy people who don’t do anything and do not contribute to the design, process, or completion of the project. This kind of group gets stuck with half the people doing all the work.
3. Lastly there is also the kind of group that has people who try to take control of the whole project. Contribution and opinions from class mates are not heard or appreciated and these people completely take over the project. The group gets divided into two. One side that has the control and the other who feel unworthy of an opinion.
Sadly my group was a mixture of 2 & 3 this week so it had been hell.
It’s been a long week. Group projects suck. #architecture
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You learn something everyday! Thanks for the tip!