When you’re an architect …
· you spend hours looking at & buying arch books but never have the time to actually read them
· you can’t afford your own taste
· CAD is your co-pilot
· your closet is mostly full of black clothing
· there are no people in your travel photos
· you don’t think twice about taking notes on your lunch napkin
· instead of scissors, you use an x-acto knife to cut everything
· you turn impossibilities into possibilities
· folks want free design advice during dinner parties
· you’ve paid too much for your education, but don’t get paid enough in your job
· CD’s don’t mean money or music
· obsessive compulsive disorder is not a disorder at all… it’s your way of life
· you will go into an off-limit area to look at a construction detail
· you will die an architect, there is no retirement
· you go to the theater and look at the ceiling
· you can buy glossy coffee table books and claim them as a work-related tax expense
· you can live without human contact, sunlight, water or real food for days … but if you can’t plot (print), that’s bad
· paying $200 for a paper lamp seems perfectly normal
· if someone asks “can you model that?” is not because you are attractive
· your vacations always become research.
· you stare more at the buildings than the people gathered around them
· you draw, write, sketch and plan on a Moleskine · you like to complain about other’s work
· you hate the font ‘times new roman’
· you see the sun rise… and set… and rise…
· the statement “It’s only 1 A.M.” seems perfectly reasonable
· you visit an art museum and take pictures of the building
· everybody at parties will tell you “I thought about being an architect but I couldn’t do the math”
· when you go to a restaurant, you look at the walls, roof, and structure before you check the menu
· you slice your finger and the first thing you think is “don’t bleed on the model”
· you know CAD, REVIT, Sketch up, 3dmax, Corel, Illustrator, and Photoshop … but struggle with Microsoft Excel
· "your preferred evening entertainment is a lecture"
· Everyone assumes you design houses for a living, as if commercial buildings just magically get designed by non-architects.
· You are pretty much forced to just talk about the weather with your non-architect friends.
· you will be kick-ass and admired as much as you are unappreciated and misunderstood
And by the way I am not an architect since still working towards state license.
Friday, August 12, 2011
When you’re an architect …
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
This time I wanted to share a project I helped build back in February 2011. The Princess and The Pea Castle by NRBM is part of this one-of-a-kind exhibit that will capture the imagination of any little prince or princess and encourage literacy through classic tales like Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. Designed and built by local architecture and construction firms, this castle plus other six castles bring to life beloved stories for you and your family to enjoy. Each castle will be placed in specific locations in the gardens of the Dallas Arboretum to optimize the overall look. ‘It’s a Fairy Tale World’ from March 5 - December 31, 2011. Other featured castles include:
Beauty and the Beast by PGAL and Turner Construction
Aladdin by HKS Inc.
Rapunzel by Baez Consulting
The Little Mermaid by GHA Architects
Jack and the Beanstalk by The Beck Group
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughter’s by Corgan Associates, Inc. and Turner Construction
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
On Saturday, I attended Retrospect 2011 sponsor by AIA Dallas @ NorthPark Center. RETROSPECT is AIA Dallas' opportunity to introduce architects and architecture to the public with over 50 display pieces in an exhibit at NorthPark Center. The exhibit further informs the public of the many endeavors of AIA Dallas and the benefits and contributions that quality design has on the built environment and many other aspects of our lives.
This year, AIA Dallas wants to be more interactive and are rolling out a new feature to the NorthPark Center exhibit called “Ask an Architect.” They will have a table set up on both weekends of the exhibit, with AIA Dallas volunteers there to answer questions from the public about architecture and hand out brochures and literature about AIA Dallas and why architecture matters. The booth hours will be 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday April 9th and 16th and from 12 noon-4:00 p.m. on Sunday the 10th and 17th.
That’s where you come in! What would you like to ask? RETROSPECT 2011 will run from April 7th through April 17th. Its free and open to the public.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
To spark your imagination, I have posted one of my favorite manifestos below.
The Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright
Via Gretchen Rubin, we discovered this manifesto from architect Frank Lloyd Wright, written as a series of “fellowship assets” meant to guide the apprentices who worked with him at his school, Taliesin. I particularly love number 10, the idea that working with others should come naturally.
1. An honest ego in a healthy body.
2. An eye to see nature.
3. A heart to feel nature.
4. Courage to follow nature.
5. The sense of proportion (humor).
6. Appreciation of work as idea and idea as work.
7. Fertility of imagination.
8. Capacity for faith and rebellion.
9. Disregard for commonplace (inorganic) elegance.
10. Instinctive cooperation.
What's your Manifesto?
My Manifesto is composed of three simple sentences:
1. "Our essential purpose is to become the best version of Ourselves"
2. "Wisdom is knowing what to do next, Skill is knowing how to do it, And virtue is doing it.
3. "Listen with the night falling we are saying thank you”
These sentences remind me daily to:
1. live with one sole purpose - to be my best
2. wisdom, skill, and virtue are steps that lead to progress and success
3. gratitude it’s a must have
Do you have a personal manifesto that you’d like to share?
How about a manifesto that you’ve always admired?