August 18, 2014

Knowing your creative space.


This weekend, I met up with young creative designers at a meet up to talk about our what is our ideal creative space. The event I went to this weekend was hosted by Intune Labs, a collective of young designers in Toronto who provide supportive space for a diverse community of creators to come together in a monthly workshop to explore, discover, and transform the way they create. 
You can check out their website at http://www.intunelabs.com/

I recall my old architecture student days and my reactive ways - I would let my circumstances get the best of me. Sometimes not having the ideal workspace to help me work at my best and impact my productivity bet getting to my head. I think this can be a challenge for any design student. If you live with family during college, you might find working at home quite distracting. At the other extreme, you may not like working in your design studio at school just because you don’t feel comfortable being exposed to your peers while you work. 

July 07, 2014

Learning from improv – Moving Onwards.


Last week, I attended a Second City Training Centre event which featured Improv legend Colin Mochrie. It was just my luck. I signed up when all the seats were reserved and was placed on waiting list. Some no-shows and voila! I found myself sitting first row. I rarely get to meet celebrities in life and ones that I actually know of. When I attended those big  architecture guest lectures in college, I usually end up in overflow rooms. Afterwards, even approaching "starchitects" was very intimidating.

After being stuck in university for 6 years, I decided to pause my traditional architectural career path and pause on an M.Arch because I wanted to learn something that is unrelated to Architecture...like Improv. I wanted to work on myself before pushing forward.  It's been a few months of taking comedy classes and the more I took classes and attended the events, a lot of the rules of improv are life lessons I want to apply in my professional life.

Anyways, I thought I would share some of the themes covered in the interview because it is applicable to any aspiring designer. Coming from creative and competitive fields, we will always be riding ups and downs and in-betweens and must be ready to cope and deal both failure and success.

June 18, 2014

Getting back into sketching


I noticed in school and at work that my moleskine sketchbooks have degenerated to chicken scratches in the past few years. It has become more words and less images. Inside my sketchbooks you see the writings of to-do lists and things I need to register in my head when I am in a meeting, getting feedback, or things I have heard in a lecture.

June 05, 2014

1 year work anniversary!



I do not know if putting the “Underdog Architecture Student’s Blog” on my resume was a good decision, but coupled with my work experience,  I think it alluded to my personality to garnish my capabilities.

For the past few months of working I began to see the similar interests with my colleagues at work. Just about a year ago, after months of cold calling firms, applying to job postings and constant portfolio revising, I was hired by a boutique architecture firm that wanted to take a chance on me. I am grateful because it was a lot of grunt work to find my first full-time job in architecture.

I thought for this post, I’d share some things that I have learned or am learning as I hit the one year mark at my job. Here’s some things you will realize once you enter the workplace #ArchitectureStudents

May 21, 2014

What We Can Learn from Mad Men


Being the intrinsic New Yorker that I am, one of my favourite shows right now is Mad Men. The show sets us back to the 60s and explores the culture of the advertising industry. If you’ve watched the series, you are easily confronted with realizing the irony of how many of the things we consider wrong from that era still lay remnant in today’s society – dealing with issues of inequality, social status, and cultural norms. I have always wanted to write about Mad Men and tie it to the blog since the series is ending, and watching last Sunday night’s episode, The Strategy, it reminded me of lessons I am still trying to learn and figure out to this very day when dealing with perfectionism and anxiousness.

May 20, 2014

Learning from other fields: Architecture, Acting, and Film.


I have enjoyed this past weekend a lot. I got a chance to volunteer front of house and watch my friends from a comedy troupe hold their annual comedy revue. After the show I got some time to talk with the cast members and other friends that I have made in the comedy, acting and film world. As creative designers and artists – we all share similar struggles in confronting the design process and reaching for the best quality of work we can do.

May 06, 2014

Making Mistakes, Making Progress


After falling behind in architecture school, I find myself excessively self-conscious and overthinking things with each step I take designing or doing any task for that matter. It is not bad to edit your work and be self critical. However, it can be your downfall and get you nowhere when done excessively. I am happy to be getting out of my comfort zone starting my second level class of improv. I've been told the biggest pitfall in improv is to actually overthink and judge yourself. That’s right, I have to un-learn the negative habits I have acquired in design school and I am trying to find the balance of both extremes.

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