October 09, 2014

Traveling + Sketching Around


I spent some of my time in New York City taking some drop-in improv comedy classes, attending comedy shows, taking food tours, attending an architecture conference and even a lecture at the GSAPP (SANAA was lecturing - ended up in the overflow rooms). However, one of the most relaxing and calming moments was taking the time to sketch and draw during my trip. Sitting in the water fountain at Washington Square Park on a sunny day and just taking in the city life and basking in the sunlight.

September 24, 2014

Transforming the Profession


I always find a good reason or three to go to New York City...and obviously an architecture conference is a pretty good reason for me.

I just got back from my week vacation in New York City which included attending the 2014 Future Now Summit hosted by the Emerging New York Architects (ENYA) of AIANY. The Future Now Summit focus on challenges the Architecture profession faces today. By creating a platform for discussion, future architects can learn and discuss opportunities with emerging trends in society.

September 01, 2014

Welcome to Architecture School


I remember my first day of Architecture School. I was worried. Funny, it was the way I met two good friends in Architecture School as we worried outside the main entrance before our 8am class. It was a big transition and a bit scary at the beginning. I had cold feet; I was questioning if I was able to make it and was intimidated with the workload. My worries and anxieties was building before architecture school as I knew about the all-nighters when touring the architecture building during months earlier. The architecture students guiding my tour were pretty blatant about their caffeine runs and sleepless nights.

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
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