ARE 5.0: You Can Do It

ARE 5.0: You Can Do It

Winter is one of my favorite times of the year for so many reasons. At the top of the list? Probably the holiday cheer, family time, and endless snuggle weather. But there’s something else I love along with those warm feel-goods: my year in review followed by goal setting for the next year. There’s something immensely satisfying about crossing off big achievements! This post is all about one of those goals: taking all divisions of the ARE by 2017. 

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Bridging Canyons - A Battle Between Generations & The "Push Back" Mentality

Bridging Canyons - A Battle Between Generations & The "Push Back" Mentality

The generational gap in architecture is not unique. Many industries are suffering from the disconnect - just look at all the Gen-X vs. Millennials media running rampant lately! But the valley between the two, old vs. new, is perhaps deeper in the architectural world because of the mass exodus of talent during the Great Recession of 2008, when many young architects left a dying industry, never to return again.

We've lost a decade of professionals and they're not ever coming back - so what do we do now? How can we survive the hand off of established practices to a flood of inexperienced emerging architects? Will we survive the transition or will the knowledge of the giants be lost in translation?

As one of the younger staff members of a small firm in the midst of such a transition I've watched the struggle for years. It's difficult, but the answer is pretty simple:

We build bridges by embracing our differences.

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Persistence Isn't the Key to Success, This Is

Crrrgghhk crrrgghhk crrrgghhk crrrgghhk crrrgghhk…..

PLUNK.

That’s the sound I woke up to in the middle of the night. Tiny little scrapings followed by a big, heavy plop. Over and over and over again...

The room was pitch black and otherwise silent and in my disorientedness I couldn’t place where the foreign sound was coming from. I pulled the sheets up over my head and held them down tight, breathing as softly as I could, hoping whatever creepy thing that was lurking in the shadows would just go away.

But it didn’t.

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Building Connections with Q&A

Building Connections with Q&A

Have you been to Quora

Last week I discovered the question and answer network that allows both curious minds to endlessly question everything as well as industry experts to share their experiences and advice via a simple, tailored social site. 

The Silicon Valley based platform, who's office happens to be just a couple blocks down from my firm, put together the smart space centered around shared knowledge in 2008 and I dig it.

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Life Happens

Sometimes things don't happen the way we've planned. Often, actually. It's been a few weeks since my last post and I'm just going to call the absence a spring break. Work has had me coming home around midnight more than a couple times, family visited for a long weekend, new medical treatments have begun, hours spent fixing up the home have been logged, pet emergencies happened, and writing has taken a backseat to it all. But as all the little pieces add up and become overwhelming I'm reminded why routine is so important. It's grounding. It helps define a baseline, a standard, a norm when everything else is up in the air. I've noted a theme here at work I'd like to discuss and will need a day of free time to write my next blog post well. The topic? School Isn't Practical & That's Ok.

But for now, I'll leave you with a story featuring yet another example of Cal Poly's innovative students: Biodegradable coffee cups that grow trees from waste by  Reduce. Reuse. Grow. 

Enjoy!

Misty Musings – Starting a Routine

Mist is cascading through the branches of the redwoods just beyond a pair of old French doors, bathing the world in a wet swath of grey, slippery haziness... Waitresses move quickly, time moves slowly, and as I take a few moments to breathe after a busy day it feels like the perfect moment to begin one of my many career goals: blogging.

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