Sketch of the Week . 002 . Gonzo Art

Ralph Steadman has been the inspiration for the second sketch in my Sketch of the Week series. Apart from the fact that I couldn’t wait to try out the gonzo style, I felt his influence in this second self portrait would be a perfect departure from my first self portrait.

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The Many Faces of Homelessness

Working as an intern architect has taught me so much more about what it means to be homeless and I know the learning process will never end. These lessons deserve far more attention than what can be given in a single blog post, so for today I wanted to focus on one:

Homelessness is a term that goes far beyond what many of us have come to know when we think of a person that is without a home. Homelessness may be related to mental illness and substance abuse, however it may also be related to war, natural disaster, verbal or physical abuse, divorce, family tragedy, severe injury or disease, and the list goes on. No cause of homelessness is more noble than another, each situation simply requires its own unique strategy to overcome. There are real people behind the term “homeless.” People of all socioeconomic walks of life, all ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations.

Sketch of the Week . 001 . Self Portrait

Having spent very little time on personal creative development over the past 10 years, I feel as though I am starting essentially from scratch. I know the basics of how to draw, but it honestly isn’t something that I have exercised. I definitely do not have a personal style, so uncovering my personal style will be one of the main objectives of this exploration.

Reflecting on 2015: Learning as an Intern Architect.

January 2016 marked the beginning of a new year. I am not usually one to make a huge deal about the opportunity for a fresh start, however though 2015 was incredible, it was also very challenging at times. Some of those challenges inspired me to reassess the path I am on and how I can make it better. When I shared some of those goals with you, a friend of mine also inspired me to reflect upon 2015. As a result, I have decided to share with you some of the most important things I have learned from the first year and a half in my career.

Applying to Architecture School: The Portfolio

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Achieving Your Goals and My Goals for 2016

We got to chatting and she told me about the book 5: Where Will You Be in Five Years from Today? by Dan Zadra. The book is designed as a work book that walks you through planning out your goals for the next five years, complete with interesting facts and inspirational information. I thought it would be a perfect way to start the New Year, so I went home and ordered it right away.

I thought I would share with you my career-specific goals for 2016 with hopes that they might inspire you to consider some of your own.

This ritual, which I had already begun in 2015, was also inspired by the book The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.

Architecture School – Providing Relief for Syrian Refugees

Nadine recently shared an article on Ikea’s answer to refugee housing, which reminded me of the many opportunities that exist for architects and designers to offer real solutions for global issues. Simultaneously, I have been following the welcoming of Syrian refugees into my hometown of Calgary. I thought – Naturally the two issues flow seamlessly together and could be a perfect opportunity for architecture students to get involved.

Are there any architecture schools out there that are exploring the possibility of providing relief for Syrian refugees through design?

The Real Challenges of Architecture School and the Profession Beyond

Every day I wake up thankful that I chose architecture as my career path. Does that make me a bit of a masochist, as they pointed out in the documentary Archiculture? I wouldn’t necessarily think it does, but then again the satisfaction I get from persevering through intense physical and mental hardships can’t be beat.

I recently spoke about why I loved architecture school, and also communicated my satisfaction in finding how architecture school compares to working. However, I don’t want to paint a one-sided picture for aspiring architects. So, let me tell you a bit about the realities of architecture school and working afterward. Read through and consider if these are challenges you are ready to face.

A Recommended Documentary: Archiculture

Have you ever been sucked into the Youtube vortex and found yourself just tumbling deeper and deeper into the depths of the abyss? I have! Though at least these days I try to stay within the realm of the useful.

When you have a few minutes, go check out Archiculture.

Moments in Architecture: The Angry Mob

I had heard the horror stories before. The dreaded Community Open House Events… One moment the architect is presenting their work, the next minute the audience is flinging hate-filled feces… Oops… I mean obscenities.

Before you cringe because I just compared the audience to monkeys – No, I understand they are human beings and I completely respect their opinions and concerns. However, there is just something scary about that mob mentality. We’ve all seen it take shape in one form or another. It’s the energy that can turn happy-go-lucky citizens into a looting, car-flipping, fire-starting, mob – simply because their hockey team lost.

The Digital Take Over: Hand Drawing in Architecture

Perfectly round lenses. Black turtleneck worn high with pride. Very architect-y indeed!

These are the obvious first impressions of a meeting with an architect to discuss design ideas for an upcoming project. So you know the drill. Discussion begins to flow, intensity around various ideas builds. At some point pen might hit paper, right? Is that still a thing?

Crits From Hell: Keeping Your Cool in the Face of Negative Feedback.

The mid-crit temper tantrum was something I had witnessed on occasion. When it did happen, there was always one resulting lesson that I found to be clear: It is better to be open to discussing areas that could use improvement, rather than arguing that there are none at all.

The following points are intended to encourage you to keep your cool through frustrating crit moments: