Is being an architect a gift or a curse?
For this month's #ArchiTalks, Bob Borson of Life of An Architect suggested the theme: Summer Break. Since 2 of my last 3 #ArchiTalks were about really cool trips I have taken, I decided to go a different route.
One of my biggest challenges as an architect is taking a break. Finding time in between project deadlines can be challenging. But the real struggle is finding a mental break. Architect is not what I do, Architect is what I am. I can't turn it off!
Whether I am at the office, at home, or on an exotic vacation, I am always noodling on a design problem in my head. Or I am using the excursion as an opportunity to draw inspiration from other built works. Sometimes I even dream about my projects.
Sounding like a curse isn't it?
Let's flip the script. I talk with a ton of people who are unhappy with their jobs. A lot of people are indifferent about their occupation. "Work is Work," they say. And sadly there are people that despise their jobs. These folks dread the 9-5 and can't wait to get to Friday to start living their life.
Work for me is still work. But architecture is also my passion. I love what I do. The other day I was working with some of my colleagues on a new project. 5 of us were huddled up sketching out facade concepts for this new building. The building is over 200,000sf and I remember thinking......wow......we are conceptualizing this significant building on tiny pieces of trace paper.
How lucky are we?
I'm fortunate that I found my way to architecture. For me it is definitely a gift.
I was telling Danielle about my topic for this blog and she immediately pulled this photo up from her Facebook. This was from a summer trip we took to Boston. She captioned the photo: "Caught Steve in the act of being an archinerd. He says, 'Confirmed, terra cotta tile.'"
Happy Independence Day!...(The Holiday, not the Will Smith Movie)
Steve Ramos, AIA, LEED AP