Architect: Gift or Curse?

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 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

Please check out my other #ArchiTalks Buddies!

Bob Borson - Life of An Architect @bobborson Architectural Bucket List
Matthew Stanfield - FiELD9: architecture @FiELD9arch SummerBreak?
Marica McKeel - Studio MM @ArchitectMM Summer Break = Extreme Architecture
Jeff Echols - Architect Of The Internet @Jeff_Echols Summer Break and Aunt Loretta
Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect @LeeCalisti summer break
Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC @L2DesignLLC Vacationing with an Architect
Cormac Phalen - Cormac Phalen @archy_type MILES AND MILES OF ROAD
Jes Stafford - Modus Operandi Design @modarchitect Summer Getaway
Rosa Sheng - Equity by Design / The Missing 32% Project @miss32percent #Architalks 10 - Give me a Break!
brady ernst - Soapbox Architect @bradyernstAIA The Education of an Agrarian Architect
Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect @bpaletz Summer Vacation
Tara Imani - Tara Imani Designs, LLC @Parthenon1 A Brilliant Summer Break
Eric Wittman - intern[life] @rico_w summer break [or] summer school
Cindy Black - Rick & Cindy Black Architects @sharonraigeorge Summer Break #ArchiTalks
Brinn Miracle - Architangent @simplybrinn Summer Break

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