Missing Follow Through

After I posted about wanting to share my lost interests, I dove in.   I dove so far that I didn’t always document, and I haven’t yet figured out my best plan for sharing.  I got derailed by my less than fantastic computer and my less than fantastic work space.   For the time being, I combine the architecture with the lost and designed a graphic heavy version of my portfolio.  I have mixed feelings about it.  I love how some of the pages turned out, but I’m not sure whether it represents my work in a way that helps get to my dream job.  I’m apprehensive.   Maybe that’s a good sign though.  I designed a resume and letter to match as well.

 New Portfolio

 

Lost interests

One of the biggest contradictions I faced in architecture school was a loss of my interests.  The interests above and beyond design are what make you unique and a better designer.   They give you a voice to apply to your designs and spring boards to bounce off.   They also rarely fit into the studio culture and crunch.    When you’re spending your nights and weekends living and breathing homework, it’s hard to find time to cook or take road trips or create anything that’s not directly related to your school work.   A lot of those interests beyond design get shoved to a back burner or the back of a closet somewhere.

When you graduate, it’s important to reintroduce these interests.They are what will make you interesting on a job interview, or to your coworkers.  They provide an outlet when work is stressful.  They might even help you relate to a boss or client.

I’ve found it very difficult to reintroduce my interests after graduation.   Since I’m still trying to find and land my dream job, there’s a part of me that says “Your hobby is finding and landing your dream job, you can dance and paint and write once you have it!”   I think it’s the same part of me that locked all of this potential inspiration out of my projects.  As much as I want to attain step 2 of my goal of becoming a licensed architect, I know I deserve to do things that make me feel happy and inspired.   This is as good of a place as any to try to hold myself accountable for those interests.   It even gives me a place to pursue one of them (writing) while possibly showcasing some of the others.  So I will try to start posting things…  A piece of writing, a recipe, a picture… something I did because I enjoyed it.

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Academic Assholes

Academic Assholes

This.  This. This. THIS.     Everything this blogger is talking about is spot on.    Plus I appreciate that she came from Architecture.  I’ve been trying to articulate this since my thesis review from hell last spring, and now,  someone else has.

Revised

I spent a large portion of the weekend giving my portfolio a little extra love.   The projects are the same, I just added some more layers.   I’m still not an architect, I still want to be.

PortfolioStandard

Moving Fast

I returned from my South American adventure and before I knew it, spring classes were starting.  Now it’s time for midterms, but also time to look for a career.

Resume ready.

Portfolio in the works.

Back to figuring out my midterm presentation.

Final Product

Here is the presentation for our final review.  Its basically like the board but with more images and renderings…

 

Final presentation

Progress

Here’s a quick update with a pdf of our one printed board.  The bonus is it (somewhat) explains what we’re doing.

final

I throw the actual presentation up here when its done…

busy busy busy

So Maybe it’s tough to blog when I’m busy travelling, designing, and enjoying the city.

I’ll catch up on the scenery later, but here is an untouched up rendering from my and Josh’s studio project. One of the two buildings…

Halfway!

Officially reached the halfway point of my stay in Buenos Aires! Its fitting that studio midterms are today. After school today we all get a much needed break to catch up on everything that isnt studio. The past week could be characterized by coffee and takeout and lots of errands to get the weekend’s travel plans in order. The next few days will be laundry and blogging and getting ready for the 16+ hour bus ride to Puerto Iguazu. I’m really excited for a much needed escape from the busy city. One thing I’ve learned from being here is that I probably shouldn’t start looking for jobs in New York. Big city life is nice right now, but I couldn’t live like this in the long term. I like my single family home and my car and my farmers market way too much!

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The food blog

Before I left for Buenos Aires a coworker who had been here gave me a list of foods to try.  Since I’ve been here for nearly 2 months I’ve finally gotten through most of the list.  Here are some of the foods I’ve tried and my thoughts:

Empanadas:

For the most part yum. Granted I’ve had good and bad experiences (cold empanadas in the school cafeteria are not all that great) my favorites are Eulogia (Carne with olives and raisins), Humita (kinda like corn chowder in an empanada), Caprese, and Carne.

Choripan:

No one told me this was just a sausage sandwich.  Some places go a little heavy on the bread on these, but overall I like it.

Chorizzo:

Sometimes the texture is a little off, but its sausage.

Gnocchi:

Not a fan.  To me these where like a terribly heavy version of cavatelli

Pollo Milanesa Napolitana:

After some less than exciting chicken experiences I went for the veal milanesa instead.  I enjoyed it.

Alfajore:

I’ve tried quite a few of these.  I think my favorites are the plainer ones with dulce de leche and not too much chocolate or white chocolate or anything else.

Matte:

I finally bought my own matte cup so I can have this.  I have to say I prefer the citrus flavored one to the original, just because the original is muy fuerte!

Flan:

YUM.  Enough said.

Budin de Pan:

I think this is bread soaked in flan? don’t know but it was also good.

Dulce de leche:

This goes well with popcorn, peanut butter (which we successfully found thank goodness), crackers, bread, apples… oh and on ice cream.

I still have a few more to try, but overall the food here is usually good enough that I don’t miss too much from home, although I do kind of miss a lot of normal tomato sauce on my pizza!