Category Archives: Goals

Generating Thought

We are just a few days away from the start of the Fall 2011 quarter. My current level of excitement: 10.

In the last couple of days I have given plenty of thought to my short and long term goals while at Cal Poly. Many ideas and questions have come up while reading many of the forums over at Archinect. If you haven’t already, you should definitely read some of the discussions going on. While the general outlook on the architectural profession is often negative, mainly because of the current economy, there are plenty of good questions raised regarding the future of architecture and the changing academic environment.

Here are some thoughts and questions I have considered:

What are some of the skills I expect to learn while in school?

What kind of work do I expect to undertake after graduation?

Is my definition of the profession fixed or am I open to revaluating what means to be an architect in the 21st century?

How important is the size of a salary? What is a fair salary?

What unique aspects of architecture do I enjoy?

Obviously most of these questions can’t be answered by just reading and attending school or architecture forums. Many answers will come, if at all, during the span of my academic development and some later on in my career. However, after reading and taking some of the advice from other people and sources in my life, along with the Archinect forums, I think I will make the most of this upcoming experience by having an open mind and willingness to transform my definition and application of architecture.



Point of Origin

Within 30 days I will embark on a new professional and personal quest. After deliberating for months and switching my mind between “Yes I’m gonna do it!” and “No I can’t do it!” I have decided for the favorable “Yes I can!”

Next month I will be starting the three year Master of Architecture program at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly).

I am dying with excitement and anxiety.

I am excited to finally begin working towards my dream career but I am anxious about the job prospects of the industry. But I can’t really think about a future that is three years away, a lot can happen in three years.

My hope with this blog is to create a digital archive of my progress and development while at Cal Poly. I will supplement my thoughts with pictures and videos when necessary and possible, and maybe my future architecture Broncos will also join in the discussion and growth of this blog.

For now the countdown begins. During the next couple of weeks I will handle all administrative and preparatory steps: fees, parking arrangements, materials, schedules. I will however continue to update as the first day approaches, until then it’s just a waiting game. I really can’t wait!