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  • Epilogue #4 :: Signing Off

    It's been two months since I graduated from USC. I realize that it often takes new graduates, especially in the design professions, a while to find a job after they leave the relative safety of their studio, but this wasn't exactly part of my plan. Three years ago, when I decided to go back to...


  • Epilogue #3 :: An Open Letter to My Fellow Under- and Unemployed Archinectors

    Hi folks.... As mentioned briefly in my last blog post, I'm launching an effort to help my fellow under- and unemployed friends out there in the midst of this terrible economy. I'm calling it the Portfolio Project, whereby fellow designers are invited to host their portfolios on my Web site (the...


  • Epilogue #2 :: Third time was not the charm

    I'm not going to bother restating here how bad the job market is; I'm pretty sure you all already know. I did know that it was going to be bad a long time ago, however, which is why I started applying to jobs back in February. I got several follow-ups, and I had a few interviews. The third and...


  • Epilogue #1 :: Doing crits for other students

    So, I'm going to blog a few "epilogues"....this is because, technically, I'm not a student anymore since I graduated a few weeks ago, but I feel compelled to keep writing to you until I know what I'm doing with my life. And I still don't. Thus, the epilogues. Yesterday I had the privilege of...


  • 4.21 :: Graduation

    My classmates and I graduated on Friday, in a grand morning ceremony with the Governator speaking, and then again at a "satellite" ceremony just for the School of Architecture. Literally I cannot believe how quickly the time has flown since I got here less than two years ago. Especially since last...


  • 4.20 :: Going to Greenbuild!

    (cross posted on my Web site) This is incredibly cool, and a great way to cap off my short but incredible stint at USC. I am pleased to annouce that I will be moderating a panel of “green blogosphere voices” for a session at Greenbuild 2009 in Phoenix in November. The panel was put...


  • 4.19 :: Solar Excursion

    My classmates and I took a field trip yesterday with our professor to a solar array in the high desert East of Lancaster. It's attached to Bolthouse Farms and it helps to grow carrots. The array consists of 770 sun-tracking solar panels that produce a total of 1.9 megawatts of electricity per...


  • 4.18 :: Tips for Job Hunting (from a pro)

    We had recruiter and professional HR consultant Kristi Enigl come in and talk to us this afternoon about ways to stand out in the job market. She had a lot of great tips, and she helped to diffuse some of (not all) my job-hunting anxiety. I thought I'd share some of her suggestions here for the...


  • 4.17 :: Everything is going to be different now

    I realized rather late in the semester that I had forgotten to give you our lecture series schedule. By the time I realized it, in fact, half of them were already done, so I didn't bother. In the absence of that I'd like tell you about one of the speakers that I think was quite different than a...


  • 4.16 :: Pre-fab, Pillow fighting, and a Postopolis Panel

    Yesterday was fun! The day started with a class field trip to the Marmol Radziner Prefab offices in West LA where we got to see the Rincon 5 single module house, which they are marketing as a guest or a vacation house. I think it's great: assuming I had a piece of land somewhere in a temperate...


  • 4.15 :: Postopolis! (continues...)

    Well, Scott caught the first night of Postopolis! LA, but I couldn't make it there until the third night...just in time to see our very own Orhan Ayyüce present! How exciting. It's always a new adventure whenever I get to meet an Archinecteur in person, especially if I've known them for years...


  • 4.14 :: Never rest...

    Today I had the opportunity to have lunch with some of the trustees of the University. I was invited, along with several other students from various disciplines, to come and discuss some of the work that I've been doing as a graduate student and with the USC Stevens Institute for Innovation. I sat...


  • 4.13 :: Oh crap.

    So apparently I've been nominated to speak at our graduation ceremony. (!!!) I have 3-5 minutes. What should I talk about? Post suggestions below. :o)


  • 4.12 :: I just had breakfast with CNN...

    ...and I won an iPod Shuffle! Not bad for a Tuesday morning :oP Let me explain. Hot on the heels of our TEDx USC conference yesterday - which CNN cosponsored - some folks from CNN wanted to have a brainstorming session with USC students to discuss the future of news, and in particular, the future...


  • 4.11 :: Acknowledgements

    I just completed formatting my thesis document in its entirety - essentially it's done - and I thought I'd celebrate by posting my Acknowledgements page from the front of the document here. In case it's not clear, I'm thanking pretty much everyone, including all of you. I would like to express my...


  • 4.10 :: Woo hoo for all things green

    Apologies for the blogging absence, things have picked up to a brisk pace in the past couple of weeks because I gave my final thesis presentation yesterday. Speaking of, I GAVE MY FINAL THESIS PRESENTATION YESTERDAY. Yes, that's right, final of the whole year! I still have to finish the document...


  • 4.9 :: Juggling

    Sometimes I am amazed at how productive I can be in any given period of time, until I remember that I attended design school for six years where you learn that you HAVE to focus and be productive in order to get anything done by your deadline. This type of focus, applied to tasks other than...


  • 4.8 :: Last Call

    I just wanted to give mad props to those of you who have visited my thesis Web site and taken the survey. I've gotten lots of good feedback thus far, and much of the data from the survey - even though it is unscientific - will make it into my final thesis document. (Except perhaps those who have...


  • 4.7 :: Job Fair ("It's rough out there")

    The Architectural Guild sponsored a job fair at the USC School of Architecture today. Bless them. They work hard for us, even if the amount of firm tables was about half of what it was last year. The general mood was not great, but also not universally bad. A few firms were still doing OK and...


  • 4.6 :: Intermission / Rainy Season

    So just an FYI, I firmly believe in taking breaks to rejuvenate your mind and body, and primarily, your creative spirit. When I am wiped out or exhausted, I just walk away and stick my nose into something new and see what happens. Also, California is an interesting place, and I would feel remiss...


  • 4.5 :: Musings on financial turmoil, beauty, and Chicago

    Immediately following last week's launch of the Web site that is the product of my thesis research, I started getting feedback from people, which I do appreciate. However, if you didn't fill out a survey, I may not be able to collect your feedback in any kind of formal way for inclusion in my...


  • 4.4 :: Q: What do the groundhog and my thesis have in common?

    A: Both come out of hiding today! And both tell us something about climate (although I think I've done more research...) Dear friends, Happy Groundhog Day! I decided last year to create a "learning tool" for my Master's thesis in Building Science; my goal was to teach people about alternative ways...


  • 4.3 :: Ian Ritchie and true "sustainability"

    This past Wednesday evening we had a "Visions & Voices" event at USC in Bovard Auditorium: a lecture by Ian Ritchie, British architect, artist, environmentalist, engineer, poet and all-around generally cool guy. Visions & Voices events tend to be large and open to the entire university...


  • 4.2 :: History / Learning outside the classroom

    Where were you when Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States? A lot of people in the media and news have been saying this over the past couple of days, as an indication that we should take stock of this day, and remember this moment in our country's history. I couldn't agree...


  • 4.1 :: Bragging about the weather

    The first day of Spring Semester 2009 at USC was yesterday, and I'm starting to experience what can best be described as "senioritis." This includes a sense of impatience with formal class time, an indescribable urge to work harder and faster than ever before, and an ulcer growing in the pit of my...


  • 3.21 :: Bonus Blog! The AFH Container Studio Review

    I learned last week that Cameron Sinclair would be swooping through Los Angeles to preside over reviews for an Architecture For Humanity-affiliated 4th/5th-year topic studio at USC. I had heard of this studio at the beginning of the year and I saw the shipping container being delivered a few weeks...


  • 3.20 :: Semester Finale

    I presented my thesis for the final time this semester last Friday to an audience of roughly 10 professors (including my four committee members) and 20 additional students, including my own classmates. To recap, the thesis is a year-long research project in the Graduate Building Science program at...


  • 3.19 :: This is awesome. Fight on.

    This is not your average day at the University of Southern California...campus is abuzz, and not just because it is the last full week of classes before Winter Break. My final thesis presentation for the semester is on Friday and I think I am in good shape for it. I would tell you more about it...


  • 3.18 :: Eye of the Tiger

    ACfA's last post reminded me of this, and frankly I couldn't resist. It's just too funny. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!



  • 3.17 :: Election!...and how not to build a concrete textile block house

    I am currently, and have been since the beginning of the year, the President of the Graduate Architecture Student Association in the USC School of Architecture. GASA, as we call it, is an umbrella organization for all the graduate students in the architecture school. It's important that we have...


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