Sep '04 - Apr '06
So, here we are. Struggling to keep this thing going.
I've been working this summer. I finished exams on a Tuesday, mussed around for a few days, and started work the next Monday. Here's my place of employment: www.actonostry.ca (I think the site is due for a bit of an overhaul soon.)
It's a nice place to work, with good people and all the rest. Totally Mac-based office; there seems to be quite a few of them in Vancouver.
I've been programming in VectorWorks's bastardized version of Pascal, customizing the software for the office's purposes. I'm doing some promo work and admin work too. I headed up an RFP submission that was due last week, so that was good times. What else....
Next week I'll be starting on some actual project work, probably doing drawing revisions and some FSR calculations. These are apparently the things working architects hate more than the plague itself, but for a newcomer to the game, I find it nothing short of fascinating.
That's the other "problem," I guess. I find work in architecture about a billion times more interesting than school. Working in an office actually makes me excited about becoming an architect, whereas in school it was sometimes hard to find the line where good design (education) ended and the bullshit began.
In any case, I'll be sticking it out at work for an eight-month term, and gaining some co-op credits in the process. I think I'll be quite excited by school come December, and I think the real-world experience will not only improve my core design skills, I think I'll have a much better idea about the types of things in architecture that interest me, from an architectural design/research/theory perspective.
On my reading pile:
Robert Venturi's Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture
Tschumi and Bermans Index: Architecture
Koolhaas's Delirious New York
Richard Francis's Fat Hen (not an architecture book so much...)
Terence Conran's Easy Living
Frankel, Litchfield, and Ord Manroe's Design & Detail
The Home Decorator's Bible (I'm remodeling the apartment... My girlfriend picked up this one and the last two from the library)
I don't have many images at this very moment, but I'll post this one from the Flickr going-away party that happened last month here in Vancouver (apologies about the size):
It's been pretty shoddy weather here in Vancouver (lots of rain), but when it's nice out, damn, is it ever nice. I must find you a picture.
My girlfriend is in London for a number of weeks right now working for CBC London, so that's pretty cool. Except that it's been pretty depressingly quiet around the apt... :(
And I ripped apart a laptop earlier this evening. A friend of mine spilled wine into it and fried the motherboard, so it was time to see what was salvageable....
And now, back to the student-loan applications. Wish me luck. Talk to you soon.