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    The Beginning? Yes.

    Steve Fuchs Aug 12 '07 10
    Panelite | Design Visualization
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    Panelite | Design Fabrication
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    Design Life Now | Cooper-Hewitt, NY
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    Design Life Now | Just after Installation
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    Design Life Now | Saying Goodbye to Panelite
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    Gehry Technologies | Another Part of the Dream is Realized
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    Grand Avenue | Early Design Phase
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    East LA College | New Tech Building & Architecture Dept
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    Sidejob | You Gotta Love Qualified Referrals
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    As mentioned in the recent comments of my last post, there's a LOT going on this summer. Design Life Now has finally closed at the Cooper Hewitt. I'm transitioning (lateral move) from Panelite to Gehry Technologies to work on Grand Avenue. This coming week will be the final presentation of my first teaching assignment at East LA College (3D Modeling for Designers -- using mostly SketchUp & Layout).

    My wife's now 8 months pregnant, AND we are looking to move in the next month and didn't know how we would be able to afford it. Today, I just got a 3500sf remodel sidejob on a coastal bluff just above my favorite local surf spot that will pay the extra we need to complete this major transition. The best part is... this is the most organized and professional I've ever felt.

    So, the topic--the beginning--of a professional career is on the verge. I have a weird leftover, though, from something a professor once said... you are not a professional until you are licensed. Well at age 35, I think I can finally say I'm at that point (sans license).

    By the way, if you have not rented "Sketches of Frank Gehry", do so. It's very entertaining and humanizes one of the icons of our time.

    Sketches of Frank Gehry | The Man, The Myth, Concept Sketch Legend
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    • 10 Comments

    • mad+dash
      Aug 12, 07 10:31 am

      Really exciting Steve. Good luck.

      Steven WardSteven Ward
      Aug 12, 07 12:40 pm

      that's a lot of landmark events to have happen all at once. congratulations, good luck, and HANG ON!

      i'm curious what specific role gehry technologies has at grand avenue, as distinct from fog architects. ??

      Steve FuchsSteve Fuchs
      Aug 12, 07 1:08 pm

      Ya, HANG ON is right. I thought the ride in graduate school was amazing, but now the safety net is gone and the world is a wild place.

      As far as roles of GT in conjunction with GP, this is my understanding... GT produces the final "for construction" 3D model and general organization of GP's design. GT also acts as a liaison between the building industry and the executive architect / design architect (fog).

      Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

      MADianito
      Aug 12, 07 2:14 pm

      Steve everything sounds great, way to go, hope everything comes out great and keep posting or updating, or even more, create a very own BLOG of urs, jump out the "school blog" cut the umbilical!

      Steve FuchsSteve Fuchs
      Aug 12, 07 2:45 pm

      Ya, MAD... I do have my own blog but like the readership on the schoolblogs. I'm waiting to see what Paul does with Archinect.net... before I re-commit to my own site.

      Paul PetruniaPaul Petrunia
      Aug 12, 07 7:28 pm

      Wow Steve, you continue to impress me with how much you can handle. Sounds like all the pieces are falling together nicely, congrats!

      Archinect.net will allow all members to set up their own blogs (school blogs, travel blogs, work blogs, etc...). It would be great to see you continue keeping us updated in our new system.

      Steve FuchsSteve Fuchs
      Aug 12, 07 11:21 pm

      Hey Paul... ya I'm gonna wait until .net arrives. The first time we talked about schoolblogs that's what won me over--the exposure. I'd be nice if there were a way to cross-post or maybe my site can cull the rss feed from a few different sources. Just thinking out loud.

      How's the baby? Nicole and I have another one on the way in a month! Yikes. Some of the most important things I've learned are: NO WORK AT HOME until the kids go to bed, try to go to bed with my wife at the same time, and never work past midnight unless there's a major deadline.

      Usually I sleep from 11 or 12 to 6am and out the door by 7am... home by 6pm. The last month I slowed to a little over 1/2 time at Panelite to accommodate the summer teaching gig. Sometimes I feel like one of those guys who juggles bowling balls and chainsaws :) Keep in touch.

      Bula
      Aug 13, 07 12:39 am

      No doubt!

      I believe you are only slightly older than I am (33), but lately I am finding it tougher and tougher to balance my time…and I only work a typical 40-45 hour week, and only have two young kids (compared to your soon to be fourth)! With each passing year, it feels like my weekends are becoming more and more pre-booked. As little as 2 years ago I would go to work, come home and play with the kids, then work on a large ongoing house project, go study for the ARE, and then wake up and do it all again. These days I’m lucky to find the time to speed read a periodical!

      I have no clue how you keep it together man.

      Well, enough of my ranting and whining (it's really not that hard), and congratulations on your exiting new adventure Steve!

      santino
      Aug 13, 07 12:48 am

      The Beginning of many things...;)

      Alene
      Mar 2, 10 12:15 pm

      interesting

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