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  • Recent realizations

    I have approximately one year until the beginning of my life. Being in school for the past 18 years of my life has placed me in a protective bubble from reality. Although I have had a few jobs here and there at a medical company, a developer's office, etc., working at an architecture firm has made me realize several important things I should probably consider before stepping into the real world--or even my final year of college, for that matter.

    1. I love school so dearly. I'm afraid to leave. Not because I don't want to face reality, but because I'm going to miss the opportunity to learn such a variety of subjects. Fortunately architects are jacks of all trades in the sense that they must be able to know a little bit about a lot of things. I suppose we shall all have the chance to continue learning, particularly in this field. However, it is not the same as being in school. This realization has reaffirmed my desire to become a teacher. I have discussed this idea with several of my own professors, who got me thinking about what I would like to study specifically as I endeavor to obtain my Ph.D.

    2. At the same time, I can imagine myself continuing to work at an architecture firm. For the past three months, I have been interning at Ware Malcomb, where it would be so easy to obtain a respectable position. I could easily become a project manager, if I wanted to. But what will I do after that? I could remain a PM for the rest of my career, or I could move my way up, I suppose. I don't see myself opening my own firm. This option is more open-ended, and that frightens me.

    3. I rely on coffee a lot more than I used to. It has to be black. Otherwise, the caffeine has little effect on me. At the same time, I can't drink Starbucks coffee without a ridiculous amount of creamer and sweetener because it just tastes so bad otherwise. I've been buying good quality coffee beans lately, like a snob. I'm considering ordering Blue Bottle online, since I'm not in the Bay Area anymore.

    4. The working life is a lonely life. I go to work. I come home. I'm too tired to hang out with anyone, but at the same time, I crave human interaction. Granted, I talk to people at work, but it's not the same as relaxing with friends. At the end of the day, I merely cook myself dinner and go to bed early, only so that I can wake up at 5:30 the next morning. Rinse and repeat.


  • Senior project 2014

    With the switch of Cal Poly Pomona's architecture department chair in 2013, the curriculum has undergone a handful of drastic changes, including the senior project format. Rather than providing merely a 10-week quarter to design and produce a project, fifth years received the summer to do...


  • Collapse

    In the Film & Urbanism class I took this quarter, we studied societal collapse and its effect on urbanism by watching various documentaries and fictional movies. By analyzing films such as Manufactured Landscapes and Blade Runner, we were supposed to obtain ideas on how to portray our own take...



  • A small update

    Sorry for my lack of posts. I have become wrapped up in school once again. Now I am working at a firm as well, so that has consumed all the time I'm not spending on schoolwork.In the meantime, Cal Poly Pomona has hosted a number of top notch lectures this quarter.Alex Hogrefe holds a workshop of...


  • The glorified tent

    Within the past quarter George Proctor's winter topic studio focused on modular housing. Although we had the option of choosing program and users of the space, we were required to design a 500 sq. ft dwelling that incorporated space-saving techniques, such as moving furniture. The majority of...

    Midterm design proposal



  • Why, hello.

    Tagged introduction

    I am Nicole Magsaysay Doan, a fourth year architecture undergraduate student at Cal Poly Pomona. I am also the chapter AIAS secretary. I lived in the Bay Area for the first eighteen years of my life, and I am surprised to find myself in the Greater Los Angeles Area, especially since I used to...


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Initially, I was going to name this blog "Architecture Will Kill You", but I thought better of it. Welcome to my five-year journey in undergraduate architecture school.

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