After a long hiatus, an unfortunate outcome of needing to prioritize, I've come out the other side with fresh perspective. In the 8 months since I've posted, I have earned my architectural license, quit the position I've held for over 17 years to take on a role of project architect at a much smaller firm and have committed to following my curiosity without overthinking.
At the start of the year, I was struggling with what I perceived to be a lack of rigor and a weak point of view. Around this same time I started interviewing people for the blog Portland Architecture and was really intrigued with the variety of processes people employed. What they used as starting points and inspiration and how their experiences shaped the way they designed. The fact that there is always more to learn is really both a virtue and a curse in this profession, but the only way to progress is to embrace that dynamic. So let's learn a little every day, follow our instincts, share our knowledge, look for solutions, enjoy the journey and celebrate the whimsy that design provides. I'm looking forward to meeting more people willing to share their evolution and, as well, growing this virtual community. If you're interested in the ride, subscribe to be notified of each new post or just send me a note here. Thanks!