then and now

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second-year architecture student, February 1988
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today

I’ve been practicing architecture for 25 years (actually closer to 26 now). I started a YAF (young architects forum) and am no longer a “young” architect by that standard. Next year I’ll turn 50 years old and am told that is when things begin. I can’t wait…I think.

So cue the nostalgic soothing music…nah, let’s cut to the chase. Here is a photo of me in second-year design studio and another of me today.

then and now

student……….running my own practice

using a desk my mother gave me in 1979…..using a desk my sister bought me in 1989

campus computers only………smart-phone

love architecture…………….love architecture

shirt untucked…………….shirt untucked

bolder colors……………..quite happy with black

Coca-Cola………………….Coke Zero

ink on cold-press illustration board………….Vectorworks/BIM

ruining brain cells with Zap-a-Gap (look it up)…………………what?

real teachers …………………..real clients

my money……..their money

signing student loan forms………………..signing proposals and change orders

name on apartment lease………………..name on mortgage

clueless about architecture ………………clueless about architecture

hadn’t yet met Amy (later than year)………..approaching 25 yrs with Amy

bumwad (I said it) and masking tape…………….bumwad and masking tape

20/20 vision……………..reading glasses and fading fast

idealistic………………….optimistic

curious theorist…………skeptical theorist

eager……………..asking questions

learning…………………..still learning

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please read my friends’ perspectives for this #Architalks blog post.

Bob Borson – Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
http://www.lifeofanarchitect.com/then-and-now-architectural-design-or-accounting/

Matthew Stanfield – FiELD9: architecture (@FiELD9arch)
Where It All Went Right

Marica McKeel – Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
From Then to Now…Residential Architect

Jeff Echols – Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
Well, How Did I Get Here

Mark R. LePage – EntreArchitect (@EntreArchitect)
The Biggest Surprise of My Life as an Architect

Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Then & Now…and the middle

Nicholas Renard – Renard Architecture (@dig-arch)
15 Years of Architecture

Jeremiah Russell, AIA – ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
then and now: #architalks

Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Then-Now: A Schematic Stor

Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
then and now

Stephen Ramos – BUILDINGS ARE COOL (@sramos_BAC)
Big Ass Buildings

brady ernst – Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
Pens & Fizzy Drinks: Or How to Set Measurable Career Goals

Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
How did I get here?

Michael LaValley – Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
Reflection on My Wonderful, Unexpected Career

Emily Grandstaff-Rice – Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA (@egrfaia)
Being the light in darkness

Jarod Hall – di’velept (@divelept)
The Joys of Being an Architect

Anthony Richardson – That Architecture Student (@thatarchstudent)
Then and Now

Kyu Young Kim – Palo Alto Design Studio (@sokokyu)
Career Path: Follow Your Heart

Nisha Kandiah – TCDS (@SKRIBBLES_INC)
Then & Now : Still Chasing the Dream

Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
The Reluctant Code Guru

Tim Ung – Journey of an Architect (@timothy_ung)
10 Lessons Learned from a Young Architect

Mark Stephens – Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
#Architalks 22 – Then and now

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then and now

5 thoughts on “then and now

  1. dwmarc2014 says:

    You might add: Narcissist then-narcissist now. Don’t be peeved. A non-narcissist architect is probably not any good anyway. It is the one trait that runs thru people with practices of any and every size. Only a few of us are really “corporate” types. Just sayin’…

    1. Thanks Mark. No, only one wife. I met Amy later in the year in which the first picture was taken – 1988. We dated through college and married in 1992. Perhaps I didn’t write that clearly.

  2. Great list of things that have changed over the years of your practice. It is interesting to see how much some things have changed while others stay more or less the same.

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