My uncle always gives me the most interesting and inspiring books. For my 18th birthday he gave me a fantastic one (see here) that included a phrase that helped me power through university and all the other challenges along the way
Don’t look for the next opportunity, the one you have in hand is the opportunity
This year, for my 21st he gave me this. Of all 101 tips inside, this one stood out for me..
Architects are late bloomers. Most architects do not hit their professional stride until around age 50!
There is perhaps no other profession that requires one to integrate such a broad range of knowledge into something so specific and concrete. An architect must be knowledgeable in history, art, sociology, physics, psychology, materiality, symbology, political process, and innumerable other fields, and must create a building that meets regulatory codes, keeps out the weather, withstands earthquakes, has functioning elevators and mechanical systems, and meets the complex functional and emotional needs of its users. Learning to integrate so many consens into a cohesive product takes a long time, with lots of trial and error along the way.
If you’re going to be in the field of architecture, be in it for the long haul. It’s worth it
Its a marathon.
For 100 other funny and honest insights into the life of architecture (many of these apply to us architectural technologists too) I urge you all to get a copy of Matthew Frederick’s 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School