Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

What should your priority really be ?

Tuesday, 29 September 2015
My opinion is based on my experience and may not apply to all firms nor is it a critic of  any the firms I have work for.

Over the course of my studies, I have been blessed with working for a variety firms - architecture, hospitality and marketing. Here, I witnessed the positive and negative impacts operating procedures could have on a business. In this post I will attempt to bring to light of some these business practises.

Firstly, the most important component of running a business in my opinion is good communication within the organization. I have noticed that communication is extremely important especially in a small office. I have worked places where the boss is the only source of contact with their clients. I've noticed ideas get lost in translation from the client meeting to the office meeting to the final presentation. I would like to suggest collecting a scrapbook of precedents that the firm aspires to achieve to use at a meeting and  then bookmarking pages during a client meeting instead of merely having a verbal discussion of what the client  wants. I believe that by doing this it will result in a more effective use of manpower and material.

Secondly,  I believe that a company is a brand that is supported by its employees. Thus it only seems fitting that a company that encourages and provides incentives for its employees would tend to have a better performance. Incentivising employees would  result in a motivated and inspired team. In my opinion, this should and would result in a  more closely knit community where creativity would have a better chance at flourishing.

The third issue that I have noticed is that I've never actually seen any architecture firm with a handbook for standardised operating procedures. However, this is standard practise in a marketing or a hospitality. I would like to put this forward as a solution to the umpteen different types of working methodologies that are found within a single architecture firm. Would it not allow for someone else to easy pick up where the job was last stopped ?

The fourth issue that I would like to raise is being able to balance work and life Andrew Maynard's article "work/life/work" (  the importance of this balance. I particularly love how he tells "architectural work practices to grow up" but what stands out to me is how well he has articulated this issue by posing it as question which I thought it would be better to quote rather than try to explain it myself:

Does contemporary architectural employment deny us our happiness; our friends, freedom and the opportunity for an analysed life? Many would argue that being employed in architecture and the pursuit of happiness are irreconcilable. It can reasonably be argued that most architects, and almost all recent graduates, are working in conditions that are unhealthy, unsustainable and exploitative."

This certainly makes one question whether or not one have been balancing work and life. I for one know  that I have to rethink some of my  current commitments!

Till next time :)
Keep your head up.Keep your faith.


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Sunday, 27 September 2015

My bouncy little American Pit Bull Terrier X Staffordshire bull terrier

Sunday, 27 September 2015
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Owning a dog has always been something that has been on my mind for a while now. After completing my studies, I subconsciously started browsing through puppy advertisements on Gumtree and before I knew it I was dragging N with me to go look at puppies. I'll never forget how this one puppy came running up to the edge of the pen. It was at that every instance that I knew that he was the dog for me. The added bonus was that N liked him too.Thus began my journey with my little puppy,  Nikodemus. It has been full of challenges for the both of us and I know for sure that I would not change it for the world. He has been the best dog and I would definitely recommend this breed to anyone else looking for a furkid.The main reason I wanted to write this entry was in an attempt to neutralize the negative image the American Staffordshire Terrier or the Amstaff  have gained over the years.It is indeed the case of nurture over nature plus training and socialisation. In my opinion this breed has a bad reputation for aggression because of its dog fighting history but let me assure you that they are no different to any other dog breed.If your willing to give them a chance and put in the effort with their training I assure you they might surprise you !

Till next time :)
Keep your  head up. Keep your faith.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Art challenge

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

30 day drawing/design challenge:

I have been wanting to do this for a while so starting tomorrow here we go for the next 30 days ! I will repost each post with a # and the number of the day. I would be wonderful if you too could join me in this challenge.

Till next time :)
Keep your head up. Keep your faith.

My Graduation Holiday

Friday, 18 September 2015

Musings for a new beginning

Friday, 18 September 2015
After a long, tedious and interesting almost eight years of study away from home, I can finally say that  I have won the battle of  Graduating with Masters of Architecture.  As I  now prepare to fight the next battle on my war towards becoming an Architect, I am starting this blog as a pensive to pour my thoughts, inspirations and musing into.

 What I plan on achieving on this blog:

  1. a record of how my job searching is going
  2. create a collection of Architecture that inspires me 
  3. architectural competitions that I enter
  4. drawing archive
  5. collection of interesting buildings around Australia
  6. pictures of Kyrae, Akkiko and Nikodemus - yes my furkids name's first letter spell out my surname
  7. food recipes
  8. drama reviews

                That's should sum up about everything for now. I'm off to go get my parents and brother from the airport via public transport- that should be interesting.

                Till next time :)
                Keep your head up. Keep your faith.

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