In no particular order or genre, inside are ten books that currently sit on my shelf
architecture was a good profession for me, because some refer to an architect as "Jack of all trades, master of none." We have to have a good sense for what will work structurally, mechanically, electrically, plumbing, grading, drainage, and so many other aspects, but we rely on engineers or other specialists to refine and perfect.
One time he dropped off a pen sketch and asked me to draw it. It was very sketchy, just a lot of quick strokes going parallel and perpendicular. I drew it as closely to his sketch as I could in the computer, in CAD. In fact it looked very similar. When my boss saw it he was irate! "What is this? Do you even know what you are drawing?"
Architects are taught to solve problems. Typically we think of these problems as being solved with built solutions. And truly, architects do solve real business problems and contribute to efficiency for a wide range of clients. But why can we not solve other business problems?
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Being the best with a hammer is fine if you always want to swing a hammer. But there comes a time when someone younger and more energetic can swing a hammer faster than you do. When that happens, you want to have paid attention so that you can direct their efforts by directing them which nails to hit.
We had our first child knowing full well I had just left a salaried job and was starting out on my own to practice architecture. By the time we had the second one, we knew we were dirt poor.
Working with friends and family is about as complicated a subject as I can think of. I sometimes say that if a relationship is too valuable to lose, don't work together. (This is similar to the principle that if you like something as a hobby, don't ruin it by making it your job... but that's a whole separate blog post.
For me to say that I have found the "holy grail," it would have to be a system that can be installed by one trade and provide a finished interior and exterior face.
As I applied myself to learning more about self-storage, I found that it is a fertile ground for architectural problem solving and much satisfaction can be garnered by applying design thought.