Competitive Living


Yep, still breathing and kicking (butt!). The semester is moving along quickly, and although I haven’t posted much, I’ve been pretty active, both at home and at work. It just hasn’t been quite post-worthy if you know what I mean. 

I think I finally have something for you folks. 

Over the last 10 days or so, I’ve stepped back to observe the “big picture” of my life. 21, have a car, a beautiful girlfriend, a job, and working towards my degrees. So far so good. Then I stepped back even further, and asked myself what I wanted for my 2-3 year future. Do I want to stay at Amenta Emma Architects and see where that leads me? Do I want to switch fields? Do I want to try another firm? Do I want to try to do international work? Why do I want to do what I want to do?

I’m competitive. If you say I can’t do something because I’m not “good enough”, be ready to swallow your words. Sure, it might be classified as “stubborn” in some cases, but more often than not, it’s because I walk with a chip on my shoulder, looking to prove the doubtful wrong. 

I take life competitively, sometimes even by the horns. I set a goal, and go out to achieve it. Once I get that goal, I either push myself one step further, or check it off my list and move on. This is where the problem can arise. Which times do I push it to the next level and when do I simply move on? How do I know which time is which? 

People are often afraid to try new things, for an array of reasons. They’re committed somewhere, too much risk, too much responsibility, something could go wrong, etc. However, I think this is also a great way to stop/limit someone’s growth. There’s a saying that goes “To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid.” It’s true to an extent. If you’re going to try something new, should you try it while you’re young and can recover from potential mistakes? Or should you just keep going with the ho-hum life? 

When I consider moving on from something, it isn’t always because the grass might be greener on the other side. It might very well be because I’m looking for an experience that I’ve never had before, and an opportunity to expand my horizons a bit. 


Anyway, that was more a series of questions than any useful information, but I’ll be sure to refer back to this down the road.



I Quit, But I Did NOT Fail…

I quit but I did not fail…because I have not given up. Yep, you guessed it. P90X beat me. It’s not that it was too hard. It was more of a time commitment. An hour and half every night, balance that around dinner (which the Lord forbid be at a consistent hour at my house) and time to digest the meal, and it quickly becomes “hard”. So, I took a few days off. Scratched off my goal of running all those miles this year(I didn’t realize that having access to a gym at school was an advantage I didn’t have at home) as well as P90x and reassessed my goals for the year. 

And now I’m back. 



Sometimes You Just Have to Speak It Into Existence

Hi Folks, 


A few updates on my end-

My internship at Amenta Emma Architects is going very well. I’ve been there for about a month and have thoroughly enjoyed it thus far. More to come on this later. 

Today’s post is about speaking things into existence. Eric Thomas had a piece on this some time ago. Look it up on Youtube if you’ve got the time. Essentially, it’s all about speaking your goals into reality. I have spoken about becoming an intern at Amenta Emma since my junior year in high school. I didn’t get in for three years straight, no matter how hard (and persistent) I was. After my summer internship at Desman Associates, I told my parents my next one would be at Amenta Emma. I spoke it into existence. I did what I needed to do, set it “in stone” within my head, and it happened. 

Most recently, I received notification that I was selected to be an RA at the new residential dorms on campus this fall and spring. 1 year ago I received notification that I had been placed in Freshmen housing as an RA for a second year straight. Although initially frustrated, I let it be, believing that “everything happens for a reason”. Well, I spoke it into existence, saying that I would muscle through the next year and really line my cards up for a spot in the new building. It worked.

Mentality, motivation, and persistence goes a long way!

Have a great night.



Final Project Fall 2013

This semester we were tasked with creating a museum of the senses; below is an excerpt from my final write-up.

My museum project focuses on intensifying one’s sensual experiences. This is primarily achieved through the way which one circulates throughout the museum. As opposed to having specific areas for each sense, I have instead decided to pick on certain senses (touch, see, hear, taste/smell) and intensify the experience of each by walking you through the museum. At different points in the museum one will be required to use different senses in order to proceed through the museum.
There are contextual elements such as brick and cobblestone throughout the main circulatory areas that provide access to level two. These ramp areas are dimmed and have grated floors in certain areas to allow the automotive sounds from the subgrade garage to filter up, making it more relatable to the context of the site (the Mass Pike is very close to the site, and generates a considerable amount of sound).
Upon reaching the second level, one will be immersed in a mix between relaxing spaces such as the café and an extension of project one, a space that studied daylight and its effect on spaces throughout the day. Level two is conglomeration of a variety of exhibit spaces individually influenced by sun light as well as manipulated electric light. Each panel-like curtain is a different color, and is intended to be a mood generator for each person. While some might see a specific shade as disturbing, others might see it as extremely relaxing.

Also in this post are some of the renderings I created, as well as the final board I used for presenting at my final critique and some model pictures (none of which have been edited, but I do want to get them up here as soon as possible).