Three Years Already? - Architects' Guide to Glass & Metal

Three Years Already?

June 17th, 2009 | Category: Day to Day in Architecture

It’s been a while since you guys have heard from me. Things are still super busy here in San Antonio. I could hardly believe it when I got a notice for my annual review which means I’ve been working for three years. At first it just seemed the time had flown by but when I started to fill out my review questionnaire, I began to realize just how much I’ve accomplished since I graduated.The obvious of course are becoming a LEED AP and any day now I will become a licensed architect. I’m just waiting on NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) to finish up my paperwork an then I can consider myself the real deal. Aside from those though, it’s amazing how much I’ve learned.

I remember two years ago I received my first submittal to review and I just kind of stared at it and asked what I was suppose to do with it. I was terrified I would miss something that would cause the building to have some catastrophic failure and it would all be my fault. Now I hardly even bat an eye when I’m asked to review a submittal.

Another situation that would cause my anxiety to kick in was the thought of drawing wall sections and construction details. Because I jumped around on a lot of projects my first couple of years, a year ago I still didn’t have a good grasp on how to put a building together. Now I have completely detailed one project that is currently under construction and working on another one that Design Development drawings will go out in the next week. While I’m still a little shaky when I encounter a detail I haven’t seen before, I can at least take a good guess at what it might be whereas a year ago I would have been clueless.

While, yes I have learned a lot, I still have lots of questions and lots more to learn. I’m definitely looking forward to it and hope you readers are along for the ride.

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