01 Clarity before complexity.
02 Work with speed, work with confidence.
03 Don’t belabor the concept statement.
04 The concept of a design alone won’t preserve it in face of future generations fighting for space.
05 Value and newness are symptoms of creativity. Beauty is instrumental in value theory. Put them together!
06 Divergent thinking testifies for value, taste, and knowledge. A concept statement is a reduction of these ideas for the sake of being concise and for the sake of word count.
07 Context (history) of architecture offers an insight into the subconscious of the clients and population. A critical examination of history offers an opportunity for creative iterations.
08 A critical analysis of architectural history takes into account projects unbuilt, alterations made by new generations, and ideas abandoned for popular paradigms/regimes.
09 Ordering principles from Ching and Arnheim will always help formalize an idea.
10 The relationship of art, context, and escapism offer a launching pad for creative work that guests consider compelling and sympathetic. Capturing these components aesthetically and formalizing them innovatively capture the two requirements for creativity: valuable and new.
11 Active listening is vital for the conception of a valuable project. My work in social work, physical therapy, and hospitality are just as formative to my values as architecture school was.
12 Read something new every morning.
13 Encourage friction between new and old buildings. Not from a place of disregard, rather from critical planning.
14 Watch and learn: most of my generation learn values and experiences through digital media.
15 Refine disorienting phenomenology without irony.
16 Ask more questions!
17 Don’t be bad at the things you hate doing.
18 b&w vignettes are fine, but bring a book.
19 ABK: Always Be Knolling
20 Like Jennifer Bonner, don’t stop doing what you know is right.