Monday, May 26, 2014

The Best Luck is having Great Teachers

So the semester is out at last, and I have been immensely enjoying getting back to training and racing!
This pic was taken at the Chippewa Moraine 50k ultramarathon held up in New Auburn hosted by Jeff Allen in late April. This race was my first ultra in 2010 and I was so thrilled to get back up there to run it again. The RD is a good friend of mine and it is always a pleasure to catch up with him a little as well...

The spring 2014 semester seemed never ending... the main topic covered in our studio was tectonics, and how to really explore the relationships of mass plane and frame in terms of joinery, making space, proportion and scale. I learned quite a bit once I was able to wrap my head around the whole idea, as always it takes me awhile to shake the 'builder' mind and to look at these concepts as the basics surrounding good architecture.
I have stumbled across a wonderful book that I have been reading lately that I have already recommended to a couple other Architecture students called "Letters to a Young Architect" by Christopher Benninger. Since I have already covered the first few chapters I can honestly say that this book is a must read for any architecture student who wants to fully understand what it means to become an architect. Mr. Benninger is a highly accomplished architect, and sheds light on many topics that are simply not addressed at school or stressed enough by any professors that I have had.The book has been a real delight to pore over being on break now, and the extra time allows me to really soak up the concepts. One great quote in the book was this:
"The best luck is having good teachers"... so simple and yet SO true. Mr. Benninger was told this by an eighty year old man who was referring to his ninety something year old teacher...proof that we are never to old to learn, and to lean on those wiser than us to glean the insight we need to continue on our personal journey in this life. I always seek out the most knowledgeable persons on any subject under which to learn from, I figure that way you are placing yourself in the best possible position to learn the most...

Always seek out great teachers, and your 'luck' will surely improve.. happy hunting.