It’s Friday, and yeah…no questions.
I think it may be my credentials that are making some wary about submitting something for my advice. Maybe what I have to do is open this Friday thing up to everyone.
I am sure I am not the only one that asks sometimes why they would ask me to Blog. I can think of about 50 other people in the Toronto Studio that deserve this more then me, and I am sure quite a few cringe in St. Louis when they see something posted that has no merit, or info about HOK.
But if anyone has any sort of story, doesn’t matter if you work for HOK or not, and think that it could be relevant on our Blog, please send it to me. Justin.email@example.com
(If you familiar with some of my posts, I think the term ‘anything goes’ is appropriate).
So today being Friday, I thought I would do something different. Write about something that is real, not that what I have written so far is not real. I just have a tendency to almost live two lives.
On one level, I tend to be the entertainer, and on the other, keep to myself, quite afraid of any social interaction. I am certain somewhere, someone is thinking that I am bi-polar, and there is nothing wrong with that, but I do not have that disorder.
During the HOK Blog event, they kept asking us a bunch of questions, so I thought I would answer a few. (Maybe this is a way for some to feel more comfortable about posting on HOKLife. If I can do it, you can too.)
Why did you choose Architecture?
I once had to write an essay about this very topic, and I have to admit that it was the hardest thing I have ever had to write. I think some just ‘know’, but I applied to about 15 different Universities, all different programs, from zoology and psychology, to astronomy and Egyptology.
Now I know this may not be the most elaborate or emotional story, but I went with the cheapest.
Do I regret the decision…yes, sometimes. I can’t go to a zoo and not think about applying for a job, and every time I look up at the sky, I think about ‘what if.’
It was a professor I had in school that did it for me. He doesn’t work with us anymore, but he was the reason. After 3 interviews, waiting 6 months, and being told I would be working on 3 different projects. I got in.
What would the world be like if there wasn’t HOK?
I know I am going to get a lot of heat for this, but I actually don’t really like this question.
The short answer: If HOK hadn’t existed . . . I would probably need another job.
The long answer: It’s unfair to place our company on a pedestal when there are so many ‘what ifs’ that can be attributed to this question.
What inspires you?
This is another one of those questions that I have a hard time with. Inspires? Not too sure.
I don’t think I could say one or two things, because then I would be leaving out so much. It’s kind of like saying ‘which one is your favorite child.’
The last little while, I have been trying to do what some might call ‘soul searching,’ and hopefully at some point I could answer this question, but it’s hard to describe something when people change, and situations are constantly in flux.