a re-introduction

 

archi_anime
lol and this blog will probably help me with my photoshopping skills 

This blog is always undergoing changes as I keep trying to find something of focus; although the underlying theme of my blog has always been Architecture. The first phase was to chronicle my time at SCI-Arc – most specifically when I was studying abroad in Japan and going through my last year of school in thesis mode.  The second phase was when I wanted to write about Architecture and Feminism — which was right after I graduated and starting working in the architectural field.  But I barely wrote anything if nothing at all and left my blog untouched for a really long time.  

It was a random run-in with a high school classmate that got me into the idea of blogging again. I had gone to my first anime convention in Oakland called Kraken-con. As I was leaving I saw a familiar face and decided to stop and say hello; I thought it was pretty cool running into someone I knew. We caught up a little bit and he told me he was there taking photos of cosplayer’s for his blog. When he said “blog” I was intrigued and proceeded to ask him questions about it.  Our conversation ended with me saying something along the lines of “I’d love to be apart of that!” I didn’t think he would take my offer seriously, but a few days later I got a message from him asking what my focus would be if I were to contribute.  I had asked what he wrote about and he said his topics ranged from anime, conventions, and gaming.  I told him I would probably stay within the anime category since I was new to the con-scene and I’m a light gamer; then I was officially added as an author.  I’ve only had a few posts published so far; but it got me to thinking: why can’t I write as easily for my own blog?

I guess I was intimidated by own blog for awhile.  The topics I kept choosing were just so overwhelming; I didn’t know where to even begin. I started thinking maybe I should switch it up again to something that comes more easily to write about; so why can’t I relate the two things that I really love and enjoy the most: Anime and Architecture.

Which brings me to the structure of this blog. And hopefully it’ll stick this time! There is a split in my obsession with Architecture and Anime.  So this blog will try to marry both these loves of mine.  Some days I’ll write about Architecture, and some days I’ll just write about Anime. And some days it’ll be a combination of both.  Lately I’ve been looking at the environment, the urban setting, and the buildings these characters occupy in anime and I’ll find something architecturally fascinating about it that compels me to research about it and write about it.  I’ve always been inspired by architecture’s ability to evoke emotions and it’s ability to inspire innovation. Anime is a great medium in which I can exercise my critical thinking as I feel like that’s what I miss the most about being at SCI-arc (and school in general).

 
Thus Archi-Anime is born.

Why Architecture?

With this newfound focus on my blog, I think I should write a little bit more about me and my passion for Architecture. The biggest question is probably “Why Architecture?” What drove me to choose this as my career path, and what do I intend to achieve?

I grew up in a rather odd environment here in California. I’m an only child, and I had my parents of course. But, we also lived with my godparents and my grandparents. Three sets of parents raising me in our household. With the amount of people in the house, my godparents decided it was time to renovate the 4 bedroom 1 story house into a 6 bedroom 2 story house, with all kinds of different additions and upgrades along the way. Needless to say, I was surrounded by construction growing up, so that definitely struck a chord with me. My godparents are entrepreneurs and created businesses in Construction Management and Real Estate. They ran these business from the house, and again I grew up around them and was familiar with the business, and it also left an imprint on me.

But the biggest memory I had relating to Architecture was going on a field trip to San Francisco visiting Grace Cathedral in middle school. I remember walking into that church and my jaw dropping at the massiveness of the building, and the towering spaces on the interior, the details of the columns and arches, the stained glass. It was beautiful. I was so fascinated by how a space, a building could make me feel such a certain way. I think I knew then, I wanted to study Architecture.

Pursuing this goal of mine has not been easy. For as determined as I was out of high school to pursue it, my parents were against it. The only other thing that interested me was Psychology which they found more appealing. I should probably note, and this is probably very stereotypical (but true), that not only am I an only a girl, and an only child, but I am a Filipina. In Filipino families, and most asian families, the medical field is highly desirable. At first, I complied, but thankfully my godfather was able to convince the rest of my family that I should be able to pursue what I wanted the most. I started off at a community college and applied to Berkeley, & Cal Poly SLO a few times, always getting rejected. Finally, I took a chance on a small school in Los Angeles called SCI-Arc (The Southern California Institute of Architecture) and got in. The best decision, and the best 5 years of my life in school. I met so many amazing people, instructors, and just overall great network of people. I entered that school at the best time too, as they began to climb the charts for best design school, and becoming more and more recognized within the field.

Now, another focus of my blog, is about women in Architecture. Yes, it is primarily a male-dominated profession, but since I have no idea how this plays in a professional realm, I am limited to what I have seen and experienced while at school. Luckily, while at school there was a majority of female students and female professors, who were undeniably smart and talented. But more on that another time.

With that being said, my dream is to establish my own firm, either here in the Bay Area in LA, with a friend I met at school, also female, that specializes in design/build and in digital fabrication. Digital fabrication is a trend that is becoming more and more apparent in the future of Architecture, and I just happened to go to a school that’s known for thinking about the future, for being avant-garde and the use of technology.

This to me is why I am a dreamer. I’ve got my head up in the clouds, with Architecture as the focus.

about the dreamer

Hi there, and welcome to my blog!

A few things about me and why I’m here. I’ve had this particular blog for over a year, and have neglected it time and time again due to the craziness of Architecture school. I had hoped to chronicle my time at school with this blog, but it’s little too late. I just graduated from Architecture school this past September and am now in the beginnings of my job hunt.

I’ve always liked the idea of publicly in order to share life experiences just because you never know when someone may have experienced the exact same thing. That and I’ve loved meeting all kinds of different people from around the world via the internet. I blogged on xanga before and loved the community there, and the kind of people I had met. I turned to wordpress in hopes to find a similar community.

I’ve been blogging for a really long time, but have yet to find the right focus I need to have a good blog. My interests vary over a huge range of things, so I actually don’t know where to begin. I’m also doing Photography 101, as that is something I’ve always been interested in, so a picture will be up sometime later today as well. So, with that said, any kind of feedback would be much appreciated! And I’m looking forward to meeting new people!