Posts Tagged ‘writing101’

I am an Architect

Posted: October 6, 2014 by Chynnie in Uncategorized
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This is actually an attempt to get you to relax, especially Architects who have bluntly refused to rest today.  I found these videos online and i loved them. Laughed all through, especially the second video which is a rap battle between the Architect and the contractor. I think the Architect won, maybe i am biased because i am an Architect, but you really need to watch these videos below.

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Its a public holiday today and tomorrow, thanks to the Sallah break. Before i forget my manners, Happy Eid-El Kabir to all my Muslim friends and Muslim Architects. I saw lots of rams being slaughtered on Saturday, didn’t get to taste any though.

So its a Monday today, and as promised my weekly motivational posts. I am sure most Architects would be working today despite the holiday. We sure do work really hard. My post today might not seem acceptable because you probably have deigns to finish, lots of works pilled up on your desk, etc, but i intend to motivate you to take some time out today and rest…..yeah i know, you’ve deadlines. Continue reading

Architecture and Music

Posted: September 19, 2014 by Chynnie in Architecture
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I am yet to meet that Architect who doesn’t love music. Its typical of us Architects to listen to music, especially while we work. This is a habit we all built from the studio back in school of Architecture, where we could be for about 12 straight hours or more, sometimes for days trying to meet jury deadlines. Music was such an integral part of the studio, and i can say is an integral part of every architects life. I think it was the music we played in the studio that kept us sane. I also think music helps us focus on concepts in our design, at least it does for me. I find it hard to got through the design process without music, and the music varies from jazz, rhythms and blues, hip-hop, rock (i love rock), etc. The music i listen to depends on which stage of the design process i am in at that point, and when i am not designing, the music i listen to depend on my mood. I have different playlist for this different moments.

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Unlocking the mind

Posted: September 15, 2014 by Chynnie in Musings
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This is actually my first attempt at blogging, meaning my first attempt at writing publicly too. I have lots of things i scribble here and there but never been out there for someone else to read. I have been wanting to do this for a very long time, but firstly i couldn’t come up with a name for my blog. I wanted to blog on architecture and i named the blog Every single person i mentioned it to hated the name, that was so depressing and discouraging…..this happened a year ago. Now thanks to my dear friend, Peju Oyekola, the fact that she has always wanted an online magazine and began almost immediately she thought about it challenged me……her blogazine as she calls it is, quite interesting indeed, you should check it out. Anyway i realized its been more than a year i had been procrastinating and then i decided to just start……and here i am starting.

I named this a diary basically to write about my life as an Architect, my challenges, projects and anything interesting. I also opened a website –, which i am still setting up. I intend for it to be a site for Architects to come for information and inspiration. My focus would be on the African Architect and would explore African Architecture but not limited to it. So i would be blogging here and on my website too. I am excited i have done this, been wanting to do this for a long time now.

Here on An Architects diary, i would also discuss issues i have with different projects and site works as well, i might go personal at times, but i think this is gonna be really interesting, both for me and for you.

With this new beginning, i have also decided to put a stop to my habit of procrastinating, i am a master at it. I hear it’s typical with Architects but it really shouldn’t be. This is my new beginning……enjoy every read.

p.s:  This is actually a test to free-write for twenty minutes and publish. Didn’t think i would be able to but i did. Writing 101: Unlock the mind.