For the first time, I’m starting to realize that my departure and return to Italy are approaching. I can’t really believe that 18 months have passed so quickly! It feels like just yesterday when I embarked on this journey. The anticipation and excitement of experiencing a new chapter in my life and immersing myself in a different culture were overwhelming. I knew deep down that this experience would contribute significantly to my personal and professional growth.
As I reflect on my time here, it’s incredible how much I’ve learned about both American culture and my career as an architect. Each day has presented an opportunity for discovery and growth. Whether it’s understanding the nuances of American customs or navigating the intricacies of architectural practices, I’ve embraced every challenge with enthusiasm.
This month has been particularly eventful as I embarked on a new project for my studio, RDLR Architects. The project involves the construction of a new government building for Fort Bend County. Taking charge of the project from its initial phase of programming and space planning has been a thrilling experience. Collaborating with various professionals who will inhabit the spaces, I’ve been able to gather their input and compile a comprehensive list of their needs and requirements.
With the information gathered, I proceeded to work on the initial schematics and graphics. Tomorrow, I will present these concepts to the clients, eagerly awaiting their feedback. It’s both nerve-wracking and exhilarating to showcase the first glimpses of the spatial ideas we’ve envisioned.
Furthermore, our studio is exploring different implementation possibilities for the project. One option is to integrate the new building with the existing structure, while another proposes demolishing the current edifice and constructing an entirely new one. The decision will depend on several factors, including the size of the building and the desired functionality.
Additionally, the project site remains undetermined at this stage. Depending on the dimensions of the building, we may need to acquire adjacent lots to accommodate the design effectively. Evaluating all these variables poses its challenges, but it undeniably adds excitement to this initial phase of the project.
As I approach the final stages of my journey here, I’m filled with a sense of accomplishment and gratitude. This experience has shaped me in ways I never imagined. It has broadened my perspective, honed my skills, and connected me with incredible professionals and individuals along the way. I am eagerly looking forward to returning to Italy, armed with newfound knowledge and experiences that will undoubtedly contribute to my future endeavors.
Rest assured, I will keep you updated on the further development and progress of this project. Thank to #Architect-US for supporting me on this extraordinary journey!