A Journey to Ontario, California

Settling In

The first month in Ontario was filled with learning, challenges, and growth. As an young architect, I’ve always been interested in embarking on a path that would allow me to shape the built environment and make a meaningful impact on communities. I couldn’t have been more excited for the oppotunity to exprerience some of this as I began my new role in Ontario, California while also immersing myself in American culture.

The first week in a new city is always a mix of excitement and anxiety. I arrived full of optimism. My first task was to settle into my new apartment, which I had meticulously searched for before my move. The warm Californian weather and the beautiful surroundings instantly put me at ease, making me feel right at home and allowing me to begin embracing the American way of life.

Learning the Ropes

At the office, I was warmly welcomed by my colleagues and introduced to the team. My responsibilities involved supporting the project managers, maintaining project documentation, and assisting in various project-related tasks. During this first week, I spent a lot of time getting to know my team, understanding the projects I would be working on, and familiarizing myself with the company’s culture and processes.

The highlight of this month was my visit to Ontario’s Museum of History and Art. The museum showcased the fascinating history of the city, from its early days as a farming community to its growth into a thriving urban center. Walking through the museum’s exhibits, I learned about the people, events, and industries that shaped Ontario over the years. It was not only an educational experience but also a way to connect with the community and gain a deeper appreciation of this place.

Certainly this first month has been a whirlwind of experiences and growth. I’ve learned that architecture is not just about designing buildings; it’s about teamwork, communication, and problem-solving. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead as I continue my journey in the field of architecture in this beautiful part of the world. Ontario, with its warm community and thriving architectural industry, is the perfect place to begin this exciting chapter in my career and to immerse myself in American culture.

Stay tuned for more.

Yoshimi Horiuchi


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