Class Speaker: Wesley Wong


One of the speakers this semester was Wesley Wong a former student of CCSF in the architecture department and a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, and is now a designer at Joseph Chow and Associates.

He talked about understanding educational experience paths and what he went through as a former student in CCSF. He also talked about his experiences working as a professional in the Architecture Industry. Here are some points that caught my attention the most:

  • He mentions that its great to separate yourself from others by finding your strength.
  • Make sure to go to as many events (related to your field of work or explore others that are a bit different as well)
  • Join an organization: AIASF, NCARB, BAYA etc.
  • DON’T procrastinate
  • Take a business class (he says that if he knew as a student how important and beneficial a business class was in this industry he would have taken them in the beginning of his career)
  • Have a strategy for skill building
  • Learn the importance of time management
  • Make 3D Models (good or bad) as long as your progressing
  • Take a lot of notes 
  • Make a lot of reflections
  • Document EVERYTHING

What I take from his lecture about his experiences as a student and as professional architect is that you really have to know where you want to go in life. I think that exploring also is a big part, but having a plan/ goal with consistency to learn separates the people who will succeed.

My plans/goals is my next blog. I think it is really important as a beginner to make that step on anything, not just for a career but also in life in general.


Oakland Museum of California


The Ikebana Arrangement by Ting Zhang—–One of the many exhibits that i enjoyed observing.

My visit to the Oakland Museum of California was very much enjoyable even without company. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I came here. After I bought my ticket $10 for students, the gentleman also helped introduce the museum and showed me that there are couple different departments that could be visited. There are three:  gallery of California Natural Sciences,California History and California Art, which were all quite wonderful.

The images that are shown below are the images I used to identify some ordering principles, how light can frame a space and how transparency is used in the building.

An example of Symmetry





How light can frame a space


I was particularly amazed by how realistic this exhibit appeared. In my opinion it’s because of the use of raw materials, such as real rocks in different volumes. The faux terrain background and especially the lighting is what makes this exhibit look so realistic.


I appreciated this exhibit because of how much work it must have taken making this space feel warm and lived in. Showing how they lived back then in the 1850’s of a cabin home. The lighting is very dim and exudes warmth and coziness. The light coming from the door on the right back corner was a very nice touch, it made it seem like someone can be popping out from there. The exhibit was very detailed with all kinds of different materials. Image

The view of the outside from the Cafe with an interesting replica of a giant diamond? I would definitely say it’s a hierarchy to make this space less ordinary.

I surprisingly had a wonderful visit to the Oakland Museum of California and planning on a second visit with some company to enjoy and observe a second time or just enjoy the interactive activities they have in the museum.

My first post: a (mini) intro of me

I’m not much of a blogger, but I might reconsider blogging after taking this class Intro to Architecture 100 with Amily Huang.

Four weeks of class has passed and I have not started blogging and reflecting on our once a week class, which I felt poorly about. It wasn’t until this past Friday,  when our guest speaker Wes Wong, a young architect who spoke about his experiences on being a young architect, also  mentioned ” procrastination.” That made me realize and I thought to myself, “If I don’t give it my absolute best, I will not gain anything.” How he mentioned procrastination was exactly how I felt about it, that right after you go to school you go to work  and by the time you get home all you want to do is lay in bed and relax,not do your homework. Then I start  thinking how many people think this way, do they ever get anywhere with that type of mentality? The answer is obvious, therefore I will commit to this class and do a blog at least once a week or more.

I have changed my major from Child Development to Interior Design. This is my first  semester taking an architecture class and really considering becoming an interior designer. I have been told that I was creative, but I didn’t see myself that way until I thought about everything I liked and things I did in my free time. Thinking back when I was younger I did a lot of re-decorating of my family’s house at the time. When we moved from house to house what I would first get excited about was where I would place the furniture,  what will the space function as and of course make it pretty. My parents gave us that leisure to  do whatever we wanted to the house, which in return feed my creative side because I saw my imagination come to life. I thought interior designers did only one thing, which was make a place look beautiful. That was back then, now that I have read, researched, and now taking classes related to interior design, I know that an interior designer’s job is more complex than a person out of the profession might think. Its not only aesthetics that is important to a space it’s also the functionality, safety and how the person will feel in the space. Like the saying goes “there is more than meets the eye”.

So what do I hope to learn in taking Intro to Architecture 100 with Amily Huang? Well as described on the school site, “This course introduces students to the fundamental principles related to design of physical environments. Students will be introduced to an overview of the architecture and interior design fields, along with fundamental concepts and considerations inherent within them.” This is what exactly attracted me to take this class along with being an advised prerequisite on taking  Interior Design Studio 1.  On a serious note, I really do want to learn and get deeper into this industry and this class I believe is a great start.  The guest speakers that we have come in is a peak of the reality of the industry in the eyes of actual architects and designers. The field trip that we will be having I know is going to be an eye opener. And finally this blog, which is perfect because it is something we can reflect on outside of class and is essential part of learning. We, the students can look back on how and why we first even started, what our experiences were or it can simply inspire someone that is going the same direction.

What do architects do?

Week 1: My perception of what architects do.

When I hear the word architect, my initial thought is remarkable building. And almost every time, the image that pops  is a gorgeous wooden structured house surrounded by glass windows with complex angles here and there. The image of an architect  is not what I see first, but the creation of the architect. I’ll stare at that building and think of what the architect was thinking of. I think of how and why they build it in such a manner.

What I know is that an architect is there to execute a plan of building a building. They have the knowledge and skills and they have   access to all that is necessary to make a building. They arrange and hire contractors, designers, and other people that specialize in different areas.

Right above are the two paragraphs that I wrote in the beginning of this course (arch 100).  These couple paragraphs below is what I  know now and learned through out the course and this week is the last week of class.

Week 15: Update on my perception from week 1: what architects do.

This is an overview of what I learned about architects (spring semester).

Architects are the masters to execute plans when it comes to building a building, So as I look back at what I wrote on my perception in the first week of class,  it was some what right.What I didn’t know and what I learned in class and research was that there is more to architects than collaborating with designers, making plans, executing plans etc. And they don’t always have the access to all  that is necessary to make a building, but the skill of problem solving  comes in handy.

There are many types of personalities in the field of architecture. A great collaboration would have to mend together quite nicely or else things don’t work out right. Professionalism does the job, but it will not make a happy architect or client.

Architects are never the same. I learned  that the importance of finding your strength when it comes to design is crucial. Differentiating yourself from everyone else is a great way to succeed in this industry.

And lastly architects aren’t always in the site telling people what to do and what they should do. Most of their time is spent in their office.  Architects never have just one project, but multiple all at once.

The glitz and glamor of being an architect portrayed in television is never quite the same to the real life architect.  There is so much more to an architect than planning, sketching and executing, behind closed doors what really makes a difference is passion for the field.