I snapped this picture with my iPhone this past weekend. There was something about the sight of this tiny girl with so many balloons, bathed in sun and crossing a street named ‘Prospect’ that filled me with joy. It was one of those perfect life moments that is almost impossible to describe in words.

Yesterday, my firm met for an ‘Off-Site’ to discuss the direction of the studio, where we are and where we want to be. We listened to a handful of professionals on the cutting edge of their specialties. We held a design charrette, which for me was the first since college, and discussed the direction of the architectural profession and our role within it. We did this while sitting in the penthouse suite of a building we designed, bathed in sunlight and surrounded by views of the New York City skyline. It was a day of career affirming, inspirational optimism.  It was one of those perfect moments.

In a time where it is so easy to be pessimistic about the economy, our future and our profession, a bit of optimism is all the more powerful. I’m not talking about a wandering the streets with a mental-person like perma-grin kind of optimism, but the kind that inspires us to act, to have confidence in our convictions and lets us see life’s challenges as opportunities. After all it’s that optimism, the kind you feel on your wedding day, that allows us to truly experience life’s perfect moments.

So I would like to ask you, in my much-anticipated return to blogging, what was one of yours?


2 Responses to “:PROSPECT”

  1. sorella Says:

    My moment was when I passed thesis, and was validated as an architect about to enter the profession, but still had no idea what practicing architecture would really be like. The moment before I was disheartened by ill-willed developers and misguided clients, but when I knew enough to know what was possible in the world of architecture.

    • mbevivino Says:

      That is a good one! Some of life’s perfect moments last longer than others. Graduation… where the rubber meets the road construction.

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