So there was this radioactive spider..
Just kidding . It was a huge radioactive Tarantula this BIG.... Anyway you not going to believe me so I might as well tell you how I landed up becoming an Architect. When I was a kid I wanted to be a treasure hunter , and astronaut and a ninja turtle . Donatello to be specific , he had the best gadgets. I never knew what an Architect did for most of my life, but the pieces slowly fell into place.
My mother recalls me at 3 sitting under the table telling my grandmother how the pieces of the table go together. I asked a lot of questions and was never afraid to ask a dumb one. One of my teachers said "The thing about Mohammed is that he is not afraid to look silly". And boy did i look silly with those braces and.. ok lets skip ahead.
Report Card : Paying attention - C minus, Spelling - D minus , Drawing - Oscar, Pritzker & Nobel Prize in one.
I loved to draw I still do. I can do it endlessly.
Then there were the gateway drugs: Lego , Mechanno ,Mini Town
An early piece of literature that had a huge impact on me was "A New House" by Hannie Truijens . In it Ben the dog, Jip the Cat, Meg the Hen , Sam the Fox and The fat pig build a new house by bringing different discarded pieces together to create a house. Sure it was grade 1 but I was fascinated by the bringing together random scraps , a washing machine door, a wheel barrow , wood from an old boat etc to form a completely new thing. That lesson engrained itself in into my subconscious.
When it was time for me to choose a path the only thing my idealistic teenage mind knew was that it had to be creative, it just be where I can help people and above all it had to be cool. Very specific, I know. I visited a University open day and four things caught my eye:
1 )The Mechanical Engineering students were building these cool electric quads, I want to do that !!!
Reality Check : Maths as not my forte, and i can't tell an Alan wrench from Woody Alan. Cross it off the list
2) Cool Animatronic Dinosaurs!!!!
Reality Check : Digging in the dirt with a paintbrush is not going to go down well with my folks nor potential future inlaws. Cross it off the list
3) Look at those cool building models with those teeny weeny trees and cars and people. I want to do that
Reality check : (Insert Angelic Harp Music and a photomontage of all the next 6 years whizzing by)
Badabing Badaboom , What do you know , I am an Architect ( Edit out the tears, barrels of Brent crude midnight oil , 7 years of grueling work experience and the heartache of taking the board exam 2 times before hitting it lucky on the third try)
Like I said Badabing Badaboom.