Tuesday, March 9, 2010

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I remember, as a small child (first or second grade-ish), wanting to be very creative when I grew up. When I was around 12, I decided I wanted to be an architect.

Next week I am taking the final of 10 exams required to be a licensed architect in California, and I have completed all the other requirements as well, so I am really close!

I have to go get back to my studying now.


  1. I wanted to be an artist, ended up as a lawyer. Go figure! I enjoyed your post on listening to the radio in the rain. Hats off to anyone who lives in L.A. and lists Ayn Rand as a favorite writer. Is it as bad there as people say it is?

  2. I hope your tests went well, and if not completed, will continue to do so!

  3. I like this question, so I will answer. As far back as I can remember, I have always had too many questions and too few answers. I've always wanted to really know and then make something. So I've remained the kid. I used to think that an engineer is the one who understood how everything worked as I saw my cousin become an automobile engineer. So I decided to be an engineer of the best thing I knew: the aeroplane, I was 11. Then my quest for knowledge introduced me to physics, math and I wanted to know even more and become a scientist, my new word for the one who understood everything. Then I read some Kant (was baffled to read that reality was not real, we made it up, I was 17) and realised philosophy is the foundation which had to be laid firmly first if anything had to be known and understood. By that time I was already getting too interested in math and physics that mechanics became my prime interest. But I also wanted some creative aspect to my work to apply and watch how what I made worked. I knew it would be engineering or architecture. I chose the latter as here I would get to understand and work with a lot of diverse and creative scientific fields including my favourite: mechanics. And then finally I read Ayn Rand. Now I am training to become an architect.

    1. That's great! Are you in architecture school at present? If so, where? Thanks for reading! I haven't blogged much at all in quite a while but have been meaning to get back to it.

    2. Yes, I am studying at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India.

      Its been a really enjoying experience to read your blog. I just discovered it while I was googling for Bosch Fawstin last night, I listen to him on Amy Peikoff's channel on blogtalkradio. There's so much great information you have shared so generously here, which is so admirable. I really liked the house you designed in Tennessee and also what you wrote about architecture in your post: Lou Kahn + Some Thoughts on Drawing. Thank you so much for sharing your work. : )