Shelves full of books, re-purposed buildings, Scandinavian furniture, succulents, wood grain, the color(s) gray, and paper airplanes...I think these are beautiful things.
A little over a decade ago, someone told me to let the beauty you see be the thing you do.
That simple statement, scribbled in a note tucked into a book that was being gifted to me, for whatever reason really resonated. At the time I didn't know what I was supposed to do with those words. What beauty did I see? What should I do and how should I do it? These questions existed in my the back of my mind for many years. Admittedly, it took me a few degrees, many conversations with some incredible friends, and a lot of coffee to finally figure out what I think the statement means for me.
I've come to understand that in addition to all of the physical beauty in the world there in also intangible sources of beauty. I see beauty, for example, in acts of kindness, experimentation, cooperation, and moments of joy. I believe, then, the thing for me to do is to use my architectural training and experience to design buildings, places, moments, and things that embody this abstract beauty.
I am sharing this with The Listserve because I want to tell as many people possible that to do this work requires help from people who have needs and/or ideas for projects. Design is only a tool for creatively solving problems. It cannot exist in isolation. It needs people. It needs you - to participate, collaborate, and solicit services. Design requires human input from both designer and client. And with all the beauty that I see, I can't image that there is any shortage of potential clients out there. So, whether you're a small business owner, big developer, or just a regular person with a dream, reach out to a designer. You may be pleasantly surprised at what they have to offer you.
I would love to connect with anyone that has or knows of a need or idea that could benefit from some architectural design and/or thinking. Get in touch with me via daam-projects[dot]com !
Thanks so much for listening.
PS The book my note came in many years ago was Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Ann Dillard. It's about seeing and gaining the ability to see within oneself.