I have always admired good architecture and design. During the late 60s and early 70s, while living in Warsaw (Poland), I would walk to one of the nearby squares where certain, older buildings had escaped the ravages of WWII, and spend time sketching their intricate facades. When my mother died in 2006, I discovered these sketches buried deep under blankets in an old, wicker basket.
In 1990, my wife had encouraged me to leave finance in favor of architecture but I lacked a belief in self… 17 years later, I finally did summon a bit of courage and enrolled in my first design course at a nearby college. Two years later, I stood on-stage to receive an award from design excellence for the Maryland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
While I had been accepted to continue my studies at a couple of regionally accredited universities, I realized that I really lacked the commitment to begin a new career at this stage in life.
The experience at the college was priceless and made me realize that it’s really never too late to explore new interests or revisit old ones.
[2011 AIA design award – architectural drawing/mixed media; image, above]