Being Your Real Self with Tim Ung

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Tim Ung

Tim Ung didn’t grow up planning to become an architect. He grew up in low-income housing in the Bronx and explains that he didn’t think much about professions like architecture while growing up – instead, he was considering careers more like the ones that the adults around him had. 

Then, in high school, a guidance counselor recommended that he join a mentorship program. He had 17 mentors in that program and participated in a project that involved designing a vertical farm. During that project, he gravitated toward the architecture group. He was also paired with a structural engineering firm that hired him as an intern to do redlines for them. 

Tim won his design project for the mentorship program and received a college scholarship, and that was what gave him the final push to go to architecture school. In today’s interview, Tim shares what architecture school was like for him, how he handled the architecture exams, and when he began to realize the importance of building a personal brand. 

What You’ll Hear on This Episode  

  • What inspired Tim to pursue architecture
  • How Tim fared in architecture school
  • What happened after school for Tim
  • Tim’s first job offer after school
  • Tim’s first project for his firm
  • The types of projects that Tim is working on now
  • Tim’s experience with the architecture exams
  • Tim’s podcast
  • Tim’s YouTube Channel
  • Tim’s thoughts about the Young Architect Summer Series
  • Tim’s advice for aspiring architects
  • What Tim knows now that he didn’t know then
  • The book that changed everything for Tim
  • Tim’s favorite resource
  • Tim’s best timesaving trick
  • Where listeners can find Tim

Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode

  1. Learn to embrace your failures.
  2. Build your personal brand.
  3. Don’t be afraid to be yourself.

Tim Ung’s Advice for Aspiring Architects

“My biggest advice right now is something that I’m learning today, and it’s to start building your personal brand.”

Favorite Quotes

“Being myself is the biggest lesson that I’ve learned.” –Tim Ung on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then

“The biggest book for me was a book by Tony Robbins called Money Master the Game.” Tim Ung on the book that changed everything

“I ended up getting this one thing called hario mizudashi.” – Tim Ung on the resource he can’t live without.

“My best timesaving trick is as soon as I wake up in the morning, I jump right out of bed and I go somewhere.” – Tim Ung on his best timesaving trick.

Resources Mentioned in the Show:

Tim Ung
Tim on YouTube


Michael Riscica

Michael Riscica is a Licensed Architect, and the creator of Young Architect, an online platform and community dedicated to helping the next generation of Architects become the most successful generation of Architects. 
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