One of the most important things I learned while studying architecture is that nothing is free from criticism. We were taught that a project is never truly finished. There is always some way that it can be improved upon. Take for instance Mies Van Der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. Easily, it is considered one of architecture’s greatest accomplishments, but guess what…no one has ever lived in it and, according to most architectural scholars, it is completely uninhabitable.

Let’s also look at Frank Lloyd Wright. I know, I know, you’re reading this right now saying to yourself “I love Frank Lloyd Wright. He’s my favorite architect.” My two questions to you would be 1. What specifically do you like about him and, 2. Can you name three other architects? Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Guggenheim museum. It was the last building he designed and, some say, is his best work. So, then why does it look like a toilet?

After studying architecture for what seemed like a thousand years and now practicing it, I’ve taken what I learned about the unfinished state of all architecture and turned it on people. I know everyone always says that they’re a work in progress, but from what I’ve seen, most people don’t put much work into themselves and generally stop progressing past the age of thirteen. So, even though you may not want to hear it, I’ve made it my mission in to point out those annoying idiosyncracies we encounter every day. From those obnoxious people who think everyone wants to hear their phone conversation in line at the grocery store to the unfortunate fashion victim who thinks it’s time to reintroduce acid wash demin…no one is safe from Michael’s unsolicited advice.

Happy reading.

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