What does an interior decorator do?

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As an architect, I work with many different consultants such as structural, mechanical engineers, energy consultant, etc. to collaborate on a project.  Recently, I added another consultant to my contact list: Jacqueline Peres.  It is always fascinating to meet a person and learn about his/her business, as well as their expertise.  The knowledge I discover from their “behind the story” on how they ended up in their chosen profession, and how they are working towards being the very best in their field is inspiring.  Recently I met such a person who is in the middle of that exciting journey….Jacqueline Peres is the INTERIOR DESIGNER who shares her background with our readers.  Here is her story….

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Making of an Architect


I remember this scene well.  probably too well…

The year was 1998, and I was sitting at one of those big study tables flipping through stacks of architecture books at the Columbia University Architecture School Library.  I took this photo during my recent trip to New York City, visiting the architecture school and trying to relive the moments I had as a student.  Continue reading

Weekend Purse



It was such a treat to not having to carry my regular work bag during the recent trip to NYC. Well…to be more accurate, it was only for the weekend…more precise only two days out of seven days trip in NYC. Having been the designated tour guide for mom/sister, I was carrying more than usual: work bag that can fit letter sized papers, maps, pens, notes, iPad (pretty much everything I carry around during my typical work days back in Toronto), and then PLUS the big camera bag! Continue reading

Another New York City: travelling without the map



Seeing the NYC in such an intense light (mostly red) from the previous blog entry, http://onahjung.com/2014/11/19/past-new-yorker-as-a-tourist/ all of us desperately needed the rest from lights, crowd, billboards, etc. Essentially we had to be somewhere else other than New York City! It was a sensory overload from our first day in NYC! However the second day started differently…almost like we were somewhere else. Continue reading

V for Victory: outdoor stage in Toronto


It is ALWAYS easy to find seats at the Nathan Phillips Square (Toronto City Hall outdoor area).

Perhaps it has been that there were no events planned on the day I visited, or I happened to pass through at an early hour(11:00 am?), or I am incredibly just lucky at finding empty seats. OR, could it be that the Square is an “uninspiring” place for Torontonians / tourists who are not interested in visiting? Continue reading

Last Day of Summer

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It has been a busy summer….with many work deadlines, and overseeing the construction work of one particularly stressful project with aggressive work schedules.  It is unbelievable that I am facing the fall weather(aka mild(?) winter weather) in Toronto!  I did not even have a chance to record all the great summer events I had been to….wait, that did not happen! Continue reading