The world of architecture and construction is a complex, ever-changing game and can be confusing, frustrating, or sometimes overwhelming for novices and seasoned players alike. These articles will break it down to help everyone understand what's going on. I'll be following the adventures and headaches of a couple of fictitious characters -- Johann deMann and Eva Ng.
“Architecture is a complex, ever-changing game and can be confusing or frustrating for novices and seasoned players alike.”
Mrs. Eva Ng
Eva is a project manager who lives in the suburb of Coquitlam, British Columbia with her husband of five years and their three-year-old daughter. Eva's parents moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in the mid-eighties, when she was ten. She studied at university on Vancouver Island but returned to the mainland after graduating and continued to live at home. Eva bought a good-sized house in the suburbs in her late thirties and now works from home some of the time. She's a pragmatic, driven woman and has started to look into the world of real estate.
“She's a pragmatic, driven woman and has started to look into the world of real estate.”
Mr. Johann deMann
Johann's a teacher in Vancouver, British Columbia. His parents immigrated from the Netherlands around 1970 and settled in the then-predominantly rural city of Abbotsford.
Johann moved to Vancouver in his early twenties to attend university and study industrial design. His parents helped him buy a small house in central Vancouver in the mid-nineties. Now in his mid-fifties, Johann teaches industrial arts at a junior high school in the suburb of Burnaby. He is a practical, resourceful man who enjoys tinkering and doing handiwork around the house.
“He's a practical, resourceful man who enjoys tinkering and doing handiwork around the house.”
We'll see Eva and Johann approach similar situations with very different approaches and -- not surprisingly -- disparate outcomes.