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silly season!

Greetings Earthlings!

With Trump winning the US presidency, I’m now in need of some time off to figure out what the hell is going on around here??!  Both candidates shouldn’t even be in the running in the first place so my head is sore from the absurdity!  It is like watching a painful Jackass video where you just think ‘who are these idiots?’ and the more important question – ‘why am I watching this??’!  And should I be laughing or crying?

Seriously though, in preparation for the weeks ahead, we’d like to let everyone know that our office will be on hiatus from Friday 23rd December 2016 and we will commence again on Monday 30th January 2017.  Of course, that depends on whether the world is still orbiting around the sun then!  Or will that change too??  Anyway, if anyone of you want to see me before I go hide in the jungle to retain my sanity, you still have time.

As usual, any urgent emails can be sent to gk@gkarchitects.com.au .  I’ll have limited access to the interwebs or the telephone but will try to attend to emails when I can [I was serious when I mentioned that I’ll be in the jungle].  Those who can still afford to send things by post or need things delivered to us, please send to PO Box 1389, Booragoon, WA, 6954.

That’s all for now.  I think I need a drink…or several.  I probably need to start praying too and take up a religion now that apocalypse seems to be the next major event coming up.

 

with humour,

GK

as well as being a racist, trump is also an ass to architect/s…no surprise

When the presidential debate in the US is placed under the ENTERTAINMENT section of the news, you know that something is very wrong with this blue ball.  Anyway, my political opinion aside, here is a link to a piece about an architect being screwed over by Trump:

 

https://www.fastcodesign.com/3064121/the-architect-trump-screwed-over

 

Unfortunately, this kind of behaviour by clients is common in our industry globally.  Yours truly was a victim of such malpractice before and I’ve learnt my lesson.  This kind of unethical and despicable behaviour by unscrupulous individuals and corporations is especially prevalent in this bleak economic climate.  If the allegations are true – I feel for the Architect, Andrew Tesoro, mentioned in this article who had to take it up the ass because it would cost too much to take legal action against Trump, who no doubt knew that the architect had little resources to enter a legal battle.

The gentlemen’s way of doing business is seemingly a dying practice.  When both parties benefit from an agreement/arrangement [i.e. one party gains from being provided the service and the other party gains from being paid for providing the service] is the ideal and objective business scenario.  Where there is a winner and a loser and where the game is won through breaking an agreement, that is no longer business – that’s a swindle!

heads up!

Greetings, Boys and Girls

 

Just a heads up – you may notice some minor changes to this website and our letterheads soon.  I’ve been tinkering on our corporate branding including our firm’s logo [as well as the logos of our other business arms – GKA Products and GK Property Developments] to mark Gerry Kho Architects turning 10 this year.  We’ll journey into our second decade with a fresh new look.  So keep your eyes on this site!

 

GK

ronald mcdonald house winner of mba awards!

On behalf of our team, we’d like to congratulate Doric Contractors for winning the Master Builders Awards for Best Multi-unit Development Over $20M!

MBA award 2016

 

kick start semester 2!

Orientation day for final year Masters students was today.  I’ve introduced the new Professional Practice unit to the students and it was well received…I think they were just pleased that I’ve managed to remove the examination at the end of the semester! :)  The classes officially start on Monday.  I have 5 thesis students to supervise this semester and I’m unit coordinator, lecture and tutor for the Professional Practice unit.  Yayy for me!

So if there are any of my students reading this – my tip?  Get as much sleep as you can over this weekend because there won’t be much of it over the next few months!  But remember to enjoy these last 5 to 6 months of your university career and I hope that you look back on it in the future and realize that these were in fact – great times!

 

semester one 2016…complete!

So semester one is finished [at Curtin University anyway] with exams rounding it all up.  As many of my clients and colleagues know, I began a part-time gig at Curtin University architecture school as a unit coordinator, lecturer, tutor and then quickly becoming a supervisor to four dissertation students as well.  This whole ‘being an educator’ thing was as much as a surprise to me as it is to many!  I mean, who would have thunk it…Gerry a lecturer??  Donald Trump running for President?  What the f@#k is going on around here??  Frankly, it wasn’t something that I planned on doing and it just landed on my lap suddenly and like how I treat many things in life – I just gave it a go.  What was more surprising was that [yes, I’m going to say this] I actually enjoy teaching!  And for those of you who are still in shock, yes it is true and here is my staff profile as evidence:

http://oasisapps.curtin.edu.au/staff/profile/view/Gerry.Kho

So do you believe me now?  Anyway, it has been a blast so far.  And I’m locked in for next semester.  I’m forming up a super innovative outline for the Professional Practice unit so if you’re one of my students in that class this coming semester – GET EXCITED!!  I can’t reveal anything yet but I can say that it’ll be interesting, very very educational and if everything is given the stamp of approval by the ‘higher ups’, no other universities have anything that comes close to this teaching method and/or outcome.

Also, I’d like to congratulate my students who managed to survive the semester so far, especially the final year Master students.  Rest well…because you may not get the chance again in semester two! muahaha muahahahaha *strokes invisible white cat*

wa architecture awards 2016

Just a reminder to everyone that the results for this year’s WA Architecture Awards will be released in early July so keep an eye out for media coverage.

Also, the exhibition of entries for public viewing will be from Monday 27th June to Friday 8th July 2016 at the Central Park Lobby [152-158 St Georges Tce].  Viewing times will be between 8:30am to 5pm Monday to Friday.  Take a look at our submissions while you’re there :)

The awards presentation evening will be on the 1st of July!

‘ratlux’ project

I originally bought this truck a few weeks ago [for less than a pair of women’s Louboutins!…but I get a truck, not just a pair of heels that you still have to walk your own ass around in!] with the practical application of using it to move my furniture and motorcycle projects on the flat bed. However, this is quickly becoming a project in itself so I thought I’d begin recording the progress.  It all started with just a minor thing that I intended to replace [as the usual case with me] which was the instrument cluster that had a faulty fuel gauge.  I began innocently by removing some bits and pieces to remove the existing cluster [which involved removing the entire dashboard on these older models] but before you know it, I’ve stripped the entire interior!

ratlux_01

ratlux_02

 

ratlux_03

The vehicle is a 1988 RN85 Toyota Hilux.  The body is in a ‘rustic’ state with a lot of ‘character’ but the chassis and especially the motor was what I paid for in essence.  The legendary bulletproof 22R motor was reconditioned a while back by one of the previous owners so mechanically, it was great.  The motor has a reputation for being so hardcore that there are regular stories about it running past 1,000,000km on the odometer.  It is also a truck that was and still is highly prized by Africans for the vehicle’s durability in their harsh conditions.  Anyway, this truck is as bare bones as you can get with very little electronics other than the usual radio, dials, lights etc.  I’ve opted to remove the sound system that the previous owner haphazardly installed.  Speaking of comforts in life, this vehicle is definitely not one for soft bums!

ratlux_06

Much like my bobber project, eBay will most probably be my best friend.  I’ve already sourced the instrument cluster.  Next is to clean up the interior to see what surprises lie underneath all that gunk.  I’ve vacuumed up nearly 3 decades worth of sand and dirt from the floor [including the inevitable coins here and there].  I’m presently going through and cleaning up the steel cockpit of residue and carpet glue with paint thinner and acetone.  I’ve already uncovered a couple of horrifying rust areas including one that corroded straight through the floor so the passenger will be able to see the road while I’m driving around – definitely some welding required.

ratlux_04

ratlux_05

I’ve decided to call the truck a ‘Ratlux’ because the approach I have in mind will be inspired by the Rat bike and Rat rod movement.  Much like the bobber project, I’d like to see how ‘cost effective’ I can be to achieve something custom.  More about the bobber project here http://gkarchitects.com.au/blog/bobber-project.

I’ll post more progress as it happens.

builder’s choice magazine march 2016

Check out the articles on our profile and the new Ronald McDonald House on this quarter’s issue of Builder’s Choice magazine – March 2016.  A copy on our media’s section here:

http://gkarchitects.com.au/media/architects-profile-on-builders-choice-march-2016

http://gkarchitects.com.au/media/rmh-in-builders-choice-march-2016

 

If you’re going away or on the road this Easter long weekend – be safe, drink responsibly and take care of each other.

 

Cheerio!