A New Beginning

It’s a new year and with it, another post. I have managed to post once a year since I started this blog, not something to be proud of, just an observation. I really hope this changes with the new year. The site has been redesigned with the help of my lovely and talented wife Emily (you should check her new site here) and I have added content to the Art and Photography galleries. Again, more content will be posted as time permits.

I have been reading other blogs and news sites on the interwebs and thought I’d take a minute to share a few as they have been a great resources for either current events or for interesting posts and have also been great sources of inspiration. I don’t visit the sites on a regular basis, but the stories and posts populate my twitter feed where I can read what grabs my attention then go back through the archives and see what I’ve been missing out on.

Coffee with an Architect has the great posts Who’s an Architect? Doctor Who and Evil Lairs among other great posts.

Life of an Architect came to my attention because of his list of What to get an Architect for Christmas and I stayed for …You might be an Architect and Architecture and the Art of getting it Wrong among others.

Archinect and ArchDaily has provided some great daily articles on the industry at large.

Tree Hugger has been a great source for all things green.

And finally, Archi-Ninja caught my attention with a kickstarter for her D.I.Y. Concrete House Rings and held it there with the great articles 10 lessons when searching for a job in architecture and Architecture and Anarchy.

Admittedly, reading the works on these sites can be intimidating when trying to find my own voice to add to the discussion: “Is what I have to say relevant?” “Do I have what it takes?” “Will anyone care?” But, as I keep reminding myself, it’s my voice. It’s going to be what I make of it and it will be shaky at the start, but somehow it will work itself out.

And really, ultimately, this site is here for me, as a place to organize my stuff. My own personal art gallery as it were. And like all galleries, not everything presented is going to be liked or understood by all people. Art is subjective and that’s ok. I’m not asking you the viewer to like everything I post here, just don’t hate it.

Happy New Year,

citizen silva


Wait, What?

It’s only been 18 months, so why not post again?

Since last we spoke, I have found employment, moved (again), fried my laptop hard drive, had a group of nice paramedics take me to the emergency room because my world was spinning, started and finished some art projects, started even more projects in my head (I’ve a lovely gallery up there), installed a new hard drive, (insert a bunch of stuff here) and redesigned “My Stuff”.

I’m in the process of uploading some “stuff” to new “rooms” I’m currently “constructing”. To start with, there are a couple of project pages up from my time at Steven D. Pults, AIA, & Associates with more to follow. I have some samples of my photography and photos of art work waiting in the editing room which will be up soon.

This time, the next post should be a lot sooner than 18 months. Feel free to check out what I’ve put up elsewhere, but for now, here’s a photo of Shalimar (top) and Sophie (bottom) doing what they do best:


Until next time,

citizen silva

What exactly is “My Stuff”?

Hello and thank you for wandering into my little corner of the interwebs, about the only place that contains “My Stuff” that is currently uncluttered. How much clutter and what type of clutter gathers here remains to be seen, so if you’re up to it, please stick around and see what happens.

As this is the first official post, it would seem that this is the best time to get the awkward “getting to know me” phase of the blogging experience out of the way. Or, more importantly, define what “My Stuff” is. I have a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and was working in the Architecture field before someone decided to pull the economic rug out from under the world. I worked at Cal Poly’s Radio Station, KCPR, as a DJ for almost 16 years and have accumulated quite the stack of cd’s and records. I am an athlete, participating in both bicycle races and recreational soccer games for the past few years.  I have been known to start art and design projects in my spare time and have actually finished a couple of them, although to be fair, the majority of the projects have been started in my head, but that counts right? I have a wonderful wife who somehow puts up with all of my madness listed above and I love her for very much for that (you can meet her here: The Monkey House). And last but not least, we have two cats who make sure that the right amount of fur is left behind once they vacate the spot they were just laying on and a black lab who is living with her grandparents since they have gophers to chase and the apartments where her parents live don’t allow gophers.

Now that that is out of the way, time to let you know what will potentially end up here. Over the course of time, I will be posting about architecture (what I think about it), music (this could get interesting), sports (if there’s a photo of me doing something spectacular), art (I’m building an addition to my private gallery), my family (we’re a little camera shy so be patient) and my pets (because, as all pets are prone to, they do cute things). Simple.

I hope you will find something interesting in what gets posted. Keep in mind, that what appears here is a product of my own mind and should be taken for what it is, my own thoughts. This is my space to say what I want and I may even say something you disagree with. I encourage comments and feedback, both positive and negative, as long as it constructive and not destructive. Remember, I do have feelings.

With that, here begins the journey through “My Stuff”. Thanks again for stopping by.

P.S. If you or a company you know is looking to hire someone like me, please drop me a  line.