First Friday is an architecture office open house for leading New York based firms which is organized by The Architecture League of New York. It's been a while since my own firm's First Friday and I believe this is the first one I have attended since then. Yesterday I attended the First Friday of REX and Front.
While it is about seeing the firm's office and their works to see what they're about, it's quite a known fact that it is also an event for food and drinks. I went with my friend Richard as well as the principal of my firm and my colleague. What's also great about these events is that you always see someone you know and it's always good to see some familiar faces. I used to work with the Director of Business of REX, and it was nice catching up with her and for her to share her experiences with me. More than anything, I bumped into my good college friends, Mahesh and Stephanie. It was really unexpected so all of us decided to grab dinner after the event.
My friend and I personally congratulated Joshua Prince-Ramus for winning prestigious 2015 Marcus Prize for Architecture last month. He's very reserved and quite humble. We met Sarah who was visiting from Dubai in the subway station on the way to the event and she asked Richard to take a photo of her and Joshua, but my former colleague photobombed it. It was hilarious, and I wish I had asked her to send that photo to me. Sarah invited Richard and I to visit her in Dubai. It's always fun meeting international people!
Next month is Richard's firm's First Friday. To get tickets for the First Fridays, see here. If your are a member of the League, you and a friend can get in for free. Just remember to send your RSVP!
Below are some photos of some of their models and work. The first one is a project in Finland, of course!