A Day With Atelier Amina's Amina Blacksher

A Day With Atelier Amina's Amina Blacksher

Amina performing the role of VR Conductor for open studio lab at Pioneer Works (technologist in residence Beth Coleman). Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk

Amina performing the role of VR Conductor for open studio lab at Pioneer Works (technologist in residence Beth Coleman). Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk

6:45am: Snooze! Usually though, just once. I am awake by 7am, which is when I try to hold some time and space to focus.

8:00am: My cardio is one of the most important parts of the day. I go to the park by my house for a jump rope workout with my favorite trainer. Jumping rope builds stamina and increases blood flow to the brain.

9:00am: Shower. Green juice. Enough said.

Still from Architecture Speaks documentary (guest Al Diaz); Amina at the Center for Architecture.

Still from Architecture Speaks documentary (guest Al Diaz); Amina at the Center for Architecture.

9:30am: To do some work on my laptop, I head to my uptown work space, The Forum, making good on it’s ambition for an all-public ground floor. I set up and begin my day in the cooled double-height, glass-enclosed polygon. I first follow up on leads for a docuseries pilot, and then I draft the scope of a show for the robot double dutch exhibit.

Robot Double Dutch presentation. Princeton School of Architecture: Black Imagination Matters

Robot Double Dutch presentation. Princeton School of Architecture: Black Imagination Matters

12:00pm: Home for Lunch. I drop off my laptop as I’ll be up and mobile for the rest of the day.

2:00pm: I head to my downtown workspace, The Wing Soho, for a scheduled call with an editor, though on a teaching day, the afternoon is devoted to studio. At The Wing, I send video footage to my editor, update my website, and have a call with a curator for an upcoming exhibition. Then I might tackle some preliminary research and syllabus planning for an upcoming architecture studio. Finally, I fill out my passport renewal form - exciting things on the horizon!

6:00pm: I pull the plug early in the evening and head to yoga - my secret to sanity in the city. On a nice day I can Citi Bike home - well, almost home. Since the closest dock is 30 blocks away, I end up walking the last 1.5 miles.

8:00pm: Light dinner, tea at home.

10:00pm: I write or sketch any ideas surfacing on the brain. I usually get creative bursts at night, when I am most imaginative. My biggest challenge is to listen, receive, and carry out. I end the active part of my evening by chatting with my sister.

11:30pm: I wind down, affirming the day is done to relax my racing mind. On a day like today, getting to sleep will be very easy.

Amina serving as a guest critic on advanced studio review at Columbia GSAPP.

Amina serving as a guest critic on advanced studio review at Columbia GSAPP.

A Day With Madame Architect Assistant Editor, Amy Stone

A Day With Madame Architect Assistant Editor, Amy Stone

A Day With BRANDT : HAFERD's Brandt Knapp

A Day With BRANDT : HAFERD's Brandt Knapp