Archinect - Architectural Ellipsis 2016-05-25T22:54:36-04:00 "Intern" replacement coming from NCARB? Everyday Intern 2015-07-07T15:52:18-04:00 >2015-07-23T15:25:41-04:00 <p>NCARB recently published the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2015 NCARB by the Numbers</a>&nbsp;report. This is the first since announcing the sunsetting of the term intern, and it looks like NCARB is keeping it's promise to not use it. Remarkably, the only occurences of the word "intern" are when it is used in the name of the IDP.&nbsp;</p><p>Interestingly though, depsite their claim to not have a replacement for "intern," they did extensively use the term "aspiring architect." By my count it occurs 83 times throughout the document, and occurs twice as "aspiring women architects" for a total of 85 times. They even felt it important enough to define it at the end of the report as "NCARB Record holders who are currently completing the IDP." They also use the term "record holder" though not nearly as much nor as often as "aspiring architect." It seems like it is harder than NCARB thinks to simply remove a term from the lexicon without a replacement.</p><p>By comparison in&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2014</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013</a>, and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2012</a>&nbsp;the term "aspiring architect" does not show up once...</p> NCARB Punted the Intern Title Debate Everyday Intern 2015-06-26T17:58:00-04:00 >2015-07-13T00:14:53-04:00 <p><em>Preface: The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">news</a> is out and already old. This post has gone through plenty of iterations. I've tried writing a response to the news that NCARB is sunsetting the term intern various ways and none of them seem to really sit well with me. I've tried to discount their stance. I've tried getting angry at it. I've tried determining what I think the best title for those who will be&nbsp;formerly&nbsp;known as interns. I've even tried to support it ... none of it&nbsp;works for me. In the end this is what I'm left with. I don't think it quite accurately describes my full feelings on the subject, but at least it continues the debate in a way I haven't seen anyone else comment on. Taking advantage of the football metaphors yet to come, I felt a lot like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Charlie Brown trying to kick the football</a> ... full of hope and excitement, then disappointed and embarrassed at my&nbsp;naivete&nbsp;in putting my trust in something I should have seen&nbsp;coming the whole time.</em></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p><p>(Image <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">source</a>)</p><p>Despite their claims otherwise, NCARB didn&rsquo;t&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">t...</a></p> Ceci n'est pas une pipe Everyday Intern 2015-02-07T15:25:40-05:00 >2015-02-10T22:31:37-05:00 <p>I hope this wallpaper doesn't catch on. I'm all in favor of the artwork, but just don't bring it into a building as wallpaper. Leave it as part of the museum's collection.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Source</a></p><p>I would much rather see this instead. But I also don't hope this catches on as well.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Source</a></p> Entry Level ... with Experience Everyday Intern 2013-07-12T12:05:00-04:00 >2013-07-18T13:55:56-04:00 <p> I've been looking at job opportunities lately. I don't know if anything will come of it, but either way, I've been looking around. I seem to be noticing more and more postings that are advertising for "entry-level" positions, but have a list of requirements that makes me wonder if employers and applicants are really on the same page.&nbsp;</p> <p> Some of the requirements don't really say that the applicant needs to have prior experience. Things like a list of computer programs that are requirements can go either way. Some people expect to pick those things up on the job with just a basic prior knowlege of how they work before beginning. Many programs can be learned during the normal course of one's architectural studies. Of course you start to wonder when they start to say things like the applicant must be "proficient" in ________.&nbsp;</p> <p> The requirements that bother me more as they are listed for an entry-level position are the ones that reference that the applicant must have prior experience....</p> Keep Calm and ... Everyday Intern 2013-07-06T12:04:40-04:00 >2013-07-15T22:11:39-04:00 <p> For the last few weeks I've had my head buried in work. While it seemed to continue to pile up, I finally created a little room to breathe the last couple of days. I've been able to get a bit ahead, finish up some tasks and I have to say, it feels quite good. It has also allowed me a bit of time to contemplate how much I actually do enjoy doing this work we call an internship, but it hasn't always been this way.</p> <p> I remember having a similar situation (buried in work) at my first job as an intern, but without the subsequent feeling of relief and accomplishment. The work wasn't very fulfilling and I found it quite difficult to find any pleasure in just picking up redlines and cranking out (and by cranking out I mean copy, paste, and modify slightly) the same boring interior elevations again and again and again.</p> <p> There would always be a feeling of relief when a set of drawings was ready to be sent out for review, but I always knew the next project was already behind schedule so I n...</p> Well Hello Graduate! Welcome to the Rest of Your Life Everyday Intern 2013-05-28T15:48:00-04:00 >2013-05-28T20:31:00-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> It's that time of year when a new crop of recent graduates is out looking for work, realizing that this summer marks the beginning of their new lives. Landing that first job can feel great, but getting there is only part of the story. My post today, in addition to the warm welcome, is an attempt to look at what you can do to make sure your first (or second, or third) job goes well.</p> <p> As an intern architect I find that there is a lot to just managing the monotony of an average workday in order to feel fulfilled and accomplished. I'll get into that a little later (next post) but before that, you need to get a job first.&nbsp;This is the part where I would love to say that you should be very careful in accepting that first job, that you should continue to apply until your dream firm offers you a job, and that you should have the dignity to turn down sub-standard offers on the spot. However, I fancy myself a pragmatist and instead my advice is to do what you think will pay the bills (do...</p> Architecture ... In Your Ears Everyday Intern 2013-04-11T00:06:12-04:00 >2013-04-15T21:50:39-04:00 <p> As an intern I tend to spend quite a bit of time in my cubicle plugging away in CAD. In school, I listened to music to help pass the time and monotony of working on a project, but in the office I find my pandora station either starts to repeat the same stuff constantly, or I spend too much time skipping around trying to get some fresh sounds. Consequently, I'm listening to a lot more spoken word in the form of podcasts. They give my brain some variety to focus on while the task at hand is rather boring, and it's easier to hear what is going on in the office over words rather than music.</p> <p> I have a lot of the <a href=";id=33&amp;popId=3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">iTunes top ten</a> in my playlist but here are few architecture and design specific ones that you might not have heard about:</p> <p> <strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AIA - Architecture Knowledge Review (Podnet)</a></strong>: From the American Institute of Architects, I feel like I have to mention this one even though I'm not a very big fan of it. Truth be told, I haven't listened to it in a while and it looks like the AIA hasn't u...</p> On Internships and Mowing the Lawn Everyday Intern 2013-03-21T12:40:00-04:00 >2015-07-03T01:43:54-04:00 <p> Spring is finally here in the US and that means that students everywhere are working on their portfolios and getting ready to apply for summer internships. Even everyone's favorite <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">blogger-tect</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">twitter-tect</a> is sensing the longer days of sunshine and dusting off <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">old posts</a> to help the potential interns out. However, before you read any further a quick disclaimer: <strong>this is not a post about how to find a job</strong>. There are plenty of other resources out there including some good advice on the tweeted article linked above. In fact, there are many right here on archinect (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this is one of my favorites</a>).</p> <p> No, this post is not about finding a job. Instead, this post is a bit of rant on Mr. Borson's first paragraph. In full disclosure I intended to write this back when Bob first wrote and posted the article but I think the winter had me in a more melancholy and depressed state of mind less easily provoked to online ranting ... or maybe it was that fact that I was in the middle of dead-lining ...</p> Want to be an Architect?; Don't Learn Revit Everyday Intern 2013-02-05T01:14:00-05:00 >2016-03-28T12:31:41-04:00 <p> Before you skip the rest of my post and start flinging words around in the comments, hear me out. I think Revit is a valuable tool and that soon (if not already) it and other BIM programs will become just part of the game and you'll have to learn it. It's either that or you can become <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">an employer</a>&nbsp;and just be out of touch with reality.&nbsp;</p> <p> Right now the majority of the employers who are looking for and hiring interns with experience in Revit are only looking to hire people to work in Revit. You may get lucky and be tasked with teaching the old curmudgeons in the office about the fancy new software, but you don't want to do that anyway. You know better, and you don't want to be pigeonholed as a Revit monkey anymore than your forefathers and foremothers wanted to be pigeonholed as draftsmen and draftswomen. You understand that it takes more than a computer and a copy of Revit to create a building and you want to find a job that will guide and encourage you to learn about what happens ...</p> A.R.E. Strategies Everyday Intern 2012-12-17T00:58:01-05:00 >2013-01-21T01:39:31-05:00 <p> You'll never hear me claim I know everything. A lot of my intentions for starting this blog include getting the advice and opinions of others out there (see the last paragraph <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>). &nbsp;With that in mind I wanted to reach out to the archinect community for some wisdom.&nbsp;</p> <p> I'm looking at getting started with the A.R.E. but I'm a little overwhelmed by it all. Where do you even start? Is it a good idea to start with the harder sections or the easier ones? Are <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">pass rates</a> a good metric for which sections are harder?&nbsp;When studying for the sections what are the best resources to utilize?&nbsp;</p> <p> There are many more questions that can be asked but rather than continue I'll just ask you for some discussion. Post links, recount personal stories, give advice, ask questions etc. I'll most likely be posting more specifics as I develop a strategy myself but for now I just want to get the discussion started.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>source</em></a></p> Parasitic Interns Everyday Intern 2012-12-06T10:45:00-05:00 >2012-12-18T23:12:41-05:00 <p> I came across <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this over on Houzz</a> (hatezz that name by the way). While I hope the series is tongue in cheek, the distribution of the intern struck me as odd:</p> <p> <strong>"The Intern is a parasitic species, typically found clustered around Architects or Interior Designers, dutifully cleaning up the designs."</strong></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">source</a></em></p> <p> The Intern is parasitic? While I can admit that our relationship to architects is beneficial to us interns, it is in no way one-sided and definitely not parasitic. The real relationship between an architect and their interns reminds me more of, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>A Day Without a Mexican</em></a>, rather than <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alien</a></em>.</p> <p> <em>Unless you cast the architect as the alien</em>.</p> <p> The only aspect of the Architect - Intern relationship that even remotely resembles a parasitic one is IDP. We interns are dependent on architects for supervising (signing off) our hours. By design there is only so far an intern can go by his or her self. Eventually the law requires that they must find a job working under the direct supervision...</p> Let's talk about ... Everyday Intern 2012-11-18T13:38:00-05:00 >2012-12-03T16:01:08-05:00 <p> As you might have gathered from the description in the sidebar, this blog is about the parts of the profession that we tend to gloss over, omit, or just don&rsquo;t talk about; what I call an architectural <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ellipsis</a>. Perhaps a few quick examples may be helpful in understanding what I mean.</p> <p> An architectural ellipsis may be the way we introduce ourselves at a cocktail party, &ldquo;What do I do? Oh, I&rsquo;m an inter- &hellip; I&rsquo;m an architect,&rdquo; and hope our new acquaintance doesn&rsquo;t know anyone from the state licensing board. It's not that we are trying to advertise our services as an architect, just that it's too demeaning to say we're just an intern and explain what that means. Another ellipsis could be the way we say IDP only takes three years to get your hours, but know deep down inside it will probably take five to seven years. Sure, working for three years might give you the total quantity of hours you need to complete IDP, but what if you are hired as a CAD monkey and never get away from the carpal...</p>