Archinect - Forum 2016-08-24T12:17:23-04:00 Looking for job / portfolio Feedback 2016-08-24T12:02:00-04:00 >2016-08-24T12:02:36-04:00 <p>Hi everyone,&nbsp;</p><p>I have recently graduated as Interior Architect and designer and I have just started my job search in the industry as an intern, in interior design or architecture firms.&nbsp;</p><p>I would appreciate any advices in terms of applying directly to studios, cover letters and maybe ringing them? There doesnt seem to be a lot of internship offers for graduates without experience, so any advice on this would be highly appreciated.&nbsp;<br><br>Also any feedback on my cv / portfolio will help me improve my application process.<br><br>Thank you very much!&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Width of inner court for natural light- Chicago building code likeit 2016-08-23T23:04:55-04:00 >2016-08-23T23:28:43-04:00 <p>Hi,</p><p>Appreciate any input into the following for a project..</p><p>A 170 feet high office building to be adaptively reused into a hotel.. Planning on 'inserting' a court for natural light and ventilation. According to the following section, would this mean that the minimum width would be 30' for an inner court.. Should be apparent but would appreciate any additional interpretations .. Thanks much all!!</p><p><em>All courts and yards required to serve rooms for natural light or natural ventilation purposes shall comply with the requirements ofthis section. </em></p><p><em>{a) Minimum width. {i) Every such court or yard shall have a minimum width of3 feet {1,005 mm) up to a height of36 feet above grade and thereafter an additional 2 inches (76 mm) for each 1 foot (305 mm) of height or fraction thereofup to a maximum width of 15 feet (7,620 mm). Above required width values shall apply to outer courts and twice these values shall apply for inner courts. &nbsp;</em></p> Open competitions and licensure? jla-x 2016-08-23T19:20:35-04:00 >2016-08-24T04:48:11-04:00 <p>I've noticed that many states require registration in that jurisdiction before doing an architecture competition. Is this true? &nbsp;If so, does this apply to open competitions and is it ever truly enforced? &nbsp;</p> Disappointment with pedagogy of intro to arch. -- how to proceed? iiDe 2016-08-23T18:58:35-04:00 >2016-08-24T12:11:08-04:00 <p>Hi all,</p><p>I've posted here only once before so I'll briefly introduce myself again to frame my frustrations: I've already graduated with a degree in geography, and I'm taking Drawing and an Intro to Architecture course from a community college because I need to take care of the prerequisites for MLA programs. The Intro course is mostly for fun--I think my courses in human and urban geography cover the urban history/urban studies requirements for MLA programs (if anyone has input on that please do share).&nbsp;</p><p>So here's the problem--which from my introduction might be predictable--as the first week progresses, I'm finding the "level" of the course to be extremely low. Some of the frustration is due to overlap in vocabulary and concepts from previous undergrad coursework, but mostly because of the layout of the class.&nbsp;</p><p>I know I could be inviting comments accusing me of being elitist, arrogant, hasty, or the like, but hear me out first. Based on the course description, I was highly anticipating...</p> "Place-Experience" exploring the phenomenological process of place making. raviumraniya 2016-08-23T14:25:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T16:36:10-04:00 <p>i am currently working on my thesis, the research question is <strong>to understand the place phenomenon, the phenomenological&nbsp;process of place making.</strong>&nbsp;<br><br>which i plane to attain&nbsp;through following objectives,&nbsp;&nbsp;<br>1) Locating the genius loci (spirit of place) of the place to create a tool to construct design agenda.<br>2) Identifying temporal inalienability present/constitute in the place.<br>3) Referring to the cinematic way of interpreting place to bring about the learning of the place making.<br><br>&#8203;here&nbsp;first&nbsp;two objectives are derived from the understanding of place, as it's&nbsp;underlying-interwoven&nbsp;structure is the construct of three aspects,<br><strong>first,</strong>&nbsp;the material environment, including both its natural and human-made dimensions; <strong>second</strong>, people-in-place, including individual and group actions, intentions, and meanings; and, <strong>third</strong>, spirit of place, or genius loci.<br><br>from which a place in its being can be understood from looking at, the&nbsp;essence&nbsp;of the place and people in place can be studied from observing&nbsp;and&nbsp;interv...</p> Sejima Studio in IoA, any experience? Eras.H 2016-08-23T12:50:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T12:50:04-04:00 <p>Heard that Sejima is currently leading a MArch studio(Including a diploma studio from Zaha) in IoA, die Angewandte. It has been one year; and recently She has signed for a 5 years contract.</p><p>I am quite interested in IoA and might apply for it. Originally Lynn studio is my best interest. But I really want to know any opinion about Sejima Studio. While there is little information about it. All the work seems to be from diploma rather than March.</p><p>Anyone who is currently studying in this studio? What is the general pedagogyand what kinds of projects do you do?</p> Trying to find a architecture website! ironhide0991 2016-08-23T12:30:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T12:30:51-04:00 <p>Hello all.</p><p>I am at the stage where I am about to pull my hair out after spending hours searching for a architecture website.</p><p>About the website: It documents architecture projects based on building typology, its orientation, block typology. So basically when browsing/searching for projects you can select building block type, arrangement of building on site, its orientation, etc. and you will find projects matching that criteria. It mainly document housing projects/ residential apartments.</p><p>Do you know the name of this website? If so can you please post a link to it. It would be really great if you could do that.</p><p>Any help greatly appreciated.</p><p>Thanks!</p> Architecture in Stockholm horcrux 2016-08-23T07:12:48-04:00 >2016-08-23T07:12:48-04:00 <p>Hi Guys, I'll be in Stockholm for 5 days, from Aug 29-Sep 2. Is there any architecture I should visit? Also, is there any good architecture book store I should check out? Many Thanks!</p> ADA vs BS 8300 A.I. 2016-08-22T04:51:34-04:00 >2016-08-24T08:31:57-04:00 <p>I'm working on a project where we designed a wheelchair accessible bathroom according to ADA standards. &nbsp;Client requested to follow British Standard (BS 8300) for accessible design because "ADA Standard grab bars heights are <strong>too high</strong>." &nbsp;Since the UAE has not officially adopted either standard (or variation of such) as law, we just go with the client's wishes when they prefer one standard over another.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>However, when I looked in to BS 8300, I noticed that a lot of the dimensions were quite different. &nbsp;For example, ADA toilet grab bar heights are specified at 33"-36" (840-915mm), while BS 8300 specifies a fixed height of 680mm (26.7"). &nbsp;The ADA minimum height is more than 20% higher than the British requirement. &nbsp;Why such a big difference? &nbsp;How did two nations come to significantly different regulations for the same problem with the same factors (human size, wheelchair dimensions, mobility, etc.)?</p> Master of Urban Design or Master Sustainability in the Urban Environment Kliton 2016-08-21T12:58:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T16:04:37-04:00 <p>Hi all,</p><p>I am thinking about going for my masters in NYC, would like to hear some thoughts on which master's would be more beneficial in your experience,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks</p> so what's the value of a registered architect employee in a firm cipyboy 2016-08-21T03:44:29-04:00 >2016-08-23T10:37:38-04:00 <p>If the common office practice shows that only the partner/ principal sign and seals the sheets, how else would an employer value his state license? These days, Iicensure does not necessarily validate ones competence nor the lack of it would. My boss told me that the office will add $3k on my annual salary upon registration.&nbsp;</p><p>we still pursue it, although I can't see any other justification for &nbsp;its existence unless you use it as a leverage for partnership, or putting your own office someday. Im trying to look at this on another other angle aside for it being just a plaque on the wall.&nbsp;</p> licensed architect applying to grad school M.Arch II - does the GRE matter? gettinupthere 2016-08-20T18:42:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T17:34:00-04:00 <p>Applying to M.Arch II programs this fall - &nbsp;have B.Arch, 5 years work exp, and license. Studying for the GRE feels so pointless, I thought nonsense like this would end w/ the AREs. Shouldn't I be working on my portfolio instead of memorizing vocabulary?</p> Which School should I apply for M.Arch Study in Canada Grace0524 2016-08-20T14:12:00-04:00 >2016-08-24T10:44:34-04:00 <p>Hi,</p><p>I am about to apply M.Arch at UBC.&nbsp;(May consider U of T)<br>But not sure if it worth my 3 year in Van. City. I have not heard too much news about&nbsp;the SALA&nbsp;school there. &nbsp;All I know it is ranking higher than U of T, even U of McGill.</p><p>Wanna know that how the architecture&nbsp;industry recognizes the M.Arch graduates from UBC V.S. the other schools, such as U OF T, or U of M.</p><p>Does&nbsp;UBC`s SALA school focus on Theory Aspect or&nbsp;Practise more?&nbsp;I really want some update news of this one. The school website does not tell too much.</p><p>I also heard the U OF is trying to built its &nbsp;"Harvard " attribute, and some schoolfellows &nbsp;make way in the industry like Hariri architects and KBMP, While I have not hear anything too strong from UBC (Please forgive my ignorance ). Why it is ranking higher?</p><p>I am living in Windsor Ontario&#65292;&nbsp;I am not&nbsp;a &nbsp;person who super enjoy &nbsp;the theoretical research . I like&nbsp;to do&nbsp;model and visualize it with Revit or&nbsp;Rhinoceros, I am very good on both programs,&nbsp;and as well as&nbsp;hand sketch whic...</p> M.ARCH ( professional & post professional ) VIVEK SINGH BHAMRA 2016-08-20T13:16:13-04:00 >2016-08-20T13:52:35-04:00 <p>Hii...</p><p>I am Vivek an architect from INDIA &nbsp;wants to know about what is difference between ,M.ARCH (professional degree) and M.ARCH (post - professional degree) in CANADA.</p><p>as i am preparing for master degree in architecture in canada, and after that &nbsp;completing m.arch what are possibilities of job &nbsp;for a fresher architect.</p><p>also , wants to know about what are best college for m.arch in canada.</p><p>Please comment.</p><p>I really do appreciate it. any thoughts, suggestions, etc would be fabulous.</p><p>thanks :)</p> M.ARCH ( professional & post professional ) VIVEK SINGH BHAMRA 2016-08-20T12:05:37-04:00 >2016-08-20T12:05:37-04:00 <p>Hii...</p><p>I am Vivek an architect from INDIA &nbsp;wants to know about what is difference between ,M.ARCH (professional degree) and M.ARCH (post - professional degree) in CANADA.</p><p>as i am preparing for master degree in architecture in canada, and after that &nbsp;completing m.arch what are possibilities of job &nbsp;for a fresher architect.</p><p>also , wants to know about what are best college for m.arch in canada.</p><p>Please comment.</p><p>I really do appreciate it. any thoughts, suggestions, etc would be fabulous.</p><p>thanks :)</p> Architecture License without BArch geo_ready 2016-08-20T03:50:00-04:00 >2016-08-21T00:03:48-04:00 <p>I recently graduated with a BA in geography/ environmental studies. However, I keep finding myself doing a lot of drafting and modeling work, but don't want to remain a CAD or Revit monkey for the foreseeable future. I enjoy the Architecture field and want to pursue a license. I don't have money to go for an MA. So is it possible for me to obtain the license without the educational portion and just do the AXP and exams? If not, what are my options? I do see NCARB has an "alternative to professional degree (in architecture)", but I do think it only applies to already registered architects (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>) I'm in California if that's any help in terms of reference. &nbsp;</p> Building information modeling manoverde84 2016-08-19T15:02:13-04:00 >2016-08-20T06:36:50-04:00 <p>Ok so I hear that BIM is something all CMs will need to know. I'm taking an auto cad course and there's another option to learn auto desk Revit. Would learning Revit be sufficient? Or would it be best take a specific BIM course? What's the difference? Sorry to ask such a dumb question.&nbsp;</p> Job Interview - Common Questions, Uncommon Questions. Toussaint Jimenez 2016-08-19T11:11:05-04:00 >2016-08-20T10:04:01-04:00 <p>Hi all,&nbsp;</p><p>I was wondering if by any change there's an opportunity, to build a list of common and uncommon questions in a job interview process in the field.</p><p>The intention here is trying to find if there's a kind of pattern behave related to the Jobs interviews in Architecture, to organize it 3 main topics&nbsp;<br><br>1 - Typical Questions&nbsp;<br>2 - Tricky one Questions<br>3 - Hard One Questions.&nbsp;<br>4- Ambiguous Questions.&nbsp;</p><p>or Any other possible category to build. &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thank!!&nbsp;</p> townhouse roof Framing question Tyler Wallace 2016-08-18T21:14:20-04:00 >2016-08-22T01:55:05-04:00 <p>I'm doing some new townhouses and this is the detail I've used in the northeast before. &nbsp;I'm new to the southwest California, so I'm modifying my townhouse roof detail for the new location. &nbsp;I'm also going to be more involved in the construction, so I have a few questions.</p><p>I don't remember how this detail was implemented by the framers in the northeast, but I don't know how you would set the heights of the roof joists so that you get a 1/4" slope for a single ply like TPO. &nbsp;The roof joists are bearing on the party walls of the townhouses, and that header probably wants to be flat.</p><p>It seems like it would be easier to build it flat, and then somehow overbuild / cricket the slope. &nbsp;I need to look into it more insulation wise, but I'm not sure I need the foam. &nbsp;Either way, why not add a third piece of plywood to the detail that is shimmed above each joist to the proper height for the slope?</p><p>Not sure what's the best technique here, your input would be appreciated. &nbsp;Any other suggestions on ...</p> Starting ARE exams before graduating georgiab 2016-08-18T17:18:41-04:00 >2016-08-20T09:08:43-04:00 <p>Is it possible to begin taking the ARE exams prior to receiving your degree from your NAAB ccredited school? If so, is there an intern hour requirement?</p> Commercial Floor Plan Examples rv4life 2016-08-17T17:45:00-04:00 >2016-08-19T01:20:03-04:00 <p>Does anyone know of a book or website that shows commercial floor plans, similar to websites and books for home floor plans? &nbsp;I am trying to find floor plans for hotels, retail, government buildings, etc.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thank you!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Shane</p> Graphic Studio bam m 2016-08-17T10:05:19-04:00 >2016-08-17T10:05:19-04:00 <p>Hey All.</p><p>As the profession of Architecture seems to be churning away, in its state of flux for permanence and longevity; often times being on projects with large spans of time, some never getting pushed through; I am interested in starting a side project that revolves around Graphic Design, Experience Design, Branding, etc.</p><p>Similar firms such as 2 x 4, MTWTF, Bruce Mau Design, Project Projects, etc.</p><p>Do any of you have more precedents for firms with this type of work?</p><p>I have never really gone after side work for the sake of jobs or money, so am curious how a business model would go in this field. I am a rather young designer out of Masters (if that helps at all).</p> What to do when office is slow s=r*(theta) 2016-08-17T09:27:00-04:00 >2016-08-23T14:41:03-04:00 <p>I am looking for AWESOME ideas on what I can do while the office is slow. I have already;</p><p>&bull; went thru csi library; organized &amp; updated it</p><p>&bull; went thru storage room; cleaned, organized and updated</p><p>&bull; went thru product library; organized cleaned &amp; updated,</p><p>&bull; started electronically cataloguing recent projects by s.f., occupancy type &amp; construction type</p><p>&bull; Cleaned up and organized my machine and work area</p><p>My next ideas</p><p>&bull;considered studying for last 3 exams (with permission of course)</p><p>&bull; considered doing renderings of major projects for our web page</p><p>&bull; considered searching for rfq &amp; rfp's</p><p>&bull; considered polishing my resume in case.........</p><p>thanks for comments and ideas.</p> Land art/public art vs landscape architecture. jla-x 2016-08-16T18:15:19-04:00 >2016-08-22T22:35:48-04:00 <p>I know there is much overlap, especially with projects like Irwins Getty gardens, but whats the defining difference in your opinions. &nbsp;Where do you feel something like a memorial would fall? &nbsp;Why? &nbsp;</p> Becoming an Architect vs Businessman. vldesign 2016-08-16T17:08:00-04:00 >2016-08-18T09:57:12-04:00 <p>I would like to get your thoughts on what is more important, pursuing business knowledge or architecture knowledge (or a degree), or maybe put another way, is a architect at a huge disadvantage to reach success without any business knowledge?</p><p>A little bit about my situation, I graduated college from art school in Illustration in California, and noticed how ill prepared most students (including myself) were in marketing themselves and presenting their work as high value. A roommate of mine, that was business savvy from his father and built a successful motion graphics company, would brag "I used to idolize certain big name artists, now I hire them".</p><p>Today, I have my own company and work with a few architects that are out on their own and do awesome high level work, yet they struggle with the business aspect of architecture and often times they do not charge enough or adequately protect themselves with a contract, nor do they have a clue as to how to market their small business or creat...</p> Against 'Sustainability' Everyday Intern 2016-08-16T11:45:23-04:00 >2016-08-23T00:19:07-04:00 <p>This opinion piece from the NYT has been getting passed around in some of my social circles and I found it to be a provocative read. Curious to hear what you archinectors think of it.</p><p>"<em>Instead of sustainability, we should instead speak of adaptability, a term that skews away from the idea of a perfect, ordered nature and unchanging industrial-technological conditions, and favors a vision of nature in a state of constant change, even chaos; a vision that values difference and diversity, both biological and cultural. Perhaps this revised language will allow us to see the planet not as a video-game landscape, programmed by God, that we&rsquo;ve been dropped into and can either preserve or destroy, but as a bustling world of colleagues, both human and nonhuman, animate and inanimate, over whom we have influence, but who also influence us.</em>"</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Against 'Sustainability'</a></p> 3rd Architecture Week Mohamed Badr 2016-08-16T04:46:40-04:00 >2016-08-16T04:46:40-04:00 <p>The building sector is one of the key sectors to achieve the 20/20/20 targets of the EU. Beyond these targets, Europe also aims at bringing about drastic reductions of greenhouse gas emissions, In the residential and service sectors of 88% to 91% compared to 1990 by 2050. With the recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), the framework has been set to proceed along this track.</p><p>read more :</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Freelance work not getting paid notgeorgecostanza 2016-08-15T18:21:27-04:00 >2016-08-18T18:31:59-04:00 <p>Has anyone on here run into a situation where you did freelance work without a license, however you stated clearly on all documents that you are not a licensed architect and that the work is not intended for construction use and for design purposes only. And at the end of the project the client refused to pay you an amount that was agreed upon. If so is it viable for such work would be upheld for compensation in small claims court?</p> Admission prospects for Graduate Schools Gayatri1992 2016-08-15T17:18:00-04:00 >2016-08-15T17:21:47-04:00 <p>Hi ,&nbsp;</p><p>I graduated with a B.Arch( Specialization in Interior Design) in 2015 from India, And i've spent the last one year working on the following personal projects as an independant architect - 4 hillside holiday homes , one centre for a charitable organization for pregnant women, and one interior project for a house here. The designs for these 6 projects have been completed but they're just about starting construction now - and i'm currently working on two more projects - a hospital interior and the renovation of the UNICEF office in my city .&nbsp;</p><p><br>My undergraduate thesis work was focused on reinterpreting the design concepts used in japanese gardens on a larger scale in a japanese cultural centre and was generally well recieved but the rest of my college work is not too great to be honest.&nbsp;</p><p>Can someone please tell me how well my resume and porfolio might hold up if i apply to the top schools for a masters in architecture ( Harvard, Michigan, Yale, KADK, DELFT), etc ? Does this level of p...</p> Job searching from a distance eskimo457 2016-08-15T16:15:32-04:00 >2016-08-16T08:48:59-04:00 <p>My husband and I are planning to relocate early 2017 to be closer to one of our families.&nbsp;</p><p>We are going to be visiting our future move-area for a wedding in September and I was planning to reach out of local firms for an 'informational interview'. I have never done this before and I'm hoping to get some insight from people who have done something similar.&nbsp;</p><p>I plan on reaching out to a few firms with a brief note stating that I plan on relocating at the beginning on 2017, want to learn more about the architectural climate in the area, and discuss &nbsp;if my skills set can align with any of the projects the firm is pursuing. I also plan on including a few examples of work.&nbsp;</p><p>What are your thoughts? Does a move-out date 4-5 months out deter people from taking me seriously? Is asking for an 'informational interview' enough, should I make my intentions clearer? If you have done something similar what was your experience?</p><p>FYI: I have 5 years of experience and am newly licensed.&nbsp;</p><p>Thank you in advance...</p>