Archinect - Forum 2014-12-20T03:08:23-05:00 Architect as developers baotloi 2014-12-20T01:44:18-05:00 >2014-12-20T01:45:52-05:00 <p>Lately I've been doing research into the idea of an architect as a developer role. It seems to me after working with many clients that comes into the office, they don't really know a thing about the built environment. As an architect, shouldn't we be the ones who creates the city? I wanted to ask anyone who has thought of this or is currently doing this, what advice or resources would you give to someone who wants to get involved with this? I've looked into Jonathan Segal's program and many of his interviews. It seems very interesting.</p><p>Thank you!</p> Academic Architecture Portfolio Help anaiira 2014-12-19T17:42:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T20:55:07-05:00 <p>Hi everyone!</p><p>I'm applying to grad school for the upcoming semester. I finished my portfolio a short while ago and I'd love to get some feedback before I send it off.</p><p>Also, as a somewhat tangential thing, what are your thoughts on double-page spreads on digital portfolios? A lot of portfolios that I look at are uploaded to, which displays everything as a dps. Reading a graphic design portfolio that way makes sense sometimes, because sometimes you need it to feel like a magazine. But it doesn't really make that much sense to me for architecture, especially when it makes legibility difficult and you have to do some awkward zooming in?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href=";authuser=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src=""></a></p> Architecture Portfolio. J_design 2014-12-19T16:13:11-05:00 >2014-12-19T16:41:20-05:00 <p>Hello I am a undergrad architecture major, I have come across a puzzling question (for me at least)&nbsp; about a Architecture Portfolio. My question pertains to the drawing in the folder. Are the drawings or work etc. from assignments or are they drawing an architect has done on their free time etc.</p><p>Please no smart remarks. Serious answers only</p><p>Thank you<br>&nbsp;</p> M.Arch Applicants for fall 2015 vaish77 2014-12-19T02:22:45-05:00 >2014-12-20T01:29:24-05:00 <p>Hi Guys!</p><p>I'm sure most of you will be done with your applications by now. Lets keep each other updated about decisions.</p><p><strong>Profile</strong></p><ul><li>26/F/India</li><li>B.Arch(I.D) Interior Design- 5 years</li><li>4 years of work experience at Architecture and Interior design firms + 5 months of Internship</li><li>GRE - 151 (V) 158 (Q)</li><li>No GPA- Percentage system- 67 on 100</li><li>TOEFL- 109</li><li>Portfolio-&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.&nbsp;</li></ul><p>Categorised my projects under Academic,Personal,Competitions and Professional</p><p>Applied to&nbsp;</p><p>1.USC</p><p>2.NCSU</p><p>3.RISD</p><p>4.OSU- Knowlton School</p><p>5.MIT</p><p>Will be adding a few more schools to this list. Any suggestions?</p> "Cala-fucking-trava!" midlander 2014-12-18T22:18:19-05:00 >2014-12-19T22:31:37-05:00 <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This article is fabulous.</a> I usually view FastCo as borderline clickbait, but this was worthwhile in many ways. I guess Calatrava's isn't the kind of hand drawing Graves appreciates.</p> Struggling with competitions low fees jcarlilesiu 2014-12-18T12:15:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T20:36:26-05:00 <p>Hi everybody, just looking for some input and advice. (This is a bit long, and I apologize in advance.)</p><p>I established my firm about 3 years ago in a small sized city about an hour south of Chicago. &nbsp;The county has a population of just over 115,000 people and is served by about 6 - 8 practicing architects. &nbsp;All but 2 are independent, and the other two have a small 6 person firm with 2 licensed professionals.</p><p>I am really struggling against one other architect who is playing in the same market as me. &nbsp;He deals mostly with private businesses and home owners, and occasionally a local municipality.</p><p>Looking for a little advice.</p><p>This individual has been practicing here for 25 years. &nbsp;He is well established. &nbsp;I am not going to hammer him personally, I like him, and we are in the same local chapter of the AIA and serve on the board together. &nbsp;Recently, we have been invited to submit on the same several projects. &nbsp;I keep losing, and the reasons is often the fee (according to clients).</p><p>This architec...</p> Architectural Christmas Cards and Gifts mike-garcia 2014-12-18T00:31:21-05:00 >2014-12-19T10:21:32-05:00 <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;I just got a Christmas card from my boss and a small box of chocolates. It was such a nice gesture of appreciation that now I want to send out gifts to everyone else. I want to know what some simple, but clever architecture themed gifts people here have shared with friends and co-workers. Anyone know of some good Christmas card ideas? I like the building pop up ones, but I am running out of time to go hunt these things down.</p> For those who ride bikes go do it 2014-12-17T22:14:08-05:00 >2014-12-18T12:22:27-05:00 <p>a special sensation will overcome you.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">I felt it.</a></p> Intellectual Property for Graduate Admissions CHI-GMP 2014-12-17T19:04:16-05:00 >2014-12-18T10:48:11-05:00 <p>All,</p><p>I've encountered a problem, and have my own method of solving it but I wanted to hear some input from others to see how I can more humanely encounter the solution here...</p><p><strong>Situation:</strong> I worked with a group of&nbsp;6 on a physical model in one of my undergraduate studios. One student took the model home at the end of the semester, and the rest of us had simply taken documentation photos, but nothing of high quality because it wasn't required as part of the studio or the project.</p><p>After we graduated, the student took some time to photograph the model in high quality. They uploaded some stunning photos of the model&nbsp;online and I thought these&nbsp;images&nbsp;would make and excellent inclusion to my own portfolio in order to provide site context to the viewers&nbsp;of this specific project.</p><p>I asked him for his permission to showcase these images in my portfolio and on my website, with full credit given to him for the photos and edits. I told him my purpose was to simply showcase the images because they were ...</p> Archinect Members Reaching Out Outside of the Forums Non Sequitur 2014-12-17T17:16:51-05:00 >2014-12-17T21:00:19-05:00 <p>I've just been contacted by some conspiracy nut through the contact feature in these forums. I'm not going to waste my time entertaining his nonsense because, well... I've found that people aborted their rational functions long ago and I would be talking to nothing.</p><p>The point being, anyone else receiving crazy conspiracy A&amp;E truth spam?</p><p>here's a snippet of the email I received to give an idea of the flavour:</p><p><em>"You may think I am in a deep cave of ignorance with outdated popular conspiracy theories, but I think you don't belong on this forum if you cannot think critically about the built environment. This website is for architects, i.e., people who understand basic structural engineering principles."</em></p><p>Anyways, to whom ever the inbred fool who sent me this email, please don't forget to use condoms. We don't need anymore of your ilk plaguing the world.</p> power and data to desk from above gruen 2014-12-16T17:21:38-05:00 >2014-12-19T14:34:46-05:00 <p>OK, doing a small office interiors project. No access to the floor below, so we need to drop power and data to some desks in the middle of the floor plate. The owner is OK with a cord(s) coming down from the ceiling - but of course I'd like it to look good. I can't find anything other than a garage type of retractable cord for power - does anyone know a similar device - with either a retractable cord, or curly cord that can carry power, data and phone?&nbsp;</p><p>I can't even find a google search for something that's sorta what I'm looking for...&nbsp;</p> How to Rebuild Architecture quizzical 2014-12-16T13:07:56-05:00 >2014-12-18T19:08:49-05:00 <p>Interesting opinion piece in yesterday's New York Times:&nbsp;<br><a href=";action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=c-column-top-span-region&amp;region=c-column-top-span-region&amp;WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region&amp;_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">;action=click&amp;pgtype=Homepage&amp;module=c-column-top-span-region&amp;region=c-column-top-span-region&amp;WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region&amp;_r=0</a></p><p>Quotes like this are sure to generate some discussion here:<em>&nbsp;"We&rsquo;re attempting to sell the public buildings and neighborhoods they don&rsquo;t particularly want, in a language they don&rsquo;t understand. In the meantime, we&rsquo;ve ceded the rest of the built environment to hacks, with sprawl and dreck rolling out all around us."</em></p> M.Arch in the USA (Fall 2015) design246 2014-12-16T13:05:00-05:00 >2014-12-17T12:19:13-05:00 <p>Hello!</p><p>I am an international student applying to M.Arch programs in the USA this fall. The following schools are on my list:</p><p>1) SCI-ARC</p><p>2) UC Berkeley</p><p>3) RiceU</p><p>4) YaleU</p><p>5) UMichigan</p><p>I know schools like UC Berkeley and Yale have an insanely low acceptance rate. But what about Rice and Michigan? Any idea?</p><p>Also, my GPA is according not a 4-point system. What happens then? They don't ask for any conversion in the application. And if it's low, does that mean I'm automatically rejected?&nbsp;</p><p>Can the other things - LOR, Portfolio, Essay save a low GPA? I have about a year of work ex too.&nbsp;</p><p>Any inputs would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!</p> Need some help. Does anyone know this landscape project? Joshua Palmer 2014-12-16T12:38:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T03:01:12-05:00 <p>I need a bit of help finding this project. Someone in the office used it as a reference on a project and now we need to track it down. Any help would be appreciated. I used Google/Bing image search, but nada.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Low Gre and CGPA.......chances to get admission in US SHYR 2014-12-16T11:12:00-05:00 >2014-12-18T03:22:24-05:00 <p>Hi&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Any suggestions for this sort situation to get the admission chance?</strong></p><p>Recently I have got my gre score and that was very poor. 148 in quant and 141 in verbal. also have low cgpa in the undergrad era. But I have a better portfolio, my only strength. (<em>Actually the preparation was not that bad....studied for 1.5 months with consistency for the main GRE exam but the problem was feeling uncomfortable with exam hall..... Environmental Disorder</em>).</p><p>As I said the portfolio is the only thing I can have and a good professional experience of 3 years, and I can also manage a decent Recommendation Letter from the teachers with a better SOP, does these things can ensure a chance of admission? If it is then which universities should I try for?&nbsp;</p><p>Planning to apply for fall 2015. Any kind of suggestion would be highly appreciated.</p><p>P.S. I have few positive responses from few universities, mostly from the senior professors and even from the Chairman&nbsp;on the basis of my final year thesis project. Some of the...</p> Critical regionalism & regionalism suvho123 2014-12-16T11:12:00-05:00 >2014-12-16T14:19:28-05:00 <p>What is the difference between critical regionalism &amp; regionalism?</p> Portfolio review 21pieces 2014-12-16T03:48:04-05:00 >2014-12-18T02:42:08-05:00 <p>Hi everyone, I'm putting my portfolio draft out here for some constructive criticism and feedback... I'm applying to UBC M.Arch and I come from an econ/bio background. Any advice on layout and how interesting the content would be to the admissions team would be very helpful. Its my first time putting something like this together, so thanks in advance! <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> M.Arch/M.B.A dual degree at U.Mich vishnureddy331 2014-12-16T02:57:00-05:00 >2014-12-16T13:27:31-05:00 <p>Hello,</p><p>Firstly a bit of background . I am an architect based in india with about 1.5 years of work experience.I am planning to apply to my masters for fall '16.I would like to know if any one of you guys have done the dual degree from U.Mich? if so how good is the program?What is it likely to cost for my stay and tution ? What kind of positions can expect in a firm with an M.B.A ?</p><p>Thanks in advance&nbsp;</p> Post Professional Degreee options BYK3 2014-12-15T19:20:55-05:00 >2014-12-15T19:20:56-05:00 <p>Hey fellow Archinects, so I'm looking to do a 1-2 yr post-professional degree after I graduate with my MArch1 degree from UofCincinnati.&nbsp;</p><p>The schools I'm looking into are GSD MDes Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology (1.5 yrs), YSOA MED (2 yrs), GSAPP MAAD (Global Cities - 1.5 yrs), and the AA MPhil Architecture and Urban Design (Projective Cities - 1.5yrs).</p><p>I eventually want to practice and teach simultaneously and am wondering which program would best suit my interests/allow for more doors to open.&nbsp; Also, I know some of these schools are going through some changes in faculty so I was just wondering if anyone had any good insight into these programs.&nbsp;</p><p>Sidenote: I'm also wondering in the case of the 2 yr program at YSOA, if it would just be better to apply for the MARCH2 program or not?&nbsp; I would prefer to keep a level of studio environment,&nbsp; which I understand I am going to have to give up within most of these more research/writing-based programs, but just something to keep in mind.</p><p>Thanks in a...</p> Anyone know if the deadline for UCLA M.Arch I is December 15, 11:59PM or 12:00AM? projecttocplane 2014-12-15T01:43:10-05:00 >2014-12-15T19:31:11-05:00 <p>I submitted mine at 1AM because I didn't know that the application is set to eastern time.</p> I sign for the firm I'm working for...should I get more? yEAh 2014-12-14T15:16:00-05:00 >2014-12-19T14:28:50-05:00 <p>My company is a contractor initially but when I joined the company, we became a design and build studio. I'm the only Architect in the firm so I sign the drawings and documents for approval. The thing is, this wasn't even in my job description and in the negotiation when I joined the company. Now, they're using me for the renewal of the trade license of the company since the law here requires the company to have an Architect for doing arch'l and interior design works. In short, they didn't even ask if it's okay with me to do so.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, my performance review is coming up and I wanna open up these topics to my employer. I also think I deserve to be compensated more, besides the mandatory raise after the probationary period since I'm the signatory and the fact that I'm attached to the company's license is a big deal!</p><p>How do you guys suggest I go with this? A bonus? a significant raise?&nbsp;</p> Portfolio Review Adam Chase 2014-12-14T14:31:00-05:00 >2014-12-15T02:40:09-05:00 <p>Hi all,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I've been freelancing part time for the past few years doing architectural renderings. I've recently made the switch to full-time freelancing. When I've got free time I'm always looking to improve my portfolio so I thought I would ask here for a quick portfolio review and what I should maybe work on in terms of new projects for my portfolio.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Here's a link:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>Let me know what you all think and please suggest ways that I could improve.</p><p>Adam</p> 3d printer houses a123 2014-12-14T13:12:00-05:00 >2014-12-14T13:12:15-05:00 <p>Hello,</p><p>I am new to this board and I wanted to discuss recent developments n the field of 3d printing:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Do you think it might be possible that this technology ma be used in the near future (e.g. 10 years) to build average houses/flats at affordable prices? and if yes, how will this influence&nbsp; effective usage of space, new creative ideas (taylormade rooms for specific purposes, e.g. own gym for workouts) etc.? If this works there will be a huge impact on society (not all positive, e.g. many redundancies in the construction industry). Please send me your thoughts, thanks!</p> how the invention of the light bulb influenced the architecture ? Dorel 2014-12-14T13:11:00-05:00 >2014-12-17T23:21:45-05:00 <p>well, I am suppose to do an essay of how the light bulb change / effect the architecture?? someone can please help me to:</p><p>a/ discuss about it</p><p>b/ find some books that talk about it</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>thank you very much &nbsp;</p> Is it ok to mention what firm I want to work for in the m.arch statement of purpose? projecttocplane 2014-12-14T07:46:02-05:00 >2014-12-14T09:39:40-05:00 <p>for example, i'd like to work in such and such field, so i'd like to work at _____ after i graduate.</p> FLW leaded glass designs go do it 2014-12-14T06:12:08-05:00 >2014-12-18T01:37:32-05:00 <p>Does anyone know if FLW was inspired by the patterns in ice for his leaded glass designs?</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Frozen bubble</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p> BIM software rmsbarreto 2014-12-14T05:02:54-05:00 >2014-12-16T09:31:36-05:00 <p>are there someone that use ARCHICAD for BIM designs? Could give me a feedback if worth spend time learnig or better go to REVIT?<br> Thanks</p> what is spatial praxis and generative medium? projecttocplane 2014-12-14T02:37:42-05:00 >2014-12-17T18:57:42-05:00 <p>can an&nbsp;architect use spatial praxis as a locus for ideas in the art world?</p><p>can physical space be used as a generative medium for concepts?</p> Applying for M.Arch bakerjh 2014-12-13T18:30:00-05:00 >2014-12-13T18:30:07-05:00 <p>Hey there everyone,<br><br>I am seeking some advice in the realm of applying for a M.Arch degree.&nbsp;<br><br>I graduated from a relatively small college in North Carolina with a B.S. in "Appropriate Technology" (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>/) in 2013, and since graduating I have worked two different jobs. Currently I work for a residential solar company as a system design specialist.&nbsp;<br><br>For the past few months I have been considering pursuing a career in architecture, and I was wondering if you all could give me some insight and advice to someone who has no background in architecture that is applying for an M.Arch.&nbsp;</p><p>I have taken a design drawing course before, and have some basic knowledge of construction and materials science (with some experience using various shop tools). I use Goggle Sketchup almost every day in my current job, and I feel quite confident using this type of 3D design software.&nbsp;<br><br>I'd be really interested to hear from those who have graduated from M.Arch programs who did not have pri...</p> LED lighting - Could use some help from you all... Gal.Zeiger 2014-12-13T18:29:00-05:00 >2014-12-14T14:41:51-05:00 <p>Hello to all the architects here in this forum.</p><p>I'm starting my own company in the LED lighting industry and I have a few questions for my future business partners &nbsp;:)</p><p>1) How much money in your opinion your client would be willing to pay (if at all) &nbsp;for a high-end LED lighting fixture for a standard living room?</p><p>2) Do you agree that there isn't enough verity in the LED lighting fixtures market?</p><p>3) Would you buy or recommend your clients to buy a LED lighting fixture that can produce a unique decorative effect by demand?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thank you from advance, I would really appreciate to have a few answers..</p>