Archinect - Forum 2016-07-29T19:45:55-04:00 What is the best laptop for Architecture student and Professional work. 2016 Daniel Salvador 2016-07-29T14:06:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T18:32:46-04:00 <p>Good Day everyone, i am looking for a Laptop for my Masters in Architecture and Professional work, a laptop that i will use for the next 5 years if i can.</p><p>please feel free to provide any feedback or information that could be helpful.&nbsp;</p><p>my main concern is for the laptop to not lag or to take longer time to process things than a desktop.&nbsp;</p><p>Programs expecting to be used:&nbsp;</p><p>Rhino + grasshopper - modeling (algorithmic calculations)</p><p>Autodesk - CAD, Revit, Maya, MAX - rendering</p><p>Adobe Suite - Photoshop, Illustrator, ect. &nbsp;</p><p>Lumion - animations</p><p>i recently purchased a Mobile Precision 7510 XCTO BASE, with following specs</p><p>Intel&reg; Core&trade; i7-6920HQ (Quad Core 2.90GHz, 3.80GHz Turbo, 8MB 45W, w/Intel HD Graphics 530)</p><p>346-BBRH1Smartcard Reader</p><p>490-BCPK1Nvidia&reg; Quadro&reg; M2000M w/4GB GDDR5</p><p>391-BCFI115.6" UltraSharp&trade; FHD IPS Touch (1920x1080) Wide View LED-backlit, camera and microphone</p><p>370-ACSV132GB, DDR4-2133MHz SDRAM, 2 DIMMS, Non-ECC</p><p>400-AFGV1512GB 2.5 inch SATA Class 20 Solid State Drive</p><p>some problem dell had with Wi...</p> Ownership in firm to sign/seal? nicholass817 2016-07-29T11:11:45-04:00 >2016-07-29T17:37:59-04:00 <p>I've been in this discussion with the owners of the firm I work for, and we cannot seem to agree. &nbsp;I am licensed in a few states (and working on getting more..$$$) and directly oversee/do all the work for the projects in those states. &nbsp;It is their belief that all US states require firm ownership to sign/seal, but I've only ever heard of one...maybe two. &nbsp;And I don't know how true it is as I cannot find statutes saying ownership is a requirement on those state boards websites (OK and NJ)</p><p>Does anyone know if firm ownership is required in the states they work in?</p> Thesis Rishabh Jain 2016-07-29T11:04:59-04:00 >2016-07-29T18:49:44-04:00 <p>So my thesis topic is reclaiming the mining site and proposing a research centre , Well I am looking for few suggestion and few example to refer.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I would glad to know about it. Thankyou</p> Bachelor of architecture which country and school is the best? ahmetdöner 2016-07-29T10:53:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T11:32:22-04:00 <p>I am 16 years old and I am interested in studying architecture.I don't know in which country should I study.My options are usa, canada and europe(in english).I have heard that cornell is one of the best schools in usa and i also heard that ubc is one of the best schools in canada.But I am indecisive if i should study in cornell or ubc</p> Net addition question dilei 2016-07-29T10:49:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T18:31:38-04:00 <p>Hi all, I have a question regards to my project. The project in Bay Area California. I need to demolish 1267 sq ft of the house and build up 1900 sq ft of new house area. How should I define my addition area. Is the whole 1900 sq ft considered as my addition or the net 633 sq ft as my addition area. If possible, please include the code regards to addition area. I really appreciate it &nbsp;</p> The Implosion of the Green Party (hang on while i get some kale chips...) situationist 2016-07-28T22:26:24-04:00 >2016-07-29T12:27:01-04:00 <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A new low for Jill Stein</a></p> can someone recommend me an online landscape design course? saraarafa 2016-07-28T15:57:00-04:00 >2016-07-29T16:09:40-04:00 <p>besides youtube channels, any free academic course&nbsp;</p> The biggest irony in architecture Pete 2016-07-28T05:59:44-04:00 >2016-07-28T20:25:46-04:00 <p>We create beautiful architecture, yet we work, live and study in&nbsp;dumps. There isn't any other&nbsp;profession&nbsp;where what you sell isn't what you consume. Try finding a dentist with rotten teeth or an Apple employee with a Samsung Galaxy S6.</p> Thoughts on Graduate Schools 2016-07-27T13:25:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T18:55:21-04:00 <p>I recently graduated from ASU with a BSD in architectural studies, &amp; I'm having difficulty reading between the lines to interpret graduate schools' strengths and weaknesses. I'm very interested in environmental design, sustainability and most importantly a design-focused, more traditional program. I'm not so interested in a highly technical, science-based program. Could anyone offer impressions of M.Arch programs at the following schools, or recommend anything unlisted? Thanks!</p><p>UCLA</p><p>USC</p><p>UC Berkeley</p><p>Cal Poly Pomona</p><p>SCI-Arc (heard it's pretty radical over there?)</p><p>Parsons</p><p>Pratt</p><p>Columbia</p><p>U Penn</p><p>UT Austin</p><p>Texas A&amp;M</p><p>Rice</p><p>U Miami (FL)</p> Please Help with a portfolio review hassanykb 2016-07-27T13:00:50-04:00 >2016-07-27T13:00:50-04:00 <p>Hello Archinect,</p><p>I have been reworking my portfolio in preparation for PhD applications and will be glad to get some reviews. Please find a link to it below</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>Thanks in advance</p> 2017 application to GSD--Advise wanted linhou 2016-07-27T12:42:00-04:00 >2016-07-28T14:22:05-04:00 <p>Hello great people, I didn't know how to post the pictures as a comment for my previous thread, so I open a new one. I am still working on my portfolio, but I really want your great comments. I don't know if it is a good idea to post portfolio here since I am going to use it, but I post few screen shots for advise.&nbsp;</p><p>I am a senior at Pitt ( honor ) TA for twice, few honor awards and fellowships, GPA 3.75, GRE, just took it without study--144+162+3 ( I need to study hard on verbal, hate those vocabulary) I visited couple school, and I like GSD not because it is Harvard. I just don't know what my path could be, and I am a Chinese student, so I want to learn something that I can use if I plan to go back. I am interested in design and sustainability, so I want to do dual major in architecture design and landscape design in GSD. I may take a gap year if I couldn't get in. But I don't know if it is a good idea of not. Let me know if you have any related experience. I will be really apprecia...</p> Architecture in Dallas. What to see. OoohnooO 2016-07-26T23:34:36-04:00 >2016-07-29T19:18:39-04:00 <p>Been a while since I have posted but heading to Dallas, TX in September for a weekend. I was wondering if anyone would recommend some great places and buildings to see? I know the usuals like The Wylie Theatre and Myerson Orchestra; is there anything else? As well as whats some good pizza spots? Thanks for reading everyone.&nbsp;</p> Help Reviewing Portfolio Jsilveira 2016-07-26T20:40:00-04:00 >2016-07-26T23:23:49-04:00 <p>I am applying for a MArch degree, but I live in a small town and am having trouble finding architects to review my portfolio.&nbsp;</p><p>Is there a website where I can get comments on my portfolio from architects, interns, or grad students?</p><p>Thanks!</p> Why are so many WTC copy cats being built around NYC? What is the name of this style of building Kozumelle 2016-07-25T21:24:14-04:00 >2016-07-29T07:27:12-04:00 <p>Greetings friends</p><p>I have noticed several towers under constructio in NYC that has the same look and style of architecture. Similar to the new World Trace Center with the prismatic, faceted sides and made of a similar shade of transparent light blue glass. &nbsp;They all have assymmetrical roofs (not really but the optical illusion of one with the curtain wall extending upwards.) &nbsp;I would post photo but I don't know whe name of these projects. But, if you are in NYC, simply look out the window at the new skyscrapers going up.</p><p>What is this style of architecture called isthis the new skyscraper now? Or is it all one architect brand of building? I find it pretty ugly and unimaginative.</p><p>Does anyone know what I am talking about?</p> slow at CAD RValu100 2016-07-25T18:35:04-04:00 >2016-07-27T22:19:51-04:00 <p>I'm slow at CAD. The only thing that helps is caffeine, which has its own negative effects. It's not a question of content knowledge; I'm just slow. What helps? Exercise more? Meditate?&nbsp;</p> 7 days Madrid, what to see-do? mauOne™ 2016-07-25T16:02:08-04:00 >2016-07-25T17:37:48-04:00 <p>Hi archinecters, i'm planning a trip to Madrid for october, can locals and visitors please recomend must see architecture and places, cool stuff in general including food joints ;) Thanks!</p> MIT Media Lab with architecture background snmaddox 2016-07-25T14:52:00-04:00 >2016-07-25T14:52:53-04:00 <p>Any peeps with an architectural background currently in or have been part of the MIT Media Lab? I just want to find out more about the program in more recent years. A few questions here to help get the thread started:</p><p>- How did you get into the program? (Did you apply to Changing Places /&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kent Larson</a>&nbsp;because you already have an architecture background or did you apply to something else and still got in?)<br>-&nbsp;What did you work on during your time there?&nbsp;<br>-&nbsp;What career path(s) have you taken after Media Lab?&nbsp;<br>- Did your experience in the program advance your career path?<br>&nbsp;</p> What can an architect specialize in? Aislin Mac Donald 2016-07-25T13:42:13-04:00 >2016-07-26T18:53:49-04:00 <p>Hello everyone,</p><p>I'm working on my M.Arch and I'm new to architecture. I've been trying to figure out the different things that an architect can specialize in. I know some specialize in residential, commercial, healthcare, and institutions, but what are some more specific ones? I've met an architect who specializes in waterproofing design. Are there some other very specific examples you can think of? I would be grateful if you could tell me what you specialize in, and how you got there. Include the link to your firm's site and I'll check it out.&nbsp;</p><p>Cheers! I look forward to hearing about your careers.</p> Business Travel - Roommates? LITS4FormZ 2016-07-25T09:23:05-04:00 >2016-07-29T17:04:38-04:00 <p>What's your company policy on rooming with coworkers during business trips? Common? Uncommon? Cheap? Cruel? Or is this the norm?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Topic came up during dinner with a client and they were talking about how their company (Fortune 500) has a new policy this year where if two of them are travelling together, they share accommodations. If there is a 3rd, then the more senior has the option of having their own room.&nbsp;</p><p>In my own company, this is would cause an employee uprising. It's not uncommon for people who are on assignment for a long time to get a house and bunch of guys bank their per diem. &nbsp;However, that's entirely up to them as to how they spend their allowance. If you're on a business trip you would always have your own room.&nbsp;</p> Architecture or interior architecture ? Hala98 2016-07-25T06:48:31-04:00 >2016-07-25T20:43:26-04:00 <p>Hello <br> I have graduated high school in May .. And my university will start in August .. I applied for architecture .. But now I'm thinking about changing my major and go for interior architecture and design .. Everyone told me that interior architecture have a better future and easier to find jobs for and more fun .. From the very begging I wanted to apply for interior architecture and design but I applied for architecture because as a major it's stronger and people told me if you study architecture you can work as an interior architect and designer .. While if you studied interior you can work on building a building .. And other people told me that why would you waste your time on architecture then work as a designer , what do you think ? What should I do now ? And what's the better major ( for finding jobs) ? <br> And if an architecture and interior architecture applied for a interior architecture job would they choose the architect or the interior architect? People told me architect...</p> Architecture or Interior architecture Hala98 2016-07-25T06:01:31-04:00 >2016-07-25T21:37:19-04:00 <p>??</p> Better stock house plans? Moditect 2016-07-23T21:42:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T16:14:13-04:00 <p>I'm a registered architect with a few years experience, currently working for a corporate firm in the Pacific Northwest. I like my job well enough, but don't want to spend the rest of my career in corporate practice, and would eventually like to start my own practice working on projects with a more intimate scale and attention to detail. I've recently begun exploring the idea of filling a gap I see in the residential design market.</p><p>At one extreme, you have the vast majority of new homes, which are generally designed by developers and contractors, cheap and easy to build, and designed for maximum curb appeal rather than to actually be lived in. These homes are generally pretty badly-designed and shoddily built, with a very short shelf life. Consider this the Wal-Mart option.</p><p>At the other extreme are the high-end custom homes seen in <em>Dwell</em> and <em>Architectural Digest</em>. Many of them are beautiful and nicely crafted, and are the type of structures I aspire to design at some point. But they're...</p> Research paper in architecture vandanaag 2016-07-23T03:04:00-04:00 >2016-07-23T05:58:25-04:00 <p>How should i select a topic/paper for research and how do I go ahead with publishing it ?</p> Contract Documents check list jorge espinoza 2016-07-22T14:14:00-04:00 >2016-07-26T11:14:32-04:00 <p>hello everyone</p><p>I am looking for a complete check list form to review the documents that I receive from architects and engineers (mep and structural).</p><p>the projects usually are hotels, and luxury homes.</p><p>Do you know where i can find something like that ?</p><p>thank you</p> Can Licensed Architects act as Landscape Architects? justinritchey17 2016-07-22T12:36:40-04:00 >2016-07-24T11:57:33-04:00 <p>I know that with a architecture license a architect can legally act as a interior designer and even work as a urban designer, but what about landscape architecture? Does the license reach this far, or is landscape architecture a completely different field with its own individual license that does not overlap like interior design? I know landscape architects have their own licensure process, but what level of public landscape work can a licensed architect do with in their legal boundaries? Thanks for any answers.</p> Advice on design analysis archstudd 2016-07-22T11:54:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T12:22:50-04:00 <p>Hello, I'm a student studying architecture in Cambodia. I got a school project on doing an analysis of a historical building in Cambodia. I'm a little lost on how to do analysis. I need some advice on how to do it and what to look forward to. thank you.</p> Awnings in Plan? johnnyutah05 2016-07-21T23:33:22-04:00 >2016-07-22T00:05:27-04:00 <p>Hey, this is likely an ignorant question, but I cannot figure out if architectural floor plans draw awnings. I am mostly interested in what it would be in a site plan looking down, or what the reflected convention would be.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Attached are a few options. I cannot seems to find any documentation on this. The plans I have seen for house with awnings simply omit them, but my client is requesting them. (Note, these are old school green and white patio covering style).&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thank you.&nbsp;</p> Reporting AXP/IDP hours georgiab 2016-07-21T18:50:00-04:00 >2016-07-24T01:00:28-04:00 <p>I've searched google, archinect forums, etc. but can't seem to find an answer to this question. Perhaps it is too obvious to warrant discussion, but in reporting AXP/IDP hours, is it standard to leave out hours spent training in the firm? I've spent a number of hours for the past few weeks training&nbsp;in Revit, firm standards,&nbsp;etc. None of those hours go towards AXP/IDP because they are not specific to a project or running a firm, correct?</p> Arriving in Montréal in Québéc CA giovannidefranceschi 2016-07-21T12:23:00-04:00 >2016-07-22T08:02:37-04:00 <p>Hi!</p><p>I'm Giovanni an Architect, from Italy. I worked in Italy, french Belgium and a little bit in Australia in the past five years. Next month I will arrive in Montr&eacute;al (Qu&eacute;bec) for my WHV.</p><p>I really want to find a job in architecture office,</p><p>I use classics software like AutoCAD, Sketchup, Photoshop, Vray, Revit, Archicad, Vectorworks and 3D Studio. I&nbsp;speak&nbsp;French (fluent as Italian) and&nbsp;English and &nbsp;and I have some experience... but I don't know if I can work as an Architect in Canada.</p><p>Someone know if the European degree its recognised there? Can I work for another office without the recognition of the architectural degree, maybe like a drafter?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I have also some other trouble about working there:</p><p>&nbsp;- Where i can find basics techniques and rules about building construction? Do you know some internet site or online technical bookstore? libraries? Which are the most used software there?</p><p>- There is some kind of boards to find job offers, what's the best way to find a job, going door by door in ...</p> First job out of college - NYC sizatheday 2016-07-20T17:16:00-04:00 >2016-07-21T12:25:01-04:00 <p>Hi,&nbsp;</p><p>I was wondering how people went about finding entry level jobs in NYC. I just graduated with a B.Arch and not that much experience. I've interned at a couple firms, but nothing more than 3 months. I was wondering if it's better to try and get a 6-8 month internship first, then look for a job once I have a better network/ more experience in the city.&nbsp;</p>