Archinect - Forum 2015-05-22T10:39:04-04:00 Old Brewery Construction Question JulieR 2015-05-21T15:59:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T16:40:09-04:00 <p>Could someone please explain this floorplate construction? I haven't personally come across this before.</p><p>This is a load bearing masonry structure built in 1894.&nbsp;</p> Working for OMA? HWKN? BIG? culinaryarchitecture1 2015-05-21T12:05:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T20:36:36-04:00 <p>If anyone could share insight/advice on what it is like to work for OMA (NY office particularly), HWKN, and BIG I would really appreciate it!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I'm debating between the two, and I've read many threads here that state plenty of good and bad things about working for OMA (i.e. long hours, no weekends, high turnover, but exciting projects, great on resume etc) but I would still appreciate hearing more input from you guys - in case the same comments still apply to that office today.&nbsp;</p><p>Likewise for HWKN, couldn't find much information about their hours, pay, any info would be awesome!!</p><p>And is anyone familiar with salaries at BIG for designers?&nbsp;</p> Job Market Improving? StarchitectAlpha 2015-05-20T21:29:06-04:00 >2015-05-21T18:26:43-04:00 <p>Hey everyone,</p><p>I'm just curious what everyone's experience with the job market is? I'm luckily happy with my current job but I've been laid off once and out of a total of 25 coworkers at 3 jobs in my 4 years of experience, I've seen 12 people let go, so pretty much 50% of the people I've worked with in the past four years have been laid off at some point. So getting fired or let go is pretty much always on my mind. Is it getting better out there though? And has been being employed these past years put me in a smaller crowd of people who didn't give up after graduation, or is that just a myth. I still get amazed looks from recent and current students when I say I'm employed full-time which doesn't make me very hopeful. What's everyone's opinion of the job market? Is it getting better, will sticking it out mean I'm one of the few with actual relevant experience 10 years from now, or is the supply of labor pretty much keeping step with the slow growth of the construction market. I mean I...</p> Why do you stay? BackAgain 2015-05-20T16:52:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T21:57:43-04:00 <p>I've always wondered why so many people stay in this profession. These forums are filled with posters who love to gripe and complain bitterly about the field and yet do not leave for greener pastures.</p><p>If the hours, pay, promotions, office politics, sexism, work product, and economic instability are&nbsp;<em>so bad,</em>&nbsp;why is there such an energetic turnout at the AIA convention?</p><p>Trust me, I am as cynical a person as you will ever meet, and I know how frustrating worklife can be. Right now I'm an accountant and the days are deadly dull.</p><p>So, just for a change, can I hear what keeps you going? Hopefully something besides salary/rent/bills, etc. Maybe I'm tired of being a cynic, but I'd like to know that other people&nbsp;<em>somehow</em>&nbsp;enjoy this field that (after being away from for 10 years) I still feel passionately about.</p><p>Thanks.</p> Columbia MArchII... Prospective Student w/ questions jjd54540 2015-05-20T16:35:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T18:32:22-04:00 <p>Hi Archinect,&nbsp;<br><br>Does anyone have admissions statistics or advice to help me prepare the best I can to get into Columbia's MarchII program?<br><br>Info about me:<br>Fordham University sophomore --&gt; junior&nbsp;<br>3.7 gpa / Finance major (male, not sure if this matters though)<br>GRE: N/A</p><p>Portfolio: I have an amateur/alright portfolio, I'll be taking classes to make it better.&nbsp;</p><p>* So yeah, any info about the program would be great. I would gladly read any links that you guys post and I am overall interested in admissions information. Thank you!&nbsp;</p> Firms Post The Same Jobs Again, and Again... samuel tanis 2015-05-20T16:11:03-04:00 >2015-05-21T20:44:25-04:00 <p>Maybe some more experienced architects can answer this: Why do firms post the same positions over and over again? Are they not finding anyone? Are they churning through employees? Is the normal? Should this send up a red flag?</p> CAD of Detroit and surrounding hedeon 2015-05-20T11:17:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T11:17:22-04:00 <p>Hi every one</p><p>I am looking for a CAD of Detroit for a Master final project/thesis.<br>Does anyone got something ( DXF/DWG/VWX? etc. I can manage every kind) ?<br>Or does anyone know where I can find something/ask for it ?<br>Would be very appreciated</p><p>Thx</p> Beautiful Man-Chair? Sarah Hamilton 2015-05-19T21:44:23-04:00 >2015-05-21T15:20:58-04:00 <p>Husband is thinking he'd like to change from couch lounging to his own chair. Possible psychology aside, I'd like something small, and well made/designed; he'd like something well made, but comfortable as well. <br><br> Any suggestions? What do you lounge in?</p> because sometimes karma can be good.... Gregory Walker 2015-05-19T19:50:28-04:00 >2015-05-19T21:02:51-04:00 <p>put this story into the 'best feel good story on archinect' this year....</p><p>four years ago, in one of the seemingly endless 'this school vs. that school' threads, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">someone asked about carnegie mellon vs. auburn</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>my advice, as the first one to wade in (but by no means was my opinion alone) was to give auburn a really high level of consideration. by the end of that month, the OP had indicated his son had chosen auburn in the end.&nbsp;</p><p>flash forward to today: i just finished teaching that son in my fourth year studio at Auburn last semester, a fact neither of us figured out the whole time (but the dad did after seeing my name today). i think he chose well indeed...</p><p>small, small world it is...</p> Most challenging design jla-x 2015-05-19T15:20:31-04:00 >2015-05-19T22:28:07-04:00 <p>In your opinions, what are the most difficult or challenging objects, typologies, or spaces to design, big or small...example: chairs, gardens, kitchens, memorials, houses, schools, etc....I realize that the things that you are not used to are of course the most challenging, but generally which types of projects are the most difficult technically and artistically?</p> Place your bets here. gruen 2015-05-19T14:33:40-04:00 >2015-05-19T16:29:16-04:00 <p>How many days until Blake Smith's employer drops the hammer?&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p> Portfolios for different career paths kastina 2015-05-19T12:46:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T15:19:26-04:00 <p>So, let's say an architecture graduate wants to apply for a design career, such as graphic design for instance. What should their portfolio include if the work they've produced is mostly directly related to architecture? Is it the emphasis on thought process that makes a portfolio good in this situation? Thanks</p> THADDEUS SEMINAR SPOT!!! luisabustamante 2015-05-19T09:45:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T14:30:57-04:00 <p>I have a spot for a weekend Thaddeus seminar. Unfortunately I can not attend due to an emergency. The cost of the seminar is $350 and the dates are June 5, 6, and 7th from 8am to 7pm. If you want to pass the structures portion of the ARE this is a must! Please contact me to take my spot as the seminar is sold out. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>Thank you!</p><p>Luisa</p> Are US schools easier to get in than UK schools? purple hibiscus 2015-05-19T08:16:12-04:00 >2015-05-20T15:50:09-04:00 <p>Hi, I'm trying to find out what other people have experienced. I applied to the same number of UK and US schools of various reputations. I was able to get into 4 of the 6 schools I applied to in the US (the 2 I didn't get were GSD and GSAPP) but I didn't get into a single UK school! I'm struggling to figure out why that is the case. I did my undergrad in the UK, I had average results, not spectacular a bad 3rd year let me down. So is it that UK schools are harder for most people to get into or do US schools favour international students or was it just bad luck?</p> engineering work varchitecture 2015-05-19T04:27:21-04:00 >2015-05-19T23:47:09-04:00 <p>How marketable are intern architects (or established architects for that matter) to engineering firms? Is there a spot for an architect at an engineering company other than CAD/drafting? How far can an architect push into the engineering side of things without having to become an engineer?</p><p>I am an intern architect about 1500 hrs into IDP but not getting as much structural experience as I would like. I understand why architecture and engineering have diverged as professions from a liability perspective, but I want structural design to be a bigger part of my skill set than simply making the bare minimum hours required for licensure.</p><p>Are there any certifications or post-professional degrees out there that would help better orient me towards working on the engineering side of things for a few years? Or is an architecture degree enough of a marketable asset to an engineering firm?</p><p>Thanks for any insight!&nbsp;</p> Critique on Portfolio hleung 2015-05-18T23:34:00-04:00 >2015-05-20T02:35:38-04:00 <p>Hi folks,</p><p>I'm graduating and am beginning to apply to firms in New York and Boston. Would like to get some thoughts and critique on what I can improve on. It would be really nice too if you can suggest a few firms that you think is operating along similar lines/ styles.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>Thank you very much for your time!</p> some of you folks may find this usefull go do it 2015-05-18T22:05:01-04:00 >2015-05-19T10:01:09-04:00 <p>.<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&nbsp;Makerbook</a></p> BS Architecture and BDA Architecture at University of Minnesota rigo 2015-05-18T18:17:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T18:17:09-04:00 <p>Hi,&nbsp;</p><p>I have some first hand experience by working for some local firms, but I have never been educated in architecture. I hope to go further than a draftman, so I want to look for an architecture program. The University of Minnesota (UMN) looks right for me, but it offers two programs in architecture:&nbsp;B.D.A in Architecture and B.S. in Architecture. I looked at their study plans. The B.S. seems more rigorous while the B.D.A requires more electives. I just want to ask if there is anybody who has ever attended the school/either program. Can you give me some specific views and advice?</p><p>Thank you.</p> Any Other Spec Services Like "Masterspec"? signallantern 2015-05-18T18:00:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T18:00:30-04:00 <p>Hi everyone, I work for a company that produces demountable walls and other custom architectural products.</p><p>We are looking for any suggestions on specification services like "MasterSpec" or whatever it's called. I think their parent company is "Arcom".</p><p>Are there other similar services?</p><p>I suppose what I am actually asking is, for the specifiers in the audience, <strong>what service(s) do you use when helping develop your specs?</strong></p><p>I'd like to know, because it could be a way we could get our products into specifications and help architects/specifiers become familiar with our products.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thank you very much!</p> University of Hawaii kehaki_ 2015-05-18T16:00:57-04:00 >2015-05-18T16:00:57-04:00 <p>Does anyone have anything to contribute about University of Hawaii's Doctor of Architecture program? It seems like a very interesting program and its also in Hawaii. I understand that its not really necessary to receive a D.Arch but can anyone elaborate on the program itself? Im very interested in Urban Design so I'm wondering if I should look into it.</p> Is this laptop good enough To start architecture school? gabomonroy.97 2015-05-18T09:30:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T14:23:57-04:00 <p><a href=";skuId=2606028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">;skuId=2606028</a></p><p>&nbsp;i am starting architecture school next fall and i need to buy a new laptop is this one good enough&nbsp;</p> Does anyone know where this is? maticusg 2015-05-18T00:21:00-04:00 >2015-05-18T01:42:31-04:00 <p>Hi!</p><p>I think this house is amazing and would like to know if any one knows where it is. Any information on it would be greatly appreciated!</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>Maticus</p> " The First and Only Steel Skyscraper in the World to Have Collapsed Due To Fire" Blake Smith 2015-05-17T22:59:00-04:00 >2015-05-19T21:49:40-04:00 <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>Shouldn't we be re-evaluating everything we know about structural engineering over this one?</p> any hobby gardners out there? Olaf Design Ninja_ 2015-05-17T15:44:50-04:00 >2015-05-21T10:21:53-04:00 <p>Vegetable garden? Tomatoes, corn, watermelons?</p><p>Flower garden?</p><p>what you planting this season?</p><p>Post your garden experiments (especially if slightly architectural)</p> My new computer is slower than my old computer sire888 2015-05-16T16:16:00-04:00 >2015-05-21T05:24:43-04:00 <p>greetings,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I have a concern. I recently put together a new computer tower with 16GB RAM and a GFORCE graphic card with 2GB dedicated memory, amongst other specs; the problem is that it renders slower than my old computer, a laptop with 8GB RAM and a GFORCE graphic card with 1GB. What could be causing this?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks ahead,</p><p>Sire</p> Barcelona VS. Urbino for Study Abroad justinritchey17 2015-05-16T15:57:47-04:00 >2015-05-17T16:36:32-04:00 <p>Hello I am an architecture student and my school requires study abroad for a semester for my junior year and I have to pick my location by next semester. My school offers two programs, Barcelona Spain (18 students) or Urbino Italy (100 students). The Barcelona trip is centered in the major city in apartments with only 18 students allowed to go, and it also includes travel to Northern and Southern Spain. The Urbino trip is centralized in a small town in the middle of nowhere, not near a transit center at the dormitory of the local university. The class is much larger, and also travels across the country like Venice, Rome, and Florence. I thought about going to the Italy trip because I like Italian architecture, but I rather stay in a large city like Barcelona near a large transit system so I can do independent travel. I wouldn't mind going to Spain or Italy, but I also wondered which one is cheaper, Spain or Italy? Which country has more of a variety of architecture? So which program...</p> Anyone Know What This Specifies? frankwil 2015-05-16T13:38:00-04:00 >2015-05-17T15:04:56-04:00 <p>I know the 65 degrees refers to the angle, but is the 45' a further incrementation of a degree, and if so, how is it calculated? What would the decimal value be?</p><p>This is from an architectural drawing from the 1930's.</p><p>Thanks in advance.</p> What minor most related to Historic Preservation justinritchey17 2015-05-15T18:44:05-04:00 >2015-05-18T19:25:35-04:00 <p>Hello, I am an Undergrad Architecture student who is trying to pick a minor, because I have credits I need to fill. When I go to grad school I want to specialize in historic preservation, so I want to get a minor related to historic preservation or that will help me out as a preservation architect in the future. My school does not offer a minor in architecture history, sustainability, or historic preservation. I have considered either technology management (business), art history, history, anthropology or geography. What would be the most helpful or related to historic preservation or architecture? I thought business would, I am just not sure if I would like business, because of finance and accounting. I am more of a humanities and history person. What minor should I get? If you have any other suggestions please tell me, I am not set on any minor. Thank you so much for your time and help.&nbsp;</p> I know its Friday, but..... Anob 2015-05-15T13:53:37-04:00 >2015-05-18T20:33:53-04:00 <p>Good afternoon,</p><p>Intern question: Where can I begin&nbsp;to search for the requirements for emergency night fixture for commercial spaces?</p> Looking for Projects for Magazine - Exotic Wood Species Usage Felicia_IWPA 2015-05-15T13:43:00-04:00 >2015-05-15T16:10:32-04:00 <p>Hello,</p><p>My name is Felicia Johnson from the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">International Wood Products Association</a>. &nbsp;I wanted to know if anyone has done any projects with the usage of exotic wood species (jatoba, cumaru, purpleheart, etc.). &nbsp;We are currently looking for eye-catching new projects we want to highlight in our annual <em>International Wood</em> magazine (launching in September 2015). Our publication promotes real-life applications of imported lumber, plywood, veneering, architectural millwork, flooring and decking.&nbsp;</p><p>You can read our past editions <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. If you&rsquo;re interested, you may fill out our story submission form at this link:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>Or you can send me an email directly to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>.</p><p>I appreciate your assistance in advance!</p><p>Felicia Johnson<br>Editor, International Wood &amp; Buyers Guide Magazine</p>