Archinect - Forum 2014-04-24T07:51:48-04:00 Careers in architectural design minus the M. Arch Medina Noori 2014-04-23T23:42:00-04:00 >2014-04-24T07:11:56-04:00 <p>Is it possible to have a career in arch + design minus the architectural degree?&nbsp;</p><p>At the end of spring I'll be graduating with an Art History degree from the University of California at Davis. I've also been admitted to UC Berkeley's IN[ARCH] Summer Institute at the College of Environmental Design.</p><p>I've been looking at a Masters in Arch, however, they seem highly competitive and many of them I do not qualify for because I didn't take advanced math courses. Could a Masters in Design be an option?&nbsp;</p><p>Basically, I'm wondering can I still pursue this passion?</p> Job opportunities in SF and also Reg: H1b sponsorship meghana 2014-04-23T16:26:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T21:59:39-04:00 <p>Hi guys,</p><p>This is Meghana and I live in San Jose, CA. I have done my Undergrad From India and recently moved to San Jose like 8 months back. I have worked in India for about 3 years. I am currently on H4 (Dependent) visa. I have applied for universities here in CA in order to pursue my masters degree (fall 2014).</p><p>I got into CCA- MAAD Program &nbsp;as well as USC- MAAS prog. I am really worried about the job scenario in SF after my graduation. Being an International student, I heard getting an H1B visa sponsorship from a firm is really difficult. As the tuition fee for both the universities are way too expensive, I am having a hard time to decide.</p><p>I also got into UC. Berkeley summer program. I heard that after finishing summer program from Berkeley, It is easy to get into the graduate program.. How far is it true?? Because in that case I would rather wait for an year and apply for berkeley graduate program.</p><p>As I am new to the city, I would really appreciate if you guys could help me through th...</p> a painting major transitioning to architecture major? greenmachine 2014-04-23T16:26:00-04:00 >2014-04-24T03:46:16-04:00 <p>Hey all! i've always been interested in the concepts that architecture brings..not only the technical aspects, but the whole process of investigation and formulating solutions in a almost all dimensions (2d, 3d). but anyway, I'm currently a foundation student at Pratt Institute and my major is painting but I'm thinking about switching to architecture which is obviously a huge huge shift for me to make. I'm considering changing schools WITHIN pratt which means I'll move from the art and design school to the architecture school.. but i'm also looking into applying to the Architectural Association in London. Can anyone give me any insight into the application process and what this school looks for in a portfolio? I dont have any real experience with architecture..and my portfolio does consist of some drawings, paintings, and sculptural pieces.. I just have no idea where to go from here.. any help and insight would be tremendously helpful right now!</p> Alternative paths to Licensure/ Upsetting the status quo archanonymous 2014-04-23T14:06:58-04:00 >2014-04-23T19:57:09-04:00 <p>The AIA has a stranglehold on the profession, yet most of us who have to deal with them could not be more dissatisfied. As a whole, salaries are not matching inflation, the profession is graduating too many people, and the whole business is being de-valued and undercut by ourselves.&nbsp;</p><p>I can go get a contractor's license and get a PE to stamp my drawings and with these two things, build just as much as any Architect, but unfortunately I will never be an architect with a capital "A" taking this kind of path.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>We have to advocate for a reform of this system - without a sustainable inflow/outflow of graduates and uniform labor laws and expectations, the profession will never attain the status it once had. We have slipped - most firms labor and hiring practices have more in common with a General Contractor than they do with a Legal or Medical practice.</p><p>I also believe that somewhere in this mess is an answer for why only 5% of new home construction uses an architect - why large builders can ...</p> Wall Street employees complaining about their 100k jobs out of college accesskb 2014-04-23T10:24:10-04:00 >2014-04-23T15:50:39-04:00 <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>90k to 130k right out of college .. oh really?</p> AutoCAD LT or Revit LT for draftsman/unlicensed designer allenmd07 2014-04-23T09:36:32-04:00 >2014-04-23T14:10:03-04:00 <p>I am not a licensed architect, I graduated from undergrad in 2012 and will be pursuing a masters degree beginning this fall. Between undergrad and now, I had been working for a structural engineer, producing construction documents and conducting structural analysis on residential and small commercial projects.&nbsp;</p><p>I spent the Easter weekend with my family and my uncle mentioned to me for about the third time he wants me to design a pool house for him. We haven't talked in great detail about the project, budget, timeline etc but he said he was serious.</p><p>My plan was to draw the building, producing the structural details and getting my boss (licensed engineer) to stamp the set. By the time this project gets rolling, if it is realized, I will be back in school so I will not have access to commercially licensed copies of AutoCAD or Revit.</p><p>My question is would you consider it a viable option to purchase AutoCAD LT or even Revit LT as a freelance draftsman/unlicensed designer? I realize they are ...</p> Architect vs Civil Engineer WilsonWu 2014-04-23T01:03:54-04:00 >2014-04-23T11:23:56-04:00 <p>I've already known the difference between them from their definitions. What I want to know is that, according to your experiences, what are differences between these two in REAL world ! In a REAL WORKING PLACE!</p> UK MArch Offers natashagunaratna 2014-04-22T22:43:52-04:00 >2014-04-24T07:23:50-04:00 <p>Hey guys, so I plan to do RIBA Part 2 and I've so far put in my application for Oxford Brookes, Kent University and UCL and now waiting for confirmation (or not)- I got a offer from Ox. Brookes, and Kent in around a week or so<br>But Ive set my eyes on UCL-I'm just contemplating what the job opportunities are like in UK for architects atm, because I hear its more likely your offered a good position/pay if you get out of the 'ivy' schools such as AA or UCL<br>But I'm also an extremely motivated and determined student and then again nothing comes easy!<br>But ive also heard thats not true? These 2 months are life-changing so fingers crossed!&nbsp;</p> when clients attack chigurh 2014-04-22T19:29:49-04:00 >2014-04-23T21:02:49-04:00 <p>Any practicing architect knows a project in construction or completed has the potential to be totally fucked up by a client getting together with the contractor or interior designer only to make some last minute changes on the fly. &nbsp;</p><p>I have mixed feelings about these changes/additions; On the one hand, you want to service your clients and make sure they are happy and content with the project, and that might mean adding some really shitty blinds at the end of construction or picking some horrible paint colors. &nbsp;Most often, they want &nbsp;your blessing to verify their taste is not as shitty as it&nbsp;inevitably&nbsp;is. &nbsp;</p><p>As the architect it is your job to maintain the&nbsp;integrity&nbsp;of the project overall, but at what point do you just back off and let the clients live with their poor choices? &nbsp;</p><p>What is the best way to let them down easy? &nbsp;When do you know you are going to start a battle that you will surely loose? &nbsp; Any horror stories? &nbsp;Photoshop for days.</p>... Design me a home! andrewtimosca 2014-04-22T19:13:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T19:32:24-04:00 <p>Not really!</p><p>Hi everyone, I'm new here. I'm not an architect, but I was hoping to get in contact with one, as I have some questions. This place natural seemed like a good place to start.</p><p>My questions would focus on designing a mid sized house.</p><p>To preface; In the future, I'd like to essentially have a house built for me. Nothing too fancy, but something that fits my aesthetic. My problem is that I have really no idea where to start to get some information.</p><p>Can anyone help?</p> when to relight the architectural candle, and when to let it burn out adrift 2014-04-22T19:12:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T20:22:03-04:00 <p>I&rsquo;m having a bit of a crisis and would love to hear your thoughts. Sorry it's a bit of a read! I&rsquo;m 29 years old and have dreamt of becoming an architect for as long as I can remember. I went to school for it and loved it. I've had a few jobs in the field and loved them as well. I did very well and was confident in my ability and future. I felt like one of the lucky ones who &ldquo;knew&rdquo; where he was going in life.</p><p>...but that was then.</p><p>I worked for a small firm the last few years. A very small firm. Like 3 people small (on and off). My boss worked exactly like I hoped all architects would- with enthusiasm, vision and passion. He wanted his spaces to be perfect- and we spent a lot of time trying to make them so. During one push, I ended up working the last 45 days without a day off, and put in on average a little more than 70 hours a week. 45-55 hours was typical for a non-push week. Studio hours indeed, but it was inspiring to work towards something great! I sacrificed relationships, sacrif...</p> Exclude Academia on iPhone app Veuxx 2014-04-22T19:07:15-04:00 >2014-04-22T19:07:15-04:00 <p>Please!</p> Anyone Interviewed OMA NY before? arkitex 2014-04-22T14:21:49-04:00 >2014-04-22T14:21:49-04:00 <p>I am asked to have an interview for OMA NY at their office next week and&nbsp;&nbsp;I'd like to know if anyone has ever been in one to share some experience. What to expect and any advice etc.?</p><p>Thank you all in advance.</p><p>ps. for internship</p> IN Arch or IN Arch ADV? Vaniii 2014-04-22T13:24:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T20:30:25-04:00 <p>First post ;)</p><p>I'm currently a 4th year arch. student ,andI don't feel like I have enough strong work to fill out the portfolio.&nbsp;&nbsp;Anyone taken the&nbsp;INArch&nbsp;program before?I was wondering if most of the attendees are students without studio experience&nbsp;and people who attend inarch adv are&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; so which program is suitble for me?</p><p>THANKS!!</p> Portfolio Feedback - Before I send it out Gradinar Razvan 2014-04-22T13:00:00-04:00 >2014-04-24T06:55:47-04:00 <p>Hello,</p><p>I'm a recent architecture graduate ( 6 years ) from Romania and I'm currently planning on moving to another EU country, in order to get the 2 year required experience to get my architect license in Romania.</p><p>Thus I've been working for the past 3 months on my website and the last 2 weeks I've spent working on a pdf portfolio sample, since I've noticed that some companies I'm targeting requires a pdf portfolio,although the required size is around 5mb and my portfolio is 88mb.</p><p>All that being said, it would be amazing if someone could provide some feedback before I send it out via e-mail, I'm currently targeting the top firms, but don't know if my portfolio is up to the standard since I have a vague idea about what they are looking for.</p><p>Here's the PDF portfolio sample:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>Thank you in advance!</p><p>G.R.</p> Importance of which school you go to for M.Arch? Bryany Burke 2014-04-22T12:45:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T18:35:39-04:00 <p>I am graduating this spring with a BFA in Architecture and am currently deciding on grad schools for fall 2014. In figures, Cornell University will cost me $171,750 in loans when I get out in 3.5 years. Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) will cost me $245,500 in loans when I get out in 3.5 years. California College of the Arts will cost me $123,000 in loans when I get out in 3 years. Each of these figures is give-or-take a few thousand depending on future scholarships, TAships, etc. So, my question is, is it more important to go to a big name school like Cornell or SCI-Arc, or to come out with less debt?</p> Spatial comparison between Hiroshi Senju Museum by Ryue Nishizawa and Rolex Center by SANAA kin 2014-04-22T05:51:16-04:00 >2014-04-22T05:51:16-04:00 <p>Hey folks,&nbsp;</p><p>Has anyone visited both SANAA's&nbsp;Rolex Learning Center in the EPFL campus and the Hiroshi Senju Museum by Ryue Nishizawa. The two buildings both resemble in terms the sloping ground and the organic voids opened in a free plan.</p><p>Yet, I wonder how different and/or similar do they feel while one is inside of each of the buildings.</p><p>Hiroshi Senju Museum by Ryue Nishizawa &#36605;&#20117;&#27810;&#21315;&#20303;&#21338;&#32654;&#34899;&#39208; &#35199;&#27810;&#31435;&#34907;&nbsp;<br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br><br>Comments found online on the visit to the Hiroshi Senju Museum:</p><p>Upon arrival, a small meandering path winds through the small garden on the north side of the museum. The entrance is a modest rectangular space with no staff and two automated ticket machines. It is that moment when the opaque glass door slides open that strikes the visitor: the view of the whole museum opens up entirely to you. You can see through the glass courtyards and the whole space from one end to the other. The sudden spatial impact is strong that I have never experienced a space like t...</p> Working in Shanghai Eric Jap 2014-04-21T23:45:00-04:00 >2014-04-22T23:08:22-04:00 <p>Hey guys, I'm going to finish my master program soon and looking to find a job in Shanghai. Any advice about the working visa and maybe recommend some firms to start? Im thinking to apply at Foster+Partners.</p> ARE exam prep audio? photograford 2014-04-21T23:18:00-04:00 >2014-04-22T12:47:40-04:00 <p>Right now I walk 45 minutes to and from and and am also studying to take the AREs, and figure it'd be great to have an audio supplement for the exam prep. Does anyone know of anything (podcasts, audiobooks, etc) that maybe help with vocabulary, terminology, that sort of thing?</p> Architecture travel destination/recommendations in the USA... Hp87 2014-04-21T15:08:08-04:00 >2014-04-23T02:51:06-04:00 <p>Hey guys! Hope you had a great easter weekend. I was thinking of taking a month off to travel before I start school in the fall throughout the USA. Does anyone have any recommendations beyond the obvious NYC, Chicago, etc or specific examples such as buildings, public spaces, interiors, sculptures, etc that would be beneficial for a beginning architecture student to visit? Thanks in advance!</p> Pratt vs UCLA vs SCI-Arc for M.Arch arifj 2014-04-21T13:21:25-04:00 >2014-04-22T20:55:12-04:00 <p>I have posted a similar topic to this before but have since narrowed down my choices and also become less certain of where I want to go.</p><p>To me it seems that of these three schools Pratt and SCI-Arc are more digital design/aesthetic oriented vs UCLA which has a somewhat more well rounded program. The main draw of Pratt to me is location, especially in regards to where I would like to be for jobs after and during school.</p><p>The thing that draws me to the LA school is that I feel they have slightly better name reputation as well as faculty. How much does this matter in a graduate program?<br><br>Anyone else trying to make the same decision? Or any current students able to give some insight?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks!!</p> Got the job and then they changed their minds! Help Bhoom.ek.ah . 2014-04-21T12:20:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T09:49:24-04:00 <p>I &nbsp;have an issue hope some can shed some light on it!</p><p>I recently got 5 job offers!!</p><p>I decided to go with the one that is taking me in the right direction toward my future and accepted the job. I was going to start next week turns out that they decided to change their minds last minute. &nbsp;I got royally screwed.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, I don't know what to do ? I have declined the other job offers I have gotten knowing that I got this one. I am pretty sure that the other offers I got have found someone by now.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, I just keep applying to jobs and now I am so discouraged.</p><p>How can this happened?</p><p>Has this happened to anyone else?</p><p>Boom.ek.ah</p> Is Sci-Arc a good school for B.Arch? hera07 2014-04-21T09:37:00-04:00 >2014-04-22T20:48:49-04:00 <p>I am utterly confused having read several discouraging things about sci-arc? However, I still feel it is a good school. Can anyone please tell me what it's really like?&nbsp;</p> Archstoyanie colchu 2014-04-20T20:05:38-04:00 >2014-04-22T23:10:23-04:00 <p>Does anyone know about Archstoyanie? I can hardly find anything about it from western sources.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>Is there anything like this happening in North America, aside from Burning Man?</p><p>Looks pretty fantastic to me.</p> Salary over Time lmnop15 2014-04-20T17:50:23-04:00 >2014-04-24T00:44:55-04:00 <p>I'm curious how people's salaries have changed over time. I'm not looking as much for &nbsp;elaborate explanations as I am for &nbsp;solid numbers at mile stones in your career (got a promotion salary went up, was laid off had to take a lower salary at a new job). I'm especially curious to see how the salary of people who have been in the profession for 10+ years so there is data going back pre-2007/8 recession.&nbsp;</p><p>To make this simple what were you making at:</p><p>1 year (Year you had that salary ex. 1995)?</p><p>5 years?</p><p>10 years?</p><p>15 years etc. ?</p> Examples of Sectional Perspectives ClareEK 2014-04-20T17:11:00-04:00 >2014-04-22T19:26:21-04:00 <p>Hi,</p><p>Im looking to create a gallery of sectional perspectives. I'm wondering if any of you clever kids have any favorites or interesting examples? I'm teaching a 1st year archi drawing class and would like to create a big catalog of different techniques and styles.&nbsp;</p><p>Also any interesting links to 'how to' guides would be greatly appreciated.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Cheers</p> Exhibit Design Oonaknuj 2014-04-20T13:54:07-04:00 >2014-04-20T13:54:07-04:00 <p>What are the best M. Arch I programs for someone who would like to go into Exhibit or Environment Design? (asking as someone with a creative non-arch background)</p> how to get into foster and partners anyone? Anurag Dania 2014-04-20T10:43:00-04:00 >2014-04-21T14:25:02-04:00 <p>how to get into foster and partners anyone?</p> Anyone attending UCLA M.Arch II / SUPRASTUDIO 2014? Apurva P 2014-04-20T09:26:00-04:00 >2014-04-20T09:26:18-04:00 <p>Hi all,</p><p>I would be attending the 2014 SUPRASTUDIO at UCLA (Thomas Mayne | Now Institute)&nbsp;</p><p>Wondering who else is joining? I am an international student, looking to share a rented apartment nearby Playa Vista. (preferably walking distance from the IDEAS campus)</p><p>Please email me at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> if anyone interested.</p><p>Thanks!</p> If people can start printing out liveable homes for $4800 each in less than 24 hours.. Munkk 2014-04-20T08:06:00-04:00 >2014-04-22T19:37:22-04:00 <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>/</p><p>Those printers obviously have to be programmed, and houses have to be designed. But these codes and prototypes can be found on the net, and can easily be applied to the machines.</p><p>This DIY era, I think we're headed to, can't be good for architects. This will only continue to develop. &nbsp;People will knock out buildings in their spare time, solid, cheap, sustainable buildings , "just for fun". Big companies with some decent draughtsmen within the company will design the buildings for the company etc.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>How do you think this will develop? What can an architect offer society in 50 years?</p>