Archinect - Forum 2016-02-10T06:03:15-05:00 Portfolio help for a non arch background application Maddie95 2016-02-10T03:10:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T04:33:20-05:00 <p>I am planning to apply for MArch 1 for the coming year in the US. I will have an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering and have knowledge of Auto CAD and a little bit of Revit Arch. I also know how to draw elevation and cross section for a building. So can I include that skill in my portfolio where I can draw an elevation and some cross sections of a famous building? If so can you suggest me some suitable and well-known structures to suit my need.&nbsp;</p> Thesis police Novice 2016-02-10T02:45:13-05:00 >2016-02-10T02:52:49-05:00 <p>gooday mates!</p><p>currently in my thesis semester of an MArch 1. My project is entirely theoretical. It's a massive super studio thingy. Did a pinup today and everyone was bustin balls about eminent domain, land acquisition feasibility and such.&nbsp;</p><p>valid comments, no doubt. However, I left wondering have people lost their imaginations or is thesis meant to be something much more formal...realistic? Does anyone else believe architecture is meant to fun, loose, flexible, endless? Why so serious and stuck up? Bad for business in my sad, little, lonely mind.</p> Refuge for the homeless - Theodor Adorno - Minima Moralia (1951) Olaf Design Ninja_ 2016-02-09T14:45:35-05:00 >2016-02-09T14:46:02-05:00 <p><em>Refuge for the homeless </em>- The predicament of private life today is shown by its arena.&nbsp; Dwelling, in the proper sense, is now impossible. The traditional residences we grew up in have grown intolerable; each trait of comfort in them is paid for with a betrayal of knowledge, each vestige of shelter with the musty pact of family interest.&nbsp; The functional modern habitations designed from a<em> tabula rasa</em>, are living-cases of manufactured by experts for philistines, or factory sites that have stayed into the consumption sphere, devoid of all relation to the occupant: in them even the nostalgia for independent existence, defunct in any case, is sent packing.&nbsp; Modern man wishes to sleep close to the ground like an animal, a German magazine decreed with prophetic masochism before Hitler, abolishing with the bed the threshold between waking and dreaming.&nbsp; The sleepless are on call at any hour, unresistingly ready for anything, alert and unconscious at once.&nbsp; Anyone seeking refuge in a genuine,...</p> Waterproof Existing Structure Smile of Fury 2016-02-09T14:41:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T21:02:36-05:00 <p>I have some clients that would like to turn an existing carriage house into a home office. Without removing the existing siding I am not sure how to water/vapor proof the interior.</p><p>My first thought is to use closed-cell foam in the existing 2x6wall cavity, but this will still leave the outside face of the studs exposed to any water that gets beyond the siding. Also worried that it might be too tight, and water behind the siding won't be able to dry.</p><p>Installing a WRB and new siding directly over the existing siding might also work but I would prefer not to go this route.</p><p>Anyone want to share a similar experience or point me in the direction of some reading material?</p><p>Thanks much.</p> DWG, DXF, or both? kwark 2016-02-09T14:40:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T22:39:35-05:00 <p>Your opinion -- should manufacturers provide their 2d drawings as DWGs, DXFs or both? DWGs only open with AutoCAD, whereas DXFs can be opened with AutoCAD and other drawing software.</p> building materials 2016-02-09T14:13:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T14:38:56-05:00 <p>Can someone please tell me what these vertical black lines are going up the building, they are about 4 inches wide and made out of rubber or silicone. Thanks.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> At what point do you use CSI specifications? Best practices for those providing them? kwark 2016-02-09T12:39:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T14:35:59-05:00 <p>At what point do you use CSI specifications? Do you have any recommendations for best practices for manufacturers providing them?</p><p>I am a website designer for a manufacturer of building products. As such, I need to plan &amp; design areas for downloads of all sorts of information. I don't necessarily understand all the content of that information or the usage needs of those who download those files. Examples: 2d drawing files, CSI specifications, rough opening information, other size charts and dimension calculations.</p><p>Specifically, my question is about CSI specifications. Our company currently provides them as DOCX and PDF files for download. Are these normally downloaded along with 2d drawing files? Is it logical to include them in an architectural library that consists mostly of 2d drawing files? Or, should they simply be in their own library, organized by product series, product type, and product model?</p><p>I'd like to learn more about how architects use files and technical information, so t...</p> some questions about GSD careeer discovery.. dudeoarch 2016-02-09T11:40:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T01:14:18-05:00 <p>Hi. I'm a 4th grade undergrad&nbsp;student majoring in architecture and final 5th&nbsp;class is just remained.</p><p>I have interested in this program. By the way, I have some quetions about career discovery program at GSD. Could you tell me about these quetions?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>1. Is&nbsp;this program&nbsp;efficient for&nbsp;someone who have already learned architecture in his or her university? I know there are many students who don't have any architectural backgrounds usually apply this program. Although I'm a architecture student, I want to feel this program,&nbsp;gund hall's atmosphere.. learn about something new and communicate with other applicants. Because I plan to apply a M.arch program later. But what I concerned about is that it&nbsp;may not helpful for students with architectural base. The reason is that the program's contents may mainly focus on&nbsp;someone&nbsp;with no architectural backgrounds. Is there any&nbsp;architectural-base&nbsp;student&nbsp;who experienced in this program? Is it positively effect on?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>2. In fact, I think I&nbsp;have a lack of En...</p> Salaries and Salaries BulgarBlogger 2016-02-09T09:22:57-05:00 >2016-02-10T05:51:01-05:00 <p>Check out the 2015 ranking of new-grad salaries...</p><p><a href=";;utm_medium=social#1162f2ba7130" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">;;utm_medium=social#1162f2ba7130</a></p> Anyone else see this as a blatant rip-off of Aqua Tower? Spencer Blaney 2016-02-09T00:46:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T22:12:58-05:00 <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>/</p><p>Rip-off? Imitation? Coincidence?</p><p>Could Studio Gang and/or the owner make a justifiable lawsuit against Arquitectonica?</p> Autocad LT Subsription Outage jcarch 2016-02-08T17:04:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T08:38:54-05:00 <p>Our shiny new subscription copies of Autocad LT, purchased in November, aren't recocnizing our license numbers.&nbsp; Autodesk says it's an issue with all LT licenses on their end.</p><p>Anyone else out there having itty bitty problem?</p> European architects, assistants, technicians, what do you expect to earn? cda0608 2016-02-08T11:17:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T04:57:59-05:00 <p>Hello everyone,</p><p>I would like to know what European Architects, Architectural Assistants, Architectural Technicians, Interior Architects etc. would expect to get paid to do Interior Architectural CAD drawings and quotation calculations. How much would you charge per hour or per annum?</p><p>The required abilities are good 2D and 3D CAD skills, a good level of English (especially the ability to read and write), good problem solving skills, and self-motivated (as can work from home).&nbsp;</p><p>In your answers, please state which country you are from and how much you would expect to get paid per hour and per annum.&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks in advance!</p> Converting PDF to vector laarchitecturestudent 2016-02-07T21:42:47-05:00 >2016-02-07T21:42:47-05:00 <p>Hey guys so I work for a company where I optimize the structural framing of large scale construction projects with my company's lumber products specs<br><br> The way it works is that a sales rep gets a customer and that customer provides me with the plans from which I then have to recreate the layouts in BC Framer<br><br> This is just drawing the walls to the dimensions on a project's provided plans and then after I redraw all of the walls I can start inputting all of my optimized framing<br><br> My dilemma is that in BC Framer I have the ability to import PDFs and use the Osnaps function or 'click to points' much like in CAD which makes the process of redrawing the plans much faster/easier/efficient because I'm basically tracing. However 90% of the jobs that I get are scanned or 'raster based' PDFs and the Osnaps does not work when a PDF is not Native, or 'vector based'<br><br> I've looked into Scan2Cad &amp; AutoDesk's Raster Design however these softwares require a lot of learning how to use and were limited in res...</p> New school of Architecture_track neuroscience nast 2016-02-07T19:13:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T00:20:22-05:00 <p>Hello, i am a young architect and i am thinking of applying for a MAster degree at the New School of Architecture, in San Diego, California. The reason for it is &nbsp;because it offers also some certificate in neuroscience and i am really interested in the juncture of those two branches (architecture and neuroscience). Has anyone attended this school or has some valuable information about it ?&nbsp;</p><p>Any info would be helpful, thank you!&nbsp;</p> TU Delft rejection based on portfolio - bazuka shot!! Need honest feedback!!! onik 2016-02-07T16:12:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T05:10:44-05:00 <p>Hey, I was applying to TU Delft second time. Have just received letter of rejection...</p><p>After first rejection, I worked with TU Delft alumni in order to meet their requirements and critics...</p><p>Here's what they write this time:</p><p>"The Selection Committee considers the quality of your portfolio insufficient. There is not sufficient demonstration in the portfolio of an academic approach to the subject of architecture, meaning a critical, thoughtful and open attitude to design, and the ability to link conceptual understanding with practice. The portfolio does not demonstrate the required abilities to communicate in a concise way and to express ideas effectively. There is not sufficient evidence in the portfolio of experience in problem based, solution-oriented and coherent approaches to the discipline of architecture and to the relationship between research and design. The portfolio does not demonstrate sufficient knowledge of architectural typology and composition. Basic knowledge of applied ...</p> AA (M.Arch-Sustainable Environmental Design) or UCL Bartlett (MSc Environ Design & Eng.) ohmygoditsdhaval 2016-02-07T14:24:26-05:00 >2016-02-07T14:25:26-05:00 <p>I know its a very very old topic and highly debated one....on the forum regarding the comparison between AA &amp; Bartlett, however here I request you to throw some light on the Specific Graduate courses with respective schools and my specific queries...hope to get some positive and constructive replies.</p><p>I have received a conditional offer from AA (M. Arch-SED) for 2016-2017 starting from september-16. I am also in receipt of a conditional offer from UCK-Bartlett (M.Sc EDE) for 2016-17</p><p>Now I dont have much time left with me, and am required to submit my applications with required documents back to the schools along with the fees.&nbsp;</p><p>I am really confused, which one to select. (My brief background) = I am an Architect from India with 10+ years of experience mainly in the Middle-East region with a focus on Healthcare projects. I am a LEED-Green Associate and am working my way towards LEED-AP(BD+C) certification aswell.&nbsp;</p><p>After completion of my Masters from (AA or B) I intend to either work for so...</p> Design help ! Constructing on sloped areas. JLViloria 2016-02-07T10:56:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T13:49:19-05:00 <p>Hi !&nbsp;<br>Im a sophomore architecture student and im looking for a more detailed explanation on the use of split level and terrace housing ( consequences , costs , materials , machinery used ,etc.) on sloped areas.</p><p>Our Design problem is Developing a Health Farm Hotel and Resort in a High altitude, steeped area which is popular as a tourist destination here in the Philippines.</p><p>Also , What are other ways in designing a building on steep areas.</p><p>Thank you so much , any suggestions / comments would help us in our design project and thesis :))</p><p>P.S. Below is the land condition were gonna use , the area is going down from south to north with flat areas per step.</p> IE School of Architecture and Design - Help Needed For Part Online / Part On-Campus Masters Matzu 2016-02-06T11:50:00-05:00 >2016-02-06T11:50:16-05:00 <p>I am an architect based in Pakistan with 7 years of experience. I have been involved with a mixed use scheme comprised of a mall, hotel and banqueting facilities which is slated for completion by the end of this year .</p><p>I am interested in enrolling in a Masters program which can can further strengthen my background in retail and hospitality design but I am looking for a program which can provide online / off-campus classes along with a small period of on-campus classes [I can take 1 - 2 months off a year] so that I can continue to work and get a graduate degree simultaneously.</p><p>Does anyone know of any such reputable programs? I am more inclined towards European / Asian schools.</p><p>IE University, Madrid has a program called "Master in Design for Work, Retail and Learning Environments" It seems ideal for my case with the full program divided into on-campus and off-campus modules but are there any&nbsp;alumni&nbsp;that I can talk to? What was their experience like?&nbsp;Worth the money? How much did it contr...</p> Interesting firms for 2016 tallboy 2016-02-06T10:23:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T12:11:12-05:00 <p>So what US firms are doing/building new work that is interesting and smart? &nbsp;Who are the up and coming firms who have started to amass a strong portfolio of built work that we should keep an eye on? &nbsp;No starchitects, please.</p> Berkeley Studio One 2016-2017 Interview international_applicant 2016-02-06T08:51:07-05:00 >2016-02-06T08:52:33-05:00 <p>Hello guys!</p><p>This morning I got an email from Berkeley, for their MArch II - Studio One 2016-2017 program, telling me they want an interview.</p><p>"We are currently reviewing all submitted applications and I&rsquo;m happy to tell you that you were shortlisted by the selection committee.</p><p>In order to get a better impression of you and your interests, it would be great if I could contact you personally.</p><p>Therefore, I would kindly ask you to schedule a Skype call with me in the next week."</p><p>Does anybody else got a similar email? They say that i am shortlisted by the selection commitee. Does this mean that there are already some people accepted and that I am to be judged based on the interview for the remaining slots?</p><p>Anybody out there been in my place in the past? Care to share any interview tips?</p><p>Thank you in advance</p> Help! Access hatch and folding stairs to residential roof needed jmodig 2016-02-05T15:31:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T00:43:44-05:00 <p>First time posting here. I'd appreciate if anyone knows of an <em><strong>access hatch with folding stairs </strong></em>to an unoccupied residential roof that can be used in the <em><strong>city of L.A</strong></em>. All my research online has not yielded any results. Has anyone ever come across one that is allowed in the city of L.A.? The access is only for maintenance and not for an occupied roof. I've seen one recently on a new home but I didn't get the manufacturer's name. Any assistance is appreciated. Thanks!</p> M.Arch in NUS/HKU (Singapore/Hong Kong) '16 - Applicants post here! Harini Padmanabhan 2016-02-04T21:36:04-05:00 >2016-02-07T15:00:58-05:00 <p>23/F/India</p><p>Recently finished B.Arch at Chennai, India</p><p>GPA: 3.3/4 (Approximately, although we have a 10 point system and it's 8.31 on 10)</p><p>Taken the TOEFL exam with 110 overall.&nbsp;</p><p>Portfolio: Decent with examples of both academic and professional work</p><p>SOP: Only HKU wanted one whereas NUS didn't ask for it</p><p>LOR: Two from professors (one of them being my thesis studio guide) and one from former employer</p><p>Working at a local office here at the moment, with two internships in the past accounting for a year of experience</p><p>I have applied to both programs this year (NUS and HKU). Frankly,&nbsp;I don't have much of an idea what my chances are.....but I am keen on both.&nbsp;</p><p>Any information on what the selection process is like would be helpful.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks in advance!</p> Architecture, Interior Architecture or Design? alaaa 2016-02-04T16:54:00-05:00 >2016-02-04T19:46:19-05:00 <p>I'm having second thoughts about continuing to study architecture, I'm now a second year student and those thought have been there ever since I began. The thing is... I don't feel passionate about it, I find it very difficult to think of a form and end up with something very simple, very basic that shows no creativity. I'm more about interiors than exteriors when it comes to buildings. You can take a box shaped building and do whatever you want with it through its interior. Yet mainstream architecture doesn't limit me when it comes to work or further studies. which brings us to another point which is that here in Jordan for and architect to have a job you have to have a very good GPA &nbsp;or else you'd end up doing other people's projects for money :')</p><p>On the other hand there is design and visual communication, a very fun major with more creativity, you learn all sorts of design and you'll get to work with whatever you want. it's fun and easy and unlike architecture, you don't have to fu...</p> Why do people like Zaha Hadid so Much? BulgarBlogger 2016-02-04T14:17:41-05:00 >2016-02-09T19:21:18-05:00 <p>Why are people so obsessed over her work? I feel so underwhelmed with her practice and her boy toy &nbsp;- Schumacher's - parametric dildos. Ugh...</p> China, China, China... D0ub13d D 2016-02-04T10:58:00-05:00 >2016-02-05T21:17:17-05:00 <p>Without sounding like Donald Trump, I want to talk about China.&nbsp;</p><p>I was offered a position at a young, international firm, 40-60 employees, working on high profile, interesting cultural/mixed use projects in Asia, Europe and North America. The position is based in Beijing and I was hoping I could get some advice on salary expectations, living tips, thoughts feeling etc...</p><p>I've got 6 years experience working in international design-focussed practices, and whilst I haven't worked in East Asia before, have worked in the Middle East for 2 years.</p> Architecture Master in Paris!!! aljoza 2016-02-03T20:56:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T20:56:11-05:00 <p>Hey everyone! I am a TU Vienna student of architecture and im planning on doing my masters in Paris. I am mostly interested in doing it at the ENSA-Paris Malaquais. The problem is that im not getting any useful info from the admissions guy and its not that simple to just fly of to Paris in the middle of the semester when your battling with two studios etc. Can someone tell me what the procedures are when starting masters there etc. Id be very grateful for any kind of info...</p> Architect asking for change order money Inhellwiththisarchitect 2016-02-03T11:56:00-05:00 >2016-02-08T04:20:14-05:00 <p>A year ago I started a project to remodel my house and do an addition. I'm adding a bedroom and redoing the kitchen. I found this drafter/designer and started to work with him, but as the time went on nothing was done. I signed a contract with him last February, it took him till June of last year to send me the first floor plan of my house. He said that during that time he went to the city to ask about the all the information and the requirements for the project. I looked over his floor plan and did not like because it was very ugly, so I had to make changes. Hes very lazy and I don't know why I kept staying with him I should have left him when I had the chance. The changes that I make is nothing drastic, maybe move a door, window, a bathroom to some place else in the house so I can see the different angles, because he never gives ideas and his ideas suck. Now we are in July, he calls me and he was like he found out from the city that since this is a big project we need an engineer....</p> Arb part 1 Armelle 2016-02-03T11:56:00-05:00 >2016-02-03T11:56:52-05:00 <p>Has anyone taken the ARB Part 1 exam in the UK recently? Any tips?&nbsp;</p><p>Did anyone succeed?&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I know the question has been asked several times on this forum but post are not really fresh !(2007).</p> Military Museum archilover 2016-02-03T11:50:00-05:00 >2016-02-09T00:44:28-05:00 <p>I'm an architecture student and my project is a military museum. I searched a lot about similar project on internet, I read also about military architects like Vauban. But yet I still dont know from where to start. If you have any suggestions from where to start I'll be so glad.</p> I can't get a job, is there something wrong with my Portfolio? Yusti Gómez Herrera 2016-02-03T11:47:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:39:34-05:00 <p>Hello everyone. I've been looking for a job as a Part II Architectural Assistant in London for 2 months and I haven't gotten any single interview. I can't help but getting anxious, thinking that there's something wrong with my portfolio so I think this is a good place for asking for advice.</p><p>By now, most of job hunting activities have been through the net and I realise that I should be moving to the good old fashion walk in strategy anywhere soon. Before doing that I'd love to hear your opinion about my professional profile. Please, don't hesitate being frank. Am I hireable or not?</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">;</a></p><p>Thank you in advance for your advice.</p><p>Yusti.</p>