Archinect - Forum 2016-06-30T10:01:18-04:00 How has LEGO influenced Modern Architecture? - Can you Help? emma_h 2016-06-29T18:54:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T23:57:44-04:00 <p>Hi Guys,</p><p><strong>Please could you Help!!</strong></p><p>I'd like to reach out to your expertise if I can, as I am in the process of carrying out a research project as part of 6th Form. My research question is <strong>'To what extent has LEGO influenced Modern Architecture?'</strong> - I will look into:</p><p><strong>How has LEGO influenced the architects?<br>How has it helped to teach architecture and its principles?<br>Its influence on the development of construction methods<br>The influence on design within Modern Architecture<br>How can it be used as a material its self or as inspiration for new materials?</strong></p><p>As a fairly uncommon kind of question, I am finding that the information out in the big wide world is a little hazy. This is a topic which I am really interested in as I wish to pursue a career in Architecture and Urban Planning. I have already purchased the book 'The LEGO Architect' however I will own up now, I was brought up with LEGO and I do personally believe that I have been influenced by the toy already!</p><p>So now I am interested in how others hav...</p> Can someone explain what I will be facing when Changing Egress in NYC? 11thHour 2016-06-29T17:02:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T17:56:58-04:00 <p>i.e. time for approvals, what to expect</p><p>I know the C of O will have to be amended and I know this is an Alteration Type 1. Can anyone elaborate further?</p><p>Thanks. Dave</p> Job Search when moving turduckhen2016 2016-06-29T14:53:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T20:52:40-04:00 <p>Hi Everyone,</p><p>&nbsp; My husband and I are moving for his job.&nbsp; I have a masters in architecture and have about 7 years of experience (just beginning the licensing process).&nbsp; How early should I start looking for jobs?&nbsp; If there are no openings posted in the city we are moving to, what do you recommend is the best way to go about the job search?&nbsp; Someone told me I should not be applying to jobs until a month before or even less....</p><p>Any advice is greatly appreciated!</p> Windows 7 or Windows 10 WaffleMan22 2016-06-29T09:26:27-04:00 >2016-06-29T20:03:19-04:00 <p>Hello everyone,</p><p>I am trying to decide whether to get my new laptop with Windows 7 or Windows 10. I want it to last 4 years. I was wondering which one you all use. Thanks!!</p> Outsourcing: Are there any reliable ones? agd2005 2016-06-28T15:02:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T16:02:30-04:00 <p>I've been browsing through some of the discussions about outsourcing. People's experiences that I can gather have been mostly negative.&nbsp;I do share their frustrations. I know, I've been there. I've been on the receiving end of a&nbsp;poorly produced working drawings. To make a long story short, I have had to redo it. I thought to myself that if there ever was an outsource firm, it would have to be something that need very little supervision&nbsp;and can function on it's own. Much like your usual consultants, ie. structural engineer, electrical engineer, etc. Only this one would have to be well&nbsp;versed&nbsp;in architecture.</p><p>When the opportunity came, I started my company in 2005. My goal was to dispel the negative &nbsp;connotation of an "outsource firm". We set out to do what I described above on what an outsource firm should be.</p><p>While I can't justify the actions of other firms, there are still a few of us who strive to give great service to our clients. Unfortunately, the actions of most outsource firms h...</p> Parametric Design imtiazmahmoodranchi 2016-06-28T15:00:15-04:00 >2016-06-29T11:58:08-04:00 <p>Hi, I need some suggestions. Which software is best for parametric drawings? I used 3ds max for a very long time. Now I use revit for my presentation sheets as it consumes less time to product graphical drawings, I can skip autocad when I use revit. But I find it complicated to create parametric model in revit. I came to know that revit has an extension 'dynamo visual programming' that may help in my work. I thought about learning rhino. As I'm no expert, I can't decide which software would be most productive.<br>Please don't suggest sketchup. I find it extremely limited.</p> Break from Architecture hotissue 2016-06-28T11:57:10-04:00 >2016-06-30T09:37:42-04:00 <p>I posted about 2-3 months ago that I was not too happy at my new arch firm. I am still suffering but I was hoping to stay at least 6 mo - 1 yr. I started off as an intern and after a month and a half, I was promoted as a designer. Most of the PMs here are not licensed and they are not from architecture schools; one licensed architect signs all the drawings without looking at them. We recently hired a new licensed PM and he emphasized that this firm will bring me down to their low standards. He suggested that I need to look for a "real" architectural firm. This firm is not helping me strengthen my weaknesses at all but I am very valued here surprisingly....</p><p>With that said, my old boss contacted me yesterday for a better position, which is not related to Architecture. My first job was a graphic designer (Got tired of Architecture school so I tried out graphics) and they offered a position as a marketing director. Benefits are way better, flexible schedule, and very close to my house (s...</p> About M.arch1 program jiaxinzhao 2016-06-28T10:43:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T21:59:08-04:00 <p>Hello, everyone,I know this topic appears a lot of times every year and I did some researches but did not find the info that I really need.</p><p>Here is my current situation: I am an undergraduate student in Colorado State University and currently studying Mechanical Engineering. My study program is 5 years and this is my third year.</p><p>Here is the status: GPA:3.56, Toefl:TBD, GRE:TBD, Portfolio:TBD.</p><p>I have the confidence of my Toefl and GRE, I probably can rise my GPA to 3.6 when I apply the M.arch 1 program. &nbsp;</p><p>So here are some questions:</p><p>1)I want to go to Cornell Intro to Architecture in 2017 summer to gain some knowledge of Architecture and maybe can add a project to my portfolio. Do you guys think this is a good choice?</p><p>2)I want to apply Cornell,Yale and Princeton these three school, do you guys think this is too hard for me?</p><p>3)I do not know what I should put into my portfolio. I looked a couple of threads, they said do not include architecture if I am not trained.&nbsp;</p><p>I am a mechanical engineer a...</p> what are you doing right now?? jessicataylor 2016-06-28T10:41:00-04:00 >2016-06-30T08:45:55-04:00 <p>what are you doing right now??</p> Italian architecture firms piero1910 2016-06-28T01:28:43-04:00 >2016-06-29T20:32:31-04:00 <p>I am wondering about some good names in Italian architecture now. I do not mean that they have to be names as Renzo Piano. What are some great italian architecture firms currently at work? Because I do not hear too much about them. As you do about Portuguese, Spanish or British firms. I just do not tend to see too many projects on architecture websites by italian firms anymore.&nbsp;</p> NYC expediter recommendations StanStandard 2016-06-27T23:37:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T10:00:40-04:00 <p>Can anyone recommend a good NYC expediter?</p><p>I will be designing a&nbsp;small commercial interior renovation shortly but I am unlicensed.</p> Small Architect Company - Form Example/Resources Grandjury 2016-06-27T21:12:00-04:00 >2016-06-28T09:36:00-04:00 <p>Hi Guys,</p><p>I am looking at starting my own small architecture firm within the AU. Wondering if anyone can provide me with some form or template examples they have used or do use within the architectural work environment that I can work from. I intend to establish a running list of office documents prior to company commencement.</p><p>Documents can be reports, letters, cover pages, client documents, internal process documents, records... literally anything and everything anyone is willing to provide to help me establish my own individual documents.</p><p>Any information forms and helpful tips would be highly regarded at this point in time. I currently have no idea where to even begin.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks guys!</p> Masters Thesis with real clients? mpl79 2016-06-27T17:11:00-04:00 >2016-06-29T12:27:04-04:00 <p>Hello all,</p><p>This is my first time posting, so please bear with me! I am considering thesis topics for my final year, next year, and have stumbled across a potentially interesting, potentially idiotic option. A yoga community and retreat centre where I travel annually for a weekend retreat, is considering a new building and some site work for their large 60+ acre site. It is not a tropical vacation kind of place, more like a working farm in the boonies.&nbsp;</p><p>I think I would have enough for a thesis here - not sure the exact statement, but along the lines of "how can architecture provide access to spirituality in a chaotic world?" &nbsp;Does this seem like an approvable topic?&nbsp;</p><p>More than this, I am wondering if anyone has any thoughts on doing one's student thesis with actual clients? The expectations would have to be clearly defined from the outset, I am not working for them, simply using their input as a basis for program and user needs/requirements. Whether the end results are usable to the com...</p> Company looking for software / hardware combo as working tools for future Architect Employee Greg Pereira 2016-06-27T13:19:00-04:00 >2016-06-28T18:42:55-04:00 <p>So here's the deal. We got nothing... it's a minefield of epic proportions</p><p>Were in the process of creating a company in construction. Were very innovative and and came up with the interesting concept of hiring an architect. We discovered that after creating various patents and unusual other stuff it must have been a fluke for it seems were not intelligent enough to decide what software / hardware&nbsp; to buy for a future employee/ colleague.</p><p>we thought, wacom 27" plus an sli machine plus CAD software... what can go wrong I hear you ask. Well I'm an engineer not an architect, so it seems that i spoke binary language to our first candidate that disappeared into the sunset. Young guy, a couple of years exp that turned gray at the mention of wacom and auto cad ( we don't know what to buy )</p><p>Sooo after some reflection, 22 pots of coffee, some Jack and a lot of professional counseling&nbsp; we decided to ask the question.</p><p>what are the tools of the trade for a CREATIVE architect this days?</p> AutoCAD - Questions about line weights h_arch 2016-06-27T10:52:59-04:00 >2016-06-28T07:33:56-04:00 <p>Hello</p><p>Newer to AutoCAD...have questions regarding line weights. I was asked to use only 3 different line weights--thickest, medium, and thin--depending on what I'm detailing. How do I know what mm is "thickest", what mm is "medium", and so on? Is there a standard that everyone goes by...say .15mm for thickest, .09mm for medium, and .09mm for thin? If so, what should mm should I use for each one? Or is this just something that depends on the preference set by the firm you're working for?</p><p>Thank you in advance.&nbsp;</p> go do it 2016-06-27T01:10:46-04:00 >2016-06-27T01:10:46-04:00 <p>I probably won't use us this because my handwriting is crap but some of you guys might find this helpful.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> As Baby Boomers Age, Is Architecture Failing Them? juliabunch 2016-06-26T18:32:00-04:00 >2016-06-27T15:38:26-04:00 <p>Super interesting research from Corgan in Dallas. Has anyone researched this more? What do you think?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Architecture Technology Vs Architecture Design aws123 2016-06-26T15:47:20-04:00 >2016-06-29T10:32:52-04:00 <p>Hello,</p><p>We are having the option of choosing between a specialist in design in architectural vs a specialist in technology in architecture. Can someone explain to me the difference between the two fields? What different career paths does each program lead to? What knowledge will I gain from each program.</p><p>Note: This is an undergrad program in Canada at UofT so it's just 4 years and not a bachelor in architecture.</p> Job ads TheInternWhoInterned 2016-06-26T13:31:44-04:00 >2016-06-27T14:34:34-04:00 <p>In about 95% percent of the job ads I've seen for architect or design etc, I've noticed they do not give a range of salaries applicants should expect. Why is that? I figure it'd be of benefit to both companies and potential employees because it'll save time by having only applicants who expect that specific salary. It's also be great for employees because if everybody included the salary expectations, then people would flock towards ones that pay more, leaving others no choice but to offer more. So, I wanted to know. Why such secrecy?</p> Interesting in studying architecture. Local inspiration. benjaminrose1991 2016-06-26T11:03:00-04:00 >2016-06-26T11:03:58-04:00 <p>Hi! First thread so bear with me.<br><br>I live in Canberra, Australia and I'm interested in studying architecture in the future.<br><br>I've always been interested in architecture and loved some of the quirky and impressively designed buildings here in Canberra. The work of John Andrews (CN Tower, Scarborough College, Gund Hall, Intelsat Headquaters) is all over the place here in Canberra. The buildings seem to be very pedestrian and occupant focused to an insane degree with some neat energy saving tricks to make his designs 'green' especially by the standards of the 1970s and '80s.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Callam Offices are unique for it's flood-aware structural design, function separated zones, and it's pedestrian movement model that allowed private movement between office pods while allowing public movement through the offices without entering them.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><br>Cameron Offices is a brutalist-structuralist design originally spanning three hectares of land before being partially demolished for apartments. Originally having nine offic...</p> Cities’ Identity Through Architecture and Arts (CITAA) Mohamed Badr 2016-06-26T08:56:55-04:00 >2016-06-26T08:56:55-04:00 <p>This Conference will discuss the examples and tendencies in dealing with urban identities as well as the transformation of cities and urban cultures mentioned in terms of their form, identity, and their current art. Contemporary art, when subjected to experiments, continues to be produced in various directions, to be consumed and to put forward new ideas. Art continuously renews itself -from new materials to different means of communication, from interactive works to computer games, from new approaches to perceptional paradigms and problems of city and nature of the millennium.<br><br>Read more :<br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Portfolio Critique hassanykb 2016-06-25T18:42:04-04:00 >2016-06-25T18:42:04-04:00 <p>Hello Archinect,</p><p>I have been reworking my portfolio in preparation for the job search 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> Need advice for choosing undergraduate school 张宇 2016-06-25T10:18:00-04:00 >2016-06-25T10:18:39-04:00 <p>Hello everyone,I have got two transfer admissions, one is from UIUC, the other is from ohio state. Both of them are BS program and I am gonna begin at third year because of my previous experience, but may uiuc need more than 2 years to get a degree because of GE requirement.</p><p>As for me,&nbsp;I would like to focus on light, space,&nbsp;atmosphere, material, construction, etc. I also like European architecture especially Swiss and German architects&nbsp;like Peter Zumthor,&nbsp;Christian Kerez, Siza, Louis&middot;I&middot;Kahn,&nbsp;Herzog and Demeuron or other architects from ETH Zurich. In short, their works are more rational, logical and emotional, that is what I want to persue.&nbsp;In that regard, UIUC seems to be more compatible judging from&nbsp;students' works, but their courses are more structural.I know structure is very important for architecture, but maybe I do not wanna focus on structure.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>On the other hand, Knowlton School of Architecture has a fabulous building&nbsp;and strong faculty, which is helpful to apply master in the...</p> Architects in Seoul and South Korea Georgia Taylor-Berry 2016-06-25T04:29:12-04:00 >2016-06-25T04:29:12-04:00 <p>Hi, I am an architect from Australia who has been travelling through the cities of asia with my boyfriend (urban designer) for the past 18 months. During this time we have been designing and writing a publication which (briefly) explores the nature of all cities through abstract and quantifiable methods in order to provoke discourse and perhaps solutions for the cities we live in. In July 2016 we will be arriving in Seoul, South Korea. We are hoping to meet like minded architects, planners, people passionate about their city who can help us undergo our work. We have found it is the best way to understand a city and gain ideas. Can you help? Or can you refer us to any one? Please contact us here or via our email;&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>. Thank you in advance, any information is greatly appreciated. (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>)</p> Needed: Advice for someone with no Architecture background! samanthaashley 2016-06-24T22:05:00-04:00 >2016-06-26T12:51:16-04:00 <p>I am a recent graduate from UMass Amherst with a BS in Biology. I was originally pre-med aimed but ultimately decided it was not what I was looking for. I have always loved art through school and drew in my free time or for classes and I loved when I got the opportunity to create a model for a class. I have always toyed with the idea of architecture but never gave it serious thought. Now that I am in an open position and ready to change directions, I'm looking into it much more and am finding myself truly compelled by the career and education. I have been looking at MArch programs. I am currently located in Colorado and am a first generation college student. I'm very interested in CU Denver because of how convenient the location is but I'm not opposed to going anywhere else in the country. I want to go to a good school that will put me in a good position for employment opportunities so I have been trying to avoid many low tier schools but I truly have no idea how competitive this pr...</p> Small Practice, some success, help getting to next level FirstTimeCaller 2016-06-24T15:31:00-04:00 >2016-06-24T16:35:45-04:00 <p>I am running a small one man NYC practice, residential and light commercial, and things are going fairly well. I've gotten to the point I have referral clients and can pay my bills while saving a little. So life is progressing in an adequate direction.</p><p>Having said that, I'm having trouble getting to the next step. Some of issues:</p><ul><li>I've got little issue getting clients, but I am still having some trouble getting 10-12% of construction cost on jobs. I'm still getting in the 7-8% range, or sometimes a bit less even.</li><li>I'm still in the point where most of my work is 'I need an architect' or 'I need a permit', not 'I want to hire you'.&nbsp;</li><li>I've reached the limit of 'hard work' and need to figure out a way to maximize design/knowledge and not simply be willing to work more and longer than the competition. I'm getting a little older now and can't simply drink a Red Bull and grind 7 days a week.</li><li>I am still writing a potentially weak standard proposal and occasionally I'll define the work poorly and th...</li></ul> Under the Radar Graduate Schools ecogalaxy 2016-06-24T12:59:25-04:00 >2016-06-24T13:28:55-04:00 <p>Hello!</p><p>So, like many aspiring architects this summer, I'm beginning my extensive research process on Graduate Schools. I figured I'd reach out, to see if anyone who's been through the process or is knowledgeable about trends among schools could recommend a few programs?</p><p>I've heard that the "rank" or "prestige" of a school is a very poor metric, and its more about the current faculty and program leadership. That being said, do you know or have you heard of any programs with really strong programs that might not be on top of AR or archdaily's "rankings?" Thanks!</p> Sustainability/ecodesign career development stryder444 2016-06-24T10:49:00-04:00 >2016-06-24T10:49:10-04:00 <p>Hello,</p><p>I work as an Architectural Technician for a building consultancy company and my boss has suggested that I undertake some kind of professional development through a construction-related institution.</p><p>I have a strong interest in the field of sustainability / environmentally friendly buildings so I would ideally like to progress my skills within this area of expertise. What I am asking is&nbsp;whether there is an ideal professional body (like CIAT, CIOB etc.)&nbsp;and/or career path that I should look to progress through&nbsp;in order to realise my ambitions. I've had a look online and didn't find a fantastic amount to help me.</p><p>I have a degree in Architectural Technology should that be relevant. Just really looking for some advice.</p> Top Masters Program vs Affordable Masters Program MBtect 2016-06-24T10:42:00-04:00 >2016-06-27T19:39:49-04:00 <p>I'm applying to M. Arch I programs, weighing the options. The idea of going to a top school and having so many doors open to me upon graduation is very attractive. It also seems like they would teach the theory and design courses better. However, I don't know if it's worth the cost.</p><p>If I go to a lesser known/affordable school, am I destined to be a CAD monkey and remain in a stagnant position for the rest of my life? Will I ever be able to do management or design work?</p> Brexit ivorykeyboard 2016-06-24T00:23:04-04:00 >2016-06-29T20:58:07-04:00 <p><strong>Markets are tumbling, sterling is falling...</strong>&nbsp;Condolences to the international architecture firms in London that will feel the pain&nbsp;</p>