Archinect - Forum 2015-01-31T11:16:36-05:00 Looking for a weekend job here, need recommendations/advise (architecture, or planning/development/real estate) neon_volt 2015-01-31T08:27:28-05:00 >2015-01-31T08:27:28-05:00 <p>I have a full time job in an architecture office, but I'd like to do something related, on the weekends for extra cash/knowledge. I cant seem to find weekend only jobs WITHIN the above fields. Entry level or possibly an unpaid intern&nbsp;position would be fine with me. Has anyone else here done this, or does anyone have any recommendations on how I should continue my search?</p><p>thanks in advance!</p> Exporting a CAD file to Photoshop? JollyJed 2015-01-30T18:08:50-05:00 >2015-01-31T10:55:47-05:00 <p>Hello guys!&nbsp;</p><p>I am having trouble exporting a CAD file to photoshop and need some advice:) I have created a plotter which i export the file to and then open up with photoshop but the image is coming in tiny with the lines blurred/distorted :/ I am a first year Architecture student and am wanting to export a section and floor plan so i can render some things.</p><p>Am i right in drawing a 2m wall as 2000 in autocad? this is what i followed when i was drawing but each time i put it into photoshop its tiny and distorted.. what am i doing wrong?</p><p>Many thanks guys, Jed.&nbsp;</p> Looking for tips on portfolio regarding employment. Chase Freeman 2015-01-30T17:36:00-05:00 >2015-01-31T10:15:17-05:00 <p>Hey y'all,</p><p>I have been applying to a few internships, mostly smaller firms but a few major international ones, and I either haven't heard back from them or wasn't offered a position. I'm starting to understand it's to do with my portfolio and I was hoping some of y'all would be able to offer some tips. The link to my portfolio on issuu:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>I guess my main issue is, do I need to shorten it? It was also my portfolio I used to apply to M.Arch programs (that's a whole different thing I'm worrying about) as I'm getting my B.A. in Architecture in May, so maybe I need to rework it to show the more technical side of projects?</p><p>Also, just a background, I have about two summers worth of experience working in small &lt;10 people offices but that's about it. I also realize it's a bit early to start worrying about internships, but I'm debating whether I want to go to graduate school or work a bit before hand so I'm trying to g...</p> A 3.64 GPA graduate who couldn't choose the right path! adamsayash 2015-01-30T15:54:00-05:00 >2015-01-30T19:35:46-05:00 <p>Hello,&nbsp;</p><p>I was graduated since 2013 with a B.S. in architecture engineering with GPA 3.64 (Ranked 5th) and&nbsp;I worked for companies as well as design studios but after a year I felt that PRACTICING architecture is not what I really want. Then I become more and more interested in research and academic life...specially what is related to architectural history/theory/criticism.&nbsp;</p><p>But the problem here is that I don't know what to do after gaining these&nbsp;academic&nbsp;degrees (Master &amp;&nbsp;PhD) ...I'd like to work as a researcher not as a professor! ... so I have some questions I need someone help me to answer them...</p><p><strong>1-- In which fields and positions could the one who will be graduated from the program like ((MIT:&nbsp;PhD in History and Theory of Architecture)) &nbsp;work in ???&nbsp;</strong><em>(both academic and industrial)</em></p><p><strong>2</strong>-- <strong>and Is it LATE to decide now what path should I follow after 2 years of graduation ???</strong></p><p>I sometimes feel that I'm confused about just staying in practicing which I don't &nbsp;really enjoy rather than begin my ...</p> Getting burned on compensation for change orders mookey 2015-01-30T11:13:00-05:00 >2015-01-31T10:18:51-05:00 <p>Hi.&nbsp; First time posting here.</p><p>So, I keep getting burned by clients on compensation over change orders.&nbsp;</p><p>At the end of the project, some of my clients like to re-visit the change orders that occur during the construction phase of the project, and argue with me about whether or not I'm entitled my percentage of compensation for each change that occurred.</p><p>&nbsp; Let me correct that.&nbsp; They are more than happy to subtract change orders from my overall fee if the change is a credit to them.&nbsp; But any item that represents an additional cost, they want to argue with me about whether I deserve my percentage of compensation for it.&nbsp;</p><p>In the end I typically end up settling with them and take what little compensation I can get on the change orders.</p><p>Anyone else run into that problem?&nbsp; And any suggestions on how to deal with it?</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Mookey</p> Help Save a Paul Rudolph Icon in danger of being destroyed kardoin 2015-01-30T11:03:00-05:00 >2015-01-30T20:35:45-05:00 <p><img title="" alt="" src="">I realize many people have tried, but figured if we can get a number of signatures or rally enough energy someone will help / pay attention!</p><p>Please sign the below petition to save a Paul Rudolph Masterpiece in Goshen, New York. It is on the brink of being dismantled. NYC Architect Gene Kaufman has offered to buy it, restore it and reuse it, but local authorities are hell-bent on getting rid of it.&nbsp;</p><p>HELP! Please sign</p><p>Petition -&nbsp;<a href=";utm_source=share_petition&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=share_email_responsive" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">;utm_source=share_petition&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=share_email_responsive</a></p><p>NY Times Article about the Building -&nbsp;<a href=";_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">;_r=0</a></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Images credit of New York Times</p> need advise: changing from 2-family to 3 or more family in NYC raymond499 2015-01-29T22:06:41-05:00 >2015-01-30T13:33:03-05:00 <p>Hi all,</p><p>I just purchased a property in Queens, NY.&nbsp;<br>it is a two family house in a R5 zoning.&nbsp; lot size (26 x 100) building size 22 x 62</p><p>i want to convert its walk-in basement to a legal family.</p><p>what is the minimum floor height required?</p><p>please advise</p><p>M L.</p> Laptop for Architecture student - Need is for 3D modelling/Rendering/Visualising and Design work grayfrench 2015-01-29T17:10:00-05:00 >2015-01-30T17:05:01-05:00 <p>Hello</p><p>I am an Architecture student looking to buy a new laptop. I am entering my 4th year of studies.Over and above my studies i do freelance industrial design and rendering, and in my holidays I work at an architecture firm where some pretty complex models are used in revit.</p><p>At university i use the Adobe software range, Revit, 3DStudio Max, Rhino, Grasshopper and Vray, and have been messing around with MAYA.</p><p>I need a computer that can handle my current work flow, and hopefully see me through to the end of my masters. I do have a desktop at home which I use more computer power demanding work, but I do not want to have to commute back and forth form Uni to do certain jobs. I would like to be able to do most of my work in studio and/or mobile, then use my desktop(which needs an upgrade too) when I am at home.</p><p>My budget is around 900 Pounds or 1350 US Dollars...</p><p>If any body can provide some input I would be very grateful. I know this thread has come up a lot, I have read lots of them, but f...</p> Migraines, anyone? Saint in the City 2015-01-29T08:52:05-05:00 >2015-01-30T00:34:10-05:00 <p>Any fellow migraine sufferers here?</p><p>Yesterday I thought I felt one coming on, went to work, got ready for a meeting, posted some stuff on Archinect on a couple threads -- that made little sense, plus math errors -- went to a meeting, got worse, left early and went home.</p><p>My notes from the meeting are about half useless. &nbsp;I also just read what I wrote on the "Educate Me..." &nbsp;thread... &nbsp;well, sorry Newbie, but you didn't get any education from me... &nbsp;maybe I'll try again.</p><p>Anyway, I've had migraines for years -- the "classic" variety. &nbsp;Normally I get through them in an hour or so, but about once every several months I'll get the kind where I can't think straight, talk, read, etc. &nbsp;.... &nbsp; then all I can do is lie down for several hours.</p><p>Some have them a lot worse than me. &nbsp;</p> giving out free advice on archinect Olaf Design Ninja_ 2015-01-29T07:43:10-05:00 >2015-01-29T19:50:21-05:00 <p>How much free advice should we give? What are the limits to the information? Is free advice the same as free work? </p> Finance education shuellmi 2015-01-28T12:39:13-05:00 >2015-01-30T12:52:32-05:00 <p>thought i might not be the only one interested in learning more about finance in general and real estate finance in particular.....</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;- starts pretty soon</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;- real estate finance, 2 full courses&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Looking for internship in Singapore Zeshan 2015-01-28T11:09:00-05:00 >2015-01-28T11:09:11-05:00 <p>Hello&nbsp;</p><p>I am currently in 2nd year of University studying Architectural Engineering and am looking for summer placements/internships in around the Singapore area and am wondering if anyone has any advice as to how to go about applying and could recommend any companies that take on summer interns. My course is not pure Architecture therefore will be able to work with various Engineering companies also. Any help in this regards would be much appreciated. Thanks</p><p>Zeshan Hussein</p> My definition of architecture Rio9891 2015-01-28T06:16:50-05:00 >2015-01-30T15:53:09-05:00 <p>No matter what the issue or idea is, architecture cannot solve it. Architecture is only a modulated envelope of space that moderates activity while moving the human senses through its physical and spatial composition to give a greater meaning to those activities.&nbsp;</p> Regarding financial award from the university SaloniChawla 2015-01-28T03:18:00-05:00 >2015-01-28T11:55:16-05:00 <p>Hi all,</p><p>I have been filling forms for masters from US and come across the question being asked that is "If you are not offered a financial award, do you plan to enroll if offered admission?" If I answer yes, would it narrow down my chance of getting the aid or if I answer no, would it reduce the probability of getting the admission? Would answering NO be safe enough</p><p>Thanks in advance</p> Best firms in USA piero1910 2015-01-28T00:34:00-05:00 >2015-01-29T05:45:16-05:00 <p>My professor gave us this list with names of firms in the world that he considers the best. But I would like to know what other firms you can recommend to see that have a great work. Especially, I would like to know more about american firms because all the ones that I really like are mostly Europeans and I also think that many of the american firms that the professor mentioned do not have inspiring work for me. What firms are your favorite architects? So please let me know what you think. Thanks.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img title="" alt="" src=""></a></p> Master of architecture / Set Design assma 2015-01-27T21:36:00-05:00 >2015-01-29T13:51:46-05:00 <p>Hello everyone</p><p>I am an architecture student almost graduating from school. I will obtain an equivalent of a B.Arch.</p><p>I am very intersted in Theatre/ Cinema/ Television so i was wondering if there is a Masters degree in the United States where i can use my architectural background to study Set design/Production design and in which schools</p><p>Thank you for your help</p> Construction Cost BulgarBlogger 2015-01-27T21:06:11-05:00 >2015-01-30T10:49:39-05:00 <p>According to AIA Document B101, one of the first tasks an Architect needs to do is prepare a cost estimate.&nbsp;</p><p>Without consulting contractors or a cost estimation company, and also without having lots of experience, how would you prepare this estimate? How would you know how much the building you are designing will cost?</p><p>Per Document B101, I also know that the initial cost of the work is subject to change, but your fee can also be tied to the construction budget- say 10%. Although the fee too can be re-negotiated at a later time, it's nice to have a realistic estimate from the get go. You don't want to undercut yourself.</p><p>Furthermore, is there a good resource for what percentage of the construction cost should be dedicated to each of the CSI divisions for different projects? How do you know if a product is too expensive?&nbsp;</p><p>In sum: if a freshly licensed architect gets hired for a job and he isn't very experienced with construction cost, how does he/she satisfy 1) his/her contractual obligati...</p> favorite artists who paint architecture...? jla-x 2015-01-27T20:18:00-05:00 >2015-01-29T17:08:07-05:00 <p>de chirico, Escher, Dali, Woods??? whos your favs.&nbsp;</p> 3D Printing Your Architectural Designs Chris4166 2015-01-27T17:05:00-05:00 >2015-01-27T17:05:05-05:00 <p>Hi Archinect Community,</p><p>I have a 3D printing startup and we're currently exploring new niches for potential growth opportunities. I was hoping to understand a little bit more about how both professional firms and architecture students get physical creations of their CAD files. I know scale models are typically created when pitching new clients or creating a showcase of past projects, I am just not sure if they are created by hand or done through laser cutting or something similar.</p><p>A few questions...would you ever get your scale models 3D printed? If not, how come?&nbsp;</p><p>If you do currently get them 3D printed, do you use a local print shop? Would you ever have a model printed that needed to be mailed to you if it saved you money?</p><p>Thanks a bunch everyone! I really appreciate any insight that can be derived from here.</p><p>Chris</p> Earth Vernacular architecture go do it 2015-01-27T16:52:31-05:00 >2015-01-27T17:34:17-05:00 <p>A village of these would look like a rockslide.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Link</a></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p> American firms piero1910 2015-01-27T13:35:57-05:00 >2015-01-27T13:35:57-05:00 <p>My professor gave us this list with the names of firms in the world that he considers the best. But I would like to know what other firms you can recommend to see with great work. Especially, I would like to know more about american firms because all the ones that I know are mostly Europeans and I also think that many of the american firms that they professor mentioned do not have inspiring work for me. So please let me know what you think. Thanks.&nbsp;</p> MBA after Urban Design and Landscape Architecture Degree seda 2015-01-26T19:46:00-05:00 >2015-01-29T15:10:04-05:00 <p>Uhm, Hi,</p><p>I'm 22 years old, a bit young I know and I am having troubles on planning my future and also my career, I graduated at a very young age and I want to use the benefits of it, I decided to do an MBA at a very respectful university (not overrating) but with my Urban Design and Landscape Architecture degree (basically graduated from a fine arts/design department) I don't know how to combine these two fields.</p><p>Design offices in my country (Turkey) are a bit infertile and the corporate ones have intimidating requirements. I made a research on how to combine these two and not having to work at a marketing or counseling sector, I need to see and hear about your experiences. I was planning to have masters degree on Urban Planning but as I said it is an infertile sector and I don't want an academic career.&nbsp;</p><p>I love my profession but, for at least 5-7 years my salary will not be adequate to live at a certain level or even without my family helping or start some savings, that was one of the...</p> First Time Home Builder: Educate Me Please NewbieSelfBuilder 2015-01-26T17:15:00-05:00 >2015-01-29T20:21:54-05:00 <p>Hi All,</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks for reading my post.</p><p>So, I'm about to embark upon my first ever self-build project and would appreciate any and all pearls of wisdom that may help along the way.</p><p>The structure will be a single story, single family home. IRO 2500sq ft with a 3 car garage.&nbsp;Location&nbsp;is Southern California&nbsp;The lot is undeveloped, fairly remote and roughly 4 acres total.</p><p>So we're looking at installing a well (out of City water area), power and gas. Thinking solar and propane for power and gas.</p><p>We're not aiming for a custom designed mansion but neither do we want to do things on the cheap. Would be nice is the frontage had a little character and interior fixtures and fitting by no means have to be top of the range but should give an overall feeling of quality.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Any suggestions, ideas or a heads up on potential issues would be greatly appreciated!!</p> Ukraine: Why Are US Soldiers In Mariupol? Miles Jaffe 2015-01-26T14:15:45-05:00 >2015-01-26T17:34:29-05:00 <p>In more news you won't see reported in the US:&nbsp;Ukraine: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Why Are US Soldiers In Mariupol?</a></p> Thesis Topic - Cinema centre Rio9891 2015-01-25T11:43:00-05:00 >2015-01-27T01:03:22-05:00 <p>Hi all,</p><p>First of all, don't take the title to serious, I'm not even sure what to call my idea yet.</p><p>What inspired me?</p><p>The cinema culture as we know it, the smell of popcorn, movie posters, collectables, funny food, toys, the pop culture and what have you.</p><p>What I want to do?</p><p>I want to embrace this culture through the design of a cinema hub, large open spaces with movie character models, playfull activities, fun food.. just capturing the spirit of it.</p><p>How can this become a thesis?</p><p>Since the content of cinema is constantly changing, how can a place be flexible enough to occomadate it? What is the relationship between architecture and pop culture? Is it a working museum?</p><p>I think it still very loose, that&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;m here today to ask for guidance.</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>Rio.</p> Graphic design after architecture degree? roksraka 2015-01-24T20:37:00-05:00 >2015-01-27T14:23:48-05:00 <p>Hello!</p><p>I'm a 2nd year architecture student from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Although I like architecture, I'm starting to realize that I'm more and more interested in graphic design. Due to some weird rules of our educational system, I can't just go and study graphic design on another faculty (still part of the same university) without paying 3600 euros per year, which is obviously too much for my budget.</p><p>Since architects do have to care about presentation etc., one would think they aren't that bad with graphic design either. Could I possibly become a freelance graphic designer after I get my degree in architecture? What are my chances? How can I educate myself on budget?</p><p>Thanks for the help!</p> Summer Travel Architecture Experience Aishuk 2015-01-23T18:49:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:49:44-05:00 <p>I finished my B.Arch and I have one year of work experience. I want to pursue my Master's Degree maybe next year. I haven't decided on a specialization yet.&nbsp;</p><p>This summer I want to travel, take up some short courses and learn about various cultures cultures and architecture. Can you suggest any <strong>SUMMER COURSES</strong> in Europe(preferably) where i can learn some new aspects of architecture? I am looking for urban design/planning courses.&nbsp;</p> How a business become a plan holder. mikehaff 2015-01-23T18:48:00-05:00 >2015-01-23T18:51:27-05:00 <p>We are a small drafting/design services company that has been in business for over 25 yrs. We have recently become involved with a couple of clients that have us pull plans and specs from construction data websites such as Reed. My question is this: How does a firm like ours become a plan holder? Is it licensing? Who you know? Would we have to have a P.E. on staff?&nbsp;</p> Division 1 and 2 Sample Specifications bjlehrer 2015-01-23T16:45:25-05:00 >2015-01-23T20:04:50-05:00 <p>I am looking for sample Division 1 (General Requirements) and Division 2 (Existing Conditions) specification sections. Does anyone know where I could find some samples to customize?</p> Building & Landscape combos justavisual 2015-01-23T02:45:50-05:00 >2015-01-26T02:17:53-05:00 <p>Hi all,</p><p>I'm trying to put together a list of buildings throughout history (and all around the globe) that have a significant relationship with their site, either because they fit so well into it, or because the building and landscape were designed in unison. What are your favorites...from study or travel?</p><p>Thanks!</p>