Archinect - Forum 2016-12-08T09:32:33-05:00 Minimum height for 17.5 degree pitch darrenmartinez 2016-12-07T12:45:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T15:50:47-05:00 <p>Hi, my neighbour and I are planning a joint extension. My architect has drawn plans with a 15 degree pitched roof on a 3m extension, my neighbour and I are wanting a 17.5 degree pitch but the architect says it's not possible. We have accurately measured the critical dimension between the ground floor level and the underside of the first floor bedroom sill, and this is 3510mm. Is there an easy way to establish that a 17.5 degree pitch would work with this height?</p> Essay on the degree to which crime/anti-social behaviour can be designed out in housing estates in the UK rosh. 2016-12-07T10:26:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T14:58:31-05:00 <p>Hi guys,</p><p>This is my first post so please go easy on me.</p><p>I am in the process of researching and writing an essay on&nbsp;<strong><em>'The degree to which crime/anti-social behaviour can be designed out in housing estates in the UK</em></strong>'&nbsp;&#8203;<br><br>I'm looking in the direction of the theories developed by <em><strong>Oscar Newman (Defensible Space) </strong></em>and <strong><em>Alice Coleman (Utopia on Trial)</em></strong>, and am using <strong><em>Le Corbusier's</em></strong> ideas from his '<strong><em>Unit&eacute; d'habitation' </em></strong>which were fundamental in the foundation of construction for social housing in Britain.&nbsp;<br><br>I understand that crime and anti-social behaviour can't be fully designed out, but I know that these theorists analysed various housing estates in America and Britain and concluded that certain design aspects resulted in social malaise in these estates. The link with Le Corbusier is that he focussed heavily upon the 'house as a machine' which meant that he focussed more upon the function rather than aesthetics or exterior social motives in his housing designs for 'Unit&eacute; d'habitation'.&nbsp;<br><br>I would appreci...</p> faucets mespellrong 2016-12-06T21:30:39-05:00 >2016-12-06T22:37:14-05:00 <p>ok, admittedly a minor issue, but I have to replace the faucets in my kitchen less than three years after they were installed, because they are made out of tin foil and designed by someone who has never installed a faucet. So what are your go-to choices? I'm particularly interested in what you have lived with yourself, because I'm working on the budget of an architect.</p> architecture thesis archi143 2016-12-06T15:20:25-05:00 >2016-12-06T15:36:00-05:00 <p>hi..</p><p>how we can relate self esteem in designing a building ?</p><p>or self esteem in architecture ?</p> Product development jla-x 2016-12-06T12:45:29-05:00 >2016-12-06T14:07:22-05:00 <p>Anyone have any experience designing/developing architectural products? &nbsp;I'm looking to start developing a few simple landscape products that I've designed but not sure where to start...I have some investment money but not too much and looking to start small/local. &nbsp;Advice is much appreciated.</p> Will this be good enough? kellyloe 2016-12-06T10:04:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T10:09:44-05:00 <p>Hi all.</p><p>I am currently a student at university and I am looking to buy a new laptop. I am just not really sure of what to buy. Is this a good choice to buy,&nbsp;</p><p>-ASUS ROG G752VT-GC060T ($2000AUD)<br>-Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz (6M Cache, up to 3.5 GHz) Quad Core CPU<br>-NVIDIA GeForce GTX970M 3GB Dedicated Video<br>-8GB DDR4 (thinking of upgrading to 16)<br>-128G M.2 SSD, 1TB 5400RPM HDD</p><p>Will this be able to do most of the work with no issues? Is buying a laptop a good choice or&nbsp;<br>should I go with a PC? The most I can spend is about $2000 AUD.&nbsp;</p><p>I want to be able to use it even after graduating and start working. I'm not good with tech stuff and any help will be much appreciated.</p> Insulation levels shellarchitect 2016-12-05T20:43:35-05:00 >2016-12-07T22:18:45-05:00 <p>I haven't had to worry much about continuous insulation in my work, but Illinois is on the 2015 iecc so now I do.... I have a project that I designed with our standard insulation and now need to add a while bunch somewhere to pass comcheck. Is there a max reasonable level of rigid insulation to put on the mtl deck? If I have r-35 on the roof and cont. r-12 below the slab I can maintain my r-19 walls. I believe (correct me plz) that the below slab insulation is cheaper and easier than some gymnastics with cont wall insulation below a variety of ext. claddings. Thoughts?</p> Portfolio Critique konradkt 2016-12-05T05:48:54-05:00 >2016-12-08T09:13:35-05:00 <p>Hi Everyone.</p><p>I just updated my portfolio for my M.Arch II application and I want to get some feedback. This one would the close to the final version that I would submit to the admission.</p><p>Here is the link:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>I am applying to GSAPP, GSD, UPenn, Yale, MIT, Cornell and Princeton.</p><p>Also, for Princeton, do I need to change the cover to statement instead? If so, can I just put my personal statement on the cover instead of writing a new one?</p><p>Thanks a lot!</p> How to present document set & portfolio lottie576 2016-12-04T22:13:30-05:00 >2016-12-05T12:14:53-05:00 <p>Hi,&nbsp;</p><p>I have about 6 years of experience and preparing for an interview for a new job. In past interviews I carried with me bound 11x17 CD sets for all the significant projects I worked on. They were getting heavy but still possible...But now I am a point where doing that is getting quite difficult (I am guessing all together they weigh more than 50 pounds!)</p><p>Would it be better to print big sheets that I worked on extensively and only bring those? Although I feel it's little risky because some interviewers really want to look through the set, and it also helps me to have all the drawings so I can refer to them.</p><p>Also for presentation of general (more "graphic) portfolio- How many projects are good amount to go through?&nbsp;</p><p>I also would appreciate other interviewing tips for my level of experience. I have experience in many different types of projects and all stages of development. Most of the firms I worked for were big firms, so although there are many benefits coming from that I do feel my ...</p> Woodbury in LA? zac97 2016-12-03T22:06:52-05:00 >2016-12-07T20:00:44-05:00 <p>Is Woodbury University in Los Angeles a good school for architecture undergrad? They have such a high acceptance rate and I have not really heard much about them. I suppose they may share professors with schools like UCLA, USC, and Sci-Arc?&nbsp;</p><p>Would anyone recommend this school?&nbsp;</p> Another portfolio question nina4789 2016-12-03T05:40:08-05:00 >2016-12-04T03:28:37-05:00 <p>Hi everyone,</p><p>From what I see most portfolios that were updated here were around 30 pages (Double sheet counted as 2 pages).</p><p>When i looked in the instructions most schools (Harvard, Princeton, Columbia...) had no size limit and only MIT stated that the portfolio should be 30 pages (Double sheet counts as one page). meaning 60 pages and not 30.</p><p>Can anyone help me with this?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks very much!</p> Princeton post-grad m. arch help! nina4789 2016-12-03T05:14:11-05:00 >2016-12-03T12:14:45-05:00 <p>The portfolio requirements section mentions the applicant must&nbsp;include a brief statement (less than 500 words) about the applicants' motivation to attend Princeton University. However, the&nbsp;online application requires the applicant to submit&nbsp;a statement&nbsp;of purpose, as long as&nbsp;2000 words.&nbsp;</p><p>are these statements&nbsp;the same, or different&nbsp;in nature?</p><p>The reason of my asking is that the online application is for all degrees, and so I assumed the architecture department might prefer shorter&nbsp;letters of intent.&nbsp;</p><p>Thank you!</p> Portfolio feedback Alexandra Dobbs 2016-12-02T16:24:14-05:00 >2016-12-03T09:49:07-05:00 <p>Hi all,</p><p>Looking for some feedback on my portfolio, greatly appreciated --</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>THANK YOU!</p> Portfolio problems oldchild 2016-12-02T15:35:00-05:00 >2016-12-03T09:54:29-05:00 <p>Hi,</p><p>I graduated with a&nbsp;degree&nbsp;in&nbsp;architecture school two years ago and now I am a graduate student. Although I graduated with good grades, I don't think my projects are good enough. On top of it, my computer and my external hard drive were stolen a few years ago, and all my things were there (don't ask how). It would have been a good idea to backup online but unfortunately it couldn't think of it at that time. So I don't have a considerable part of my projects at the moment. I have an old &nbsp;hardcopy student portfolio (It's like a sophomore student portfolio -lack of content and visual stuff-), but I don't think it's good enough. I have not been involved in any project since I have focused on academic work for a while. Now I want to have a portfolio but there is not enough material to put in.</p><p>I do not know what to do. Do you have any suggestions?</p> Consistency in Architectural Jobs detanon 2016-12-02T09:56:00-05:00 >2016-12-05T14:29:57-05:00 <p>All - I have been working in architecture for the last 7 years, went through 7 years of school prior to that.&nbsp;</p><p>I have managed to almost always work at small/boutique offices (for better or worse), and have been able to work on some seriously cool projects. But I have found serious issues with continuous vile-conflict with certain coworkers and inconsistency in work. Although conflict is inevitable, I have found it particularly frustrating surrounding a work environment that does not template or create a consistent workflow -- that does not have a "way."</p><p>Additionally, those interactions have burned down any desire for design. Although I still have a significant interest in art and music. I have no burning desire...</p><p> be on the front lines, to be honest, I just want to work, make money and go home, and have a quality work-life balance. I have almost always been told "that's not possible" by colleagues, a-la-internet-or-in-person.</p><p>My real questions are...</p><p><strong>Is there an area of architectur...</strong></p> What is the downside to being licensed? techtonic 2016-12-02T02:40:00-05:00 >2016-12-07T19:54:19-05:00 <p>Throughout school and my professional career people have always told me that being a licensed architect through the AIA (I am in the US) is very important. I understand some of the best "architects" are not licensed and licensure doesn't really define your abilities as someone who designs space. &nbsp;I am wondering if there is a downside to being licensed other than fees and not being able to stamp your own drawings? It seems you have nothing to lose by being licensed, but it also feels strangely like institutional dogma at times, more so after the AIA Trump press release fiasco. Anyone here concentiously unlicensed? Why?</p> MArch Portfolio Review (Another One) AMA_xv 2016-12-02T02:38:00-05:00 >2016-12-02T14:52:49-05:00 <p>Well this should be interesting. I was not planning on posting anything prior to the applications but since my curiosity got the best of me, here goes:</p><p>I am applying for the MArch (Professional) with an architecture background, potentially looking for AP</p><p>I am mostly interested in what others think about the opportunity for admittance into a "top tier school" based on my portfolio and scores. Examples: MIT, GSD, Columbia, etc.</p><p>GRE: V/153 Q/152 W/3 I know its not good, I am hoping my portfolio will make up for some of the slack. I did very little preparation for the exam and could potentially score higher but I do not have the time or money to retake it. So these are my numbers...</p><p>Portfolio Link:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>Website:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;(where you can also find portfolio)</p><p>Any opinions on the portfolio and/or the test scores are appreciated, and I would love to hear from others who might be applying.&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks in advanced</p>... Issue? Sam Sharpe 2016-12-01T22:23:28-05:00 >2016-12-07T19:46:27-05:00 <p>Why is everyone using this for portfolio presentation instead of html or a pdf?<br>&nbsp;</p> Seeking input on "monoptera" mrsavocado 2016-12-01T18:27:00-05:00 >2016-12-01T18:27:53-05:00 <p>Greetings,</p><p>I'm working on a research project regarding the continued use of the Roman <em>monopteron</em> (monopteros) in modern times. [See also the Greek <em>tholos</em>.] Vitruvius wrote about the form in Book 4, Chapter 8. But I am not certain of the modern terminology for the form. It seems obvious to me that the form is frequently employed as a design aspect on many official buildings in the U.S. (courthouses, capital buildings, university campuses), but could a gazebo also be considered a monopteron? What other time periods/regions/building types have made use of the form?</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Thank you for you help!</p> WHAT IS NEXT !!! Zhong Ren Huang, AIA, LEED AP BD+C 2016-12-01T17:30:00-05:00 >2016-12-01T19:45:05-05:00 <p>I've worked in architectural field for a number of years and got enough experience which helped me to be licensed and LEED AP accredited. What is next in architecture after licensure. I want to develop my career into a specialist, such zoning consultant in NYC. is there degree or certificate for it?</p> Help with ISSUU format for my portfolio. march'17 2016-12-01T15:33:00-05:00 >2016-12-01T19:11:48-05:00 <p>Hi guys,</p><p>I need to upload my portfolio to Issuu&nbsp;for application.<br>My portfolio is done in landscape in 11"X8.5".<br>when I upload my pdf to issuu, then it ends up like this:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>where one page is shown per page.<br>But I want my portfolio to show two pages at a time like this:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>Do you guys know how?</p><p>I tried everything. I can get my pdf to show two pages at a time on acrobat but it will only show one page at a time when uploaded.</p><p>Please help me.</p> Portfolio Review - No Design Background maxst.pierre 2016-12-01T14:05:00-05:00 >2016-12-02T04:32:57-05:00 <p>Hi all,</p><p>Apps are due quite soon and I was hoping I could get a few tips on my portfolio. &nbsp;As stated above I have no design background. &nbsp;I will be applying to March 1 programs.</p><p>Link:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>Thanks all.</p> psd file trouble Robert Godfrey 2016-12-01T13:07:00-05:00 >2016-12-06T07:56:57-05:00 <p>One of my .psd files have the problem. When I opened one of them I saw an error -&nbsp;Photoshop cannot open files in the "Adobe Photoshop JPEG File" format. I used to another version of Adobe Photoshop and it couldn't open it. I have to&nbsp;repair psd image.</p> HAPPY REM - caption contest Archinect 2016-11-30T13:11:00-05:00 >2016-12-04T13:26:58-05:00 <p>If your Wednesday morning is already giving you too much grief, then escape with us for a moment to a far-away galaxy where the stars of television-cooking, starchitecturing, and all-kinds-of-artsing align in perfect harmony.</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Let the flurry of captions commence.</strong></p> Can architecture also listen? +++ Question of the Month #84 flop8 2016-11-30T06:17:20-05:00 >2016-12-01T23:27:15-05:00 <p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Question of the Month #84&nbsp;<br>architecture parlante &lt;-&gt; &eacute;coutante</p><p><strong>Can architecture also listen?</strong><br><br>Dedicated to Eduardo Chillida&rsquo;s monument of Tolerance<br>Visit our internet portal:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;<br><br>or on Facebook:<br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>/</p> Millennial island jla-x 2016-11-29T13:30:25-05:00 >2016-11-29T20:26:17-05:00 <p>Caution: this is not a safe space. &nbsp;This thread contains offensive ideas, and an overall disgust with people under 30.</p><p>If all the millennials were put on an island and left to their own devises how quickly would it fail? &nbsp;Would it turn into "lord of the flies", or would they simply cry until they dehydrate and wither away? &nbsp;I bet the little fuckers couldn't even build shelters without Rhino...</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> how to write a professional letter to client to ask for requirements in labour accomodation pushpakmanwani 2016-11-29T11:34:00-05:00 >2016-11-29T12:29:10-05:00 <p>I need a professional letter from an architect to a client asking for requirement for labour accommodation.</p> Contract Documents vs. Permit Documents jhecker 2016-11-28T20:00:00-05:00 >2016-12-01T11:18:58-05:00 <p>Attn:&nbsp; Contract Administration professionals</p><p>We are looking for input from Contract Administration experts on how to handle a situation with a General Contractor who has issued an RFI requesting which of the two drawings to be used that were listed with the same sheet number, but with different content, between the Permit Set and Contract Set's of documents.</p><p>During permit review, building official required emergency lighting plans to be prepared for a remodel to an old auto dealership service facility.&nbsp; Additional drawings were provided by our MEP consultant.&nbsp; These documents were submitted and accepted by the Building Official.&nbsp; When we (architect) requested that the MEP consultant update the bid set, the MEP consultant&nbsp; inadvertently omitted one of the drawings for the emergency lighting.&nbsp; So the permit set of documents is complete and the bid set is missing one floor out of three emergency lighting plans.&nbsp; This issue sprang from the fact that the MEP consultant had numbered both th...</p> Would this structural concept stand in extreme weather conditions? scottdineen 2016-11-27T20:48:00-05:00 >2016-12-01T06:08:11-05:00 <p>I am designing a large scale spherical venue and I am wondering if this design is unrealistic. Reinforced with the most stable support beams and plate material possible throughout the sphere and at the base, how would it stand over time and in extremely high wind? I hope it wouldn't roll away!&nbsp;</p> MArch II Portfolio feedback eddace 2016-11-26T16:03:00-05:00 >2016-11-27T06:22:44-05:00 <p>Hi Everyone</p><p>I'm currently in the application process for some MArch programs.</p><p>Applying to UC Berkeley, TU Delft &amp;&nbsp;University of Toronto&nbsp;</p><p>The link is below, I really struggled with the Berkeley requirements in particular so is the version i decided to post here.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>I would also like to apply to MIT and the Bartlett, however, I'm not sure my works would fit in those schools and I'd really appreciate some advice on this; Do you think I should pursue the application based on my works?&nbsp;</p><p>Any advice, criticism or opinion would be helpful, thank you</p>