Archinect - Forum 2015-12-01T15:15:00-05:00 Just saying Hi.. daviday 2015-12-01T15:04:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T15:04:40-05:00 <p>I didn't see a designated subforum for introductions and figured this to be the best place to introduce myself. Hopefully I'm right.&nbsp;</p><p>I'm currently a student, albeit, an older one, finishing up my undergrad this year coming. Not sure where I'm headed but I've had a love of architecture since I could remember. I've had my hand in a number of real estate transactions over the years and have learned a lot of things the hard way. Looks as if this community could provide a lot of valuable information. Look forward to reading and contributing however I can.</p><p>Davide&nbsp;</p> Understanding Codes. lizaidesigns 2015-12-01T13:43:36-05:00 >2015-12-01T14:25:55-05:00 <p><strong>Do I have to know the contents of International Fire Codes, or can I just read the Chapter 9 of CA Codes? Do I have to follow both or just the latter?</strong></p> Understanding Codes. lizaidesigns 2015-12-01T13:29:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T13:33:11-05:00 <p>For someone with no architecture background, can you explain in simpler terms what this means "assume all assemblies to be unrestrained when determining fire resistance"... could you explain restrained vs unrestrained, and why assume all restrained?</p> Can anyone identify these light fixtures? davvid 2015-12-01T12:16:55-05:00 >2015-12-01T13:08:32-05:00 <p>The other weekend I stopped by the new Van Leeuwen Ice cream Shop in Brooklyn. It was designed by a small firm named <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carpenter &amp; Mason</a>. It all looks very nice but what really caught my eye were the extremely minimal tubular ceiling-mounted light fixtures. Does anyone know what they are (name, type, brand, are they fluorescent or actually LED?) Has anyone used fixtures like this in their projects?</p><p>Thanks</p> Getting to top universities with a 308 GRE and awa 3 Cally1121 2015-12-01T11:30:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T11:35:56-05:00 <p>Hi all...</p><p>i was thinking of applying for Ms courses in US.Though my academic profile is fine,&nbsp;GRE score is not too good(148 v,160 q). I have been working hard on portfolio and statement of objectives.</p><p>should i retry GRE or concentrate on the rest of the requirements?will i be able to get into&nbsp;Top universities like GSD,MIT or GSAAP ?</p> Non-Architect Positions within Architecture Firm CuriousGeorge 2015-12-01T11:28:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T14:27:17-05:00 <p>I'm moving away from a 8-year career in finance (bond trading, investment management) and considering getting a MS in Design Science (UMich) that would incorporate business, product design, and architecture courses. &nbsp;</p><p>My question is on the employment structure of most architecture firms. Are the business/finance duties of most firms carried out by architects? &nbsp;Is there a role for someone with a strong finance background and a MS that allows him to speak the same language as the architects or is this very uncommon?</p><p>I'm already pretty set on going back to school to get the degree, I'm more setting expectations and guiding my class selection towards potential employment.</p><p>I appreciate your thoughts. &nbsp;-George</p> Second Tier City vs First tier city. Narcus 2015-12-01T02:41:27-05:00 >2015-12-01T11:46:48-05:00 <p>Hi guys,</p><p>My parents have a small architectural-infrastructure design firm in a second tier city(jaipur).</p><p>While we have good business here, and can flourish, foreseeing the boom the city is going through, large IT companies coming up. Do you reckon starting from a first tier city mumbai/delhi is better? From both architecture and developer perspective.&nbsp;</p><p>Do you think quality and pace of life gets severely affected when you are in such a city.</p><p>I seek replies from people not from india aswell.</p> Model Making: A helix ramp LydiaM 2015-11-30T16:51:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T13:23:00-05:00 <p>Hi, I'm trying to make a model 1:25 of a helix shaped ramp (1m in width - 1.5 and 2.5 metres from the centrepoint). The ramp reaches one metre in height when it begins to level out.</p><p>I thought it would simply be two circles draw, radius 1.5m and 2.5m, cut the mountboard and almost stretch it slightly into the helix shape. However this slopes the mountboard inwards towards the centre so I now realise that it's not exactly a circle shape to cut out because of the slope.</p><p>I've searched around to look for the 'true shape' or 'development', various tutorials etc etc. but all i can come across is CAD tutorials, and this one (which seems far to complicated to bother with for a small architecture model): <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>/</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>this is the basic shape i am aiming for: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>it's only the floor i need; the sides should be okay (i hope?)</p> Let's talk about a building Donna Sink 2015-11-30T12:59:53-05:00 >2015-12-01T15:10:00-05:00 <p>I saw this Jean Nouvel project in Architect Magazine while flying to Phoenix last week.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Link here. </a></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Nouvel is a superstar, and he has some good buildings for sure, and I hate to sound mean but I just don't think this is very good. The tower form itself is cool and might be ok as a mass, but the fenestration is uncomfortably chaotic AND looks cheap, both the window units themselves and the way they punch into the brick. The brick is blue, as is the interior:</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>which the article claims is a nod to the police officers who inhabit the building. I hope this isn't true, as if it is that makes the tower form seem monumentally overbearing, like a prison guardhouse/watchtower. But also the relentless blue on the interior is just overbearing, too.&nbsp; And the interior spaces of the offices (click the article) with their sloping walls feel crushing.</p><p>I visited the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis recently, also by Nouvel, and frankly felt kind of the same about it.&nbsp; It did have a great presence on the sky...</p> I think architecture has made me lose mymind Kozumelle 2015-11-29T19:50:57-05:00 >2015-12-01T12:00:14-05:00 <p>This is a serious question.</p><p>Has anyone else felt permanently scarred by architecture school or the profession? I feel asl though my architecture education has fundamentally altered my brain chemistry and genetic makeup. &nbsp;I have not been the same person since my graduate programme and time off has not seemed to help. Some days I feel like I have descended into maddness. &nbsp;I even went to a therapist briefly some time ago but I look at myself today and myself before I started and I am not the same person at all. It is like my innocence was stripped away. I do not receive joy from things I once did. My ambitions is dying like slow fire. My health has gotten worse and I used to never drink but now I drink quite often and alone. I feel this numbness to everything and I let life take me where I go instead of commanding my life like I used to. It makes me very sad to see it this way.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Can anybody relate?</p> Best young architects ketch 2015-11-29T16:22:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T06:05:12-05:00 <p>What are the best european architecture studio for you?</p> Hello, need some advices on softwares banberka 2015-11-29T16:22:00-05:00 >2015-11-29T22:58:50-05:00 <p>&nbsp;Hello archinect users, i am an architecture student that is studying at first grade, my school is using the traditional ways to teach us about the architectural design but as a computer lover i always been i also want to learn computer aided design and rendering softwares but as you all know from your college years i am already pretty busy with my lectures, homeworks and lessons etc. hence i currently have time to only learn a single software so i want to learn the most important one. I checked for employment requirements, most firms want their employees to know autocad, photoshop, revit, sketchup etc. but i am not sure about which one to learn first, hence i am asking to you experienced ones, which software should i learn first and how good should i be able to use it ? (Also it would be great if you can summarize where and when will i be needing these softwares.)&nbsp;<br><br>&nbsp;</p> Portfolio Critique Please! jhcy 2015-11-28T17:25:02-05:00 >2015-11-29T17:05:48-05:00 <p>Hi guys looking for feedback on my portfolio!</p><p>I'm a non-arch background with a major in chemical and materials engineering.&nbsp;</p><p>Applying to: Harvard GSD, Umichigan, and Berkeley</p><p>Just looking to see what my chances are at getting into these schools! Appreciate all help and comments</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> study abroad jenny205 2015-11-28T12:18:00-05:00 >2015-11-28T12:19:13-05:00 <p>I will be finishing high school next year in China and want to study in Canada. My parents and me also think that I will stay in Canada after I finish my studies so that I can one day become a Canadian. I want to get the best possible job after so I am wondering if anyone can tell me which areas of study to go into?</p> Skills needed in construction contracting jobs... Beshoy Adel 2015-11-27T18:20:45-05:00 >2015-11-27T18:20:45-05:00 <p>I'm an architectural engineering student in my last year... and I really like the job of a contractor, being so in touch with the process of constructing a building, with the real physical architecture rather than dealing with the building on paper or the theories and so, and it has a part of the job dealing with finances and so and I like that kind of work... but, I don't know by no means a lot of things about construction contracting, or working in a contracting office or company... can you guide me on which skills are needed for this kind of job, maybe books to read or websites to get more info? thanks a lot.</p> Hello . Need some advices please razan fayad 2015-11-27T05:57:18-05:00 >2015-11-27T23:43:28-05:00 <p>Hello everyone . I hope you all are doing well . I'm an architecture student sephemore . I have&nbsp;</p><p>A big problem for manngeing doing my projects . I always work in the last minute . I really this habbit but i tried many times to aviod it , but still i couldn't . I really love architecture&nbsp;</p><p>and i really get excited when i look to the project brief but then i don't i become lazy for doing it :/ . Any advice for how i can really prodective and really foucing .&nbsp;</p><p>The second thing . About the concept . I'm really stack in concept specially when they tell us</p><p>you have to think out of box . I'm really tryig hard but still my concept be very weak . I can't think in really creative way . Do you have some books or even some things to practice to make my brain very creative . Thank you a lot and i hope you answer my questions :)&nbsp;</p> Australian Postgraduate Schools voduykim 2015-11-26T15:52:00-05:00 >2015-11-27T00:30:58-05:00 <p>Hi everyone, I'm thinking of applying for the Master in Architecture in Australia. I have an Australian citizenship, however, I've never visited the country before. I already finished my degree in Architecture at HCM University of Architecture and have been working for 2 years at a local architectural practice.&nbsp;I'm living in VN since birth so I really don't know anything about &nbsp;the Australian schools, their focus and teaching methods.&nbsp;</p><p>My interest, at the moment, is the relationship between building and its larger context especially the urban context, the way the city reacts to the architecture which I did try to explore toward the end of my study. The idea of urbanism is still very new in VN as schools in here usually teach students to conjure buildings out of thin air, so mostly everything I've learned about urbanism is on my own, through some blind luck I'm afraid. I'm not exactly sure I would like to study urban design or planning since I still want to focus on buildings.&nbsp;In fact...</p> Thesis on "Swim Stadia" in its initial stage... shailytamrakar 2015-11-26T15:51:00-05:00 >2015-11-28T00:06:49-05:00 <p>hello guys,</p><p>I'm doing my final semester thesis and I have chosen "Swim Stadia" as my thesis topic.</p><p>Swim Stadia for me is basically a Stadium for swimming with additional features such as training centers for swimmers athletes, academic center, gallery, water park along with commercial space for advertising and marketing of swim related accessories. My goal is to design a vibrant and creative space incorporating the elements of water so that the spectator or the visitor inside my stadium experience a water world residing in land. And I also wish to create a place where athletes can shape and broaden their vision and skills further to complete in world class swimmers.&nbsp;</p><p>So, now further I am a little bit stuck how to begin my research. I would appreciate some help and guide on what I should do next? what categories/sub-categories can be there other than above mentioned? any good examples of such swim stadiums/ natatoriums? And also if anyone has done thesis on this or related topic would h...</p> Has anyone ever landed an architecture job on a working holiday visa? thompson's gazelle 2015-11-25T20:45:23-05:00 >2015-12-01T15:14:35-05:00 <p>Hello all, I'm a late twenties male, currently working in my home country in Asia. I'm planning to relocate myself to the states in the near future, and knowing that getting a working visa in the US without already living there is almost impossible, I'm starting to think of working holiday visas as a possible detour to eventually get to the US.</p><p>For those who have been abroad on a working holiday visa, how easy is it to get a job at an architecture firm? I have about 2 years of professional experience, and received 10 years of education in the US. For gradschool, I have a masters from an internationally renowned institution (how much will this help outside the US?). I've been googling a lot, but working holiday stories I found were mostly about physical labor and traveling. So it made me think if it's even possible to get a job in my field of study with a working holiday visa.</p><p>I'm also curious about how European offices treat English-only speakers. I have very little problem with Engli...</p> Portfolio format review international_applicant 2015-11-25T18:41:51-05:00 >2015-11-28T12:20:53-05:00 <p>Hello guys I am applying for an MArch II post-professional program. This is let's say a chapter of my portfolio. A project presented in 3 spreads. It would be more than great if I could get a crit from anyone interested. General crit, not specifically for this project. I mean if the drawings or pics are small, the fonts. Anything</p><p>Thank you for your time!</p><p>Here is the link:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> How do you distinguish yourself in the profession? Zaina 2015-11-25T17:56:26-05:00 >2015-11-27T11:09:49-05:00 <p>I would like to hear you opinions..</p><p>I'm just trying to imagine.. How will be the work of next generation starchitcts like? what's the next movement in architecture? know our profession is very similar to the fashion design industry with 100000X bigger budget!</p> M. Arch I after Bachelor's in Interior Design zackmyers 2015-11-25T14:11:11-05:00 >2015-11-25T23:46:36-05:00 <p>Hi Everyone,</p><p>I'm currently in my senior year working to get a BS in Interior Design, and after some thought I'm considering entering graduate school to get a M.Arch.</p><p>I don't really&nbsp;want to go to school for another 3.5 years (after I&nbsp;receive&nbsp;my BS), so I was curious, do any M.Arch I programs grant advanced standing to students with a BS in ID based on their education, portfolio, and work experience?</p><p>And for those who have taken this route, do you feel like getting the M. Arch was worth it?</p><p>Thanks!</p> Architect as Master Builder bennyc 2015-11-25T13:07:00-05:00 >2015-12-01T12:35:24-05:00 <p>I am a NY Architect, with over 16 years experience, most with working for firms, a few years on my own trying to do "Architecture" or something in between Architecture and Construction.&nbsp;<br><br>I do not like the direction or the current state of the Architecture profession, and I am looking for like minded individuals to discuss and collaborate based on the ideas below:<br><br>1. Architect as Master Builder - I do not want to just design buildings, but I enjoy building things with my own hands as well and have done a few projects myself.<br><br>2. I don't care if you are a Contractor or developer or whatever, there is no way you care more about Architecture or design then an Architect. We are and should be the leaders of this industry and probably are the closest to the owners interest as anyone.&nbsp;<br><br>3. You think design and drawing is just as important as actual work. I think of my profession as a Master Builder, should not be broken down into interiors, design, architecture or whatever else has been turned in...</p> Modeling softwares Taylor_Lee 2015-11-25T12:25:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T15:47:18-05:00 <p>Hello all, this is my first post on this forum. Hopefully the beginning of something good!<br><br>I'm nearing the end of my architectural education. I do not consider myself to be (nor do I want to be) a "technician" when it comes to my relationship with architecture. My interests are in the design itself.<br><br>With that said, I was hoping for a bit of advice on modeling softwares, particularly on Rhino vs Form-z.&nbsp;<br><br>I recently read an article about Form-z, and decided to do some research. There is a *very* compelling video in which the software easily handles some tasks that Rhino is a lot more clunky with. It has an interesting floating snap feature, and a great layout system. It seems to be a good mix between Rhino and Sketchup and Revit, without sacrificing much (except the command line input, unfortunately).<br><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br><br>However, Rhino seems to have a much stronger connection with the industry, and it has plug-ins such as g...</p> architecture magazine Perotin 2015-11-25T07:52:13-05:00 >2015-11-25T07:52:13-05:00 <p>Has anyone worked for archdaily, architizer or archilovers? Can you tell me how does it all work with running a magazine? What is your experience? How do you find &nbsp;a project for publishing and who is responsible for photography?Also, any good articles about being an editor? Thanks ;)</p> ARCH I admission 2016 fall - GRE score :( boobooarch 2015-11-24T18:54:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T19:31:35-05:00 <p>I'm planning on applying architecture grad schools this winter.&nbsp;</p><p>Unfortunately my GRE score is below average and I know that Columbia and MIT is the only ones that requires 150V minimum. However, I've seen adimission posting here that some people got into GSAPP below that score. Do I still have change to get in? or should I even have to apply?</p> Job/work factors ArchNyen 2015-11-24T18:53:19-05:00 >2015-11-25T11:58:30-05:00 <p>office management</p><p>supervisor</p><p>co workers</p><p>salary</p><p>commute</p><p>restaurants near&nbsp;by</p><p>firm's design approach</p><p>software</p><p>firm name</p><p>firm size</p><p>task</p><p>projects</p><p>growth</p><p>Which one(s) of these factors do you find important in your current / future job? How would you rate the importance from 1-13? 13 being the highest important.</p><p>welcome to add to the list</p> laptop purchase preksha 2015-11-24T16:38:00-05:00 >2015-11-28T15:27:45-05:00 <p>I am 3rd year architecture student and considering to purchase a laptop.</p><p>can anyone suggest which laptop shall i buy.</p><p>also can alienware or dell precision be an option?</p> Job hunting in Hong Kong (without cantonese/mandarin). Help ! Wijdène 2015-11-24T13:27:00-05:00 >2015-11-25T23:24:47-05:00 <p>Hi everybody ! I am writing here today because I don't know what else I can do (18h HK time) after a whole day, month and almost a year looking for an architect position in Hong Kong with the less results I have ever experienced... ever !&nbsp;</p><p>Here is my story,&nbsp;</p><p>I am an architect, I had my M.Arch&nbsp;5 years ago now from the University of Carthage Sidi Bou Said Tunisia (yes I know so far away). I am also Accredited OAT Architect (l'ordre des architectes tunisiens).I worked as a designer during my studies in a french company then with a well known architect in Tunisia as an Architect for almost 3 years.</p><p>After that I decided to open my own practice which didn't look like a bad idea at that time especially during the very particular political context in Tunisia( Jasmin revolution 2011), I had more flexibility that allowed me to do other things like commitment to a political party and civic society (communication and youth leadership responsibilities mainly) as well as time for some of my passions...</p> plesae reccomended conversion historical building project Vendetta 2015-11-24T10:12:49-05:00 >2015-11-25T16:13:37-05:00 <p>Im a student. Now I have an assignment, to redevelop historical building project. acadamic project. would you please recoomend me some case studies. I try to seach it, looking for before vs after renovation, or some activities that make building rebirth again, but cant find anything much If you can suggest,pleasee Thank you very much </p>