Archinect - Forum 2015-07-28T11:29:04-04:00 Every freakin time LITS4FormZ 2015-07-28T10:31:02-04:00 >2015-07-28T10:32:35-04:00 <p><img alt="" src="">every time!</p> Extended Internship? ame7156 2015-07-27T20:01:00-04:00 >2015-07-28T10:34:59-04:00 <p>I am in the middle of my M. Arch I, Track 3 Master of Architecture degree at UIUC and I landed a Summer Internship at a large-scale, high reputable design firm in Chicago (firm will remain unnamed...). I started my internship at the end of May and will be here until August 21st, but throughout the Summer the design director that I work for has asked me a several times if I "really have to go back to school" and if I could stay and work there past the Summer for any given amount of time.&nbsp;</p><p>The first time this came up in private conversation, and I immediately dismissed the idea and thought it would be totally insane to not go back to school in the Fall. I still have a year and half to go, and I want to graduate more than anything. A few weeks later, however, the question of me staying to help on incoming projects and competitions still comes up when we talk, and now I'm starting to think maybe it wouldn't be such a bad idea to to do an extended internship and go back to finish my gradu...</p> AIA mj100 2015-07-27T12:56:58-04:00 >2015-07-28T10:53:58-04:00 <p>What are the benefits to joining the AIA?</p> Interior Design vs. Architect vs. Interior Architect YL17 2015-07-27T11:26:00-04:00 >2015-07-28T10:18:04-04:00 <p>I am a high school student, who has been looking at many colleges and universities. I have noticed that a lot of schools don't have Architecture, but have Interior Design, or vice-versa. What is the difference between the two? What will be different, job wise, if I choose one over the other?</p><p>Interior Designers, Architects, and Interior Architects are jobs that I have seen around the internet quite often. What is the difference between the two, and which do you think is best for me? I like the idea of decorating the inside of a home, but I love making layouts and blueprints. I also prefer designing/re-designing homes rather than other buildings.</p><p>Thank you for the help!</p><p>P.S. I am not the best at drawing, will that be an issue?</p> Architecture to Urban Design for Artistry radsada 2015-07-26T20:27:00-04:00 >2015-07-27T19:56:26-04:00 <p>Hello, all</p><p>I just need some advice on whether I'm making the right decision. I am an artists through and through. I love to paint, draw, abstractly carve surfaces, and I also have a knack for graphic design. Still, I am not as passionate about graphic design but I'm good at it (And they say there is money to be made in this field). But I went to art school to become a graphic designer and dropped out after a year because i dreaded making the commitment to become a graphic designer.&nbsp;</p><p>Now after &nbsp;while of thinking and considering my future career I do want to implement artistry but I also want to make a physical difference in communities and I thought maybe urban design would be the way to go. But it seems i'll have to study architecture first. I don't mind, especially if it gets me where I want to be, but I'm just not sure if studying architecture is the way to go because it seems so boxed in and secluded from other forms of art sometimes. Is there a way to still be an artist as an arch...</p> Is tempered glass required in entry door? jcrarch 2015-07-26T17:38:20-04:00 >2015-07-28T11:18:05-04:00 <p>We are having a 40" x 80" wood door with sidelites built for a current project. The door will have 15 inset glass panels that are 8" x 8". The sidelites will have 5 glass panels in each. I was fairly sure the building code required tempered glass ( couldn't find the section in the code) so I went down to the city to check with the local plan checker. I was told the glass doesn't have to be tempered. Then I went to the glass manufacturer to order the panels and they told me that city is wrong, "they don't care" "what do they know" and that the glass manufacturer would get a $50,000 fine if they supplied the glass for this door. I need to find the section of the building code that specifically addresses this issue so I will know the answer for myself. Shouldn't the city know the correct interpretation of the code? How often are they wrong?&nbsp;</p> Small Firm Health Insurance bklyntotfc 2015-07-26T16:47:18-04:00 >2015-07-27T13:23:25-04:00 <p>I run a small office (typically between 1-4 employees) in NYC.&nbsp; Pre-2008, I provided health care insurance for my staff.&nbsp; Post 2008, I have not, but I'd like to begin offering it again.</p><p>Can any employees or employers of similarly sized firms let me know what their insurance situation it offered, and is the firm paying for 100% of the premiums, 50%, pay for the employee's premiums, but not spouse/kids, etc?</p><p>I'm just trying to get some perspective on what the norm is for small practices.</p> Quick Moment of Venting - Procuring Work - Crazy Clients null pointer 2015-07-26T14:09:00-04:00 >2015-07-27T22:33:42-04:00 <p>My favorite part about procuring work: When the obviously unstable private residential client goes on a railing diatribe about "the jews around here" for 5 minutes straight without taking a break to breathe.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Needless to say I hung up on that person, and refused the job.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Sometimes I hate procuring new work.</p> Offices in São Paulo brasil 2015-07-26T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-26T14:08:53-04:00 <p>I am moving to S&atilde;o Paulo, Brazil soon and I am wondering if anyone can recommend offices that would be good to work at? I have heard of some of the big names such as Isay Weinfeld, Marcio Kogan, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, and Triptyque, but I am more interested in learning about the smaller, more local offices. Obrigada!</p> What does "complete 'lot fit' requests" mean? (on US based employer site) AvniGor 2015-07-26T14:07:00-04:00 >2015-07-26T14:58:08-04:00 <p>I'm applying for a Houston based firm. (International application) and it requires the employee to carry out 'lot fit' requests. Kindly explain what does it mean. Thanks!</p> Ramp Graphics in Plan A.I. 2015-07-26T10:23:29-04:00 >2015-07-27T12:45:28-04:00 <p>Hey everyone. &nbsp;I've looked through all the standards literature we have and I cannot find a definitive source on what the standard way of representing the direction of ramps in plan view actually is.</p><p>Do you draw a triangle from one end to the other where the tip represents the top? &nbsp;Or does the tip represent the bottom? &nbsp;What about curving ramps? &nbsp;Is it just a line in the center with the direction and word 'up' or 'down' written? &nbsp;Does each firm/architect have their own method?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>How would you annotate the direction of ramps shown in the attached image for example?</p> does anyone know what kind of heater this is? go do it 2015-07-25T20:15:41-04:00 >2015-07-27T10:09:52-04:00 <p>.<img alt="" src=""></p><p>Brassa&iuml;. Picasso in his Studio Rue des Grands Augustins. 1939.</p> Architect Discount - is it ethical to ask? nordmilk 2015-07-25T11:05:00-04:00 >2015-07-26T09:31:38-04:00 <p>I'm currently a student of architecture - not yet certified or degree holding. I am curious if it is unethical to some degree to ask an architect to purchase furniture (a big ticket item) on your behalf to get their architect discount? Would you as an architect feel offended by such a request or be unwilling to oblige?&nbsp;</p> M.Arch graduate program decision for Physics+Studio Art Bahealor Min Sung Kim 2015-07-25T11:01:00-04:00 >2015-07-28T05:09:56-04:00 <p>Dear archinect users, I am a recent graduate of a liberal arts college in Ohio. I double majored in physics and studio art. I will be applying to M. Arch programs in US for the 2016 fall enrollment. I just would like to know which program I would fit the best.</p><p>Here are some details of my education and experience. During my senior year, I did a year-long research in nuclear physics on stopping power and composed a series of landscape photography that was sold for ~$1000. Since I was not studying architecture, I sought experience in the professional world. During my sophomore year, I joined a team of builders to construct two log cabins and a timber residence in South Korea (home country). I also interned for an architectural designer in Palo Alto, California for a month after I graduated. I mostly did CAD work and assisted client meetings. Currently, I am apprenticing a traditional Korean pottery master to learn to throw celadons. I plan on including my final products for the final po...</p> At a Crossroads - Do I need M.Arch? Schoon 2015-07-24T18:09:56-04:00 >2015-07-25T23:18:54-04:00 <p>Getting right into it - After I graduate, I want to be able to design and engineer buildings. This fall I'll be entering my third year (out of five) of my Architectural Engineering program, and will be enrolling in an accelerated BS/MS program that will allow me to receive my master's upon graduation, and put me on track to earning my PE.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I've been going back and forth between two possibilities: enroll in an M.Arch program immediately or soon after graduation so that I can work towards licensure, or work in engineering 5 years and take the PE exam. The question is, up to what scale would I be able to practice "building design" without being a registered architect? The AE program at my university contains a substantial amount of curriculum from the Arch program, so I wouldn't be lacking in design education, just the NAAB accreditation. Do all state licenses require a NAAB accredited degree in addition to passing the ARE?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Or am I trying for too much, and should just pick one or the ot...</p> We Asked Famous Architects To Explain the Building They Always Wanted to Make But Never Could Donna Sink 2015-07-24T15:01:08-04:00 >2015-07-26T19:33:39-04:00 <p>It's Friday, you guys.</p><p><a href=";utm_medium=ShareTools&amp;utm_source=twitter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">I actually fell for the first one.</a></p> Getting in to architecture Jessicat 2015-07-24T11:02:00-04:00 >2015-07-25T10:52:09-04:00 <p>I've recently graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering, but I'm finding that I'm more interested in the design side of things and I'd really like to get into architecture. I'm not sure that starting again from the beginning with a degree in architecture is the best way to go - does anyone have some advice for how best to move from civil engineering to architecture?&nbsp;</p> MMM Corones museum by Zaha Hadid opens today Riccardo Bianchini 2015-07-24T09:56:33-04:00 >2015-07-26T20:24:47-04:00 <p>The new museum by Zaha Hadid Architects opens to tghe public on July 24, 2015.<br>I have been invited to the press preview yesterday, and I have taken some photos of the museum to illustrate an article on Inexhibit.</p><p>I post here some images, if you want the full article is here:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p> Looking for a place to stay in Brooklyn near Pratt siddgarg123 2015-07-24T05:02:22-04:00 >2015-07-24T07:25:26-04:00 <p>Hi, I am joining the graduate architecture program at Pratt Institute. I am looking to rent a place close by to Pratt.&nbsp;</p> Should I put my architectural working drawings into my portfolio ? John Anderson 2015-07-23T12:49:00-04:00 >2015-07-24T05:17:47-04:00 <p>Should I put my architectural working drawings into my portfolio ?&nbsp;(apply for architectural graduate schools March 1)</p><p>And should I mention&nbsp;them on my&nbsp;personal statement ?</p><p>I've worked in china as an architect for two years, but most of my work are&nbsp;architectural working drawings .</p><p><img alt="" src=";pid=15.1"></p> Lead Generation Maude11 2015-07-23T01:14:00-04:00 >2015-07-23T18:08:06-04:00 <p>Anyone have any good outlets for finding up and coming leads? Primarily within corporate and higher education environments. More to do with customer/visitor experience and not Architect specific. Thanks!</p> Joint Sealants Pritchard Stalkins, FUFEE 2015-07-23T01:05:00-04:00 >2015-07-23T09:54:37-04:00 <p>I'm designing a mixed-use preschool and water treatment plant in coastal Oregon.&nbsp; I'm not a licensed architect yet so it must to be built in many Exempt freestanding 3990 square foot modules with half inch gaps between them.&nbsp; The preschoolers will go on the ground floor so as to have code minimum ceiling height because they are short and also as well because sewage doesn't meet the definition of occupants thus no need for ADA on the 2nd floor so to save the client money on braille signs.<br>I am debating whether those half inch slots between exempt buildings should be efficiently sealed with GE silicone kitchen and bath caulk, or is it better to spec something like latex driveway crack filler because of lower VOCs which is more marketable to parents?&nbsp; And I just omit Part 3 of the specs since any circus carny knows how to execute a caulk gun.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Architect registration in Australia ( internationally recognized or not?) thefriendlyguy_11 2015-07-21T21:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-22T16:17:34-04:00 <p>Hello guys, I was wondering anyone here have any idea whether the architecture degree courses offer in Australia is internationally recognized( RMIT, Melbourne uni etc)? And if it is not , can I still work at any country(Europe,USA etc) after I obtain my part 1,2 and 3 and registered as an architect in Australia? Or do I have to go through a process to gain a qualification(architect license maybe?) that is internationally recognized(eg.UK or US) so that I can work at anywhere? It would be greatly appreciated and thankful if anyone could leave a comment here! Thanks again!</p> Best way to walk through portfolio during interview? acsookying 2015-07-21T19:06:20-04:00 >2015-07-22T13:49:43-04:00 <p>What's the best way to explain your portfolio during a webx (screen share) interview?</p> Cover Letter tips grandjean 2015-07-21T14:27:32-04:00 >2015-07-21T16:45:05-04:00 <p>Does anyone have advice concerning the content cover letters? I'm applying for work as a junior architect, and anything would be helpful. I am making sure to keep everything brief and to-the-point.&nbsp;</p><p>I have also seen job posts which request a desired salary in the content of the letter. Is there a right way to do that?</p><p>Thanks.</p> Applying to Grad Programs ccarry 2015-07-21T12:56:33-04:00 >2015-07-21T14:24:44-04:00 <p>I am applying for a M.Arch. I program for Fall of 2016 this year. I was wondering how many schools most people apply to? I am looking for a program with a focus more on design than extremely technical applications. (for the record I know you need both and every program is different)</p><p>Also, any suggestions of places I should look into? I have been doing a lot of research but I feel like there is only so much you can do online. I love University of Virginia's program from the research I have done and from what current students have told me about the teachers and program content but I am not sure I could get into such as prestigious school.</p><p>Thanks in advance</p> Potential Changes to Copyright Law: Implications for Designers and Architects? jmanganelli 2015-07-21T05:36:51-04:00 >2015-07-21T06:53:22-04:00 <p>Hi All,</p><p>I found this interesting.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>What implications, if any, do you think that it may&nbsp;have for designers and architects&nbsp;in general and smaller architectural practices in particular?</p> differences between bachelor degree of arts in architecture and architecture johannahso 2015-07-21T03:36:23-04:00 >2015-07-21T11:23:56-04:00 <p>what is the differences between the bachelor degree of arts in architecture and the degree of architecture?</p> Portfolio for professionals shihtaso 2015-07-21T00:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-21T16:29:26-04:00 <p>Could somebody share some experiences or advice about making portfolio as a professional (non-student)? After working at a small design firm for few years, now I'm trying to change the office, but I only have an academic portfolio I created when I was in school. To be honest, it looks terrible and kinda embarrassing to just look at it. Some stuff I see online like ISSUU looks very pretty, but I can't find anything done by experienced architects / designers. I think an academic portfolio and a professional portfolio should look different somehow. Or, does everyone use same layout but using a real photo instead of renderings? How about you don't have pictures yet because the building is still under construction?</p><p>I'm sure everyone has the similar experience. Please share your story here. Thank you.</p> Need Help for M.Arch!! aimarch 2015-07-20T14:03:00-04:00 >2015-07-27T00:57:49-04:00 <p>I am interested in applying for M. Arch, as well programs that are similar to architecture.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Here is my background:</p><p>Standing: Junior Standing; Plan to apply for M. Arch next year</p><p>Major: Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design</p><p>GPA: 2.6 (Approximately 2.8 for graduation GPA)</p><p>Portfolio: Yr 1 &amp; 2: Architecture, Yr 3 &amp; 4: Environmental Design</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Planned Schools:</p><p>Wentworth Institute of Technology: M. Arch</p><p>MassArt:&nbsp;M. Arch</p><p>Boston Architectural College: Arch, Interior Arch, Landscape Arch,&nbsp;</p><p>Roger Williams University (RI): M. Arch</p><p>Rhode Island School of Design: Landscape Arch</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Back-up Schools:</p><p>Suffolk University: Interior Arch</p><p>UMass Boston: MS in Urban Planning and Community Development&nbsp;</p><p>Boston University: Master of City Planning&nbsp;</p>