Archinect - Forum 2015-03-03T17:48:38-05:00 What's the biggest amount of work you've been able to get done within an 8-hr time bracket? smthsmth 2015-03-03T14:53:00-05:00 >2015-03-03T17:23:33-05:00 <p>Hi all. Just a Random Tangent. I've been thinking about different work speeds and different abilities to accumulate energy from a certain motivator and it got me wondering, as the title says,<br><br><strong>What has been the most you've been able to summon up the solid concentration to do within a limited timeframe due to a firm deadline and what has been that deadline?</strong><br><br>I'm just interested to see how far the brain and effort can strain to get the job done.</p> Want to be an Architect stoetzels 2015-03-03T14:41:00-05:00 >2015-03-03T16:30:09-05:00 <p>Hello Folks,</p><p>This is my first post but I have read this forum many times. I am a 32 year old man living in Toronto, Canada. I have a Bachelor's degree in Supply Chain Management where I currently work in a warehouse for a well known online company with mediocre pay.</p><p>I studied and worked full-time, staying with my grandmother, so I don't have any loans. However, I was diagnosed with ADD later in life and spent 8 years in colleges, failing for the most part in my junior courses. When I did get my medication, I excelled in all my courses and the last two years in university had been a breeze as I realized what I was capable of, but since so much time had been taken, I took a 'safe' major for a guaranteed job in Warehouses as I worked in one, and having a bachelor's would give me a leg up.</p><p>I had more aspirations such as being an architect but I was pressed under my circumstances and got a job right out of college and have been there ever since.&nbsp;</p><p>Since then I have taken a proactive attitude ...</p> African graphics green man 2015-03-03T13:34:01-05:00 >2015-03-03T16:43:05-05:00 <p>African knowledge was essentially oral an account of the nonexistence of writing.This is why it overflows of many graphics,and each of them has a meaning.</p> University of Oregon - Final Result? DK519 2015-03-03T13:07:00-05:00 >2015-03-03T14:26:04-05:00 <p>Hey guys,&nbsp;</p><p>Has anyone gotten their final results from Univ. Oregon? I've received an early notice on Feb. 20th from Arch. Department (contingent upon UO Graduate school), but nothing after. &nbsp;Maybe I'm just getting paranoid. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>thanks! and good luck everyone.&nbsp;</p> Should I try to find a new job nw ? xsfxcx 2015-03-03T09:28:00-05:00 >2015-03-03T09:52:07-05:00 <p>Hi All,&nbsp;</p><p>I am currently first year graduate from my Bachelor studies in Architecture and have been working in my professor's firm and as research assistant for almost a year. Currently , I am waiting for my MArch results to be release , so I was just thinking if I cannot enter MArch in this year , should I be working in some other places to gain different experience.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>At first when I was attracted to work in his office is because we won a competition to go to second stage and have another pavilion can be built . &nbsp;But currently the competition have ended and the other project is on hold for some reason, such that I am just working on very boring research projects and feel so weak compare with what my other classmates who are working in cooperate firms does, like drawing tenders, working on details etc.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Therefore , I would like to seek on some advice from you guys , do you think I should wait for all my results to be release before start finding my new job or I should actually start nw...</p> PhD Arch at the GSD citizencities 2015-03-02T19:52:12-05:00 >2015-03-02T19:52:12-05:00 <p>For those who found out recently, where did they post results?</p> PhD Arch at the GSD citizencities 2015-03-02T19:51:25-05:00 >2015-03-02T19:51:25-05:00 <p>For those who found out recently, where did they post results?</p> Building Type A or B wurdan freo 2015-03-02T18:39:05-05:00 >2015-03-03T14:25:37-05:00 <p>If I remember correctly suffix A or B in defining construction type refers to sprinklered versus non sprinklered. For the life of me I cannot find where this is defined. Any insight appreciated. IBC 2009. </p> Tulsa OK CAD File? Driko 2015-03-02T17:40:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T17:40:45-05:00 <p>i know its a stretch but does anyone have a tulsa cad file?</p> Firms and city suggestions? ziazia 2015-03-02T14:51:30-05:00 >2015-03-02T14:51:30-05:00 <p>Hey there,&nbsp;</p><p>I'm graduating this May from a good grad school school in Philly but cant take the weather anymore. I'm looking to apply for jobs in the west coast or Colorado. Somewhere I can be close to nature to do outdoor activities. Any recommendations of interesting firms that do good design (not the usual big corporate firms).? I have been looking at Portland, Seattle, San Fco, LA, etc. Thank you so much!</p> GSD acceptance 2015 hunical 2015-03-02T13:57:00-05:00 >2015-03-03T12:16:28-05:00 <p>Hello everyone,</p><p>I am wonder if any current GSD applicants know when it is due to hear back from GSD regarding acceptance?&nbsp;</p><p>and if any is a concurrent or past GSD student, about when did you hear back from GSD?</p><p>Thanks,</p><p>A</p> Masters that helped your B.Arch Degree/Job fiveyearbeard 2015-03-02T12:51:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T15:22:51-05:00 <p>Hi Everyone!</p><p>I've graduated from my five year program last year and I was curious to see what Masters people have pursued after their B.Arch. I want to pursue a Masters but it wouldn't be in architecture, it would be in something different that can help me do my job better. I would love to hear what people have pursued and how it has helped you in your career.</p> Has anybody fought for a two-year March I program? sophie2015 2015-03-02T11:37:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T18:10:01-05:00 <p>Hi,</p><p>I would like to know if anybody here is able to persuade the schools to put him or her into the two-year program. I am very happy to receive an offer from one of my top schools but it is the seven-semester path.&nbsp;</p><p>I have a B.S. in Architecture and two-year working experience. My other offers are only two years. Three and a half years seem to be too long for me.&nbsp;I really appreciate any tip what to mention in the email. Will it be better to actually talk to someone at school face to face since I am going to the open house?</p><p>Thanks you:)</p> Career Advice shuellmi 2015-03-02T11:20:25-05:00 >2015-03-03T11:45:48-05:00 <p>Big question today....</p><p>I accepted a job at a decent sized engineering firm, Hubbell, Roth, and Clark over the weekend, more money, super close to home, and because its about a 2 person arch. department, wider variety of experience. &nbsp;The bad thing is the work is mostly pump houses and small municipal type projects that they get by adding architecture to their existing engineering contracts.</p><p>quite a change from the giant/complex retail centers I'm working on now.</p><p>Told the my mentor/principle this morning, he says I'll top out quickly and won't be challenged at HRC. &nbsp;Also that if I stay there too long it would be near impossible to get back into "real architecture."</p><p>Couple hours later he offered me a 10% raise + a bonus to stay and said they were only doing that because they don't want to see me make a bad career move.</p><p>What do people think - would it be disastrous or is the wider experience viewed as plus even though the projects are far less glamorous?</p> Desk Space for Rent in Loft Office (NoMad - NYC) mcbride205 2015-03-02T09:56:00-05:00 >2015-03-02T09:56:49-05:00 <p>We are a small architecture and interior design firm with a total of 2 desks available for sub-let to other architects, interior designers, graphic designers, etc.&nbsp; Our office is on the 11th floor. It is a open &nbsp;loft office with plenty of windows.</p><p>1 year lease, rent is $600 per desk/month, plus a portion of utilities, weekly cleaning, and landlord pass-along expenses based on the square footage you are renting. Wifi is also available for a small additional fee.</p><p>&nbsp;Includes access to 2 private bathrooms and kitchenette.</p><p>Contact: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> AIA branding Improvement?! SpatialSojourner 2015-03-02T07:24:26-05:00 >2015-03-03T12:51:49-05:00 <p>This morning I was perusing AIA websites looking for graduate school scholarships. &nbsp;As I perused different chapter websites, I was wondering if the AIA needs a web design make over. &nbsp;</p><p>The regular website is okay - I guess... It could use a fresh coat of paint (remove the gradients). &nbsp;Those nifty TV commercials are nice but when one heads to the AIA sites and see web 2.0 sites it seems like it'd be a turn off and doesn't seem to match their flat IAMAIA ad design. Visiting the AIA NoVA site, it looks dated especially compared with the AIA DC site, which is one of the nicest. &nbsp;The AIA LA looks clean but has dropdown nav panels that covers other navigation options. &nbsp;I was wondering if the AIA could provide a custom web template to chapters to&nbsp;provide&nbsp;a&nbsp;consistent&nbsp;brand image and UX - maybe something based off bootstraps or another framework.</p><p>There was a post on Archdaily a few years ago about architects having the worst websites but for the most part, I've seen architects really stepping ...</p> Laptop resolution HELP!!!!! tx16 2015-03-01T23:56:40-05:00 >2015-03-02T13:10:30-05:00 <p>I am a new architecture student in the United States. My school's official website requires the students to buy a 15" laptop. Normally, the 15" laptops have 1920x1080 configurations. However, I want to get a well-functioning&nbsp;laptop that won't be outdated after 2-3 years. Is it necessary for me to purchase a 3840x2160 ultra HD laptop? OR Is it good to stay with the 1920x1080 resolution? ARE there any laptops that you guys want to recommend?&nbsp;</p><p>P.S. The attached picture is the basic&nbsp;laptop configurations and specifications recommended for running CAD, graphic, and 3D applications.&nbsp;</p> Urban Designers grega22 2015-03-01T18:40:11-05:00 >2015-03-01T19:27:28-05:00 <p>I have a MUP (Masters in Urban Planning) and 5+ years as a transportation planner working plans for on bike lanes, BRT/LRT, ped planning, complete streets, livability, etc...</p><p>I'd like to shift from plans to do more design based work, more visioning, more master planning, corridor studies, streetscapes...hence I'm looking into a one year post professional MUD degree. Do you think, from experience, that this will allow me to compete for Urban Design jobs? Seems like job postings for urban designers require either an MUD or LA or sometimes just an MUP.( I'm testing the waters now to see if I can compete w/ my current credentials).</p><p>Thoughts? Thanks.</p><p>Greg</p> How difficult is it to establish residency in CA? Theresa Bort 2015-03-01T14:57:00-05:00 >2015-03-01T18:45:57-05:00 <p>I am currently a resident of Maryland, and taking two years off after graduating with a BS before going back to grad school in Fall 2016.</p><p>My top schools are all in California (specifically Berkeley, big surprise), so I'd love to become a resident before emptying all my savings into a garbage can in a year and a half.</p><p>Is there anyone who has had trouble applying for in-state residency at California schools? (Or anyone who had a surprisingly easy time?) I will be able to live in CA for at least a year, so that part shouldn't be a problem.</p><p>Thanks!</p> Construction Techniques LSACan 2015-03-01T10:42:24-05:00 >2015-03-01T18:40:11-05:00 <p>Currently working on a project that involves the expansion of a primary school located in Leicester (East Midlands) We have been given a budget of &pound;60k-&pound;250k. Its a single storey structure with a mixture of flat and pitched roofs. A general cavity wall was my initial idea however I am not sure on what construction technique I should use. Wood frame? Steel frame e.t.c This construction technique needs to be sustainable and cheap.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I am a Architecture student at the Leicester School Of Architecture and I am working with 13 others students on a live project thus I am still inexperienced :)&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thank you for your help&nbsp;</p> Portfolio Critique :] Pax.01 2015-03-01T06:39:09-05:00 >2015-03-02T10:37:08-05:00 <p>While I'm here, I might as well get your opinion on my portfolio!</p><p>I haven't had a formal critique since my undergrad days I think!&nbsp;</p><p>All opinions are welcome, hopefully not too mean :)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Here goes,</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks!</p> How to present ongoing projects when applying for a job? Pax.01 2015-03-01T06:35:31-05:00 >2015-03-01T06:35:31-05:00 <p>Hi there,</p><p>I'd like to hear from you guys about ideas, on how to present the projects that I'm currently working on, whilst applying for a job.</p><p>I want to present glimpses of the projects, without having to actually add it, to my online portfolio. Clearly, they aren't complete, and they are just at the conceptual stages.</p><p>Any ideas?</p><p>Thanks!</p> is this normal stuff to happen in architecture firms. StudioR 2015-02-28T07:01:00-05:00 >2015-03-03T17:34:23-05:00 <p>hi all..i'm a female, korean, staff at an archi firm in Seoul.</p><p>i spent around a year in this firm right after i graduated from school (all in seoul)</p><p>a year with this firm was okay, not bad and the work was also acceptable. people were nice enough to work together with. but the thing is i wonder some experience is only happening here or only in korea.</p><p>there was one occasion that i think is not acceptable. current project that im participating is a public museum. the korean government placed an order. by now there had been lots of meetings and presentations especially with the town hall officials. lots and lots of (boring) submission (which i sometimes feel as.. waste of paper....) (puhaha, time for preparing documents is wayyyyy longer than designing anything) . things were really boring sometimes but i wasn't really being dissatisfied. i was bored but that was what had to be done. &nbsp;but one day, there was a very important official meeting with the people related to this project. public ...</p> Japanese Californian organic interior architect? Ktime 2015-02-27T19:49:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T19:50:28-05:00 <p>A few years ago I was browsing through an architecture book and saw what appeared to be an organic style of interior architecture - twisted bare metal wood and glass, crowded more than minimal. I believe the work was <em>possibly</em> in California, by a male Japanese designer or architect.&nbsp;The work reminded me of bat wings, hobbit holes, H.R. Geiger.</p><p>Is this familiar to anyone here? Do you possibly have a name or a hint to this style? Much appreciated.&nbsp;</p> Architecture Summer School 2015 codepanda 2015-02-27T12:22:00-05:00 >2015-02-27T18:36:57-05:00 <p>Hi! I'm currently doing a masters in computer science in France but after traveling around Asia and Europe, I'm seriously considering shifting to architecture. I've been looking at GSD's Career Discovery program, Columbia's Intro to Architecture, and SciArc's Making + Meaning program. My goal is to get a sense of how archi studio works and create a strong portfolio for my M.Arch application next year. To those who have attended one of these programs (or know someone who did), what are your thoughts and impressions in terms of the quality of work done by the students, the lectures, and the overall vibe in the school? Is one better than the other or is it a matter of whether the school's philosophy fits with what I what I want to do after?</p> I'm too sexy for my t-square.... DeTwan 2015-02-27T09:15:26-05:00 >2015-02-27T18:57:48-05:00 <p>Surprised that no one posted this yesterday.</p><p>I knew I was damn sexy, now it looks as if the rest of the country is noticing&nbsp;too...</p><p>One thing is for sure, your nephew probably wants to be an architect....especially once those #ilookup commercials start running on Sunday morning cartoons.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;</p> DAAD scholarship news anjalir19 2015-02-27T00:46:20-05:00 >2015-03-03T01:09:00-05:00 <p>Hey guys,</p><p>Any news on DAAD 2015 scholarship status? By which month do they usually announce?&nbsp;</p><p>Cheers</p> Can someone with 3ds max give me a hand? Need help converting file. alibla 2015-02-26T20:56:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T20:56:57-05:00 <p>Hey guys, I've been looking everywhere for a way to convert .max files into a format that I can use in rhino, preferably .3dm, but I just can't find any alternatives. I think the best thing to do at this point is to just have someone with 3ds max to convert it for me. Is it okay for me to email someone the file to have it converted? Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. &nbsp;</p> Residential vs commercial (diversified) architecture Craig Schabel 2015-02-26T18:25:29-05:00 >2015-02-27T12:16:10-05:00 <p>Hello,&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I need help with something. &nbsp;I am 29 and have a Masters degree from USC. &nbsp;I have been practicing architecture for 7 years in Los Angeles- (4.5 since graduating graduate school) my real professional work, the 4.5 years has all been in custom residential. &nbsp;I am on track to become project manager. &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I was offered a new position at a diversified firm which specializes in different types of commercial with the occasional residence. &nbsp;I would also be on track to become PM there also, but would need some time to adjust and learn commercial design.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>My question is: Since I am young in my career, is it best to take a new job that will diversify my skills in architecture or stay with a specialized firm I've been with and remain in residential?&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>What are some experiences in both?&nbsp;</p> 1-4 Desks Available in Sunny Dumbo Loft Jordan Parnass 2015-02-26T16:41:44-05:00 >2015-02-26T16:41:44-05:00 <p>We've got up to four desks available for rent in our sunny Dumbo office.</p><p>Looking for fellow architects, designers or other creatives to co-work in the space.</p><p>Includes shared use of conference room, lounge area, full pantry, plotter, tabloid color laser, copy/fax etc.</p><p>Flexible, month-to-month terms.</p><p>Please email info [at] if you are interested in coming by to check out the space.</p>