Archinect - Forum 2019-11-14T03:40:53-05:00 AUTOCAD/REVIT COURSES yamarki04 2019-11-13T22:43:14-05:00 >2019-11-13T23:42:09-05:00 <p>I havent practiced autocad in years. Wondering if there&rsquo;s any cheap courses available either online or maybe a school or studio that offers them in nyc. Revit as well, as I think these two are the ones mainly used in a typical office setting if I want to get in an arch job. <br><br> Just wanted to refresh my knowledge to be able to go back to the architecture career path. <br><br> Also, does these programs require subscriptions only? Unlike before where it can be bought or downloaded each new version that comes out. So it would be easier to practice at home. I think subscription fees are high? Any thoughts? <br><br> Thank you so much!</p> . MiloM 2019-11-13T19:09:06-05:00 >2019-11-13T21:38:24-05:00 <p>.</p> Multiple questions francisbergeron 2019-11-13T18:39:14-05:00 >2019-11-13T19:18:08-05:00 <p>I have multiple architecture questions for you guys.&nbsp;</p><p>First, currently There are multiple housses getting build where the Roof arrives flush with the Walls. I am on Canada, super cold climate therefore why the hell are people building IT that way? With all the water sliding on the ext&eacute;rieur wall IT Will destroy the building quickly ans mais IT last way less long? Isnt IT?&nbsp;</p><p>2nd question is, I See big compagnies like BIG and 3xn building a lot of Circular buildings. What are the avantages for that? Isnt it way more complicated to build that way? And way more expensive?&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Thanks for.your help guys</p> Is it weird that I do "Cartoonish" Renderings instead of "Mainstream" ones? anaisziwei 2019-11-13T18:02:00-05:00 >2019-11-14T02:35:27-05:00 <p>Hi all,</p> <p>I am an Architecture student currently in my Second Year (Undergraduate).</p> <p>I am really, really sick of looking at renderings that is either like super V-ray realistic ones, or simply photoshoped varying opacity overlaying sort of rendering...</p> <p>So&nbsp;I am thinking of doing my renderings (non-technical, or construction) drawings in "Cartoon" Style like this:</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Is this too much? I just don't want to give my tutors a heart-attack. LOL.</p> Need help with structural model pls Lucie00 2019-11-13T18:01:00-05:00 >2019-11-13T19:29:38-05:00 <p>So I&rsquo;m a second year architecture student and we have been asked to make a structural model for our design proposal (has to be timber structure, said in brief) and I&rsquo;m a bit lost about how to go about it.&nbsp;&nbsp;It&rsquo;s pretty basic stuff but I don&rsquo;t know how many columns and beams I need I don&rsquo;t know the spacing or what thickness they&rsquo;d need to be. I&rsquo;ve looked through all my lecture notes and looked online and can&rsquo;t quite find what I need to figure this out (wether it&rsquo;s a formula or building regulations) maybe I&rsquo;m not typing in the right thing.&nbsp;</p> <p>Any help would be appreciated</p> Has anyone successfully passed the UK ARB Part 2 exam? robhaw 2019-11-13T14:20:22-05:00 >2019-11-13T16:16:25-05:00 <p>There are several posts about the ARB exams on here which I have read. My research indicates that in order to pass one has to meet the 44 Criteria and complete an interview.&nbsp;</p><p>Has anyone successfully passed this exam and can you give some information on your experience? I would be glad to hear from TED who I understand is very knowledgeable on UK matters.&nbsp;</p> Statement of Intent for Architecture portfolio for M. Arch studies Ibukunoluwa Oyebamiji 2019-11-13T13:03:00-05:00 >2019-11-13T13:26:35-05:00 <p>Hello,&nbsp;</p> <p>I am writing a statement of intent for a post graduate studies in Architecture. I am having a feeling that this is not just the normal type of statement of intent as it was stated there that, "it should express interest in the field of architecture and graduate school while also its a written equivalent to my portfolio of works, and should also reflects my voice". I am quite confused on this subject as I am uncertain about the approach I should take.&nbsp;</p> <p>Please kindly provide help if you have an idea about this. Thank you.</p> going back to architecture yamarki04 2019-11-13T03:30:52-05:00 >2019-11-13T22:51:19-05:00 <p>Please pardon my english.<br><br> Ive been in NY since 2008. Ive graduated B.S. Architecture back home but didnt get to practice it here.Im 32 now and trying to go back in my career path. <br><br> Any suggestions or tips anyone can share would really be a big help for me and consider it a step closer to getting back into architecture.<br><br> Do you guys think I still have a shot at this? What kind of steps do you think I should do?<br> I havent updated my NCARB record in years and havent started to do IDP. <br><br> Thank you!</p> Grasshopper Experiment uguryildirimsimsek 2019-11-11T12:41:18-05:00 >2019-11-11T17:12:25-05:00 <p>Hi everyone,</p> <p>I would like to write a script on the grasshopper and what I expect is giving that script some data like climate, space syntax, etc, and this script would combine those data and give me some lines or curves on-site which are the best circulation, location and massing results about when we consider the climatic and connectivity conditions.</p> <p>I couldn&rsquo;t explain well but here is an example which is similar to my goal;</p> <p><a href=";list=LLUy2jf0KCy4vC0CYaOnzwig&amp;index=3&amp;t=0s&amp;fbclid=IwAR1pSipUXS8s8lcXd0UEmvvMW2FbwoL9RuQXZYoaD8aabc3qh40et7yTLHE" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">;list=LLUy2jf0KCy4vC0CYaOnzwig&amp;index=3&amp;t=0s&nbsp;17</a></p> <p>If anyone has an idea or guidance that would be great, thanks in advance.</p> Architecture for visually impaired people archihuman 2019-11-11T12:40:00-05:00 >2019-11-12T09:17:33-05:00 <p>Hello dear colleagues. I decited to choose the project thesis "Museum for visually impaired people" (could be art or daily centre also), but I've faced the problem, that cannot find any professional project examples on the Internet (analogues, finished buildings, competitions). Only few students' works and one simple in archdaily. Maybe somebody knows any built project for the blind people worldwide? In my small country there is no one similar to this. You would really help me. Thanks a lot!</p> O-1 Visa requirements for Architects Vatsal Upadhyay 2019-11-11T11:24:06-05:00 >2019-11-11T11:24:06-05:00 <p>As we all know H1-b visa for any profession is based on a lottery system and the chances of being picked in the lottery are luck based. I am currently on STEM extension of Student (F-1) Visa. <br>I am interested in understanding the requirements for O-1 Visa as a practicing Architect. I Believe the requirements changes as per professions and there is no website that spells out a list of requirements/checklist required to be able to successfully secure an O-1 Visa.<br>If there is anyone out there who has applied for an O-1 visa and successfully been granted one could please share the list for fellow practicing architects in the country would certainly be helpful.<br></p><p><br></p> What Kinds of Non-Monetary Compensation Do You Offer Your Employees? TylerH24 2019-11-11T10:52:02-05:00 >2019-11-13T20:17:46-05:00 <p>Firm Managers,</p><p>I'm interested in hearing what kinds of non-monetary incentives you are using to attract talent to your offices, especially younger people. Millenials, Gen-Z, etc.&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks!</p> Architecture NYC zoning robertcohen 2019-11-09T19:04:00-05:00 >2019-11-11T22:35:27-05:00 <p>I have a little bit of a technical question, I have a building located in an inclusionary housing designated area (Brooklyn Community District 1). The building is zoned commercial C4-4A with a FAR 4, the equivalent zoning for C4-4A is R7A which has a FAR 3.45 and a FAR 4.6 with the inclusionary housing bonus (but lets disregard the&nbsp; inclusionary housing bonus for this question). If I wanted to develop a mixed use building with commercial and residential, would my permitted commercial FAR stay at 4 or would it be 3.45 due to the inclusionary housing location?</p> <p>Example: If I develop 1.0 FAR of commercial use, how much FAR would I have left for residential?</p> <p>Thanks in Advance</p> Online Architecture Programs? And general guidance inquiry. lordobsidian 2019-11-08T15:44:00-05:00 >2019-11-10T15:15:01-05:00 <p>I&rsquo;m finally pulling my life together and am looking for schools to study architecture. I&rsquo;m low-income, and moving is not an option for me. I live in Nebraska, and there are no schools around me offering an architecture program. (Particularly since I must continue working full-time to support myself.) I learned about the school SCI-Arc, and I am wondering if anyone had studied their online curriculum. Was it worth it?</p> <p>I&rsquo;m also curious as to when is &ldquo;too soon&rdquo; to seek out an internship. I&rsquo;ve heard some tell me to get on that sooner than later, and do that while I&rsquo;m also studying. Others have said I&rsquo;ll need to get further along in my education before I can even hope for an internship.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve already completed certification for AutoCAD (and now I realize that I will probably be using Civil3D or Revit, so I&rsquo;m currently studying those), and also currently studying interior decoration and design with an eye toward green design.</p> <p>I have a love for architectural history, and have a (pipe) dream...</p> Confused about career in architecture Feedlydee 2019-11-07T17:35:00-05:00 >2019-11-11T14:21:31-05:00 <p>Hi,</p> <p>I'm from a non-arch undergrad background and am currently in an architecture graduate program in the US. The last couple years have been tough because a lot of students in my program were cutthroat or mired in their own suffering, and I&nbsp;failed to form friendships with them. I&nbsp;don't think we are bad people but I&nbsp;think the culture is conducive to not caring about others.</p> <p>I&nbsp;liked work places much better--at least the ones I've experienced through internships. There were some insecure people who were slightly hostile but most were nice. But the work-life balance was not so good and even higher ups didn't seem to have that much free time. And the pay... The pay is pretty abysmal as you know. I&nbsp;belive the median starting salary is 45K&nbsp;after grad school.&nbsp;</p> <p>Out of desperation, I&nbsp;started interacting with some developers and students studying real estate and, to my surprise, they were really nice. They didn't seem to take joy in my suffering and offered me genuine advice and help. I&nbsp;was co...</p> What are the best Certifications to pursue in order to become a better Architect? Will clients value the same ones that archtiects will? is LEED still relevant or useful? thoughts on WELL? titslip 2019-11-07T10:33:59-05:00 >2019-11-12T10:19:54-05:00 <p>See title.&nbsp; I have discussed LEED with some architects in my firm and they think clients value it but it is less than practically helpful or relevant as architects should be designing sustainably by default.</p><p><br>Are there other certifications worth looking at?&nbsp; Some additional letters after my name would be great but I would like them to be practically useful to gain relevant experience. Thoughts?<br></p> M.Arch Acceptance? mintdomino 2019-11-06T22:30:15-05:00 >2019-11-09T01:15:16-05:00 <p><em></em>I am in the process of applying to grad schools for a Fall 2020 start date. Currently, I&nbsp;am completing my final year at University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Architecture. I&nbsp;am interested in the programs at University of Virginia, Tulane,&nbsp;Rice,&nbsp;Pratt, UC Denver, Oregon and University of Maryland.&nbsp;</p> <p>Does anyone have any clarity on the acceptance rates for these schools?</p><p>Any comments about studio culture are much appreciated as well!</p> Getting a M.Arch Abroad, Is this valid for licensure in the US? mintdomino 2019-11-06T22:24:00-05:00 >2019-11-08T03:50:24-05:00 <p>I&nbsp;am currently a senior in undergrad at the University of Maryland, College Park.&nbsp;I am in the process of finishing a B.S. in Architecture and am contemplating where to go for graduate school. I would love the opportunity to go abroad to earn my M.Arch and then return to the U.S. to work and eventually take the ARE and get licensed.</p> <p>Which (if any) schools in the UK would offer accredited M.Arch degrees?</p> <p>I have read about the Canberra Accords... but as I comprehend the programs listed there are only valid for transferral to a Canadian licensure.</p> <p>Thanks!</p> How do you measure "experience?" Sean Joyner 2019-11-06T14:22:00-05:00 >2019-11-14T01:18:39-05:00 <p>So, I've had this discussion a lot throughout the years, but there's always a mixture of views on the topic. I'm curious what you all have to say. I've always been a big believer that experience is a combination of both length of time&nbsp;<em>and</em> depth of exposure.&nbsp;</p> <p>Basically, if someone had 2 years of experience, an exceptional mentor, and more opportunities to work on all phases of a greater number of projects, then they would be more valuable than someone with 4 years of experience who only had experience up to, say, DD phase, for example.</p> <p>I'm particularly interested in what the older (more experienced) ones among you think. I do think that age brings a certain wisdom and maturity that may not translate into tangible work, but would still prove valuable to a team. Just curious to broaden my thinking regarding this...</p> Study MArch part time while working a 4 day week in UK nhigs90 2019-11-06T10:55:00-05:00 >2019-11-09T05:12:51-05:00 <p>I&nbsp;wondered if anyone had any experience doing a Master Architecture part time (over 4 years) whilst working full time with a day release for studying.&nbsp;</p> <p>I'm considering applying but I&nbsp;want to get a better understanding of how it would work this way and is it possible to manage?</p> <p>Any tips are appreciated!</p> Need Help with QA/QC and Construction Administration TylerH24 2019-11-06T10:54:00-05:00 >2019-11-07T13:25:14-05:00 <p>I'm a young (almost) architect finding myself in slightly over my head. I&nbsp;have spent the majority of my five years in the profession working in a larger firm's central design department. While there, I focused mostly on the front end of projects (programming, planning, schematic, design development). I wouldn't trade that experience for anything, but now I find myself in a small firm responsible for the other end of projects (construction documents, QA/QC, construction administration). The person who is supposed to be helping me learn this process has turned out not to be a good teacher and essentially too busy to give me oversight and feedback. I need some enlightenment on how this end of the project is supposed to work. What does my role as the designer at this end of the project really look like? What standard forms do I need to be familiar with (ASI, RFI, Shop Drawing Review, what else..?)? What are some good resources for helping me understand just how to go about this? Are the...</p> Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Being Hetrosexual in the Interior Design World BulgarBlogger 2019-11-06T08:13:11-05:00 >2019-11-06T13:00:19-05:00 <p>If you're not a fmale Interior Designer, you're most-likely gay. Of course, that is not a bad thing, but a few questions arise:</p><p>1) Why are there not that many hetrosexual interior designers?</p><p>2) How does does one get more hetrosexual men to become interior designers?</p><p>3) What is the culture like for hetrosexual men in a predominantly gay/female industry?</p><p>Disclaimer: none of the above claims are based on empirical evidence </p> Your morning design panel facial expression quiz! Donna Sink 2019-11-06T07:05:02-05:00 >2019-11-07T08:50:47-05:00 <p>These are the facial expressions of people who are trying hard to be polite and respectful and keep the environment in the room educational:&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><p><br></p><p>but the vile exploitative bullshit coming out of the mouth of their co-panelist is so craven that they really want to stop suppressing themselves and burn the entire world down.</p><p><strong></strong><em></em><u></u><br></p><p>Please post who you think they're addressing in the comments!</p></figure> Rhino / VisualARQ experience? a-f 2019-11-06T03:35:45-05:00 >2019-11-07T10:35:10-05:00 <p>VisualARQ has been around as a paid plug-in for Rhino for a while now, so I was wondering if anybody has experience with using it in a professional setting?</p> <p>We're looking into switching to a Rhino / VisualARQ combo, and would mostly use it for small but high-end interior renovations, (roof) extensions. <br></p> Classifying oneself as Designer in lieu of Architect. Cosmos 2019-11-06T00:32:48-05:00 >2019-11-06T11:28:10-05:00 <p>I was recently browsing through Morphosis 2004-2018 published book, and I always enjoy going to the end credits where they index projects with team members' names.&nbsp; The one thing I&nbsp; noticed was Thom Mayne's name at the top as "Design Director" on every project, and that no one else from the Morphosis team was under the heading as an "Architect".&nbsp; This brings up two distinct observations.&nbsp; One, T. Mayne beating around the bush of not just claiming himself as the Architect while everyone else is following rank; and Two, "Designer" and "Director" replacing the classification of an "Architect" regardless of the team's rank.</p><p>Is Morphosis in some way abandoning the traditional classification of an Architect, by using the word Designer as a higher critical thinker?</p><p>I'm sure there are other architectural offices which publish books on their own work, and classify themselves in a similar fashion, but none are coming to mind at the moment.&nbsp; I wonder if the classification as a Principal Architec...</p> NAAB accredited undergrad/grad vs. non-NAAB accredited undergrad/grad marykanne99 2019-11-05T23:18:00-05:00 >2019-11-06T09:32:56-05:00 <p>i'm inquiring about transferring to a NAAB accredited undergrad atm&nbsp; - but i already transferred once (from a non-NAAB accredited school to a non-NAAB accredited school), and i do not intend to graduate later than May 2021. so theres the issue of portfolio development, not knowing if i have enough architecture credits/courses to transfer to the NAAB school, the NAAB school being more expensive, etc.</p> <p>there are only some (feasible) graduate schools that accept non-NAAB undergrad degrees, but those are mostly more expensive. would it be fine to join NCARB, spend money on a record and AXP, and try to find an internship after undergrad graduation, instead of earning a grad degree? is either path - NAAB accredited grad/undergrad degree. vs non-NAAB accredited grad/undergrad looked on more preferably when starting a career?&nbsp;</p> What questions on job interviewing should The Midnight Charette podcast answer? Archinect 2019-11-05T16:31:00-05:00 >2019-11-05T16:31:34-05:00 <p>The Midnight Charette podcast wants to hear your&nbsp;questions or comments on job interviewing&nbsp;for their next Tips &amp;&nbsp;Tactics podcast episode.&nbsp;</p><p>Learn more about the initiative in this post over in the Archinect News section:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Have questions or comments on job interviewing? Send them to The Midnight Charette's "Design Companion" phone hotline!</a></p><p>Questions can be submitted via the newly launched&nbsp;&ldquo;Design Companion&rdquo; phone hotline or directly in the comment section on the news post above or right here in this forum thread. The episode will be recorded in one week, Nov 12th.</p><p>We look forward to your questions.</p> Looking for Assistance with MLA I Portfolio ilanahaimes 2019-11-05T13:11:00-05:00 >2019-11-08T13:00:05-05:00 <p>I am working on applications to an MLA I program. I have a background in natural resources management and a degree in civil engineering - needless to say, not an art background. I have had conflicting advice from the few folks I've spoken to and am looking to cast a wider net for more advice on my application portfolio. Here is a link to two different versions of the same project to be included based on the conflicting advice I have received. Any help, advice, feedback, etc. is much appreciated.<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Google Drive Link</a></p> <p><br></p> Difference in pay - arch firms vs design-built companies Przemysław Marcisz 2019-11-05T11:06:59-05:00 >2019-11-07T20:05:46-05:00 <p>I'm not very experienced yet (2 years in professional office) and trying to figure out how exactly this industry works, so I have a question to fellow architects here.<br><br>As my performance review is coming up, I started exploring other options and wanted to send couple of resumes here and there to test waters.<br><br>I work in small office in larger midwest city, we do mostly high-end residential projects, or just residential. As I was looking for job offers, I noticed that for positions like mine (unlicensed architectural associate/designer/drafter/you name it) suburban design-built firms are willing to pay more... Is this a thing, or I'm looking at it wrong? My market value according to glassdoor is around 46k$, I'm getting paid 45k$ currently and have a performance review in 2 months, where I'm expecting salary raise, but obviously nothing big, probably another 2-5k. I've seen offers from design-built firms that were ready to pay 50-60k$ for position like mine, while offers in the city has a...</p> English speaking offices in Germany Mrs.Urban 2019-11-04T12:43:00-05:00 >2019-11-04T12:43:18-05:00 <p>Hello together,&nbsp;</p> <p>I am currently looking for jobs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the area of Urban Design/ Architecture. But I find it kind of difficult to find English speaking companies/ Offices in these countries. Do you know any Englisch speaking Offices or companies who are hiring English speaking employees. Really appreciate every idea or suggestion.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thank you in advance.&nbsp;</p>