Archinect - Forum 2021-02-25T15:06:05-05:00 Data Analytics in Construction Projects? Max_F 2021-02-25T14:26:00-05:00 >2021-02-25T14:44:24-05:00 <p>Hey All,<br><br>I am curious about how data analytics can be used in more construction projects. Especially in cases were companies do not have their own data analytic teams.<br><br>I understand that data analytics and digitization in construction are becoming more 'popular' trends but I am curious about what everyone's experience with analytic services has been like?<br><br>Do you think data analytics on a project basis to get insights into wasted costs, material and time would be useful?</p> Affordable folding and accordion doors systems, Do they even exist? Natosha Jacobs 2021-02-22T20:08:00-05:00 >2021-02-23T18:42:11-05:00 <p>Hi I'm building a simple modern home and been getting all architects to tell me that the folding doors systems are very expensive.</p> <p>I'm wondering if anyone know of an affordable brand that still good and looks decent.</p> <p>Example attached is the style I'm looking for.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p> gatekeeping Thomas Dingbat 2021-02-21T00:18:35-05:00 >2021-02-25T13:24:36-05:00 <p>why is there so much gatekeeping on this forum (especially here, there are lots of douchebags), and in architecture in general (at least in english... don't know about other languages)</p> <p>compared to for example, graphic design or web development, or cuisine, woodworking. nobody wants to actually share any techniques</p> <p>is everybody just really paranoid/insecure? they think their career will be over if they explain to newcomers or the general public how they made a form in maya or how you should detail your foundation waterproofing?</p> <p>if you look at programming there are endless hours of people teaching how to pass the most difficult interview questions... and look at how successful as whole that industry is compared to architecture. there are even movements where they say 'everyone should learn to code'. only in a fantasy world would anyone think it's worthwhile to learn architecture...</p> How was this done? Docerath 2021-02-20T10:28:00-05:00 >2021-02-23T02:52:55-05:00 <p>I will let the illustrations speak for themselves. What editing/rendering or drawing software would come to use to achieve these drawings?&nbsp;</p> How to literally make a PDF Portfolio archjm 2021-02-20T01:23:37-05:00 >2021-02-22T09:01:16-05:00 <p>This is super last minute because my applications (to mostly pre/non-professional architecture undergrads) are due in the beginning of March but I wanted to see if anyone has an explanation for the literal mechanics of how you make an online portfolio. If I don't find anything new out I'm just going to try and see what I can do using google slides or something but I'd greatly appreciate any advice on an intuitive/free site to be able to build a portfolio online.&nbsp;</p><p>Thank you for any help!!</p> Requirements to work in the UK, if I have studied abroad, but am a British National. stephanietavoukjian 2021-02-19T12:14:00-05:00 >2021-02-19T20:04:28-05:00 <p>Hi there.</p> <p>I am a British National, residing in Lebanon. I got my B.A in Architecture from a University here in Lebanon.&nbsp;</p> <p>Wondering what I have to do to be able to practice/work as an Architect in the UK.</p> Employment issue regarding references. mttzrtz 2021-02-17T19:41:00-05:00 >2021-02-23T22:39:14-05:00 <p>Hello everyone, I joined this forum to ask a question over a professional issue I am experiencing, since I can see that there are forum members on here with a wealth of experience in the architecture field.</p> <p>After finishing my undergraduate degree, I worked for about 1 year at a design firm.&nbsp;Things were going generally well, until one day I was verbally abused by a PM in front of the entire office, because of missing a deadline. Due to the amount of shock and embarrassment I went into, I resigned and left without giving notice.<br></p> <p>Currently, I am completing my MArch and I am due to graduate soon, however I am concerned as to what kind of reference I could get from this job. This was my first and only job and as you can imagine this incident, along with the way I quitted, created a very bad impression. In retrospect, I really regretted quitting like this, as it was rather unprofessional on my behalf, but on the other hand I could&nbsp;not&nbsp;personally tolerate being publicly humiliated in this ...</p> is it really hard to get acceptance from die angewandte? bukreoksuz7 2021-02-17T14:37:07-05:00 >2021-02-17T15:00:07-05:00 <p>hi, i applied to the die angwandte and looking forward an answer. i really want to get into this school and i wonder is there anybody who got accepted from there? is it really hard?:/</p> I want to do competitions with someone Sunta 2021-02-17T12:46:00-05:00 >2021-02-17T13:30:34-05:00 <p>hello people,</p> <p>I am 21 yrs old student of architecture from Croatia and I am searching for other students that want to do some archi competitions with me... Isn't it a great way to learn about architecture, to meet new people and have fun? :)</p> <p>Have a nice day ;)</p> MASTERS IN ARCHITECTURE UNIVERSITY SELECTION Niharika Kuruvada 2021-02-16T20:20:00-05:00 >2021-02-16T20:20:07-05:00 <p>Hello,&nbsp;</p> <p>Iam an architect from India, I have an undergraduate degree in B.arch here and iam now planning to pursue my masters in the USA. I have applied to</p> <p>1. ArizonaState University</p> <p>2. University of Illinois at Chicago&nbsp;</p> <p>3. University of Oregon</p> <p>4. University of North Carolina Charlotte&nbsp;</p> <p>5. University of Texas Arlington&nbsp;</p> <p>Iam looking for someone who is studying in these Universities or has studied here to help me by giving an insight on how the academics are, how the cost of living for an international student is and how the future prospects are in that location.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;I would really appreciate it if anyone could help me out.</p> <p>Thank you .</p> Drawing title + Graphic scale gibbost 2021-02-16T11:16:52-05:00 >2021-02-16T15:55:17-05:00 <p>I was hoping to do some informal polling amongst the group here.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>As more and more Cities have gone to accepting electronic submittals for permit review, it seems that graphic scales have become more and more ubiquitous on architects drawings--particularly on construction documents.&nbsp; The obvious reason being that the AHJ has an easy way to validate any dimensions he/she might want to verify on the pdf.</p><p>My question to the forum is: has your office moved to using graphic scales for your drawing title?&nbsp; And if so, does it still read 1/x" = 1'-0" somewhere in the title?&nbsp; Our office currently uses a graphic scale at every drawing--with no mention of the actual scale.&nbsp; It may be silly, but I like being able to intuitively glance at the title and quickly know what scale the drawing is.&nbsp; My preference would be to include both the scale and the text--others argue that the text becomes a potential liability.</p><p>I fully understand the beauty of the graphic scale.&nbsp; No matter what size it's printed, ...</p> changing architectural path for more artistic- set design, film, stage design- anyone? apple_pie_21 2021-02-16T10:55:00-05:00 >2021-02-16T11:29:37-05:00 <p>hello friends,</p> <p>im not seeing myself in architecture field anymore. because of covid everything changed, its not even about salaries but searching for a new job. im hesitant of what i want to do as an future architect. im in a place that i will need to learn much for my licence. my boss&nbsp; will not prolong an agreement with my anymore in a few months- because of money and covid struggles in a company. he's told me this recently. i started realising i need to seek for something new or start doing something on my own.</p> <p>in the past during my studies i was involved in a film industry and i did set design and costume design- as an assistant but i also have some of greater works in my portfolio. the problem is that i needed to quit film journey because of my architecture master diploma, the time that i wanted to put in my master degree and then&nbsp; - quickly i wanted to get a job in archi to start learning for my licence. i have been hired but the path is so slow and the salary especially during...</p> Boosting your resume with your passion(s) caramelhighrise 2021-02-15T20:33:42-05:00 >2021-02-16T02:23:05-05:00 <p>I'm looking for a pigeon hole, any advice on which one? In all seriousness, I'm actually just curious if anyone's got stories on how you've found a passion under the infinitely large umbrella that is architecture. I'm not trying to throw more money at a TBD degree, but everyone and their mom is getting certified in some sort of green design tool. I find that sustainability just isn't something I'm passionate about, though I recognize its importance. I'm not passionate about ADA, building codes, specs or city process either, but I can appreciate the roles they play. Anyway, how did you find your passion, if at all, and what advice do you have for a young, naive person like myself who feels pressured into finding new ways to stand out in the ever-growing sea of competition to get certified in something, anything?</p> Easement Question - Bridge or Fence? Continuum 2021-02-15T14:16:25-05:00 >2021-02-15T23:29:52-05:00 <p>If there is a natural gas line easement on your property, does it make more sense to build a bridge over it or to create a fence around it?&nbsp;<br></p> Foundation Question - Compacted Sand vs Bedrock Close to the Surface Continuum 2021-02-15T13:55:50-05:00 >2021-02-16T11:02:05-05:00 <p>If you were asked which is 'more problematic' to build a foundation - between 'compacted sand' and 'bedrock that is close to the surface,' which would you select?</p> <p>The question does not provide more information.</p> <p>From my understanding, compacted sand can support buildings but it can be problematic if the sand loses frictional strength. And while bedrock is typically very good for foundations, if it is too close to the surface there may be some issues for infiltration required.</p> <p>Thanks for your thoughts.</p> die angewandte // university of applied arts vienna bukreoksuz7 2021-02-15T06:38:53-05:00 >2021-02-25T14:24:08-05:00 <p>Good day,</p> <p>Is there anybody who applied to Die Angewandte? I just sent my portfolio to school via application portal, however there wasnt any section which asks for diploma, transcript or any reference letters. The website is so complicated and there is no any clear information. If anybody can clarify me about application process i will be very happy.&nbsp;</p> <p><br></p> <p>thank you</p> Architecture firms that focus on cultural aspects/regionality Abysmal 2021-02-14T11:40:00-05:00 >2021-02-16T13:06:54-05:00 <p>What would be some of the architecture firms that focus on cultural aspects and regionality?</p> <p>Some practicing firms like</p> <p>Studio mumbai</p> <p>RCR</p> <p>Adjaye Associates</p> <p>VTN</p> <p>etc...</p> <p>Well of course every architect on some level consider those aspects but firms that really specializes in them</p> IBC Code Question! Middle School Gymnasium: A-3 or E? Continuum 2021-02-13T23:50:53-05:00 >2021-02-15T10:21:11-05:00 <p>Hi I am not sure which occupancy load factor to use for a school gymnasium...<br><br>As per IBC, an assembly within occupancy E does not need to be classified separately as an A occupancy.&nbsp;</p><p>Does this mean that if a gymnasium is part of a middle school, we should use occupancy load factor for E? And if so, E only has 'classroom area' load factor of 20 net and 'shops and other vocational room areas' of 50 net. Which one do we use?<br><br>I need the correct load factor to determine egress requirements for a mezzanine located inside a middle school gymnasium.</p> Final Project Naura.s 2021-02-13T01:46:40-05:00 >2021-02-13T18:10:20-05:00 <p>Hi, i have a final project for designing a Youth Center in Indonesia. I want to design it with tropical architectural approach and flexible space to use. Could you guys give me some idea or suggestion?</p> State Board Approval RJ87 2021-02-12T14:50:35-05:00 >2021-02-17T15:32:21-05:00 <p>For those of you who received your license in the last few years, how long was the wait between when NCARB sent your records to the state &amp; receiving notice of your license being approved. In my case its Florida. Supposedly it has to go through a 3rd party consultant on the states end before the board takes a look at it.</p> <p>I expected it to happen relatively quickly after NCARB took their 40 business days to go through their review process. While I know the hard part is over with, it's the only thing standing between me and a raise&nbsp;so my patience is thin.</p> I don't want to pursue Architecture anymore tbtkiri 2021-02-12T11:32:00-05:00 >2021-02-17T14:16:12-05:00 <p>Good day! First of all I want to send my gratitude to those who took time reading this. Thank you so much. I just want to let it all out. I wanted to know from the Architect's perspective. I apologize for my English grammar because it's not my first language.</p> <p>Back when I was in high school, I wanted to study Architecture course. In fact I was aware of 5 yrs + 2 yrs apprenticeship. I was a high school graduating student, unfortunately, my parent's business was caught on fire last December 2014. I was hesitant to continue enrolling to it since we're experiencing financial crisis up to this day. But I was motivated to continue that's why I availed scholarship grant during college.</p> <p>I reached 3rd yr in Architecture when I felt that I don't want to study it. Honestly and sadly, It was tiring for me. I felt unhappy while working on plates/projects. It was as if a norm. Like going to school after that I immediately go back to my dorm to work on the requirements. I just continued working har...</p> Architecture Summer Programs - Summer 2021 2021-02-12T08:45:15-05:00 >2021-02-12T08:45:15-05:00 <p><b><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;posts annual&nbsp;</b><b>Architecture Summer Programs listing</b></p> <p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: </p> <p>February 12, 2021&nbsp;</p> <p><b><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></b>&nbsp;is pleased to announce that its annual listing of Architecture Summer Programs has been posted on its website.&nbsp; Now in its 14th&nbsp;year, Architecture Summer Programs is available at the following URL:</p> <p><b>Architecture Summer Programs</b> </p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Architecture Summer Programs provides a list of over 150 programs offered by the many architecture programs and other institutions from around the country and throughout the world.&nbsp; While most programs are targeted at high school students, some are geared to younger students (K-8) and college students.</p> <p> has been updating the listing throughout the fall.&nbsp; We have reached out to all of the programs via email and visited all of the websites to update the information.&nbsp; We will continue to update the listing through the rest of the winter and through the spring; continue t...</p> Design Standards Management Himanshu Tailor 2021-02-11T20:58:00-05:00 >2021-02-11T22:23:38-05:00 <p>I am looking for a platform to consolidate standards for a project. I need an organized location for all files to upload and share with teams.&nbsp;</p> <p>Does anyone have any suggestions?</p> Imperial to Metric Visiulazation Graphic BLDG_CITIES 2021-02-10T15:06:41-05:00 >2021-02-17T21:56:30-05:00 <p>Hi Everyone,</p> <p>I'm working in Metric for the first time (love not having fractions) and was wondering if anyone has a good visualization graphic to help me better conceptualize the scale. Its all a bit new to me at the moment. Something that shows everyday objects with metric and possible imperial dimensions would be very helpful.<br></p> <p>Thanks for any help! <br><br></p> Master's in Real Estate tylergb1 2021-02-10T10:55:09-05:00 >2021-02-13T10:22:51-05:00 <p>Hello guys,</p><p>I am currently looking at master's in real estate programs and interested in Harvard and Columbia's programs as their programs are not purely real estate finance. I was once hoping to study M. Arch so I am more interested in design than finance.&nbsp;</p><p>My undergraduate study was in business at an ivy league school and my gpa is around 3.1. The first two years of college, I was hospitalized a few times due to illness but I was able to recover and got pretty good grades during the last two semesters.Would this GPA be considered too low for these schools? If it is, could you recommend me any other school with similar programs or recommend me if there is any way I can offset my low gpa? I took some real estate-related classes and design/art classes as well and I&nbsp;did pretty well on those courses.</p><p>For work experience, I interned at an architecture company last summer, but I don't have any full-time experience yet, as I completed my degree last semester. I heard many people have work ex...</p> Mass Timber seminar shellarchitect 2021-02-10T10:16:16-05:00 >2021-02-10T20:26:51-05:00 <p>Thought some people here might be interested in the seminar linked below....&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Mass timber is a pretty new building type, not even permitted in larger buildings until fairly recently.&nbsp; The folks out west are old hands by now, but it's brand new for the rest of us.</p><p>Part one is more about the financial side.&nbsp; Part 2 is the architectural nuts and bolts.</p><p><a href=";mc_eid=40ed112ba0&amp;mc_cid=6b9f92cdcd" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> How did you pick a jurisdiction for your initial NCARB certificate? caramelhighrise 2021-02-09T10:18:11-05:00 >2021-02-09T20:22:37-05:00 <p>I know everyone says it really doesn't matter, but I've narrowed it down to a few states that would be relevant. I've considered initial/ renewal/ reciprocal registration fees, CEU's, where I might be stamping documents in the future, etc, but I was also curious if there are any legal reasons to pick one state/jurisdiction over another. I thought I've heard talks of not being able to call yourself an RA in a state you're not licensed - is this true? If so should I just pick the state I reside in so I don't have to say "Yeah I'm an architect, but not in this state!" Thanks in advance.</p> Communicating High Performance Details Wood Guy 2021-02-08T18:05:15-05:00 >2021-02-11T20:18:23-05:00 <p>Some of you have seen my posts about our BS* + Beer Show where each week we talk with experts in the fields of building science, design and/or construction. (*bs for building science.) We broadcast via Zoom each Thursday at 6pm eastern time and the recorded shows are posted at and on YouTube. It's a grassroots (volunteer) effort but we have fun sharing and learning from experts in our field.&nbsp;<br><br>This week we have invited three architects who specialize in high-performance homes to share their thoughts on communicating the goals of high performance building to the field. The conversation may veer toward educating clients, code officials or others as well. Our guests are Steve Baczek, well-known in the high performance design world; Armando Cobo, not an architect but a designer in Texas who only designs net zero homes and has tailored his approach to relatively unskilled labor who don't speak english, and Barry Price, an architect in New York who works with passiv...</p> Avinash Rajagopal, Design and Construction Week Virtual Conference (Louisville) Louisville Architect 2021-02-08T12:41:30-05:00 >2021-02-08T12:47:00-05:00 <p>Avinash Rajagopal, Editor of Metropolis Magazine, will be leading a free 30 minute session tomorrow (9 Feb, noon EST) on the challenges of designing residences in an urban area.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br><br>Event is sponsored by GE/Haier.&nbsp;</p> <p>Check it out if you're interested.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Rajagopal bio:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br></p> What's your current "stack" for ArchViz? (2021) Michael Schwartz 2021-02-08T12:38:00-05:00 >2021-02-08T12:38:29-05:00 <p><strong><em>What tools are you (or your firms) currently utilizing for producing visualizations?</em></strong></p> <p>Moving into 2021, the options are only growing and each option is getting better, especially as technological convergence drives each product to adopt the features of the rest.</p> <p>Some drafting tools have a built-in renderer, some renderers have modeling tools, etc., etc. Just off the top of my head, you could be using any or all of the following: <em>Lumion, Enscape, Rhino, Revit, Vectorworks, V-Ray, 3DS Max, Blender, Corona, Unreal Engine, Unity, Cinema4D, TwinMotion, ArchiCAD</em>... the list never stops.</p> <p>I'll go first. My firm uses a suite of tools depending on the deliverable, timeline and audience. We break visualization needs out into Level 1, 2 or 3, with Level 1 being the most basic image we feel comfortable releasing and Level 3 representing our most considered images.</p> <p>In the early stages, we generally use <em><strong>SketchUp </strong></em>or <em><strong>Rhino </strong></em>to model. We might take a "clay model" still right out of those programs or ru...</p>