Archinect - Forum 2024-06-13T00:03:25-04:00 What should I expect from Yarch program at UIC? Adam.B 2024-06-11T11:49:00-04:00 >2024-06-11T11:52:05-04:00 <p>Hello all,&nbsp;</p> <p>I have made the decision to pursue an M.Arch, I found out about the Yarch program at UIC from this website/form. I do not have any architecture experience.&nbsp; I am currently a photographer with a B.A in African America Studies from KU.&nbsp;</p> <p>After applying I was accepted into the program which starts this July 2024 (next month). I have a few questions; Is it worth it overall? If you've attended what was your experience ? The program is one month in Chicago is $3k enough for living expenses for the month? I am considering staying on campus and bring my car (traveling from Kansas) any thoughts on this?&nbsp;Any advice anyone has I would love to hear it.</p> <p>My personal goal for attending this program is to become familiar with architectural software like Rino, gain studio experience and use this experience to build a portfolio for when I apply to M.arch programs this fall.&nbsp;<br></p> CD - not S&S Lenka Ilic 2024-06-10T18:50:00-04:00 >2024-06-11T18:11:06-04:00 <p>I came across an architectural CD set that hasn&rsquo;t been signed and sealed. The CA is ongoing. DOB set is S&amp;S by AoR.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Is this illegal not to have Construction Document Set Signed and Sealed in NYS, with construction ongoing?&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Thank you for any thoughts in advance.&nbsp;</p> Gensler CEO switch? XYZ123 2024-06-10T15:37:00-04:00 >2024-06-11T15:03:34-04:00 <p>What's going on at Gensler? I noticed they announced new CEOs last Fall. Jordan Goldstein and Julia Simet. But last week they announced a new woman is stepping in as Co-CEO with Jordan. What happened to Julia? Is the firm stable? I am interviewing for a position there now so any insight would be helpful.&nbsp;</p> Modular as a solution to US under-housing? [NYT shared link] proto 2024-06-10T11:04:37-04:00 >2024-06-11T15:41:16-04:00 <p>Of interest to this community [this should be readable, no paywall]:</p> <p><a href=";smid=nytcore-ios-share&amp;referringSource=articleShare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">;smid=nytcore-ios-share&amp;referringSource=articleShare</a>&nbsp;<br></p> <p>I&rsquo;m of the mind that US is too money crazy to do modular in any kind of friendly way &mdash; likely disastrous results akin to the idiotic no-window dorm proposal we saw a few years ago.</p><p>I&rsquo;m open to being wrong, but my guess is that all the customization required to make modular building not terrible is exactly what will be deemed to expensive to build in reality.</p> Thoughts? roberto2 2024-06-08T22:43:00-04:00 >2024-06-09T12:18:20-04:00 <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Are we actually making diagrams professionally? jjoa 2024-06-06T16:41:00-04:00 >2024-06-11T10:16:11-04:00 <p>Hello all! I have been in school for architecture for a while now and have always loved making beautiful, complicated BIG-esque diagrams for studio. However, when I have worked professionally, it feels like there is either not enough time, not enough budget, or just not enough interest to make any at all. We push representation so much in school.....but professionally it feels like only the big, shiny design firms actually make diagrams consistently. I am trying to do a little research into if this is just the way things are now, or if I am just wrong!</p> <p>Thoughts? Do "regular" firms spend time on full-blown diagrams? If not, why? If so, how?!&nbsp;</p> <p>The types of diagrams I'm taking about:</p> <p><img src="/images/nav/spacer.gif"></p> <p><img src="/images/nav/spacer.gif"></p> <p><br></p> Mid-career pivot to Architecture tgb310 2024-06-05T17:34:00-04:00 >2024-06-07T12:25:17-04:00 <p>I've seen a number of these posts but want to get thoughts. I'm an undergraduate mechanical engineer / math major from east coast target school for finance, and have worked in finance/consulting since graduation. I currently work at a hedge fund but find the work soul crushing and want to get back to the technical, physical work that drew me to engineering in the first place, so I applied to an M.Arch +3 at USC. I'm from LA, always loved architecture (would've studied that / civil if my school had -- and I get it, loving beautiful buildings is not the same as designing bathrooms for commercial boxes)&nbsp;and have connections in RE development, however everything I see on this forum says don't do it, the grass is not greener.&nbsp;</p> <p>Question is this - given you can work toward licensure as a student in the program, is it really <em>that</em> uphill of a climb to break into the industry if I'd be starting the M.Arch program at 31?&nbsp;And what are the mechanisms for people to improve comp? Is it purely deve...</p> What are some of your favorite museum architecture designs? Brian Cornwell 2024-06-05T12:41:20-04:00 >2024-06-07T20:55:50-04:00 <p>Either based on looks, details, layout, functionality, etc. Places that left an impression on you. Any museums that "stood out"?</p><p>Thank you very much.</p> 3Y exp Architect: Looking to apply to my dream firm AspiringArchitect 2024-06-05T07:31:51-04:00 >2024-06-06T13:06:19-04:00 <p>hi,</p> <p>I hope everyone is doing well. I've been working as an architect for three years now, and I have a conundrum I hope the ever-helpful community here can assist me with. I am planning to look for a new job and have come across some of my dream firms that are hiring. The issue is that within my three years of work experience, I have not worked on any projects that can be shown to these firms, as the type of projects I've done are completely different from what these firms focus on. For example, my work usually involved designing mid-range villas of about 400-600 sqm&mdash;nothing fancy. I am confused about whether I should showcase these works or add some conceptual/dummy projects to demonstrate the kind of projects these firms are more interested in. I would greatly appreciate your help.</p> <p>tl;dr I want to apply to my dream firm but i don't have any relatable projects in my closet.<br></p> AA school of architecture PhD BB 22 2024-06-04T18:52:00-04:00 >2024-06-05T12:46:10-04:00 <p>is the AA PhD in theory and history the same reputation as it&rsquo;s other courses ? Is doing PhD there &nbsp; competitive with &nbsp;the bartlett and top US lev schools?</p> Please review my portfolio Sheik Rishan Ahamed 2024-06-04T03:08:20-04:00 >2024-06-04T07:44:19-04:00 <p>Hi All,</p> <p>Please have a look through and provide feedback on my portfolio.</p> <p>Your feedback is highly valuable.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br></p> last minute OAA CEU's (continuing education credits)? gentle puppies 2024-06-03T23:50:17-04:00 >2024-06-04T14:04:04-04:00 <p>Question for the architects in Ontario... I thought I had plenty of lunch and learns under my belt over the past reporting period, but only realized after going through my emails that I didn't get certificates for most of them and am officially about 10 hours short.&nbsp; This is a busy month, so I&nbsp;have about 3 work weeks remaining to get this BS sorted out, or pay a $1000 fine and STILL have to sort this out after.&nbsp; Trying to decide whether to focus my efforts on finding some conference to attend that isn't too far from Toronto, or chase down all the Lunch&nbsp;and Learn providers on missing certificates (no doubt most might not be able to help if it's not recent).&nbsp; Ugh, any suggestions?</p> Popularity of traditional galavanized vs HDG in industrial buildings kaifsyed 2024-06-03T14:34:11-04:00 >2024-06-10T14:36:03-04:00 <p>Hello all,</p><p>Last time I came here with some market research questions and got some great responses. I'm back, but this time thinking about steel purlin usage for metal building (for roofs, primarily). I have been trying to work through how much of the market is preferring HDG over traditional galvanization processes. I had one guy in the west tell me that there split is 75% HDG, and said traditional galavanized purlins are non-existent. On the other hand, I had someone more east that said that maybe his region was about 25% share traditional galv usage, but didn't differentiate between HDG and traditional. What do you all make of this? How much of the market is truly galvanized, and how much of is HDG? I would love to hear any perspectives</p> plans of stairs in between floors F-Z-J 2024-06-02T19:11:01-04:00 >2024-06-05T23:19:35-04:00 <p>hi, I hope everyone is well.&nbsp;</p><p>I'm not sure if this has been posted in the right place.</p> <p>The stairs don't have floor plates covering them, but I don't know how to draw the stairs in between going up and going down.&nbsp;</p> <p>1st image is of the type of stairs/building I have talking about.&nbsp;</p> <p>2nd: ground floor stairs.&nbsp;</p> <p>3rd: 2nd floor stairs.&nbsp;</p> <p>4th: 1st floor (where view of stairs gos both up and down).&nbsp;</p> Thoughts on moving from a small firm to global firm? G4tor 2024-05-30T21:19:45-04:00 >2024-06-05T10:27:21-04:00 <p>Contemplating a move from a small firm (0-15 people) to a global corporate firm (100+ people). The job title will be the same and I'll still be working within my niche market so my work wouldn't be too different. Any thoughts on whether it's worth the headache to make the switch?</p><p>Pros: Potential growth opportunity, looks great on resume, ability to network with more people in the industry, potential higher pay&nbsp;</p><p>Cons: Might be pigeonholed, a "cog" in the machine and less "family feel', more rigidity and formality</p> Painting open stud walls snahfu 2024-05-30T16:52:00-04:00 >2024-06-03T11:50:19-04:00 <p>Hey everyone,</p> <p>I recently saw a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">photo of a painted open stud garage</a>&nbsp;and I'd like to achieve a similar look with mine. Before starting, I wanted to get some advice to make sure my plan makes sense.</p> <p>1) Some of the wood studs are very textured and splintered. Would it make sense to skim a thin layer of plaster over these pieces to smooth them out? Not looking for perfection but just wanting to make it a bit smoother.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Picture 1</a>,<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Picture 2</a></p> <p>2) I've cleaned the wood as best as I can, but there's still a lot of grime and dirt. I found a bottle of "Old English Furniture Polish," so the previous owner may have used this oil. Do you think there will be any adhesion issues when priming and painting? I plan to use Zinsser BIN primer and Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint.</p> <p>3) The&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">original vapor barrier (waxed paper)</a>&nbsp;between the studs gets wet/moist during heavy rains. Instead of painting over it, I was thinking of cutting sheets of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tyvek or poly material from Home Depot</a>&nbsp;and stapling them between the st...</p> Job opportunities as a US citizen with a B.arch degree from India janhaveedeosthali 2024-05-30T14:10:32-04:00 >2024-05-31T11:57:23-04:00 <p>I am a US citizen of American nationality. I have recently graduated with B.arch, a five year course from India. I also have a working experience of one year back in India. I wanted help in understanding the employment opportunities as well as jobs for me as an entry-level architectural designer.</p> What are the difficulties of returning to architecture after a career change? JCArchi 2024-05-30T08:58:09-04:00 >2024-05-31T04:46:05-04:00 <p>The short version of this post is that I've been offered a job through a friend as a PM for a structural steel fab shop. The upside is that I'll be doubling my salary, the hours are much better, I get a company truck, and there's room for growth and exploring smaller scale fabrication opportunities. The downside is that I feel like if I take this job I'm giving up on architecture and may have a hard time returning if this new role really isn't for me.</p> <p>I have become less enamored with the profession over the last few years years based on the jobs/roles that I've held, especially the work/life balance in relation to how little I'm paid. I enjoy what's at stake within the profession and have a love for design, but having worked on everything from interior renovations to high-rise design during the last 7-8 years, nothing has quite held my attention. I've had the opportunity to teach undergraduate design studios and really enjoyed that, but it has almost moved me to believe that I need ...</p> NYC Licensed Architects - Advice Needed 93lt 2024-05-29T22:14:00-04:00 >2024-06-09T16:01:09-04:00 <p>Hi all, I am a licensed architect working for a big organization in NYC, my day to day work does not really involve architectural design and there will be no conflict of interests for me to take a side job.</p> <p>I have never personally stamped drawings or done DoB permitting before. Recently an interior designer friend reached out and asked me to prepare a set of permit drawings and need to stamp them. It is a rather straightforward 3-bed condo unit renovation project on the UES, and it does not involve in any load bearing/structural alterations. However, i am contemplating whether or not to take it because of potential professional liability issues. It seems that i am able to obtain professional E&amp;O insurance as a sole proprietor, but i am still concerned about getting sued by the Condo/GC/Client since i do not know any of them, and i don't know the risks if no MEP engineer stamps the drawings. My preferred route would be to establish a PLLC in NY state but that would take ~3 months.</p> <p>An...</p> nusantara / university engagement c 2024-05-29T14:27:18-04:00 >2024-05-29T14:27:18-04:00 <p>Curious if folks know of any English speaking architecture schools engaging with the Nusantara project in Indonesia ?&nbsp;Visits, studios, lectures, anything ?&nbsp;</p><p>any insight appreciated<br></p> Are these actual ruins? Suzieq22 2024-05-29T12:24:00-04:00 >2024-05-31T13:55:47-04:00 <p>These ruins appear in an old painting. Are they real? If so, where? Or are they imaginary?</p> <figure><p><a href=";enlarge=true&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";enlarge=true&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure> Residential Starchitecture - Does it matter if you understand it? chris-chitect 2024-05-28T18:45:09-04:00 >2024-05-30T10:03:58-04:00 <p>I'll start by saying I&nbsp;am not a very deep person in some ways and I don't always get or care much about symbolism. I'm definitely someone that appreciates materials, details and aesthetic form. It was one of the struggles I&nbsp;had in architecture school.</p><p>With that out of the way, I always wonder if residents, or visitors/guests appreciate or care about a deeper meaning in the layout of a private residence, and if it's really making a difference.</p><p>One example is the Tula house. I&nbsp;actually like it. I like the materials, the drama, the details. However without reading a thing about it, I&nbsp;knew there would be some sort of story or background to the form, but it wasn't obvious to me as to what drove it. The angles aren't serving any obvious purpose to me.</p><p>It wasn't until I went looking for it on google earth that it came together for me. The coast line on the island is littered with scattered logs, tossed haphazardly by violent storms. In plan it's not too hard to see this, but we don't really e...</p> CFP: International Archive of Women in Architecture Milka Bliznakov Research Prize zizi 2024-05-28T12:50:06-04:00 >2024-05-28T12:50:06-04:00 <p>The IAWA Center invites architects, scholars, professionals, students, and researchers to honor IAWA&nbsp;founder Professor Milka T. Bliznakov through research on women in architecture and related design<br>fields. This research, in concert with the preservation efforts of the IAWA, is intended to help fill the&nbsp;current void in historical knowledge about women&rsquo;s professional achievements. The prize is designed to facilitate in-person research in the IAWA archive and produce scholarship related to the work of women who shaped the designed environment, thus preserving for posterity a record of their achievements.</p> <p>The Board of Advisors of the International Archive of Women in Architecture Center (IAWA) presents this Annual Prize of&nbsp;$5000. The prize is awarded in two stages. After proposals are submitted and evaluated, a Milka Bliznakov Research Prize Residency Candidate will be named and awarded $2500 to facilitate travel to the Archive in Blacksburg, VA. After the Candidate has completed resear...</p> RCA MA Architecture benedictsiow 2024-05-28T11:45:00-04:00 >2024-05-28T11:45:18-04:00 <p>Hey guys, I hope you can provide me with some advice. I am a Part One Architect and just got accepted into RCA for their MA Architecture course. I was a bit late for application so I only applied to a very few school, hoping someone can let me know how the MA Architecture course is in RCA. If you have been a student there that&rsquo;s even better!</p> <p>I did my undergraduate in the Bartlett and although I really enjoy the creativity side of it, my main concern is if the RCA goes way over the board on that. In the end, I still want something quite architectural. The Bartlett in my opinion has a quite a nice balance on that, I am worried the RCA might be too &ldquo;artsy&rdquo;.</p> <p>So I am currently working, the main dilemma is whether I should accept the offer or just wait for another and reapply for more options? Would really appreciate if I could hear from you guys! Thanks.</p> Masters in Architecture, coming from Theatre Design florisprins 2024-05-28T11:30:00-04:00 >2024-05-29T09:46:52-04:00 <p>Greetings Many, i wanted to ask this question on reddit which im far more active on but so far i have received no responses on r/architecture :| but it seems this forum is far more focussed on better advice.&nbsp;</p> <p>So quickly introducing myself, i am a Dutch citizen, studied 2 years public planning in Breda and decided to study theatre design in the UK later on. After my degree sadly the strikes hit, decided to return home and found i could not for the life of me find work where i could put my set design draughting skills to use. Simply said, they do not have the budget for the job i studied for. But after some discussion with my peers, family. They discussed that i could perhaps do a Masters in Architecture, as my skillset would translate well.&nbsp;</p> <p><br></p> <p>Now i would like to ask, what does this forum think?&nbsp;</p> <p>One thing to note though, please dont assume that i only choose architecture as a form of employment only, its something i have always had a deep interest in. The reason for me studying stage...</p> Extreme dysfunction at AIA national bureauspacecraft 2024-05-23T12:45:44-04:00 >2024-06-12T18:31:35-04:00 <p>There has been a lot of chatter this year about seemingly serious issues with AIA national, but these issues (apart from the "typical" AIA issues) don't seem to have come up on Archinect yet. See threads below, which are hearsay but seem legit:</p> <p><a href="" title="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <p><a href=";sort.ascending=false&amp;filter.iso3Language=eng" title=";sort.ascending=false&amp;filter.iso3language=eng" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">;sort.ascending=false&amp;filter.iso3Language=eng</a></p> <p>Is the collapse of the AIA inevitable (or possibly welcome?) Can members do anything to help right the ship or is it worth the effort at this point?</p> Value of Licensure? asweat2024 2024-05-23T11:43:00-04:00 >2024-05-27T15:00:56-04:00 <p>What is the true value of an architectural license, monetarily speaking, compared to other license types like engineering, PMP certification, or a contractor's license? Many grants require a contractor's license, and it's common for designers to seek an engineer's sign-off on documents to reduce liability. This is a broad question, but I'm struggling to find a good metric for comparing the value of a license versus other types. </p> <p>My current goal is to use a license for personal development projects like multifamily, but I'm unsure if I should pursue a PMP certificate instead for my 9-5pm job. I don't have high-end clients to afford architectural billing, and that's not the business I want to be in. My ten-year plan involves developing small multifamily properties and working in the energy sector from 9-5. The architecture career path doesn't seem viable for a reasonable quality of life; I've worked in two excellent firms but was paid significantly less compared to other industries,...</p> Seeking Feedback on My Dream Home Renovation in Google SketchUp jon.xc9 2024-05-21T01:21:00-04:00 >2024-05-30T11:33:38-04:00 <p>I'd love to get your feedback on my home re-design. I've created a detailed replica of my house using Google SketchUp and have virtually renovated it. While I didn't stick to a budget, I made sure not to modify any exterior walls except for extending bedroom #5 past the fireplace to enlarge the laundry room.</p> <p>Though this renovation is beyond my financial reach, it's been a fun project to dream about. I'd appreciate any thoughts or suggestions you might have on how I can further improve my design.</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> <figure><p><a href=";enlarge=true&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";enlarge=true&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p> Seeking Advice: TU Delft Graduates Taking the ARE in the US kellylai 2024-05-20T22:07:00-04:00 >2024-05-20T22:07:32-04:00 <p>Has anyone graduated from TU Delft and taken the ARE in New York City or another state in the US?<br></p> <p>I would love to hear about your experience with the process and the approximate timeline for completing the entire licensing procedure.</p> The Shepherd opening Detroit 18 May 2024 Donna Sink 2024-05-20T16:43:00-04:00 >2024-05-23T14:54:35-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";enlarge=true&amp;w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";enlarge=true&amp;w=514"></a></p></figure><p>Went to the opening on Saturday and it was glorious. There are sop many interesting and cool things happening in Detroit. And I can say this: of all the Midwestern cities I go to regularly Detroiters are *definitely* the most stylish dressers.&nbsp;</p> <p>My husband's company Ignition Arts designed, fabricated, and installed the Charles McGee sculptures. Charles approved them shortly before his passing and the McGee family *wants* them to be played on, so please touch!&nbsp;</p> <p>I'll put pics in this thread.</p>