Archinect - Forum 2018-09-21T15:48:13-04:00 I'm not commuting anymore David Curtis 2018-09-20T19:32:37-04:00 >2018-09-21T14:12:45-04:00 <p>I'm working from home. F that SF Bay commute noise.</p><p>If anyone needs anything designed/modeled, call me.</p><p>(not getting in the car again)</p> UPenn Financial Aid for MArch toompat 2018-09-20T18:53:00-04:00 >2018-09-21T09:47:13-04:00 <p>Greetings,</p> <p>I&nbsp;feel that of all the ivy league schools, I&nbsp;have the best chance of getting into UPenn because of strong alumni references.&nbsp;</p> <p>I can't find much information or proof on what financial aid UPenn offers for USA nationals and the little I&nbsp;have found (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>) suggests that UPenn offers less than the typical Ivy League.&nbsp;</p> <p>Any insight on the topic would be helpful. Thanks in advance.</p> Accounting software recommendations 2018-09-20T14:10:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T20:31:03-04:00 <p>Hey all. I am trying to figure out which accounting software to use for my one-man-show architecture firm. I'm seeing Quickbooks as the most recommended, but wanted to get input from folks with very small operations.&nbsp;</p> <p>I need it to create invoices, track hours, support tax stuff, and create profit reports.</p> <p>Thanks!</p> Portfolio + Review 2 meganattor 2018-09-20T13:13:40-04:00 >2018-09-21T09:46:20-04:00 <p>Greetings, again a long post so here is the tl:dr version:</p><p>I have posted before, the link to my previous thread is <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>, where I asked for advice about my portfolio which I intend to submit for my M.Arch. I received various interesting criticisms. I have attempted to apply what I found to be within my means, to my portfolio. Here is a link to my edited&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Portfolio</a>.</p><p>I would like to ask if there are more issues that I may attempt to solve, as I still have time to change aspects. Thank you preemptively for your contributions.&nbsp;</p><p>Some points I would like to address, almost all the criticisms that were given were valid, I only changed what I seemed to be more telling of my design personality and showed my work in a more clear fashion. There are aspects that could be better, but less "me" I would say. I have tried to come at a half way point with the things that I did not agree with, as naturally I agree with what I have previously done and resolve to learn what I don't agree with.</p><p>I would like t...</p> Accepted job offer at small boutique firm, then got an interview at a “starchitect’s” office Kkarchitecture 2018-09-20T10:28:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T18:34:45-04:00 <p>About four months ago I applied to a famous firm in my city&mdash;never heard back and assumed that I didn&rsquo;t get it. A small firm with really great work, albeit a good portion of it being small remodels, was looking to hire so I went on a few interviews and excitedly took the job. I&rsquo;m really enthralled about the small firm, especially coming from a corporate environment&mdash;but the caliber of the work being done at the second firm is really quite high. Honestly I feel privileged to be in this situation, both firms are wonderful in their own way. I just don&rsquo;t want to burn any bridges by taking the interview&mdash;and even worse, reneging on the job acceptance.&nbsp;</p> Container home with basement ethanbaker 2018-09-19T22:41:00-04:00 >2018-09-21T15:26:08-04:00 <p>I&rsquo;ve been looking into container homes but haven&rsquo;t came across much info on any with basements. I understand the stress that is put onto the containers from back fill when they are buried. But what I&rsquo;m having trouble finding is containers over a traditional style basement (block/concrete). My main concern is sealing where they would meet. Any suggestions on this? Which route would be the best or just scrap the basement idea if going with a container home. Thanks in advance for any input and suggestions</p> Is the aia salary calculator accurate? What do you use? athensarch 2018-09-19T17:47:09-04:00 >2018-09-20T12:37:08-04:00 <p>Is the aia salary calculator remotely accurate in your part of the country? If not, what are you using to get an idea of what salary is market rate to try and negotiate?</p> <p>I've considered moving back to traditional practice and found there's a $15-$25,000 difference in total compensation between what the survey says and what former classmates have told me they currently earn, with their salaries being much higher.</p><p>For what it's worth, I've checked the archinect salary website. Only 2 listings in about 200ish is within 10k of what I'm hearing.</p> Looming Overwhelming Complication natoid56 2018-09-19T13:46:00-04:00 >2018-09-20T11:56:38-04:00 <p>Does anyone else feel like there is a looming cloud of complication that just keeps growing with each project?&nbsp; I have been a project architect for a few years now, and it seems that the projects keep getting more &amp; more complicated.&nbsp; All the systems and codes keep getting more nuanced.&nbsp; While trying to keep up with all of them, inevitably things are missed.&nbsp; Is it just me, the projects and the company I am working for or do other people notice this? Consequently, this is killing my desire to be an architect to the point that I have been looking at changing careers.</p> Office/Work Space Planning spaceghost 2018-09-19T12:15:56-04:00 >2018-09-20T13:26:40-04:00 <p>Hi Folks,</p><p>I have been assigned the task of redesigning our office space plan (I am an architect working in a mostly non-architecture/engineering office).&nbsp; I don't think anyone really knows what they want so I am trying to figure out how to guide them through the process.&nbsp; Right now I am in the information gather stage and creating a survey/interview questionnaire to better understand the needs of each division.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>A lot of buzz is going into the modern office workspace but when I look at projects online it looks like the portfolio photos are always of the lobby, cafe, halls of individual quite/meeting rooms and in-between spaces that allow for lounge furniture and collaborative tables.&nbsp; It looks great and is fun to look at but seems to hide most of the places where focus work takes place.</p><p>Does anyone have an recommendations for resources (books, websites, magazines etc.) that I can look at for space planning?&nbsp; I am looking for inspiration from conceptual design all the way through compl...</p> LA freelance project discussion group liil 2018-09-18T22:43:24-04:00 >2018-09-21T00:55:59-04:00 <p>I am wondering if anyone in LA would be interested in the idea of meeting up and sharing their individual projects for presentation, open discussion, and critiques. &nbsp; The field includes architecture, interior design, landscape, furniture design, etc. &nbsp;Everyone is welcome for discussion, learning, networking, or just curiosity.&nbsp;</p> Student Internship In Europe babyarchitect1 2018-09-18T12:05:01-04:00 >2018-09-19T14:42:12-04:00 <p>Hello I am an undergraduate student and I was interested in seeing if there was a possibility that one could work as a student intern at a firm abroad. I have worked here in the US at firms and the AXP hours will still count as long as the architect is dually licensed in the US. I think this type of experience would be better served than paying an exuberant amount in program fees for a study abroad trip of similar length.&nbsp;I would like to gain some experience in a foreign office now because its not at all realistic once I am graduated. Has anyone done this before?&nbsp;Maybe it is too far fetched but I am curious if it is a possibility. I&nbsp;have had friends in other majors do co-ops in foreign countries for a summer or semester but architecture is slightly different in that regard. Is there a database of any sort that I can see architects licensed in the US, that live and practice abroad?&nbsp;There are programs that match you but if there was a way to simply do it on my own I think that would b...</p> Why is Sanford Kwinter so popular? leechunsonnn 2018-09-17T21:32:20-04:00 >2018-09-19T02:10:52-04:00 <p>In academia, but why?</p> <p>Thank</p><p>Cristiano</p> Portfolio Critic - Graduate Admission 2019-2020 sumanthkrishna 2018-09-17T11:23:00-04:00 >2018-09-17T14:25:01-04:00 <p>Hey,</p> <p>Im looking for someone who could spare some time assessing my portfolio which I made almost a year back to apply for Internship and give me a critic for the same.&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Link to Portfolio:</p> <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br></p> <p>I am currently looking at applying for an M.Arch into these schools.</p> <p>AA School of Architecture; Politecnico de Milano; UBC, Vancouver; University of Toranto; University of Michigan;</p> Best materials for first year final project model ??? leechunsonnn 2018-09-17T09:13:00-04:00 >2018-09-17T14:07:08-04:00 <p><em></em><strong></strong>So my Design 1 final is a week and a half from now, and my teacher just gave us the go ahead to start building our models. We were tasked with redesigning a nearby townhouse. It's approximately 44' X 22' X 35', and our final will be at 3/8 scale. My project has these triangular enclosures that are meant to be planar and allow for new ways of entry into the model. These are sunken into the original townhouses, with parts that are protruding out from the house (think along the lines of the Military History Museum in Dresden, Germany).</p> <p>We're required to use two different materials. I want my planar elements to contrast and stand out with the original house, but I'm not quite sure what materials to use. My first idea was museum board for the planar elements, and mdf for the house. I like the look of the museum board, but I'm worried about keeping it clean at such a large scale (we're being limited to white), it's ability to be crafted into sharp shapes that are ideally made of a single,...</p> graduate school applications and courses 13_aishwarya 2018-09-17T09:11:00-04:00 >2018-09-21T10:01:03-04:00 <p>Hi, I am from India and am planning to apply for an Urban design course in the US and other countries. A lot of colleges offer graduate programs that are 3 terms long or just about a year and a half long. Do Architecture firms and Corporate firms consider these courses while recruiting? Please let me know. What kind of credibility do these courses have for an aspirant who wants to work in US etc?</p> Historic Architect Law - Oregon Architect Act as of 1920 following the enactment of Architect Act RickB-Astoria 2018-09-17T01:14:57-04:00 >2018-09-17T01:18:59-04:00 <p>For those interested in knowing how the Architect Act of 1919 of Oregon looked like.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>The link is to a PDF I have on&nbsp;Google Drive. What is contained is the text of the Architect Act enacted into Oregon Compiled Laws Annotated. Prior to 1953, Oregon codified states was in what was called the Oregon&nbsp;Compiled Laws Annotated or simply Oregon&nbsp;Compiled Laws. In 1953, Oregon switched over from "Oregon&nbsp;Compiled Laws" to the Oregon Revised Statutes.</p><p>This is for information sake. Have fun reading it. It would be interesting to learn how the original laws looked like in other States for historic information sake.</p> Need Help finding schools aedansheffar 2018-09-16T13:58:48-04:00 >2018-09-19T12:46:04-04:00 <p>I'm currently a grade 12 student and I want to find a school that fits me. I was wondering what schools everyone here went to, and what they thought. I'm looking into Waterloo currently and I don't find the interview that intimidating just the test. </p> New (Old) housing for food-prone areas. Volunteer 2018-09-16T10:37:55-04:00 >2018-09-17T00:00:48-04:00 <p>In the later part of the eighteenth and first part of the nineteenth century homeowners along the Gulf Coast and in the Tidewater areas along the Atlantic just assumed their houses would be flooded from time-to-time and built two-story homes. The first floor had roughly finished interior walls of stone, brick or concrete. This story housed store rooms and the (then non-high tech) kitchen. The fine furnishings and woodwork were reserved for the living areas on the&nbsp;second floor. Even the front door was on the second floor. After a flood it was not too much work to clean out the first floor and restore things to normal. Seems a more attractive solution than putting the house on stilts as you often see along the beach.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure> Is education a good sector? chm@ 2018-09-16T05:40:06-04:00 >2018-09-16T23:48:42-04:00 <p>Hi all,</p><p>I am a graduate working at a medium sized firm currently looking for a new role. </p><p>I recently made through a friend the acquaintance of a director at a large firm working in a variety of sectors and primarily in education. </p><p>I understand that my friend talked me up because at the end of the event the director approached me and we had an informal chat about my circumstances and whether I am currently looking for a new role. He gave me his card and asked me to contact him if I am. There is now a position advertised at this large company for someone at my level to work on education projects, ranging from primary schools to higher education facilities.</p><p>I understand that primary/secondary education is government work and there would be work to be done even during a recession. I also think that universities are clients with good financial capacity and stable business, so they tend to expand and generally spend money on facilities, whether these are new builds or refurbishments. </p><p>I know t...</p> International Practice BulgarBlogger 2018-09-14T15:24:45-04:00 >2018-09-15T13:27:20-04:00 <p>What is the workflow like in an international practice? I feel as though it must be very exciting to work on a big cultural project, but what I am confused about is without knowing the local zoning regulations and codes, where would you start as a designer?&nbsp;</p><p>I can totally picture Bjark starting to design something and two seconds into his sketch, a local architect he hires that is standing over his should say - "yeah- you can't do that because you have to maintain a certain clearance here (etc)".</p><p>So- how what is the workflow like in an international practice? It must be incredibly inefficient in terms of time... &nbsp;</p> nyc - 3 Family - Adding laundry area for tenants in Cellar. rajman 2018-09-14T14:08:00-04:00 >2018-09-16T12:37:29-04:00 <p>Hello All,</p> <p>I am looking to add laundry area in Cellar of a 3 Family for Tenants to use. Currently the building has sprinklers in lobby and each floor as per NYC code. If placing laundry in cellar do I need to add additional sprinklers downstairs..</p> <p>Thanks,</p> <p>Pooja</p> <p><br></p> House Types, Taxonomy and Diagrams Michael S Bergin 2018-09-14T13:00:50-04:00 >2018-09-17T13:20:20-04:00 <p>I'm working on a project related to the taxonomy of houses and I'm wondering what the best references are as to single-family house types primarily in the past 50 years in the United States.</p><p>I'm familiar with a few good references like&nbsp;McAlester's excellent <em>Field Guide to American Houses</em>. Thanks for any suggestions.</p> Anyone who studied in Vienna University of Technology(TU Wien) ,is this university worth it? michaelconstantinides 2018-09-14T12:06:00-04:00 >2018-09-15T03:05:11-04:00 <p>So here's my concern ... I'm on the first semester in Vienna university of Technology (aka TU Wien) studying B.Sc Architecture , but my Intuition tells me that something doesn't go right... We barely get lectures like once a day , also sometimes Lectures got cancelled 30 minutes before they even begun and also most of the subject don't need you to be in the lectures in order to sit down and take an exam... so my question is; is that University really worth it for Architecture?&nbsp;</p> Laptop choice nareen97 2018-09-14T10:11:00-04:00 >2018-09-14T12:49:02-04:00 <p>i just went into he third year of my architecture degree and need to buy a new laptop. Which laptop would be the best for working long term?</p> To all the experts arquitects.. francomendoza 2018-09-14T10:07:00-04:00 >2018-09-14T11:31:02-04:00 <p>Im trying to find what material is used to leave that finish on the exterior walls&nbsp;</p> <p>I hope someone can help me!&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure> Double major in CM and Architecture Trentonrops5 2018-09-13T17:09:00-04:00 >2018-09-13T17:42:34-04:00 <p>Hi all, I am an architecture student that has a year and a half left in my program with a Bach. of design in Architecture and minoring in CM from the University of Minnesota. As I've gone through the program I've noticed that while I&nbsp;do have a creative mind and do love design, I am much more practical in the sense that I know what it takes to build a lot of what we design in school and that much of it isn't even feasible! I&nbsp;come from a construction background having done that for two&nbsp; with interning with a civil engineering internship for two summers. I&nbsp;have heard that the money is much better in CM and the job market is much more demanding. I&nbsp;want to eventually get into the land development business and work for a large company. I feel this would help make me more marketable and jump start my career to a good job right away. I understand that the schooling is longer but when I&nbsp;put into account the time and money I would invest in architect grad school, I feel like it evens out or i...</p> Best advice for M arch two year program? babyarchitect1 2018-09-13T14:43:00-04:00 >2018-09-15T14:31:04-04:00 <p>Instead of limiting my post to just those few in the academia section I wanted to post universally and see if anyone has any feedback.&nbsp;</p> <p>I am finishing up my undergraduate degree with a B of arts in architecture and am looking to change schools for the professional route. I transferred into the architecture school at my uni two years in so i have been in school for a total of six years. I would like to transfer somewhere to get the remaining education for the the professional degree. While my current uni is relatively average on a country level its one of the very few accredited programs in my state.&nbsp;</p> <p>What do people recommend in terms of professional degrees in architecture that are only two years? I'm pretty highly ranked in my own school but that probably doesn't rank similarly to more advanced schools. Because of my ranking in school right now, I have the ability to stay here and do a quick 40 hour curriculum for M arch. While not entirely the worst option, I have been thinking ab...</p> Some say structural is divisible to design JawkneeMusic 2018-09-13T13:43:05-04:00 >2018-09-13T13:43:05-04:00 <p>There r forbidden shapes of certain materials if theyre not deconstructable and/or eco</p> International Architecture Studies for a person holding a South African passort Pistol 2018-09-13T12:41:00-04:00 >2018-09-13T15:03:14-04:00 <p>So, it has taken me a long time to decide on what it is that i wanted to do, and that architecture IS a possibility for me. At 32, i would be coming in late, but being absolutely sure this is the path i wanted. My only issue now is that i would much rather qualify in a country other than South Africa, for a growing plethora of reasons. The question is "Where would be some of the best countries and institutions to look at, that would be possible for a student from South Africa?"</p> Are my stairs built in the correct position?? catcampbell 2018-09-13T01:45:00-04:00 >2018-09-17T17:50:25-04:00 <p>Hi Guys,</p> <p>I am hoping you can help me. My architect designed my staircase for me, and my handrail ended up in the middle of nowhere in the middle of a pane of glass, when the builder built it. <br></p> <p>Am I going mad or has the builder started the stairs in the wrong position, hence making the railing land in the middle of the glass.</p> <p>Thanks so much in advance for your help.</p> <p>Miss Cat.<br></p>