Archinect - Forum 2018-06-20T02:03:14-04:00 HELP CHOOSING UNIVERSITY ranamazing 2018-06-20T00:36:00-04:00 >2018-06-20T00:36:44-04:00 <p>Hello, I am currently a high school student and I have been searching for universities for the last... idk, 2 years?</p> <p>I really need your help. And please don&rsquo;t judge.</p> <p>I have never visited any of the universities I&rsquo;m planning to enroll to, nor have I visited United States (yes, I am an international soon-to-be student). I will definitely check them out sometime near the enrollment (still almost 2 years away).</p> <p>I am definitely going for public universities as they are more affordable.&nbsp;</p> <p>UT Austin and NC State are in my list. I am interested in urbanism, so which one is better for me? I am planning to stay and get a job in NYC after college so which university is more recognised in NYC? I don&rsquo;t think I will study in NYC because it is too expensive, but idk. What do you think?</p> <p>Other than those two, can anyone suggest other public universities for me?</p> <p>Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you!</p> B. Arch or M. Arch? skye_ 2018-06-19T19:30:00-04:00 >2018-06-19T22:05:28-04:00 <p>So I am a rising senior in high school and I'm considering architecture as a future career. However, I'm not really sure what to do for college.&nbsp;</p> <p>What I am choosing between right now is taking the five year B. Arch, or studying something else for undergrad and getting the M. Arch after that.&nbsp;</p> <p>My reason for studying something else for undergrad is so that I can learn other skills and become more well rounded, rather than focusing solely on architecture. I know that architecture is not really a stable career so I guess having that other skill can give me something to fall back on. Also the "masters" on the degree might look better when I'm looking for a job.&nbsp;</p> <p>I could also just dive in and get the B. Arch so I could get licensed and try to find a job. This seems more direct but I don't know whether I would want to change professions or something like that.&nbsp;</p> <p>So I guess my question is: do employers look at the masters degree more highly than the bachelors? If I want to go into architectu...</p> What to do with handrail of stairs in a new house? Michael24 2018-06-19T13:09:00-04:00 >2018-06-19T20:20:21-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>I'm looking for some advice regarding a staircase in a house I'm purchasing. It is a new build and the stairs isn't fully completed yet.</p> <p>See the attached images of various angles of the stairs in the showhouse where I'm buying. My stairs is supposed to be the very same as this. As you can see the stairs has balusters (spindles) all the way up even though there is a wall behind them so they aren't really necessary.</p> <p>I have also attached various angles of the stairs as it currently is in the house I'm buying. This is how much work the builders have currently done with it. I'm not keen on having the balusters as I'm looking to have a very simple, clean design in the house. I also see the area behind the balusters as being somewhere to potentially gather dust.</p> <p>I've spoken to the builders about this. They've confirmed that the large posts at the top and bottom of the stairs need to remain in place. But what they can do is cut the large posts where I have the red marks on them in the attac...</p> Criticism of Architecture in the Media chris-chitect 2018-06-19T02:57:25-04:00 >2018-06-19T18:13:12-04:00 <p>Before I&nbsp;went to study architecture I&nbsp;was inspired by the BBC Series "Dream Spaces". It was an architecture series with David Adjaye as a host. The show was always optimistic and positive, exploring new movements and design philosophies along with existing buildings. I had the impression that as long as an architect was trying something unique and innovative, they couldn't go wrong. A professor would always find something positive and supportive to say.&nbsp;</p> <p>This isn't so when you get to architecture school...</p> <p>Why is there such a disconnect in the review of anything constructed in the media compared to the review you receive as a student? In the Homes and Real Estate Sections of most newspapers, the reviews of new condo projects, reviews of re-designed or renovated homes are always positive. There's no detail analysis of a design picking out the flaws, poor taste, or poor quality.</p> <p>Why does the popular media support all architecture without offending, when other industries have more crit...</p> architecture students: do you need a NEW online community? Daniel da Rocha 2018-06-18T23:37:02-04:00 >2018-06-20T01:05:47-04:00 <p>Do you feel there is a lack of places online to <br></p><ul><li>ask questions</li><li>show/discuss your work</li><li>talk to other students</li><li>have direct contact to architecture professionals</li><li>read/write articles about architecture and the profession</li><li>get advice</li><li>share knowledge</li><li>collaborate with other people</li><li>etc.</li></ul><p>Or is Archinect just fine?<br><br><br></p> Where do architects hang out online? Daniel da Rocha 2018-06-18T22:47:30-04:00 >2018-06-20T01:26:37-04:00 <p>Hello!</p><p>I was wondering lately where do architects hang out online? I see so many communities for developers (,, for artists (behance, deviantart), writers (medium, nanowrimo forums). But architects seem to be a bit left out, with only Archinect out there.</p><p>I have also been asking myself why do architects seem reluctant to share knowledge? Is it for lack of a cool and exciting community? Tools? We seem to be so competitive, only showing off our work but really not helping each other out... <br></p><p>Would be cool to know what other architects/students think about this!</p><p>Greetings from Beijing!</p><p>Daniel<br></p> best firm in Los Angeles to work for ready set go ALDAVIS 2018-06-18T22:16:11-04:00 >2018-06-18T23:52:50-04:00 <p>first, if someone made this thread and it is still relevant please post the link.</p><p>My question for all of you people of the web is that in your opinion: what is the best possible firm to work for in Los Angeles and why?&nbsp;The context:&nbsp;1 year of experience at a "high ranked" corporate firm working on multiple high school projects, worked purely in revit but also technically savvy with rhino/GH, and a degree from a "high ranked" school&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>I&nbsp;am doing my research this is one part of the scientific method. of course all news is fake so I&nbsp;can not trust magazines or rankings and I come straight to you the people. Also hearing horror stories from friends, colleagues, strangers that working for the great famous firms sometimes is not that great.. So maybe people have some experience they would like to share about this topic ? Maybe if it's not a specific firm its a type of architecture [type to practice or stay away from] ? for example I&nbsp;have worked purely on educational projects how does that figu...</p> Extract Google Earth Buildings for 3D modeling? Dave Frazee 2018-06-18T19:26:00-04:00 >2018-06-19T03:44:48-04:00 <p>Hello All,</p> <p>Looking for software that can extract Google Earth 3D information and imagery. I want to bring our rendering in house. Some of the external renderers I've used (3 all together) are clearly using software that extracts the buildings and imagery but are not letting me on to what it is. Maybe someone here can help?&nbsp;</p> <p>Totally happy to pay for a great software if it's out there.</p> <p>Please let me know what you think or where to go.</p> <p>I should note that I have tried...<br>1. The 3D Ripper Method. No success. I have read a lot of comments and forums that mention it "does not seem to work anymore."<br>2. Very familiar with OSM world. Great tool for studying massing, but need something with more imagery and terrain.<br>3. Have done the photo/stitch method. Works okay, but I need quite a bit of context.<br></p> Princeton School Of Achitecture - STEM OPT Extension VetaMega 2018-06-18T13:42:00-04:00 >2018-06-18T13:42:59-04:00 <p>Does Princeton M.Arch II qualify as a STEM discipline for OPT extension? I read somewhere on here the Princeton's M.Arch did qualify, but I&nbsp;could otherwise find no evidence that it does. The New Jersey government websites lists a CIP address for Princeton's Architecture Program that's not listed in the CIS STEM CIP address list, but the New Jersey gov. website could be inaccurate. Does anyone on here know if Princeton qualifies?</p> Are there any M.Arch I Programs in Australia? antonjet 2018-06-18T13:42:00-04:00 >2018-06-18T13:42:43-04:00 <p>Currently in my at the start of 2nd year in my Design undergrad. Should I drop out and transfer into undergrad Arch? Or should I finish it? (3 year course) and apply for Masters?</p> <p>I kinda wanna go abroad for Masters in Arch..&nbsp;</p> searching for a large and thin frame minimal aluminum casement window i033nyc 2018-06-17T15:41:00-04:00 >2018-06-18T08:31:56-04:00 <p>I am trying to find a company that can make a 65" wide x 50" tall casement window to install in a freestanding, single family home in NYC.&nbsp; Marvin, told me they can make one this size but their frames are wider bulkier than I want them to be.&nbsp; I am trying to find a window company that makes a thinner more minimal frame with a contemporary look, ideally aluminum.&nbsp; I am aware of companies in Europe who can do this, but I want to find a company in the US for or possibly Mexico for logistical reasons.</p> <p>Does anyone know if I would need extra framing support for holding in a 65" wide casement window?&nbsp; For when the window is open and the weight of the window puts strain on the frame?</p> <p>Any advice or links would be greatly appreciated.</p> <p>The two tilt and turns in the image below are different that what I am looking for, but I am sharing to give an idea of the aesthetic I am going for.&nbsp; I like how clean the lines look, and how thin the frames are.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure> What are your areas of interests in your M.Arch degrees, and why? JenTable 2018-06-17T12:07:00-04:00 >2018-06-18T04:49:21-04:00 <p>New to M.Arch, and is just wondering what other people are interested in and their reasons behind it. I understand interests may change with new developments in the field or with the emergence of new social issues, so just want to throw these 2 questions out.&nbsp;</p> <p>1. What are your areas of interests in your M.Arch (or in general)?</p> <p>2. Why are you interested in it?</p> <p>For me, I am interested in the phenomenology of architecture because I&nbsp;feel like it is one aspect of architecture that has such an immense impact on people, but it is not as widely studied as it should be.&nbsp;</p> In Your opinion what are the most promising countries to practice architecture in the next 5-10 years ? RoyalPotato 2018-06-17T00:24:07-04:00 >2018-06-19T03:52:11-04:00 <p>im trying to plan out my life</p> recomendations for what to see for a architecture trip in europe? vicyvic 2018-06-16T20:44:00-04:00 >2018-06-18T16:07:02-04:00 <p>hi, I'm a soon to be third year undergrad student, and is aiming to save some money for an architecturuge trip around europe, mainly for the purpose of leaning.&nbsp; I am looking for recommendations or pointers as to what should I not miss out, even though I don't drive.&nbsp; I plan to cycle mostly, and get night busses around the EU.</p> <p>I think my upper budget is around &pound;2500 for the whole trip, and i'm looking to maximise a month of traveling to see as much good architecture as possible.</p> <p>I'm not really looking for large commercial projects, but rather more experimental or unique projects to see and learn from.</p><p>so currently, i just really want to see the venice binalle, some more scarpa, some of corbusier's projects, and muller house.</p><p>If anything comes to mind, please feel free to reply!</p> <p>Thankyou!!<br></p> Unique Hands-On Programs/Internships Archi Nate 2018-06-16T14:03:01-04:00 >2018-06-16T14:03:01-04:00 <p>I am about to graduate with a B.S. in Architecture. I know I eventually want to get my M.Arch but am going to take a year or two off. Does anyone know of any unique working experiences in architecture that involved hands-on work or traveling or design-build? Maybe programs abroad? Just need a change of scenery for awhile. Maybe something similar to Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems. Thanks!</p> Submittals Question for Practing Architects- Private Sector thelindsaybutler 2018-06-16T13:51:00-04:00 >2018-06-16T19:48:15-04:00 <p>Hi All-</p> <p>I am curious how other folks handle submittals.&nbsp; I've been working with developers that contract S/MEP consultants themselves.&nbsp; We typically have an aggressive construction schedule, and GC wants submittals back ASAP.&nbsp; The expectation is 3 days for review, 1 week max for one particular project we have in CA.&nbsp; (For reference, project is 20,000 sf of mixed use new construction, spec development, but higher end.)</p> <p>Because of the short turn around time, we usually review concurrently with consultants.&nbsp; The mech engineer is insisting that we (architect) review before they review.&nbsp;&nbsp;I'm curious how everyone else handles this.&nbsp; With the short turn around, it's just not feasible for us to review and then have them review.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>My past experience with a public project where we (architect) contracted all consultants, we did review submittals before consultants, but we also had 2 weeks for review.&nbsp; This particular project where the mech engineer wants us to review before them, the GC does ...</p> the wagon wheel portico Sir Apple Chrissy 2018-06-15T19:20:21-04:00 >2018-06-17T08:31:06-04:00 <p>how did this come about? </p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure> Theory vs Practical Architecture Question ForeignConcept 2018-06-15T17:11:00-04:00 >2018-06-17T01:50:47-04:00 <p>Been a lurker for this forum for a bit now. I am not an architecture student yet. I am in undergrad and am pursuing Urban Planning/Sustainable Development first (it is an accredited BA with PAB). Architecture was always my end goal and want to do a M.Arch after my BA though and then MS and specialize.</p> <p>My one question for now as I'm sifting through grad schools to add to my list to research and then apply to is - how does one know if a school is more theory based or practical based? From what I gather on the forum here, there are schools that are more classically inclined with theory and history and then there are more hands-on, physical and practical schools. I am unable to determine which area a school lies in when perusing their websites. Soooo...<br></p> <p>When on a website for a school what am I searching for to find out what type of architecture school they are? Also, is this only a pertinent question for Post-Grad? Or does this sort of delineation also fall in the M.Arch programs?<br></p> How good is the University of Edinburgh's MA Architectural History and Theory program? Zopiter 2018-06-15T15:39:00-04:00 >2018-06-15T15:39:48-04:00 <p>How good is the University of Edinburgh's MA Architectural History and Theory program compared to that at the AA or the Bartlett? Help!&nbsp;<br></p> Submitting permits and registering TAS projects for clients Meadowbend 2018-06-15T11:47:00-04:00 >2018-06-15T14:34:26-04:00 <p>I am a fairly new Architect, single person business offering Architectural services to residential, commercial, and retail clients.&nbsp; I work from home and try my best to keep my prices low for my clients.&nbsp; I have not been submitting my projects for permit, I've let their contractors or owner's submit, and I have not been the one registering the projects with TAS for accessiblity review/inspection.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>I know larger firms will do this for their clients, but in a effort to keep my prices low I haven't.&nbsp; After several years I now have a client who is giving me a hard time about it and I wanted to hear from other single person operations.&nbsp; Do you do this for your clients?&nbsp; Pros, Cons?&nbsp; I want my clients to feel like they received great service from me but I also want to keep my prices and hours reasonable.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thoughts on Waterloo's new architectural engineering program? aedansheffar 2018-06-14T19:57:18-04:00 >2018-06-14T22:32:10-04:00 <p>Thoughts on Waterloo's new architectural engineering program?</p> Continuing the myth joseffischer 2018-06-14T12:38:09-04:00 >2018-06-14T22:11:41-04:00 <p>We've got some 6th graders coming in this weekend for a tour as part of their STEM program at georgia tech to see what "architects do".&nbsp; Everyone's to have their desks cleaned by Friday, we've removed all stick sets from view, and they're using the large tables for the few models we've done over the years.&nbsp; Honestly, some of them have seen better days and should be tossed, but it's what we've got.</p> <p>I wish we could be more honest with them, but I'm not rocking the boat.</p> Thoughts on BArchSc degrees? aedansheffar 2018-06-14T07:49:27-04:00 >2018-06-14T12:17:48-04:00 <p>Would a BArchSc be worth while degree?</p> BOXX Apex2 for sale - Make me an offer it has to go matthewreddy 2018-06-13T18:57:00-04:00 >2018-06-14T13:59:52-04:00 <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>APEXX 2 2403<br>Configuration<br>Intel i7 Quad Core Enhanced Performance Processor (4.8 Ghz)<br>32GB DDR4-2400 (2 - 16GB DIMMS)<br>NVIDIA Quadro P1000 4GB - (Extended Lead Time)<br>1.0TB SSD M.2 PCIe Drive<br>20X Dual Layer DVD&ndash;RW Writer<br>Microsoft Windows 10 Professional Edition 64-Bit<br>USB Keyboard<br>BOXX Premium Support 1 Year (Years 2 and 3 Standard) - US and Canada<br>Only<br>BOXX 3 Year Limited Warranty <strong>(two years remaining)</strong><br>Model Specifications<br>Intel Core&#153;i7 Quad Core Enhanced Performance Processor<br>Intel Z270 Chipset<br>Dual Channel DDR4-2400<br>. . (4 DIMMS)<br>6) 6GB Serial ATA 3.0 port<br>. . (RAID 0, 1, and 10)<br>(1) DVI Port<br>(1) HDMI Port<br>(1) VGA Port<br>(1) Optical SPDIF port<br>(1) Gigabit Ethernet port<br>(2) M.2 Slot<br>7.1 Channel HD Audio<br>. . Front Panel Mic + Audio Out<br>(8) USB 3.0 Ports:<br>(4) Front, (4) Rear<br>(1) USB 3.1 Type-A Port (Rear)<br>(1) USB 3.1 Type-C Port (Rear)<br>550W Power Supply<br>6.85"w x 14.6"h x 16.6"d<br>Expansion options:<br>(2) 3.5" hard drive bays or (4) 2.5" hard drives<br>(2) PCIe 3.0 x16 slots Single at x16 or Dual at x8<br>(1) PCIe 3.0x16 at x4<br>(1) ...</p> Career advice .... Miles Jaffe 2018-06-13T17:29:53-04:00 >2018-06-15T09:50:26-04:00 <p>I'm a middle-aged artist and I'm thinking about a major career change. I've always been interested in astronomy and once had a telescope. Also I've read thousands of science fiction novels and seen just about every scifi movie ever made. Not only that but I am very artistic, skilled with color, and detail-oriented. I really want to be an astronaut and think my qualifcations are perfectly suited for that. How would I go about preparing to be an astronaut? What school has the best astronaut program? Will I be able to work part-time while attending (I still have to make a living)? Are there student loans and grants available? Can I work at NASA and learn while I earn?</p><p>Thank you.</p> career change into architecture mdel205 2018-06-13T12:36:00-04:00 >2018-06-15T17:28:30-04:00 <p>I am considering a (big) career change from teaching high school physics into architecture, and would love some honest opinions how to do so or if it is possible.&nbsp; Not only do I hold a bachelor's degree in physics and easily understand math, but I am also artistic and pay close attention to detail.&nbsp; Together, those facts have led me to consider architecture.</p> <p>I am aware I will first need to earn a degree in architecture and have reached out to local universities to ask about their programs.&nbsp; The biggest hurdle I think I will face is submitting a portfolio when I have no architecture or design background.&nbsp; Is there a way to develop those skills for eventual submission?&nbsp; Could a portfolio contain other examples of art and design?&nbsp; What are your thoughts?</p> <p>My other concern is how to attend school while also supporting myself financially.&nbsp; From your experience, are master's courses ever offered at night or on weekends, and is it possible to earn a degree part time while also holding a job...</p> Not joining the AIA ennisdavis 2018-06-13T08:53:55-04:00 >2018-06-15T13:17:13-04:00 <p>I would not recommend anyone joining the AIA. Its a joke and just a money machine. When I was an intern I tried to get a couple of firms to sign my idp hours. They were lazy/busy and never really would sign very many of them. This is a violation according to the AIA cannons. The AIA said as long as the companies were paying their dues there was nothing they could do. At that point I realized that that the AIA was a money machine and after talking to many colleagues, about 30% are not members for similar reasons. $660/yr is a lot for a magazine.</p> Student interns in Practice eastcoast 2018-06-12T15:07:12-04:00 >2018-06-18T16:35:36-04:00 <p>Okay so im a student intern at a firm that super great and does really cool work, but I'm bored to death and feel like im wasting my time as well as theirs sitting at the office with very little (i mean less than an hour) of work to in a full 8 hour day. Its discouraging actually, because I love architecture as a profession. Since i'm in school and I still have time to actually consider things are there other routes within architecture that aren't insanely boring? Just wondering if architects do exist out there that don't sit at the same desk all day. I get it, a student intern isn't the most productive person in the office and i'm super appreciative of any opportunity, so I get that things will change as I progress and finish school and move up in the profession, but are there other professionals that felt similarly and found other outlets?</p><p>not trying to change majors or anything drastic but I'm just keeping genuinely curious.&nbsp;</p><p>Disclaimer: also i've written on the forum before and i'...</p> Working remotely / Freelance maya0401 2018-06-11T20:35:45-04:00 >2018-06-20T01:22:21-04:00 <p>Hi, I'm wondering how people manage to be a freelancer in the architectural field. I'm looking to venture into this.&nbsp;</p><p>What is your main source of work? referals? any webpage?&nbsp;</p><p>I know all the work will be either as a draftsman in autocad, revit, etc but I'm ok with this and I'm super interested!</p><p>Thanks.</p> Arduino/ Processing/ Coding ayags 2018-06-11T16:20:53-04:00 >2018-06-11T23:12:23-04:00 <p>Hi everyone!&nbsp;</p><p>I got accepted to UCL's MArch Design for Performance and Interaction but it came with the stipulation that I learn Arduino/ Processing. I havent done science or math or physics or any of the sort in years and when I did, I wasnt too great at it. I'm just wondering if there is anyone who has also been down this road and any advice they might have? I feel I'm at such a disadvantage because I do not understand electrical currents or anything like that and find this subject material to be extremely boring and frustrating. It feels very left brain/ right brain to me and I have always been a better writer and creative person so grasping volts and amps while also learning to code is really stressing me out. Really I'm just looking for anyone to confirm that getting over the initial hump of learning these things like coding and arduino is just a hump and it gets easier, even for us creative types.&nbsp;</p>