Archinect - Forum 2017-08-19T07:37:44-04:00 Serio-Piffle Architecture by Ellis Parker Butler c 2017-08-18T22:49:59-04:00 >2017-08-19T06:35:19-04:00 <p>From "Serio-Piffle Architecture"&nbsp; <br></p> <p>by Ellis Parker Butler, Architectural Record&nbsp;, November, 1910</p> <p>.....When my friend, Mr. C. Reo Piffle, expects a client at his office, he makes important preparations. He has his beard trimmed to the most exquisite perfection, and, if the commission promises to be an important one, he has his face massaged. He has his nails manicured and his large seal ring cleaned in alcohol. Then he has the three sample bricks on his table washed and wiped, and is ready for the client. The client is kept waiting exactly the right length of time in the anteroom. Mr. C. Reo Piffle has, in the years he has been in the profession, managed to ascertain exactly the time a client should be allowed to study the plaster casts in the anteroom before being admitted to the August Presence of the beard and the bricks. At the psychological moment the door of the anteroom opens and the boy -- or the page, if the boy of the hour happens to be of a size to fit the blue...</p> EXAC study group in Montreal. Salam Hafez 2017-08-18T21:56:00-04:00 >2017-08-18T21:56:03-04:00 <p>Hi there!</p> <p>I'm trying to find a study group for the EXAC in Montreal in English.</p> <p>All the courses that they offer at the Order of Architects here are in french&nbsp;</p> <p>:(</p> Local design review citizen 2017-08-18T16:25:07-04:00 >2017-08-18T17:39:40-04:00 <p>Another thread on architectural criticism got me thinking about a different, less-highfalutin form of critique. &nbsp;Does anyone here perform design review for a local jurisdiction? &nbsp;</p> <p>Published criticism may or may not affect the culture, but design review boards often shape what actually gets built.</p> <p>Any experiences?<br></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Project Architect vs Construction Project Manager job lerinat 2017-08-18T09:53:00-04:00 >2017-08-18T15:54:05-04:00 <p>Dear reader,</p> <p>I feel the need for an advice on deciding on a job opportunity. I am an architecture graduate with a 5 year experience in architectural projects, working on design, implementation of different types of buildings and also some urban projects for small to medium size studios. Lately an opportunity has been offered to me by a big company to work as a construction project manager on a small infrastructure project. Salary is double of what i currently get, but the downside is my job will be mainly construction managerial and not design related which sets some doubts into my mind on whether or not i should accept it. Should i go for it and get experience on a new construction and managerial level or should i continue working as a project architect. If someone has ever been here to make a choice i would appreciate some perspective.&nbsp;</p> At what point do you start inquiring to studios? joeuk 2017-08-18T06:51:26-04:00 >2017-08-18T11:05:49-04:00 <p>I was thinking about at what point you start looking for meaningful employment with studios. This is premature as I haven't even started yet, but thought it might make a decent conversation topic.&nbsp;</p> <p>My initial idea was: Bare in mind I am starting a 6 year AT degree.&nbsp;</p> <p>Year 1 - Ask if they have vancanies to walk their dogs.</p> <p>Year 2 - Ask if you might be able to make the coffees.</p> <p>Year 3 - Maybe they might let you hold a tape measure.</p> <p>Year 4 - Admin work.</p> <p>Year 5 - CAD work AND Coffee maker.</p> <p>Year 6 - Less than underpaid monkey until you prove yourself able to make tea.</p> <p>At what point in your studies do you start maybe inquiring for a little vacancy?</p> <p>Thank you.</p> How do you become an "architecture critic"? JLC-1 2017-08-18T00:18:02-04:00 >2017-08-18T14:35:29-04:00 <p>Seriously. Who are these people and where did they come from? Is architecture equivalent to food and clothing? Do they have any weight in the profession? What would you say is their value?</p><p><br></p> Saarinen's Hill College House at Penn Donna Sink 2017-08-17T21:15:22-04:00 >2017-08-17T23:26:52-04:00 <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hill College House renovation complete.</a></p> <figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p>I love this building. &nbsp;I was lucky to get to go into it before this renovation and though fairly run-down and neglected it was beautiful even then.<br>From a 2017 perspective it is a totally sexist building: it was a women's dorm, and is literally a protected castle behind a moat, only accessible via a "drawbridge" where one assumes during the era it was built some very large and terrifying Frau Bucher-type guards were stationed to protect the virtue of the young women within!</p> <p>It is from that funny time in architecture history when Modernism was playing with some material texture and traditional forms, and Saarinen-the-younger's interest in materials was already present. &nbsp; Personally I see the craft of Cranbrook that Eero grew up in on these expressive brick walls. The spikes on top of the building are totally a Modern interpretation of a cornice - and also fulfill the protected princess narrative. &nbsp;The interior shutters are so great, too. Domesti...</p> ARE5 online materials ennisdavis 2017-08-17T20:59:18-04:00 >2017-08-18T22:35:30-04:00 <p>Any of you try these online materials:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p><br></p> Just needing some advice Welchalex710 2017-08-17T11:34:00-04:00 >2017-08-18T03:46:09-04:00 <p>Hey so my names Alex and I'm currently attending a trade school to get my associates degree in occupational studies majoring in industrial HVAC/refrigeration and have been in school about 8 months now and have 8 more to go my mind has kind of been drifting towords going to a large university to get a bachelors in architecture from Colorado university My mind is also drifting towords mechanical engineering im 20 years old and am prepared for the debt schooling would put me in but the saying " if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life " really gets to me I've loved architectural drafting since high school drafting and CAD classes but always thought it was impossible cause I screwed off in high school so I just stuck to going to a good old trade school which isn't bad in any way I just feel I can turn this associates of occupational studies into a lot more and maybe have my masters degree in something by the time I'm 30 any advice would help and be much appreciated...</p> Career: Taking a break or taking a step down? LAPM 2017-08-17T10:59:00-04:00 >2017-08-18T12:26:14-04:00 <p>Hi All,</p> <p>Looking for some sound advice. I have put myself through an expensive &nbsp;but great graduate program which I accredit for getting my the opportunity to work at a notable firm. Great, except nine months in at this firm and I am burned out, creatively deprived, and it has really started to wear down my mental and physical health. I know a lot of you can probably relate and I would love for you to give me some advice. I find the studio structure very top down despite what I was told during my initial interview. The project I'm working on is apparently unique to the office in that it is extremely fast paced, meaning I've been consecutively working 60 hour weeks for the past 9 months. I don't feel invested in the design and I am constantly being micromanaged by the Project Manager, who has maybe one year's experience on me but is not technically oriented whatsoever. It's gotten to the point where I have been looking into other opportunities at smaller firms that do not do as interes...</p> Going back to school for Architecture at 35? jl27 2017-08-17T10:51:00-04:00 >2017-08-18T14:34:31-04:00 <p>Hello,</p> <p>Lately, I've been having serious thoughts of going back to school to become an architect. I currently have a background in illustration and graphic design and architecture is something that has always interested me. Is 35 too late to go back to school? Also, would anyone have any tips on an efficient path to take as far as schools (for-profits, community colleges, etc.)? Lastly, how do you all perceive the industry to look in about ten years?</p> <p>Any advice/replies would be highly appreciated.&nbsp;I'm in Los Angeles, btw.</p> Competition Entry Review Peripteral Magic 2017-08-17T10:33:59-04:00 >2017-08-18T13:44:38-04:00 <p>Hi everyone,</p><p>Here goes the entry for a EUROPAN competition I did a few years ago. Posted this online recently and I thought I would share it...</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;</p><p>I would appreciate any comments on presentation or content.</p><p>Many thanks!&nbsp;</p><p>PS. Geographical location is stunningly beautiful. I recommend a quick visit if you ever happen to be nearby. (good wine too!)</p><p>.&nbsp;</p> Front-Loading Fees on Project? gmpa 2017-08-16T16:56:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T14:04:56-04:00 <p>I'm trying to get my Principal to front-load fees on fixed-fee full-service contracts so that the firm collects more in the Concept / Schematic Design Phase where we almost always spend more than what is budgeted. We do have a provision that Schematic Design revisions and changes are to be an additional service (but we only bring that up when the Client wants to basically redo the design pretty drastically.)</p> <p>His concern is that he has enough dollars for the construction services phase, but my feeling is that if the Client pays me, let's say, 99% at the Schematic Design phase and 1% at the CD phase, its good deal for us because the Client might go bankrupt, the project may not make it through entitlements etc. It's my job to put the 40% I need for CD's in the bank but at least we have it.</p> <p>Can anyone explain to me the reasoning behind not trying to get more money upfront? I totally understand doing concept / schematic design at a loss is one way to get foothold with a Client and make ...</p> Do you use building physics in design? ZHENZHOU WENG 2017-08-16T16:20:32-04:00 >2017-08-17T23:58:21-04:00 <p>Try this quiz: <a href=";h=ATMeKyuy0SncksytBWS86MUk-jgfa55cz_HoC0pE3OJ2pdGLTpIA999bBpPCmct_iB40TtfbF85oDRG7yUg67m8FlMqhUuLjejB32azVvI0_ZluMpCfUMBFJDfmyYsyYfk84gDuaZQinKyFcKsOL7wOHyLRkfTU&amp;enc=AZN9xQ2BsHHH4ABEfMqTP4kQS96_foW17mPxwHZr3Vtc7lg7L1nOf6fb9Yw1cv-VIb2ggDh6bW7gzALxD-BOAsHfWhcZ0z5CKyJDsCkmoD2mWswmFCSqm5kwYm_VbuDemcr-aZK_s5WOYucB8A9TItd8HkGM_knzayM-eD1w8IkMDYBIwHS4kfETcC3zhIwe8s0gURnTmfZrKo4FVP_IO6JF&amp;s=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> and please share with more building design professionals!</p> <p> Please download the interactive PDF via the link to get started.</p><figure><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure><p><br></p> Removing confederate monuments jla-x 2017-08-16T10:17:00-04:00 >2017-08-18T19:07:40-04:00 <p>I'm interested to hear architects/designers/artists take on this. &nbsp;</p> The drones are watching you.... joeuk 2017-08-16T05:48:28-04:00 >2017-08-16T13:06:12-04:00 <p>OK, well maybe they aren't but I just wanted to see if and how all you architects possibly used them or think about them.</p><p>I recently read an article saying how they are completely changing the landscape of architecture both in terms of how they are used for surveying etc, but also how new buildings are being designed with drones in mind, meaning they need places to land or that in time, arriving at a building via the 13th floor isn't beyond the realms of possibility.&nbsp;</p><p>Thoughts?</p><p>Cue sarcastic comment from our boy in the Bay area.</p> LEED Certification BuffaloArch 2017-08-15T19:56:00-04:00 >2017-08-16T04:33:34-04:00 <p>Hi,</p> <p>I am a virgin architect. &nbsp;I minored in architecture in undergrad, so I have never taken a studio, just the other typical core requirements of an architecture curriculum such as systems, arch history, etc. &nbsp;I have a little model experience using Revit, but that's about it.</p> <p>I am about to enter the first year of an M.Arch program, and I received an invitation to attend&nbsp;<strong>LEED Green Associate (GA) Training</strong>, after forking over $200. &nbsp;This is a one day course that claims to have 100% pass rate on the exam.</p> <p>My question is whether or not the course would be too difficult/ a waste of time considering how little experience I have. &nbsp;I have heard people acknowledge that becoming LEED certified doesn't always make an architect much more marketable, but I am trying to line up some sort of internship next summer, so I'd like to add something to my resume.</p> The CARVER Matrix Method for Grad School RCIXM24 2017-08-15T18:59:00-04:00 >2017-08-16T05:05:43-04:00 <figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a><br></figure><figure><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></figure></figure><p>For anybody having a hard time deciding what school to go, fear not! Try the CARVER Matrix to determine the best choice, choose your parameters and objective, allocate numbers and choose away! I put together this Matrix with some personal objectives and interests as an example.</p> <p>"The&nbsp;<strong>CARVER matrix</strong>&nbsp;was developed by the&nbsp;United States special operations forces&nbsp;during the Vietnam War. CARVER is an acronym that stands for Criticality, Accessibility, Recuperability (Return for our purposes), Vulnerability, Effect and Recognizability and is a system to identify and rank specific targets so that attack resources can be efficiently used."<br></p> <p>-From Wikipedia.</p> <p>This Matrix has been used on Risk and Project Management Management, as well as other endeavours where decisions had to be made. What do you guys think?</p> Architect to Archvis Nats 2017-08-15T12:13:37-04:00 >2017-08-15T13:38:33-04:00 <p>I have worked in architecture for many years and never been very happy. I am finally trying to get out and start something new and was planning to make a move into archvis after years of training myself and practice I feel reasonably skilled now - well certainly enough to start working in it. <br></p><p><br>Does anyone have any advice on this and has anyone here done it already?<br></p> How to avoid overtime? mariosk 2017-08-14T18:29:55-04:00 >2017-08-16T18:14:17-04:00 <p>As soon as I finish all work for the day and just&nbsp;10' before 5:45&nbsp;(which is when my contract hours end) the director shows up with a pack of sketches and asks me to work on them before I leave. This keeps happening more and more often and I end up staying late wasting hours from my life, missing friends' birthday parties, medical appointments, getting late for dates etc.&nbsp;</p> <p>This is not a matter of time management on my behalf but on the director's side. He spends all day on the phone and then at the end of the day, quickly&nbsp;drafts a few iterations which he presents literally at the last moment.</p> <p>The practice doesn't offer paid overtime (maybe asking for too much) or extra time off in lieu (which other practices I interviewed at do)<br></p> <p>It is just an endless exploitation and I get so tired at the end of the day and end up not performing well the next one.&nbsp;I am looking to jump ship as some doors are open for me, but wonder if&nbsp;this is happening because of me (gave the impression of a pushover...</p> Portfolio Sharks auninja91 2017-08-14T16:26:54-04:00 >2017-08-16T08:33:34-04:00 <p>Hi All,&nbsp;</p><p>Anyone feel like taking a break or just plain bored?</p><p>Feel free to leave me some feedback on my undergraduate portfolio, don't worry I've got thick skin.</p><p>I graduated about 4 years ago, and I'm finally ready to apply for grad school. Going to redo my portfolio, but I want to see what I can include from this old thing, before I add in my professional projects from the office.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br></p><p>Thanks, appreciate it</p><p>Do you think it's good practice to have seperate portfolios for Grad application and Job applications?</p> Recruiter's Reply what does it mean rroxxy27 2017-08-14T11:09:15-04:00 >2017-08-14T19:54:12-04:00 <p>Hello,</p> <p>Today I called the director of the company where I applied last month and with who I had a few interviews. I called to chek up on my application status and he told me they choose me as a candidate but there is freeze on the intake of new employees right now but he will get back to me again a bit later in the week to strongly confirm or reject.&nbsp;</p> <p>WHAT IS THIS SUPPOSED TO MEAN?! Could you please be kind to share with me your opinion? Do you think they will take me, not take me or take me later?&nbsp;</p> <p>Cheers....</p> Help me find the name of this or the current photo! dabrixdabbor 2017-08-14T10:47:00-04:00 >2017-08-15T18:36:25-04:00 <p>Good day everyone,&nbsp;</p> <p>I'm looking for a high resolution file for the attached photo. and i really need to know what is the name of this?&nbsp;</p> <figure><p>is it victorian? French classic deco art? vintage wall panel?.. Please help. I need thing print it on the wall in my house!!</p><p><br></p><p>Please advice guys,</p><p>cheers</p><p><br></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=""></a></p></figure> Office Architecture/Office Layout GermanStudentSaar 2017-08-14T10:45:00-04:00 >2017-08-16T10:16:04-04:00 <p>Hello everybody,</p> <p>my name is Sabine and I&rsquo;m studying Economics and Law at Saarland University, Germany. One part of my studies deals with Human Resource Management and especially how to organize working places. Therefore I actually visit a seminary which is named: &ldquo;Quo vadis? Office architecture as an analogue-digital disruption between San Francisco and Seoul&rdquo;. The main idea is that working environments have changed over time. In Germany for example, years ago, there was an advance towards home offices or small offices, so every office employee had its own working area. Nowadays it is changed and things like desk sharing and bullpens are trendy. My part of the study is to collect information about working places in New York City and how they have changed. I have to find out how offices in New York City look like and how office architecture is connected with the city architecture. Also I&rsquo;m interested in future working places and innovative ideas how to create a working environment th...</p> Foreign undergrad student looking to get licensed in the US or UK. Advice please! SixtyFourteen 2017-08-13T12:48:00-04:00 >2017-08-14T11:14:59-04:00 <p>Hi! I am an undergrad student from Southeast Asia, taking up my BS Architecture (5 year course) in a university that is neither recognized by RIBA, nor particularly known.</p> <p>I've recently realized that I want to be able to work internationally, and that if I get a license in my home country, it will most likely not be respected anywhere (compared to RIBA or NAAB). Here are a few questions I have:</p> <p>1 - I am planning to take my master's in either the US or the UK, to hopefully get accredited in RIBA or NAAB. Which one will be more beneficial for employment in international offices? And which one will be easier to acquire considering my bachelor's degree generally counts for nothing? (Does RIBA allow you to skip to part 2 or do I have to find some other way to get my part 1 first?)</p> <p>2 - I know a lot of architecture graduates practice without even acquiring a license, but I am scared that my background and a license from a 3rd world country will pigeonhole me into cadmonkey tasks for the re...</p> other career paths? Alex Gillette 2017-08-12T17:06:00-04:00 >2017-08-16T12:47:56-04:00 <p>I am a little more than a year out of school now and have worked in 3 different firms (Gensler, small firm, and mid sized firm). While I loved architecture school and studio/design, I feel very bored by architecture practice.</p> <p>I've spent a good bit of time doing code and zoning research, occupancy and fixture count calculations, some toilet detailing, and plan revisions. I do enjoy the time where I&nbsp;am able to design something like a facade skin, interior plans and layouts, and competition work but day to day I&nbsp;can feel pretty miserable sitting at my desk and figuring out toilet details. It's also pretty frustrating how many limitations clients put on projects to maintain the budget, which of course makes sense, but sometimes is hard to understand how the people with no design knowledge are the ones calling the shots about the design. At this point I'm not sure if I&nbsp;want to continue with the profession. I still need to go back for my Masters but have doubts if I&nbsp;should pursue an MBA o...</p> Dear Archinect David Curtis 2017-08-12T11:52:18-04:00 >2017-08-14T16:12:07-04:00 <p>Eliminate the anonymous&nbsp;posters or I&nbsp;am out of here. Love DC</p> Job opportunities in Bay area hemalkoradia 2017-08-11T19:24:00-04:00 >2017-08-14T18:21:54-04:00 <p>My name is Hemal and I live in San Jose, CA.<br>I have completed 5 years of B. Arch. from India and worked for 3 years in Mumbai in multiple firms and was running my own practice for last 5 years where I was undertaking majorly interior projects.<br>Currently, I live in San Jose and I am on H4 visas currently. My H4 EAD visas will arrive by this year end and then I can legally start working.<br>I have following questions and my goal is to work in San Jose eventually.<br>1. What are the different path available to get there?<br>2. Do I really need to study M.Arch or any similar program?<br>3. What is the long term advice for better career? Like study, get license or else apply for jobs now.<br>4. How are the chances of getting immediate job in Bay Area? And with what role should I apply?</p> <p>I really appreciate your time and thank you so much for helping and sharing valuable experience.<br>Thank you in advance.<br>Hemal</p> transfer to a different school manii 2017-08-11T15:13:29-04:00 >2017-08-15T22:25:37-04:00 <p>hello, I am a student of M.Arch program (3 year program).. I am looking forward to get a transfer to any other school starting from spring 2018. please give me a suggestion on what schools would accept me for their 2nd semester in the 3 year program.&nbsp;</p> Practice Management Software Richard Nichols 2017-08-11T15:08:00-04:00 >2017-08-17T15:37:03-04:00 <p>Would anyone have any recommendations for practice management software?</p> <p>I am part of a 20-person firm that is growing fairly quickly, and I am interested in getting us to use some programs to help in project scheduling, time sheet logs, other things of this nature.</p> <p>As I'm sure others can relate to, practices that worked efficiently when firms are small no longer work when they expand, and we would like to head that off before it becomes a problem.</p> <p>Thank you!</p>