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Ladies and Gentlemen, of the AIA, I give you; Brother Zee, err, Jim Belushi.

Chuck Berry dies, and we get a white actor fronted "blues" band.

AIA leaders, stay Gold. Soon, SNL will be doing parodies of you.
Mar 20, 17 4:54 pm

Wasn't it Kevin Bacon one year?


Two things; first, he's married to Kyra Sedgwick - win in my book. Second, he's closer to gen-X than Belushi. And C, he's not ripping off his brother, who stole from Muddy Waters and Ray Charles. AAAAND D, nothing says white man's overbite and boomer hellscape like the words blues and Belushi. 

If we trying to get people to come - young, healthy, non-Ensure drinking, AIA members - then how about RTJ? Young Jeezy? Yeezy? Gwen? J-lo? Ozzy?

Come on, I'd settle for MMMmmmmbop.

[more than two]

Kanye and Kim - the duets.

I'm not going to Orlando. I never want to go to Florida (unless it's directly to the Keys, where my 1st cousin runs a charter deep sea fishing boat).

However! If Alabama Shakes played the Convention, I would definitely go.

I'm not going to Orlando. I never want to go to Florida (unless it's directly to the Keys, where my 1st cousin runs a charter deep sea fishing boat).

Derp. Still don't have the threaded comments down.

Mar 20, 17 7:24 pm

What happened to being able to like an article, are we all meant to do the same via facebook/google rather than on Archinect now?

Mar 20, 17 9:49 pm

About 0.000001% of readers of an article used the like button, so we got rid of it.


so most articles receive or 1 or 1 0 million views?


Fake news, obviously. But seriously, the like button was only clicked, on average, once per 5,000 article views (0.02%). We'll leave the thumbs up to the posts on Facebook. We're still considering adding a thumbs up/like option for comments though.


There's even a Netflix series with him in it, must be doing something right.


yes, it's called marketing! must be really pissed to be passed over for the pritzker the past 2 years


Too many school threads must be scaring everyone away. :(

Mar 23, 17 12:53 pm

I was checking the forum constantly when I was applying


I'm afraid I cannot relate... I walked by the arch studios at the school I was already in and thought hey this looks like fun and applied.


Mine was "Where can I get away with the most outrageous work?"


Interesting piece:

Mar 23, 17 1:06 pm

I can't figure out how to post a Tweet here on Archinect. It comes in as gibberish every time.

Mar 25, 17 10:44 am

test not working, but there's a classic piss take of trump's lose fail over trying to screw over the one thing republicans did not fuck up for your last honest good president, is that a precident? (Hope)

Mar 25, 17 9:48 pm

I say that as a British, we have a fake prime minister also.

Mar 25, 17 9:54 pm

I remember Judith Chafee coming up in a past thread and thought this brief documentary about her was interesting:

Apparently a book is in the works.

Mar 26, 17 1:31 am

Woohoo, thanks jw468! Judith was amazing. What great news.

Mar 26, 17 10:16 am

Man that Judith did some great work... Hi TC!

Mar 27, 17 6:21 pm

sup TC....not that anyone is listening nor is feedback requested, but not writing Olaf Design Ninja anymore (he dead), abandoning the Max Headroom redesigned approach (psuedo Olaf) and most importantly not reading Chuck Palahniuk as much or Hunter S. Thompson, I am feeling mildly positive in general. stress levels down.

Mar 27, 17 6:29 pm
Non Sequitur

Oye. Cheers buddy.

@Chris, good to hear. Although some of those alter-egos will be missed...

Mar 27, 17 7:47 pm

nam, if you don't mind, send me that "translational" grant art/science stuff. switched laptops since I asked last time.

Hi Chris! Glad to see you!

Mar 27, 17 9:03 pm

Chris, how are things in Motherboard?

Mar 27, 17 9:15 pm

I guess I'm still a bit negative based on the feedback, oh man...

the world of motherboard is meeting stone and sculpture, that is where it is headed I think, feels palpable.

summary on nihilism (the alter egos):

nihilism at a meta level, ontologically and existentially, is still by far the most accurate mode of operation for assessing reality objectively.  it helps quicken deconstruction of systems, to find or be the rhizome in a Deleuzian sense.  but that is about it.  constant nihilism is like running into a wall over and over again instead of just turning left or right and walking around the wall....and seriously had to put Palahniuk down, you are what you read sometimes. (just to note - nihilism goes nowhere should be obvious)


Mar 27, 17 10:20 pm

@Chris, I remember the email but not the specific content/links. Think it was sent from my old work email in Fl. Will try to find...

As for nihilism, I am no expert but I always preferred a more Advaita Vedantic or Zen Buddhist, "neti neti" take on negation.

Night all

Mar 27, 17 11:35 pm

thank you Nam.  That project may be finally worth pursuing again as I'm abandoning nihilism beyond an investigative method, Zen is more appropriate for that project (has to do with sound and brain waves...)

Mar 28, 17 8:03 am

@Chris, can you send me an email from the address I would have sent the email to? So I can search all my accounts for emails to that address?

Morning TC.

Mar 28, 17 11:48 am

I started meditating in college and have greatly increased my ability and frequency to do so in the last 3-4 years. My blood pressure is usually downright low after it used to be a little high for a long time. It takes practice, but that stuff Nam is talking about is golden.

No more energy drinks, Chris? You mentioned you were quitting... good for you.

Mar 28, 17 12:55 pm

Bai, water, or tea. blood pressure down, like healthy now when NOT working. meditating is a good idea.




I'm on spring break in La La land. Cough cough. (Smog)

Mar 28, 17 12:58 pm

nam email sent...apparently we have limits on text for replies - on the purpose of western nihilism (my opinion) - Jim Morrison -

“A hero is someone who rebels or seems to rebel against the facts of existence and seems to conquer them. Obviously that can only work at moments. It can't be a lasting thing. That's not saying that people shouldn't keep trying to rebel against the facts of existence. Someday, who knows, we might conquer death, disease and war.”

Mar 28, 17 7:00 pm

Stepped on the scale this morning and I've lost 30 lbs since the beginning of the year. That's a plus. It's been a good week so far. Had an uplifting dinner with my mentor yesterday and Tuesday participated in Prairie Grassroots and met with my state senator (and had a photo op with the governor, but didn't vote for him). How are things out in TC land?

Mar 30, 17 10:58 am

Things good in CO. Been getting a fair bit of rain lately, but I have a day off tomorrow and hoping to get my last ski day of year in... We shall see, definitely won't be powder!

Otherwise, now that I have fully settled into the new neighborhood starting to get plugged in with the official neighborhood organization and some other groups/initiatives related to sustainability/urbanism et al... Feeling generally excited about this year.

In terms of health/weight, just earned enough points to reach gold status in our company wellness plan. Which should equal a nice rebate/discount for my health insurance. As part of that had a wellness check and compared to last year all my numbers are trending in right direction and my wellness age is closer to my actual age. Just need to get more regularly physically active. Running once a week and a biking/walking isn't strenuous enough.

Mar 30, 17 11:06 am

Found out this morning that I passed my last division of the ARE. Just need to send in my application and get registered with the state so I can do exactly the same work for no extra pay*. But at least I'll be able to mouth off to these young upstarts wanting to call themselves an architect to just go take the tests and get their license already. 


*That's a little bit of a lie. My firm does pay out a small bonus upon licensure, and I intend to negotiate my way into a bigger salary as well. But I'll still be doing the same work. The point is that they've been underpaying me for the work I do, not that by virtue of a license I deserve more.

Mar 30, 17 12:00 pm
Non Sequitur

Congrats. Guinness Tonight!


Congrats! Gonna change your name to Everyday Architect??

I'm taking #4 on Monday. These can't be over fast enough...

Congrats! Don't negotiate on a hangover.

Thanks all. Good luck tduds.


CONGRATS !!!! Very soon..... "Everyday Architect". :-)



tduds, wish you best outcome (ie. passing the exams).


Thanks for posting that the results are in. I just checked and I passed as well! Going to be doing the same thing I've been doing for years tho and have no one in real life to tell because nobody actually cares. My family and friends thought I was an architect when I was 19 years old oh so long ago when I got my first job. :) 

Good luck tduds!

Mar 30, 17 12:55 pm
Non Sequitur

Congrats to you as well. Probably less guinness for you thou.


Thanks. Yeah, I'll forgo the Guinness and celebrate with a pregnant lady friendly lunch.

Congrats tintt! Your baby is due sometime soon, right?


Yes, I'm in the final stretch. 10 more weeks.

Hang in there ... those last weeks we were going crazy waiting but it will end at some point. We ended up needing to induce labor, but then it happened really fast.

Non Sequitur

10 weeks? Not sure if you remember... but mine came 6 weeks early. Time is going to start speeding by. 8-)


Congrats tintt.



I got a booze filled chocolate truffle hand delivered by a friend so I got to celebrate anyways.
My first baby was delivered on the due date so I hope I can repeat that!

Congrats tintt and Everyday!

Mar 30, 17 1:59 pm


Thanks Nam


woo i just found out i passed all my AREs too. now i can be annoying and condescending...

honestly i am learning far more from renovating my home at the moment than i have with ARE 4.0. i think it's about time we consider a more rigorous apprenticeship approach, IDP/AXP is a joke.

Mar 30, 17 3:45 pm

congrats ivorykeyboard.


Congrats! And agree that I also learned far more working on my own house.


And yes, IDP/AXP is a weak excuse for having a method of training emerging professionals.

That's no fair, I learned all that stuff by working on other people's houses before I finished school and even thought about IDP/AXP and the ARE ... let alone owned my own home.

Congrats to you too ivorykeyboard.

Note to all you young fancy graphics lovers who have hot skilz with Rhino or whatever:

The more coats of paint something requires, the more expensive it will be, both material and labor.

No amount of Grasshopper can change those physics.
Mar 30, 17 3:50 pm

ill write you a script (in grasshopper) that will reduce the amount of paint used with surface topology optimization though.

hot skilz

I appreciate the effort, ivory! But that won't change the number of coats the coatings manufacturer requires to give a warranty and to guarantee that the project color will match the sample already approved. I mean: I know all kinds of great things are possible with parametrics. But we still operate in a physical world, and until the building-bots can *entirely* fabricate the thing we design (a day I'm excited about), we have to deal with humans and standards and the physics those standards are based on.

...and now that I got that rant out I can go back and read/respond to all the good news above.
Mar 30, 17 3:53 pm
Josh: yay for weight loss and for being involved at Grassroots! It's so important that we are faced in front of our legislators.
Mar 30, 17 3:57 pm
Nam: yay for feeling connected to your community! And for being healthy too!
Mar 30, 17 3:57 pm
Everyday Intern-no-more: WOOHOOOO!!!!



God honestly getting that license is THE BEST feeling. Congratulations on completing the slog. It's really, really important and meaningful, even if our family and friends don't recall "get it".

My friend Lora was on the Young Architect podcast recently (google it) and spoke about our Indiana licensing ceremony we have every year. We have it in The War Memorial (a very fancy public space but free for us to rent), have snacks and a musician for the reception, have a brief keynote speech like at graduation, and have a member of the licensing board officiate. The newly-registered architects have to stand and take the oath (Indiana had one) and it is truly moving. Lora talks about how that ceremony makes the family members understand better just how big of a deal licensure is!

So congratulations you guys!!!! Find your state oath and recite it at your next happy hour!!
Mar 30, 17 4:05 pm

Yeah, we don't get that in Illinois. Maybe I'll get my Indiana license too (need it if I want to get something of my design built in Columbus).

I'm sorry, Josh. I should have mentioned the ceremony is only for first-time licensees, not reciprocals. But you should get an Indiana license anyway! Columbus is busy! I assume you'e coming for the Exhibit Columbus installations at some point this year? We should meet up.


Donna that sounds fun. 

I think there's something to be said for celebration & little rituals when it comes to things like this. I buy myself a nice bottle of scotch after each exam. A friend of mine had a "Stamping Party" when she got her license (We all got our hands stamped, among other things). I might follow suit, maybe it'll become a tradition!

Mar 30, 17 4:18 pm

I bought and played with Legos/drank gin after every exam. I should do that more often.

Non Sequitur

I also did that following my exams.

Congrats to all the new architects!
Mar 30, 17 4:37 pm

Congrats to the new architects!

I wish Ohio had a ceremony like that, although I'm not sure I would've driven up to Columbus for the occasion. (I was already well into plotting my escape to Seattle at that point, and wanted nothing to do with the State of Ohio. I still don't.)

When I logged into the online portal and learned that, after 20 years of education and CAD monkey work, I finally finally a registered architect, I excitedly told the project manager who happened to be sitting closest to me at the office. Without looking up, he simply said, "Well, it's not too late to become a product rep" and went back to reviewing submittals.

Mar 30, 17 5:20 pm

I got champagne, cupcakes, and a mylar graduation balloon with architect pasted over graduate. Not a bad office celebration. (sounds like that PM hates his job)

I think pretty much everybody in that office hated their job. By contrast: At my current firm here in Seattle, during our holiday party they recognized all the architects who had gotten registered over the previous year, and since I had gotten reciprocal registration in WA during that time, I was included. Always feels good to get a shout-out.



That product rep comment made my day, thanks David (and the PM who hates his job).

That kind of architect - self-hating - is my least favorite kind of architect.

My biggest motivation for leaving that gig and getting into a design-oriented firm on the west coast was to avoid becoming one of those types.


As things are going in my life at the moment -

1. Get the student loans paid off.

2. Work on getting initial architect licensure via some kind of education/experience alternate path.

3. Become NCARB Certified and complete reciprocity into the states of interest.

Out of curiosity.... I just wonder if I were to return to UO and take courses.... hmmm.... 

Mar 31, 17 3:36 am

Sounds like taking more courses would interfere with #1.


Agree unless I make enough money to take the courses I want to take and pay for out of pocket. It's just curiosity, though.


There's no news in this post Richard. These have basically been your same goals as long as you've been on this forum, and for many years before that on other forums. When I first encountered you it was around 2007 on the areforum, and at that point your plan was to kluge together enough experience and education to be licensed by 2011. Here we are more than a decade later and all you've done is accumulate debt. You haven't even gained any experience since then. Why don't you add to your plan to refrain from these little reports until you actually accomplish something?


I know there is certain basic aspects that has been talked about for some time. The general issue is that architecture firms that posts job positions always lists degrees as required vs as preferred. I live in a particular area, I don't want to leave to an entirely different part of the country just to get jobs. There is no good reason for that in this profession otherwise the employers should pick up the bill for moving expenses if that is how they are purposefully doing their hiring practices.

I run a building design business. Business is considerably slow but it has been slowed down partly on my part for other reasons, some of which is to some extent legitimate.

I am open to adding business partners that are licensed architects or setting up a business partnership or LLC or whatever in a way an arrangement structure that allows me to A) do independent building design practices, and B) as a business venture do architectural projects with architects with them being the registered architects and C) comply with specific firm registration requirements of Oregon and Washington and possibly other states as well. This way, I can get the AXP hours and other experience requirements taken care of as well as work on whatever to satisfy NCARB Certification.

How hard is that to ask for? It has seemed to be harder than that because too many in this profession appears to prides themselves on loading down on debt that they will be spending decades to payoff if they pay it off. If things go according to plan, these student debts will be substantively paid off if not paid off entirely in the year.


"If things go according to plan"... With you ALL of your plans have led, 100%, to NOTHING. So, we don't need updates, because it's a sure bet that what's happening with you is more plans, and more nothing. There's absolutely no need for you to post any updates unless something actually happens as a result of any of these plans.


now go out there and make some real money, anything less than 6 digits I will be disappointed! or go put the stamp in your drawer, curl up in the fetus position and rock back and forth when someone asks you stamp something.

Mar 31, 17 6:32 am

^ If I worked full time I would already make that much and have for years. I was actually looking into getting a real estate agent license now just for fun. It only takes a few weeks and one test. I prefer lifestyle and freedom over money. Now if I can make that much working part time with kids in tow, that'll be something to celebrate.

Apr 1, 17 12:18 pm
wurdan freo

Hey Tintt congrats! I also toyed with getting my real estate license, but it is far from a part time job. The best realtors hustle like no bodies business. You're networking. You're holding open houses on weekends. You're showing houses nights and weekends. You're constantly bird dogging for buyers and sellers. The major benefit is when you do your own develop ments you can gain better market insight, opportunities come to you and you have that additional profit center.

Apr 1, 17 5:30 pm

Thanks! I wouldn't get the real estate license to be an open house having realtor, I would do it just for the experience and knowledge to work better with developers and maybe to buy and sell my own house. It would be another very part time thing. I'm no hustler, I could never actually be a realtor. Eventually perhaps a developer though.


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Discussion Forum   |   Jan 12, 17 6:27 pm
"I'm not saying they are a threat right now..."
Wake up!
They're already doing damage!
Lot's of tone-deafness going on.

Apr 1, 17 8:52 pm

so the censorship and political bias on archinect is becoming quite humorous. what is Archinect so afraid of?

Apr 3, 17 7:40 am
Can you give an example Chris?
Apr 3, 17 7:45 am

uanamo or whatever his names post was deleted from Mitch McEwanss blog. it was on topic but confrontational. then you deleted a Max Headroom post on a Zaha news repoet that actually introduced art work and posted at least 10 images of Zahas work. the current podcast series has very little to do with architecture. and of course there is Quondam, the amount of times his posts have been removed or deleted is hillarious....

Apr 3, 17 7:56 am

Olaf never made a substantive connection to a fifth grade reading of "seminal" to Metallica, to Zaha's work. Olaf's retrograde and seriously sexist posts, really fucking irked me. Make a connection. That's why I shit kicked that post; Olaf was being a sexist white male. Not a thoughtful architect.


Another thing, Mitch can defend herself, and doesn't need anyone here to moderate her blog, again, her blog.


relax. its only the internet. we can delete comments on our blogs? did not know that.


btw had you left that post by however you spell Uanomo...because my Archinect rights only let me Flag posts but apparently other bloglgers can delete comments, I would have responded with a link to one of Mitch's earlier posts as it related to the Soprano youtube bit....but you know in todays media/polotical climate no one can offend anyone ever both sides of insanity... i blame beta and trump in the same breath... .and the Eddie Murphy clip was funny


Chris, this is what I find laughable about you, and every other person that goes around chirping that kind of pablum; your intolerance of my hate is intolerable. Bullshit.


Moral Equivalence: This fallacy compares minor misdeeds with major atrocities.

That parking attendant who gave me a ticket is as bad as Hitler.

In this example, the author is comparing the relatively harmless actions of a person doing their job with the horrific actions of Hitler. This comparison is unfair and inaccurate.

Who is "you"?
Apr 3, 17 8:53 am

"you" as in archinect editors etc...a general "you"


Pretty sure I'm gonna change cover art to cover [up] art.

And PRF Complete is what I was doing exactly 32 years ago today. Gosh, that's more than half a lifetime ago.

Just finished two more cover [up]s, and hopefully going on my first 2017 bike ride later this afternoon.

Row, Row, Rococo, life is but a dream.

Apr 3, 17 2:47 pm

What I am finding, as of late, is that a certain group of "architects" can't walk and chew gum at the same time. 

You probably should've done more all-nighters.

Apr 4, 17 9:02 am
Non Sequitur

chewing gum is hard work. They should have given me a chewing license after grade 3.


I can walk and chew gum no problem but I can't tie my shoes. Not kidding.

I've come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass...and I'm all out of bubblegum.

Apr 4, 17 11:21 am

beta where do i get your drugs man?

Apr 4, 17 8:09 pm

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