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my office is strangely slow at the moment, very weird feeling.  Anyone else slow?  

Aug 16, 19 1:02 pm

Extremely. And this is after layoffs.


definitely not slow. Been working 50-60 hour weeks the past few weeks because we are having a hard time finding support staff.


I have heard that other offices in our market are a little slow - but we definitely aren’t.


My team has a ton of work. Other teams in my office are in a lag as their projects either haven't started or are wrapping up.

Extremely busy, but still nervous about a potential slowdown because I've heard other firms are a bit slow.


Bring on the recession! Maybe the firm I'm at can finally hire some help for us. Or even better, maybe i'll get laid off...


I'm busy and I refuse to do overtime cause I can't be fucked.

Non Sequitur

Very busy with many deadlines stacked ontop of each other. I've been given some staff to help but it feels like it's taking longer piece the projects apart than if I did them all myself.


@sneakypete what's your market? i was very slow since april, got some stuff to do now. commercial work in east asia.

atelier nobody

Generally slow, but coming in waves, so there'll be a week of having to stretch to find enough billable hours, followed by a week or two of insanity. On the other hand, they seem to be planning some hiring in the near future, so apparently there are projects in the pipeline.


I took some photos of RCR's Tossols Basil Athletics Ground in the Garrotxa, Catatonia, Spain.

I highly recommend a visit to this part of the world if you can, I'm privileged to have been there, go and walk the landscape and appreciate the built environment.

A few holiday snaps.


Aug 16, 19 7:50 pm

When your job starts making you angry and an absolute impatient asshole is it time to change jobs?

Aug 21, 19 3:43 am

Just did. Now that I'm a short timer, I'm being an unapologetic fuck to all the general contractors, but for all the right reasons.


Some of us older architects used to call that phase "tempering of an architect". Basically, like a piece of steel, you get pounded over and over until you get hard. The idealistic spirit of your youth has been purged out as a impurity in your metal.... Welcome aboard! Now get off my lawn!


sometimes, depends whether it's the work or the people. with good people it's worth trying to make it work.

Tempering is a delicate process. Too hard and the steel becomes brittle and breaks easily; too soft and it loses it's ability to hold an edge.

Not an older architect, nor a metalworker (and I don't really care to "Rich Balkin-ize" the information via wikipedia), but isn't what mightyaa describes forging rather than tempering? Forging is a hammering process, tempering is a heating and cooling process, no?

Getting hammered is part of the process.

^ better than what mightaa used originally "you get pounded over and over until you get hard."


Forging creates the tool, tempering is your boss throwing you (the tool) into the deep end of the quenching either harden right quick or you crack and explode.


retirement party a couple weeks ago... boss gave a nice talk about the retiring guy named roy and a former principal named Dick. "Dick would come up behind him and start hammering.  He'd follow him around all the time. Roy always took it with a smile."  

Apparently I'm the only one in the office with a dirty mind.

atelier nobody

We prefer to be called "Curmudgeon-Americans."

If I had known then what I know now, I would've just stayed where I was 20 years ago, but YMMV of course.


Probably. It's like being an art gallery sponsored by the Sacklers.


@EA .. Probably...  I liked the word since it sounds like "temperment" which tends to transform once you realise how many stupid people are out there, and how often you are asked to do stupid things that will never work and waste your time.  And interns all look like:

Image result for anime girl sparkle eyes

Aug 21, 19 12:06 pm

Maybe "work hardening" is a better term for this?


Never thought I'd see anime ever on this forum, the times sure have changed.

It was a slow day today, and I started searching wikipedia for metalworking terms a la Balkins. I was going to post something here, but decided to make it into a blog post instead. I'll follow up with a link in the next couple of days when I have a chance to compose something more than just some random thoughts.

Aug 21, 19 7:54 pm

Does anyone else we should stop building towers and homes of concrete, glass and steel? It's going to become a huge issue in the future when it comes to heatwaves, the materials aren't suitable to live in.


Aug 22, 19 5:26 am
Non Sequitur

I like Windows.

I do think THE issue of being able to inhabit buildings in the future is going to be keeping them cool, not warm. Heating is going to become much less of a concern but cooling will be enormously important. Unfortunately, cooling inside air currently requires adding heat to outside air, so it's truly a vicious cycle: the more we cool ourselves, the more we *have to cool ourselves. My goal is for every building to be designed on the Umbrella House typology....which will also look cool. Shade structures everywhere!

Oh and more to your point, archiwutm8: mass timber is the only thing we should be building with.

Non Sequitur

Donna, are there large-scale lumber farms set-out to anticipate such a conversion from concrete/steel construction to timber? Don't really see the advantage, yet.


sleep outside then? these things seem to work fine in dubai though.


Midlander - it's not just the inside but the materials we use affects the whole urban space, especially where the city haven't been designed to cope with rising temperatures levels. Places like Dubai temperature levels are rising year by year as well, however their cities use master planning techniques to cool down.


My take is concrete, steel, etc. = survivability. Wood is the worst when it comes to surviving mother nature’s wraith. Think of it this way; if you were tasked with designing a building that will still be standing in a hundred years with minimal maintenance, is wood really your goto? Also… just look back to historic architecture before air-conditioning; how did they keep buildings comfortable inside? (thermal mass, creating airflow, water, placement on site, regional architecture to address local climates and material availability, etc.)

mightyaa, when you include having a safe, habitable planet for over 100 years within your maintenance costs, yes, wood is extremely viable. Didn't a big report just come out saying concrete *production* is terrible for the environment? IMO concrete for foundations is fine, but buildings made entirely of concrete aren't environmentally responsible. One could theoretically pour a very robust concrete foundation and slab then build on it with wood - without using plastic, please - and in 100 years tear all that wood down, compost it, and build a new structure on the old footings with newly-grown tree lumber.

Non Sequitur

Hard to see that work on a commercial or higher density housing project.


Fifty story buildings constructed of wood? Are you serious? A habitable planet in 100 years is an abstraction when your apartment or office building is on fire or rocking back and forth in an earthquake. And we wonder why architects aren't taken very seriously.


there isn't a generalized solution in building construction systems alone. i'm very wary of mass timber. like insulation, it's useful but has big risks. the grenfall tower or mgm grand killed hundreds due to smoke and flame spread without structural collapse. mass timber would only increase the risks of inappropriate finish materials. it was mass timber that failed at notre dame too...


Donna - concrete is one of the biggest if not the biggest pollutants in the world right now.

get your facts correct. fossil fuels represent 87% of CO2 emissions. concrete production represents about 5%, half of which is fossil fuel consumption. new tech allows trapping CO2 in concrete, ideally sourced from industrial waste recovery.


i'm making a new thread for this. too hard to keep replying in small text blocks.


What about flyash?


Convert to 100% coal fired power and we can have plenty to use for concrete...Trump will be happy and architects like Ando can keep doing their thang....jk jk


we must learn from the firemen


that was supposed to say fremen

Wood Guy

Production of Portland cement is responsible for 8.0 to 8.9% of all global warming emissions, according to the most recent, reliable sources, and use is increasing each year. Fly ash (or other pozzolan admixes) can replace up to 40-50% of standard mixes, with no loss in strength, but some effects on working characteristics. There are CO2 capturing technologies such as CarbonCure and other ways to reduce the detrimental effects of concrete, but an easy approach is to minimize its use when possible. Using renewable resources, responsibly, makes more sense than using carbon-polluting materials, when we are rapidly running out of time to curb greenhouse gas emissions.


The material of the future will likely be some genetically engineered wood product. Wood not only is low carbon, but sequesters carbon. It’s a logical solution. With new gene editing techniques like CRISPR, this all may not be that far in the future. We can possibly engineer pines to grow faster, have heightened fire resistance, and be stronger...the future of material science is genetic engineered materials.


The international style mentality seems like it’s not going anywhere though...I’m hoping for a second wave of critical regionalism


Miles - concrete produces 4-8% of the world's C
, I'd consider that a lot.



The trolling at this forum is getting to be the only discussion that's happening.

Aug 22, 19 7:24 pm
Non Sequitur

Sorry, I’ve got too many dumpster fires at the office at the moment that need attention.

liberty bell

seriously ready to try a project for which architect, contractor, and client are all women. I just finished a two hour punchlist walk-through a.k.a. dick-swinging contest.  

Aug 27, 19 10:30 am

I'm guessing you were not impressed.


I've enjoyed / not-enjoyed telling owner's reps to please shut up and let me do the job they hired me for on punch walks...

atelier nobody

Hell, I'm a dude, and would love to work with more female clients and contractors. I really hate the dick-swinging, even when I win.

If I felt like starting a thread on advice for the young architect right now entry number 1 would be: if you're in the US, learn Spanish.

Aug 27, 19 11:11 am

Get ready for a jlax tirade.

Counterpoint ... I speak Spanish and have never found the need to use it on a project site, YMMV


Agree, learning Spanish is important.


I’ve encountered more people who only speak Mandarin than those who only speak Spanish. The Spanish speakers also seem to come without cultural protocols that will obscure communication.

Non Sequitur

I'm good with my 2 official languages. Don't need a 3rd.


My wife and kids all speak fluently...I know enough to understand what’s going on, but I don’t speak it well. I’ve been trying to learn more.


EA, if you worked in the SW you would.


I know just enough to give small comments and it seems to give me a little bit more respectability with the crews. It's usually the same phrases that they can speak in english, but I guess I'm showing effort to communicate with them?

jla-x, are you certain that I don't work in the SW?

atelier nobody

I agree, I wish I spoke Spanish fluently, but I've been able to get bye without it because most crews have a bilingual supervisor I can communicate with.

Like Steeple, I've had more trouble with Asian languages, where often even the supervisors barely speak any English.


I worked with a lot of Chinese contractors in an old job on the east coast (We did a lot of restaurant work, with a lot of asian restauranteur clients). I speak extremely basic Mandarin - which turned out to be useless as most American Chinatowns started as Cantonese diasporas. It was here I first learned the usefulness of being able to draw a detail on the fly on a a piece of plywood.

I love finding random details drawn on pieces of scrap / plywood / gyp board / sheathing / whatever is close by on job sites. I usually try to snap a photo of them when I see them. We should have a thread dedicated to these.

I support this idea, Everyday! I love those sketches too.

Saw some contractor's pickup truck this morning with a cardboard box in the back marked "Marshmallows, Product of USA." I have so many questions...

Aug 27, 19 11:42 am

My guess is it's hiding the beer cooler

Seemed pretty haphazardly thrown in the back for the beer cooler. In my head I started imagining the contractor giving the workers a version of the Stanford marshmallow experiment to see if they can follow directions. Of course that then led to me wondering if I can incorporate this into the specifications somehow to ensure the contractor reads the project manual (like Van Halen's no brown M&Ms request) ... "a bowl of white mini marshmallows shall be provided at every OAC meeting."


may not contain outer most layer of marshmallow or marshmallow "crust"

"Sealant Backing Material: Nonstaining; compatible with joint substrates, sealants, primers, and other joint fillers; and approved for applications indicated by sealant manufacturer based on field experience and laboratory testing. Marshmallows are not acceptable sealant backing materials."

"Silencers for Metal Door Frames: BHMA A156.16, Grade 1; neoprene or rubber; minimum diameter 1/2 inch (13 mm); fabricated for drilled-in application to frame. Marshmallows are not acceptable."


What about the marshmallow SIP?


mallow SIP

Aug 27, 19 4:27 pm

What's the effective R-value/in. of mallow?


For the SIP or for the human being?

Are you going to start stacking up human beings for insulation!?


Goodness no, that’s a thermal break.

Non Sequitur

I'm having too much fun going through past CA phases in search of caulk pics.  Oh, and we're swamped with deadlines too... Everyone needs a hobby I guess.  

Aug 28, 19 2:32 pm

Let's see if this works like the Bat Signal:

Aug 29, 19 11:37 am

You rang?

OK I clicked through to the article and now my work day is shot to hell. Thanks a lot, Sneaky :-)

Non Sequitur

There better be some sweet caulk pics in that link...

I'm an architect, come on. I definitely always notice caulk everywhere I go.

Non Sequitur

Join the party then... pics required.


I hate it when a GC texts pics of his caulk, very unwanted.

Non Sequitur

I ask my GC for un healthy amounts of caulk pics.


Last day of work until October!

Feels good, y'all.

Aug 30, 19 6:49 pm
Non Sequitur

Happy wedding things!


It's my 15 year anniversary this weekend. Gulp.


congrats tduds and tintt :)


Architects may not have a direct responsibility, but we share in the guilt by association. One exit out of this space, almost certainly caused the death of 33 people. That, and our collective puritanical, prudish tendencies. This is fucking sad.

Sep 2, 19 9:57 pm

I'd like to see a section, which might or might not include a hatch to the deck above. Then info on alarm devices and any locks that may or may not have been engaged.  Don't know if that's puritanical or not, but it might shed some light.


By puritanical - and I'll allow for a shitty plan - I mean that access to the showers appears to not be directly connected to the sleeping quarters? It seems uniquely stupid to have that many people - sleeping - below the "exit" and only have one means by which you egress?


Sad? Yes. But I refuse to share any "guilt by association. "


That's great for you.


"Naval architecture, or naval engineering, along with automotive engineering and aerospace engineering, is an engineering discipline branch of vehicle engineering, incorporating elements of mechanical, electrical, electronic, software and safety engineering as applied to the engineering design process, shipbuilding, maintenance, and operation of marine vessels and structures."

Please explain how I share any responsibility, direct or otherwise, when I am not an engineer. The most I share with the people who designed this boat is my humanity.


Know when you're being trolled.


I've not really found b3tadine[sutures] to be a troll. Passionate, sure. Antagonistic? Argumentative? Sometimes. But not a troll.


How can I troll, when I honestly believe that despite this being a boat, it does involve something that is our core competency; egress. Sure, we aren't technically responsible, but why shouldn't we have a say in the basic life safety principles? This isn't even that far outside our purview, architects have been involved in some capacity in boat designs forever. This, this is low hanging fruit, and we, if we had any real pull, should push for consultancy around boats and habitation.


^^ Thank you for that: well-stated, relevant, and most importantly, nuanced. Much better than "we share in the guilt...".

It's so easy to pop-off with a quick rejoinder (he said, as an expert), but the clarifying addendum is always better and more helpful.


I've always found the complexity and importance of codes undercut by the capitalism connected. Following code is ultimately useless if the person following the code doesn't understand the reasons for doing so, especially when it's complicated and the client is leaning on them to make things happen that cause the professional to look for exceptions or vague language to get it to work. Often times the "why" is found in the commentary, which costs more money and, as such, generally doesn't get purchased.


Yes because only in capitalism are codes undercut. Chernobyl was definitely western sabotage. State operated entities are perfect


Chernobyl, was arrogance coupled with incompetence.


archi_dude, things aren't binary just because you want them to be.


I can't say for sure what it is, maybe something out of our childhood, but some architects want to get involved in everything everywhere; that's not how it works, naval architecture and engineering is a separate discipline, as is automotive design, airplane design, motorcycles and bicycles. Do you imagine an architect reviewing the stair details on a cruise ship? Checking clearances on a airplane bathroom? The life and safety mechanisms put in place in boats, planes and cars are an industry standard and work well most of the time, and just like with architecture and public buildings, a tragedy of these proportions may be what they need to review those, but I'm 100% sure they won't be looking at 14 or 16 tomes of codes related to building a permanent structure for human occupancy. We do have a tendency to believe we know more than anyone on a multitude of "space related" issues.

Anyone else following Donna’s twitter feud with Michael Riscica?

Sep 9, 19 9:03 pm

That clown is barking up the wrong tree. He's had issues, and it appears he still does. The exact same reasons that Donna is slamming his ass for. He's everything wrong with Jersey. Everything.

Jersey? I thought he was from Portland, OR

Feuding on Twitter? That's even more pointless than feuding on Archinect.

Everyday, I'm hoping it goes quiet now. I just can't stand by while people say shitty untrue things about my friends.

TBQH, I was surprised he responded to you at all. Looking at his tweets it is just endless self promotion of his podcast and his conference. I figured he has them automated at this point because they aren’t even timely.

Also, I'm glad you called him out on his tirade against certain ARE prep providers and the AIA and NCARB. This is feeling a lot like his complaint with AIA Portland. He wanted to get something from the AIA and NCARB that they weren't going to give him and he's decided to make an issue of it. He'll say it's not personal, but it definitely looks like he's taken it personally.

liberty bell

OMGoodness the stories I’m hearing from online folk right now. Whatever happened to the SMIA list, I wonder?

Non Sequitur

Am I missing on some juicy action?

Not juicy, just petty. Mostly.

Chad Miller

Almost makes me want to get on twitter.

From what I’ve seen in the Facebook group he moderates, you get one chance to piss him off. Once he’s made up his mind about something there is no changing it.
If you push back at all, you’ll get kicked out. He seems ever more likely to burn bridges and scorch the earth than he is to resolve conflict in some type of professional way.

Everyday, that sounds like a lot of Starchitect genius heroes we all know and love, yes? LOL

Most starchitect genius heroes aren't getting into petty arguments about whether the AIA will promote their ARE test prep business. Don't get me wrong, I think the work Michael does to support and encourage young architects, and those aspiring to become one, is incredible and I hope he continues doing it. Maybe he has a little more tempering to go through (shameless self-promotion). I think he turns off a fair number of people just from his approach to conflict, and that bothers me. It probably shouldn't, but it does.

I totally agree with you that the work he does to support young architects is amazing! He seems to work really hard at it and I think he's helped lots of people. But he's burning a lot of bridges, too, and the attitude of unwillingness to compromise on one's own goals is a common perception of the ego-driven reputation that most people have of architects.

Chad Miller

May I ask what has he done to burn bridges? I don't follow the guy and didn't find anything online about his 'behavior'. I'm not doubting you, just can't find anything. To be fair I didn't look very hard. I have an MOB to crank out . . .

Sorry I didn't see your question earlier Chad. I think a good example was the Portland AIA thing a few years ago. Rather than just working it out, he decided to leave the chapter ... pay dues to somewhere else ... and start a master list of organizations who he feels are supporting young architects and emerging professionals. 

This thing with Donna has started out down a similar path. He's already blocked her on twitter and posted a diatribe about it on his ARE study group on Facebook. 

There is also a tendency I've seen in his social media posts sometimes where he expects someone to disagree with him ... he'll post a comment like -- look someone will get offended by this -- in an attempt to disarm anyone that might disagree with him. More signalling that you are either with him or offended by him and not worth engaging in a discussion. 

Anyway, that's my $0.02 ... I'm sure others see this differently.

Chad Miller

Thanks for the info. I know nothing about the guy and don't know anyone who dose so this is all new to me.

He has a bit of a cult following among the aspiring and newly minted architect crowd. I had heard of him through his terrible website, but didn't really give him much thought until I met him at a conference a number of years ago. He was fun to hang out with for a day or two. I like most of what he's doing even if I don't like the way he does it all the time. 

I will say that I don't think I've heard of one complaint from anyone that has been through his ARE Boot Camp program (which is just one of the many things he does). Plenty of people complain about the cost of it (who aren't in the program), but it seems like if you can afford it and are able to get into it, the value is there.


nah, from the east, I thought jersey, but perhaps long island...

Sep 9, 19 10:13 pm

He used to live here? maybe still does?


Portland that is

I think he left PDX shortly after his kerfuffle with AIA Portland a few years ago. I think he's been living in his van as he travels the country on some type of speaking tour to AIA chapters. I'm not sure if he has a permanent address to call home at this point.


Wow. It seems in line with someone on the edge of sanity.


Hi there! 

New here! I believe this is the right thread to introduce myself? Nice to meet y'all!

Sep 10, 19 2:13 pm
Non Sequitur





hello hello!


Why does it seem that he wants it both ways?

Sep 11, 19 12:59 pm

All this blather, I had to look him up.

I'm looking for work product, I want to see if this guy has any chops. His website is empty, not a single photo of a building - no plans, models, renderings, testimonials, etc. - in fact, no images at all. Google image search returns a bunch of selfies of some weaselly little bald-headed guy.

Not sure how you can call yourself an architect if you don't do architecture.

Check the blog ... oh, he's selling architecture courses. Perfect. Those who can't do, teach.

Sep 11, 19 1:48 pm

Miles, I have to mention that it's unfair to use the term "weasely little bald-headed guy". No comments on personal appearance, please. I feel like we're trying to move past that as a society, aren't we? That's why Michelle Wolf's joke that Sarah Huckabee Sanders "burns facts and uses that ash to create a perfect smokey eye" was so brilliant - it didn't disparage her looks, and it even complimented her makeup skills!


How about "weasely"?

He's clearly not a large, long-haired weasel.

liberty bell



A long haired weasel would be an improvement.

There's supposed to be a laughing face emoji after that "Miles" up there, Miles. It didn't come through on the phone.

watch the libertarians flock to the Sanders article like moths to a flame

Sep 16, 19 12:38 pm

unless he paid for the fire crew. This is a thing now in the states isnt it? NPR did a piece on it not that long ago. Insurance companies pay something like 30K a day to put out fires around a house, but only if you have the right insurance. They watch your house burn down if not. That is about as libertarian as it gets....anyway, America is a funny funny place, where everyone has a funny, funny face. All the streets are paved with gold. And no one ever grows old... why is this strange song running in my head and where did it come from?



Sep 16, 19 12:48 pm

yup.  Socialism 101.  Then they of course become the rich corporations and it’s a full circle jerk like in Southern Europe lol.  

Sep 16, 19 12:49 pm

Have any straw left for the cows?


Is someone up for answering a few questions if they're an architect? I have a school project on this, and I'd really, really appreciate it if any of y'all could help me out.

If you're short on time, you can answer these without too much detail. I can add on more.

  1. How long have you been working in your profession?

  2. Where do you live?

  3. What do you like to do outside of work?

  4. What is your job title?

  5. When and why did you choose your career path?

  6. What is the name of your company or employer?

  7. Describe your primary duties and skills. 

  8. Describe your physical work environment.

  9. What is your favorite part of your job?

  10. What is your salary? (You don't need this if you're uncomfortable with it)

  11. Which accredited school did you first attend, and what was your degree? 

  12. Describe in detail three of the courses that you took that are closely related to your current career. (if you want, you dont need to go too in depth. i can make it up)

  13. Describe the two courses that you considered most challenging. 

  14. What resources did your school have available to help you get through the most difficult courses? [Cite your sources]

  15. Regarding the two most challenging courses, how did you persevere?

  16. From what school(s) did you receive graduate degrees? 

  17. What was the title or titles of the degree(s)? 

  18. What licenses do you have and what were the exams required to receive those licenses? 

  19. How would your clients and coworkers describe you?

  20. What do you hope to accomplish at the conclusion of your career?

  21. Why should a high school student consider a career in your field? What important contributions could they make?

Sep 16, 19 10:23 pm
Non Sequitur

How long have you been working in your profession? Where do you live? What do you like to do outside of work? What is your job title? When and why did you choose your career path? What is the name of your company or employer? Describe your primary duties and skills. Describe your physical work environment. What is your favorite part of your job? What is your salary? (You don't need this if you're uncomfortable with it) Which accredited school did you first attend, and what was your degree? Describe in detail three of the courses that you took that are closely related to your current career. (if you want, you dont need to go too in depth. i can make it up) Describe the two courses that you considered most challenging. What resources did your school have available to help you get through the most difficult courses? [Cite your sources] Regarding the two most challenging courses, how did you persevere? From what school(s) did you receive graduate degrees? What was the title or titles of the degree(s)? What licenses do you have and what were the exams required to receive those licenses? How would your clients and coworkers describe you? What do you hope to accomplish at the conclusion of your career? Why should a high school student consider a career in your field? What important contributions could they make?

Non Sequitur

My response to the highschool kiddo was cut off under the reply time limit... here it is.  Good thing I copied it.

  1. How long have you been working in your profession?  Long enough

  2. Where do you live?  Canada,

  3. What do you like to do outside of work?  Hobbies

  4. What is your job title? Architect and Chief Coffee Consumption 

  5. When and why did you choose your career path?  Sounded like a fun thing to do at the time

  6. What is the name of your company or employer?  No

  7. Describe your primary duties and skills.  Design shit that is also build-able and economically feasible for my clients.

  8. Describe your physical work environment. Computer, mouse, chair, plenty of pens, coffee mug, bottle of single malt

  9. What is your favorite part of your job?  Answering dumb surveys from lazy high school wankers.

  10. What is your salary? (You don't need this if you're uncomfortable with it)  less than a million

  11. Which accredited school did you first attend, and what was your degree? Bachelor of architectural studies with minor in art history

  12. Describe in detail three of the courses that you took that are closely related to your current career. (if you want, you dont need to go too in depth. i can make it up) No

  13. Describe the two courses that you considered most challenging.  Civil and Painting

  14. What resources did your school have available to help you get through the most difficult courses? [Cite your sources] Library, faculty, peers

  15. Regarding the two most challenging courses, how did you persevere? Excellent

  16. From what school(s) did you receive graduate degrees? The best one in my country

  17. What was the title or titles of the degree(s)? Master of the Universe

  18. What licenses do you have and what were the exams required to receive those licenses?  OAA, completed ExAC  

  19. How would your clients and coworkers describe you? Interesting, diligentent, maniacal, drunk, supernatural, godly

  20. What do you hope to accomplish at the conclusion of your career? Die

  21. Why should a high school student consider a career in your field? What important contributions could they make? Pick up the phone and talk to someone.  You won't get anywhere with this lazy crowd-sourcing jive.

Sep 16, 19 11:15 pm

I kind of have gotten somewhere. All I need to do is embellish your responses a bit more and I've still got a valid interview. Thanks!

Seriously, a phone call would be easier than answering all of this via text. Also, one could look at an archinect profile and get answers to a lot of these. I'm happy to help, but a list of 21 questions is actually kind of daunting.


Honestly, I can't think of anything to make what I do sound more boring, than to answer a list of questions.

Non Sequitur

bonus note, my contractor stood me up at a scheduled deficiency review this morning. He's not going to like my site report (the local custodian gave up unsupervised access). I like doing CA, that's not boring. What's boring is delegating work knowing that it's unlikely it'll get done to an acceptable level of care... and that I'll redo everything eventually.


Sequiter, could you describe why civil arch was hard at least? I'm still going to keep everything else, but I'd still appreciate it if you could help out this lazy high school wanker

Non Sequitur

A'stude, Civil as in Civil engineering. At my uni, it was the course most students retook... some taking it thrice. Failing a 3rd time could easily lead to expulsion from the program. It was a 6hr per week course, with monday morning 8:30am start time and I got a solid A (85-90%). Civil is the generic term for all that is basic material structure and physics calculations. (moment, deflection, rotation, etc). Basically high-school physics on steroids and you have to keep in mind that we have 40+ hours of studio work to do in addition to this.


Thanks, and would you mind me just pulling courses from Uni of Calgary's arch program for some of the questions? (I'm assuming that's where you went) thanks again!

Non Sequitur

I did not go to calgary and whatever courses were available back when I was in school are unlikely to be the same now anyways. Best to look into the accreditation boards to see what constitutes architecture curricula in your area.

Chad Miller

Here are my 'answers' 

1.    How long have you been working in your profession?  About 15 years

2.    Where do you live?  Colorado

3.    What do you like to do outside of work? Hike, climb, paddle, mountain bike

4.    What is your job title? Project Architect

5.    When and why did you choose your career path?  I discovered my interested in architecture through a high school drafting class.

6.    What is the name of your company or employer?  Not going to say.

7.    Describe your primary duties and skills.  The short answer, I design buildings then make sure they are built per the drawings.

8.    Describe your physical work environment.  A typical open office cubical, but with nice picture on the walls.

9.    What is your favorite part of your job?  Conceptual design.

10. What is your salary? (You don't need this if you're uncomfortable with it)  Not going to answer publicly 

11. Which accredited school did you first attend, and what was your degree? North Dakota State University, Bachelor’s of Architecture

12. Describe in detail three of the courses that you took that are closely related to your current career. (if you want, you dont need to go too in depth. i can make it up)  Don’t make this up.  Ask actual universities what their programs contain.  Each program is different.

13. Describe the two courses that you considered most challenging.  Structural Engineering and Professional Writing.

14. What resources did your school have available to help you get through the most difficult courses? [Cite your sources]  Your professors and other students. 

15. Regarding the two most challenging courses, how did you persevere?  I worked really damn hard.

16. From what school(s) did you receive graduate degrees? North Dakota State University

17. What was the title or titles of the degree(s)?   Bachelor’s of Architecture.

18. What licenses do you have and what were the exams required to receive those licenses?  I am a licensed architect.  I was required to complete an internship via NCARB then took seven separate exams. 

19. How would your clients and coworkers describe you?  Humorous, dedicated, creative.

20. What do you hope to accomplish at the conclusion of your career? That my buildings overall make the built environment a better place for people to inhabit. 

21. Why should a high school student consider a career in your field? What important contributions could they make?  That’s up to you as a student to figure out.  Talk in person with an architect.  Maybe job shadow someone.  

Sep 17, 19 1:49 pm

I just put something on my calendar for 2022. 

We live in the future.

Sep 17, 19 6:08 pm

Serious questions...

  1. Can Archinect add a warning when you want to post a comment/reply to a thread that is over a year old alerting you, "the last comment in this thread is over a year old and maybe your comments aren't necessary," with an option to forego posting or to continue. Maybe a captcha for users with less than 5 comments to weed out the necroposts from spam bots.
  2. Would this have any effect on the random necroposting.

Note this wouldn't stop someone who really has a reason to necropost from posting. It would just make it harder / more deliberate. 

Sep 19, 19 2:20 pm
Non Sequitur

necroposting is one of the only way to organically dig up classics discussions tho.


I don't think so. The people who seem to be doing this are doing it on purpose or they are very new to the forum. The coffee one got kicked back up from someone named Kenneth31? First post/comment ever on Archinect forum

Yeah, I know. It's a tough balancing act because I do enjoy the classics getting dug up. But for every coffee necropost, there are like 50 that are completely useless where the OP was looking for some type of help 5 years ago, and the necropost is well, not really necessary. This literally happened about ten minutes after I posted my questions above. If Ben is still looking at saving costs on his hillside lot, it would have been better to build anything 5 years ago just from a simple cost escalation standpoint.

Non Sequitur

I saw that one and almost wrote an identical response.


Seems like a timestamp from the last post written should live right next to the title, in the same bold font. This way people might see how old it is, maybe?


Another, more modern, forum I also use doesn’t allow new members (les than something like 100 posts) to post links without moderator approval. That has really helped their problem with spam bot posts which seem to be the vast majority of necroposts.

ARCHINECT - are you listening?

Interestingly enough, archinect moderator approval is required to make your first thread, but not for your first comment. So while we don't get a bunch of spam threads, we do get a lot of spam necroposts. Some mornings I will flag 4 or 5 hoping the moderators get to them before someone else makes a comment in the thread keeping it on the first page. Maybe the solution is to just have the moderators approve first threads and comments.

Archinect mod approval is required for your first thread? I had no idea. Really?



Non Sequitur

maybe we should form a union


Revolucion! I don't go on the auto forums any longer, but all of those required approval for pretty much any first-time action.

Donna, I found it out when I switched from Everyday Intern to Everyday Architect. Ironically, I had already posted to my archinect blog under the new name, but your first thread gets moderated. I made a comment about it here on Aug 1.

Embarrassments of being an Old: I had to do a cabinet detail change in Revit. It took me, no lie, over an hour and multiple questions to the Youth who is managing the BIM. In CAD I could have made the change in 10-15 minutes. I'm embarrassed, in two ways:

1. I feel like the Youth looks at me and sees a doddering old know-nothing and

2. When I was the Youth in this scenario, I definitely looked at the Olds and thought to myself "doddering old know-nothings"!!

Sep 20, 19 9:39 am
Non Sequitur

X4 time when you don't know anything is not terrible.


I sympathize, Donna. On the flip slide, the Youth probably knows nothing about cabinets, casework, and construction. (Nor did you at that stage.) 

Cue The Circle of Life...


just keep learning. i think the youths and the olds respect each other more when they see you're at least willing to try.


Architecture today is primarily about carving humanity out of a sea of parking.

Sep 20, 19 2:01 pm
( o Y o )

in Archinect news, sandwiched in between articles about NYC seeking a floating swimming pool and 10 superlux bathrooms is an article about the massive avian die-off

maybe i can get a commission to design a bird cemetery or even better a museum of extinct birds? WTF are the priorities here? 

Sep 20, 19 7:26 pm

I propose the museum of extinct birds to be a massive glass tower so people can witness it first hand.

Happy Anarchy


axonapoplectic, that's an excellent comment.

the priorities, well being an architect is an oxymoron.  if you participate in architecture you are destroying the environment with every move.  how much embodied energy in that bamboo flooring (but it's cheap) LEED paperwork is at least 2 trees, bruh.

intro to Cradle to Cradle, the German (not the guy who wrote the book, some fancy American) says some shit like, hey we felt stupid just standing around holding hands in front of some corporate facility, what could we change? nothing.  He's German, he's rational.

So good job kids, taking a day off of work and just being morons yelling shit. No one cares, really.  Put your grievances on the internet and we'll go back to developing some badass petroleum products and running adds, like - holy shit, Shell likes solar panels?

so read the rest of the book (Cradle to Cralde) that is recylced, like cradle to cradle, burh.

The Secret:

Take your dumb social media thinking and spin it towards money.  Make money people want to "like" and all that other moronic internet behavior.  Make people who have the funds feel guilt, fund the natural, and somehow feel like it's old school your way into heavin.  Get these people with money to donate to your cause on guilt, pre mardi-gras guilt, get these people who have made their profit off of our environment to loose all their funds to YOU!  you, we, none of us owe people anything who don't care about the rest of us?!??!

fuck them, peeps.

Image result for cranston meth

Sep 21, 19 1:04 am
Happy Anarchy

being tiefs is good! (that's thief in an Irish accent, remember the Irish have always been on the right side of history). TIEFS.

I give myself up, you old schoolers know who I am... I love you!

Who is the editor here? they are genius (see the headlines here...)


- Happy

Sep 21, 19 1:29 am

Happy birthday!

professional opinion:

just downed a glug of Jameson without me wife that a good character? a secretly drunker than though and smart than thou Peter Eisenman Derrida Expert?

(short version , Derrida thought Eisenman was trying too hard).


Sep 21, 19 2:01 am

eisenman sucked at being an architect and derrida was not an architect.

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