Four Years In: All Experiences Are Not Created Equal

Four Years In: All Experiences Are Not Created Equal

After a little over a years' hiatus from blogging here, I thought it was about time I get back to writing about architecture. A LOT has happened (and changed!) since my last post and I'll save most of it for another time. But today, after four years of practicing architecture, it's time to reflect on my professional experience in contribution to the #ArchiTalks topic for the month of June.

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ARE 5.0: You Can Do It

ARE 5.0: You Can Do It

Winter is one of my favorite times of the year for so many reasons. At the top of the list? Probably the holiday cheer, family time, and endless snuggle weather. But there’s something else I love along with those warm feel-goods: my year in review followed by goal setting for the next year. There’s something immensely satisfying about crossing off big achievements! This post is all about one of those goals: taking all divisions of the ARE by 2017. 

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Bridging Canyons - A Battle Between Generations & The "Push Back" Mentality

Bridging Canyons - A Battle Between Generations & The "Push Back" Mentality

The generational gap in architecture is not unique. Many industries are suffering from the disconnect - just look at all the Gen-X vs. Millennials media running rampant lately! But the valley between the two, old vs. new, is perhaps deeper in the architectural world because of the mass exodus of talent during the Great Recession of 2008, when many young architects left a dying industry, never to return again. So what do we do now? Will we survive the transition or will the knowledge of giants be lost in translation?

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Persistence Isn't the Key to Success, This Is

Crrrgghhk crrrgghhk crrrgghhk crrrgghhk crrrgghhk…..

PLUNK.

That’s the sound I woke up to in the middle of the night. Tiny little scrapings followed by a big, heavy plop. Over and over and over again...

The room was pitch black and otherwise silent and in my disorientedness I couldn’t place where the foreign sound was coming from. I pulled the sheets up over my head and held them down tight, breathing as softly as I could, hoping whatever creepy thing that was lurking in the shadows would just go away.

But it didn’t.

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How I Passed 3 AREs in 3 Days On the First Try: SPD, CDS, & PPP

How I Passed 3 AREs in 3 Days On the First Try: SPD, CDS, & PPP

Taking the plunge into the Architect Registration Examination is a big career decision. But, unlike some design professionals out there questioning whether or not it's really worth it, there's never been any doubt in my mind that I'd go the distance and earn my license.

Do you want to beat the exams without throwing away a year or more to studying and failing? Follow these steps. 

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Nature & Architecture - 3 Design Approaches that Blur the Lines

Nature & Architecture - 3 Design Approaches that Blur the Lines

The relationship between architecture and nature cycles from harmony to defiance over and over again throughout the history of construction. Do we work with nature to build something complimentary, something organic? Do we minimize impact and disturb as little as possible? Or do we conquer the land and build monuments to our achievements? 

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Building Connections with Q&A

Building Connections with Q&A

Have you been to Quora

Last week I discovered the question and answer network that allows both curious minds to endlessly question everything as well as industry experts to share their experiences and advice via a simple, tailored social site. 

The Silicon Valley based platform, who's office happens to be just a couple blocks down from my firm, put together the smart space centered around shared knowledge in 2008 and I dig it.

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Life Happens

Sometimes things don't happen the way we've planned. Often, actually. It's been a few weeks since my last post and I'm just going to call the absence a spring break. Work has had me coming home around midnight more than a couple times, family visited for a long weekend, new medical treatments have begun, hours spent fixing up the home have been logged, pet emergencies happened, and writing has taken a backseat to it all.

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Graduating Soon? 10 Tips to Landing the Right Architecture Job for You

Graduating Soon? 10 Tips to Landing the Right Architecture Job for You

In a few months, thousands of graduating architecture students will be in the same position I was in 6 months ago – a captive animal finally set free to the world, searching for somewhere to go and anxious to get there. Career Services have your standard good advice, you know that already. But hey, maybe a few tips from a recent graduate who landed an awesome job right out of school couldn’t hurt, right? So to help you navigate this upcoming new territory, I offer 10 tips that'll help you get hired for the RIGHT job, fresh out of that cage. 

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