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. Read More
While the rest of the country is stocking up on treats and putting the finishing touches on their spooky Halloween costumes, Architect Registration Exam candidates are preparing for a different (though perhaps just as scary) event: ARE 5.0 transition! Who's jumping in with me? Read More
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.
We've lost a decade of professionals and they're not ever coming back - so what do we do now? How can we survive the hand off of established practices to a flood of inexperienced emerging architects? Will we survive the transition or will the knowledge of the giants be lost in translation?
As one of the younger staff members of a small firm in the midst of such a transition I've watched the struggle for years. It's difficult, but the answer is pretty simple:
We build bridges by embracing our differences. Read More
Crrrgghhk crrrgghhk crrrgghhk crrrgghhk crrrgghhk…..
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. Read More
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. Read More
Amazon has a duty to develop a responsible, beautiful, and culturally sustainable urban campus. But while there are plenty of commendable elements to the project we can learn from, it’s important to first understand the context of the whole proposal before we can decide if it truly is the "workspace of the future". Read More
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? Read More
Cal Poly Architecture, top of its class program, teaching you everything you need to know about how to be an architect? Guess again! The value in these lessons are not what they seem. Read More
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. Read More
Dear Architecture, Read More
I can’t believe it was nine years ago today that I last held you and looked upon your precious façade. You were so beautiful and in that moment we were so proud. Sometimes I can still smell you – fresh, new, sterile…
Chances are you’ve read somewhere, "the most successful people in history were once failures". Or, "learn to embrace failure!". And even, "you wont be the best if you don’t learn to fail". On and on it goes. But I don’t buy it. Failure doesn't exist. Read More
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. Read More
When you hear mention of Silicon Valley, what types of thoughts cross your mind? Start ups? Stanford? The birthplace of the tech world? Sure. But what about stunning architecture, urban planning, or innovative environmental design? Not likely, I bet.
Well, not yet. But it’s coming. Read More
Mist is cascading through the branches of the redwoods just beyond a pair of old French doors, bathing the world in a wet swath of grey, slippery haziness... Waitresses move quickly, time moves slowly, and as I take a few moments to breathe after a busy day it feels like the perfect moment to begin one of my many career goals: blogging. Read More