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Facade Designing

pauly • 2014

Where can one learn to work hand on in facade design, some firm or masters? Do you really like some facade design firms? What do you look at when you see a facade, color or the tech?

Every major engineering firm has facades groups - TT, Arup, BuroHappold, Schlaich and so on. Then there are specialized firms like Heintges, IBA, Front Inc and the like. I believe there is also a school in Augsburg that offers a facade engineering master degree. 1 More Answer

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Should Revit (BIM) influence

pauly • 2014

I'm currently in my 2nd master of architecture school and i'm slowly starting my search for my internship next year. Now I have been working with Revit Architecture (BIM) for over 4 years now and I'd rather keep using the program (although the most it was self study... Read More

Software does not make one a good, or even moderately competent architect. It's just a tool like any other and unless you have real-world experience running BIM projects, your skill level and experience can't be worth much. Best to seek entry into large, even multidisciplinary, offices that utilize all the good stuff BIM has to offer. 1 More Answer

The worst building in the wo

pauly • 2014

From the Architects Journal (UK): http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/culture/the-worst-building-in-the-world-awards/8684797.article "In 1987 a young psychologist conducted an experiment into how repeated exposure to an image changed perceptions of it. A group of vol... Read More

Both points of view are flawed. Visual "attractiveness" (aka style) is a not a measure of housing quality or performance. Extraordinarily shallow is the only way to describe this "experiment". 1 More Answer

What style/period is my home

pauly • 2014

This home is no beauty by any means but we feel it has potential. As you can see it is in terrible disrepair. We are interested in fixing the home up according to its original style. However, we have not been able to figure out what style it is. We were told it was... Read More

Tear it down? Never! This is a great little house. And that razor-sharp hip roof is fantastic. 1 More Answer

minimal details

pauly • 2014

per the the minimal/maximal thread request. a visual homage. outlet: bocci 22 stair: delicious steel counter: john pawson skin: suedwestmetall, allman sattler wappner handrail: st ignatius chapel, steven holl (i wish the screws aligned...) handrail: ICA, ds r sink:... Read More

Bobby, Architect

door handle: steel w/ leather grip, Ize 1 More Answer

Architecture Degree - Constr

pauly • 2014

Hello, I have a BS in architecture and have been working in real estate development/construction in the last 5 years. I am thinking of going to real estate MBA and hope to work in real estate investment or private equity firms dealing with finance side of developmen... Read More

Most likely, once you have the MBA, your entry point in a development firm would be in Construction Management or Development Management. Then, as you demonstrate your ability to contribute over time, you should be able to parlay that position towards a more finance oriented role. 1 More Answer

CAD file of Manhattan anyone

pauly • 2014

Hi I'm looking for a CAD file of Manhattan Can anyone help? Thanks

Bobby, Architect

https://cadmapper.com/#new-york 1 More Answer

Rem Koolhaas, designing thro

pauly • 2014

I have been studying Koolhaas and his design process. There is indeed no clear style in his design but something that became really interesting is the fact he is said to design his architecture through his writings or books. At least that is what I can grasps from m... Read More

A few of weeks ago I began compiling a (personal/Quondam) OMA/Koolhaas dossier (4813f-4813y), and, so far, I wouldn't say Koolhaas "design[s] his architecture through his writings or books." Certain design themes from "Exodus" and Delirious New York do recur throughout the oeuvre, however. More to the point, perhaps, it may well be that the n... 1 More Answer

Best European countries for

pauly • 2014

I would like to eventually move to Europe and be able to still work in the architecture industry. My first choice is the UK, but my research suggests this is a difficult market to break into without being registered and many firms do not hire overseas workers. My ot... Read More

The UK is recovering swiftly from the economic recession, but Turkey is one of the fastest growing in Europe for Architecture and architecture related jobs (i.e. structural engineering, BIM modelling/integrated design technicians, etc). I would urge you to look there, as the countries proficiency in English is very good too. The only real dan... 1 More Answer

UCL Bartlett

pauly • 2014

Does anyone have information on this school they can share? (academic reputation, admission requirements, admission deadline, costs, etc.) Thank you in advance. I appreciate any and all info.

In the future, everything wi

pauly • 2014

2012.03.12 22:11 You know, I've come around to the notion of saving the building because it would be perfect as the world's first Sado-Masochistic Architecture Museum. First off, you wouldn't have to change a thing, nor repair anything, for that matter. The building... Read More

2012.03.26 11:20 I guess the irony here is that pandering to the public is indeed one of the ways to make lots of money these days. 1 More Answer

Architectural Project Manage

pauly • 2014

Hi guys, I have been on the hunt for some project management software (web or locally based) that could help manage an Architectural company of around 250 people with a couple of offices world wide. I have not had luck finding many good programs at all - I found one... Read More

A firm I worked for 4 years ago (120 employees) used Sema4 www.sema4.com with apparently much success. I'm not sure how the software has evolved since, however. 1 More Answer

Rankings of Canada's Undergr

pauly • 2014

Hi all, a quick google search didn't really outline the best (and worst) of Canadian Undergraduate Architecture programs and I was hoping to get some insight from those of you in the industry who would know more. Please advise.

Thanks for no information whatsoever. 1 More Answer

Question regarding reporting

pauly • 2014

The USGBC's CMP guide says that "Work on a project registered for LEED certification will count for 1 CE hour per credit." There's not much explanation given beyond that, however. Does that mean that if the project is on track to get LEED Silver (i.e. 50-59 points/c... Read More

USGBC had these examples regarding "LEED Project Participation", in the email that I got when I first upgraded to a specialty: 1 More Answer

Bristol Board vs Museum Boar

pauly • 2014

Is there a difference I bought a shit ton of museum board thinking I would need it and my design 3 teacher blurts out Bristol. Would she tell the difference? I need it done tonight because of my work load 3 models, 18 diagrams, study college trig and all needs to be... Read More

She's gonna bounce it in her hand to get a feel for its weight. then she's gonna hold it glancingly in the light to examine its grain. then she's going to run her fingers over its cut edges to test their fineness and straightness. then shes going to hold it close to her face and inhale deeply, her eyes turned in thought to the ceiling as she... 1 More Answer

Residential extension crit

pauly • 2014

I would appreciate if you could review the 13 Guinness Drive project on my website. I am not happy with the design and would like to make it stronger. Can you please take a look and let me know what you think. All thoughts welcome! Thank you. www.lewisbailie.com Lew... Read More

Bobby, Architect

I like the idea of seeking a crit by your peers but think your choice of doing it here is less than well thought out. 1 More Answer

Construction Document Traini

pauly • 2014

I'm wanting to expose my team of young interns to great quality construction documents and how to organize a project. If I had been planning ahead I would have kept some drawing sets myself. Can anybody reccomend a good book or website or blog that covers this for c... Read More

Bobby, Architect

Hi Gail, 1 More Answer

Career Advice - Contracting

pauly • 2014

Hello everyone, I recently graduated with a BArch which was mostly design oriented. I'm later interested in an MSRED degree and hopefully a career that includes design and financial analysis. Before grad school, I would like to get some professional experience. I'm... Read More

Bobby, Architect

The contractor will be drafting. You will learn exactly how buildings (prob houses) go together and the things that contractors want to have happen. It probably won't be on architect designed buildings. It will be a good technical-and "other side of the table" education. Other architects may see this as "lesser" experience and by proxy assume... 1 More Answer

Private Vs Public sector pos

pauly • 2014

First a little background...30 yrs old. nearly finished with ARE's. 10 yrs of experience in all phases of private sector work. yes i worked my way through college in firms. Have been offered the position to take a director of facilities position for a county school... Read More

Bobby, Architect

if you want to design, no. 1 More Answer

Urgent scientific researchs

pauly • 2014

I am looking for any information about urgent scientific researchs in Architecture, discussions of its problems. I would be grateful to get any links of well-know professional magazines or web-sites, institutions and so on. Trying to find the most burning and releva... Read More

Journal of Architectural and Planning Research 1 More Answer

Rowan Moore on Zaha Hadid

pauly • 2014

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/sep/27/zaha-hadid-profile- From Rowan Moore's article in The Guardian: "At some point in the last decade Hadid and her office could have used their new-found fame and status in one of two ways. They could have addressed t... Read More

who's to say that zaha and patrik have not in fact burnt the trail that eventually leads to transforming "the everyday experience of living in cities"? took 40 years just to get the drawings off the page. lets see what another 40 does. 1 More Answer

Take a loss to work in green

pauly • 2014

How much of a loss in pay would you take to work on better projects or a better employer? Assume the drive is the same, the responsibility is the same.

Bobby, Architect

Not more than 10% - assuming i was adequately compensated previously. Just my opinion... 1 More Answer

Job opportunitie in London

pauly • 2014

Hello all, Probably I will go to London to work, but the company is asking me for my salary expectations, of course this salary has to cover my living expenses. I saw in the RIBA website that the hour rate for a Part 1 / First Year Out Students is 10 £. I have 3... Read More

Bobby, Architect

First year part ones rates are averaging 19-20k from my experience with 3 years you should be at least 22-24k per year. However it may be difficult geting a job in a smaller friendlier studio as a foreigners so look at places like Fosters, they always hire foreign students who leave after 1-2 years. 1 More Answer

ARE at California

pauly • 2014

hi all, I have a question about the eligibility of taking ARE at California. contacted California Architects Board and they said specific questions will only be answered by $100 process fee....just wondering if anyone has the same/similar issue. I have a NAAB accred... Read More

Bobby, Architect

I think you are confusing the CSE with the ARE's 1 More Answer

Salary negotiations help ple

pauly • 2014

I don't know what I am doing. I am offered a job. I am to respond to an email with my days that I will be on vacation, availability and expected hourly even though this is full time salary. I did research on the company and the pay rate for this company is enormous... Read More

Hi Kozumelle, 1 More Answer

Can someone post me architec

pauly • 2014

Hello Can post here any architecture construction book or other book that will make me better as an architect. I am a student my 3th year. Thank You

Bobby, Architect

I used Architectural Drawing and Light Construction (8th Edition) by Philip A. Grau III. You can purchase it on Amazon if you want. 1 More Answer

Zaha, please stop already!

pauly • 2014

http://gizmodo.com/zaha-hadid-has-designed-the-worlds-worst-billboard-1666975176 'nuff said

I hate that it encroaches the sidewalk. Why doesn't it encroach on the roadway? Drivers need to be paying more attention, anyway. 1 More Answer

Why do you stay?

pauly • 2014

I've always wondered why so many people stay in this profession. These forums are filled with posters who love to gripe and complain bitterly about the field and yet do not leave for greener pastures. If the hours, pay, promotions, office politics, sexism, work prod... Read More

"why is there such an energetic turnout at the AIA convention?" 1 More Answer

I sign for the firm I'm work

pauly • 2014

My company is a contractor initially but when I joined the company, we became a design and build studio. I'm the only Architect in the firm so I sign the drawings and documents for approval. The thing is, this wasn't even in my job description and in the negotiation... Read More

Bobby, Architect

Percentage of profit. 1 More Answer

What's good architecture?

pauly • 2014

What's good architecture to you? Is there even such thing as good architecture? Does architecture have a bigger role to play in society than the one it is currently playing?

Good architecture is always a judgment relative to the priorities and background of whoever is judging it. I don't really see a point to making an absolute determination of good architecture, and I don't use architecture to mean buildings of a superior quality relative to ordinary ones. 1 More Answer

Architectural Visualization

pauly • 2014

I'm planning on applying to graduate school for the upcoming academic school year (Fall 2016). I was just wondering if there were any programs out there that specialized only in Architectural Visualization? Whether it be a graduate program or even certificate progra... Read More

The University of Kent has an Arch Viz programme which is excellent in the UK 1 More Answer

Start a new career in Dubai

pauly • 2014

I'm currently considering to move over and get a job in Dubai. I've been working in the field for 2 years by now. Can anyone provide tips on expected salary to pick up a junior position? Also, cost of living and living culture in Dubai. Thanks!

I spent three weeks in the UAE and i've worked on some projects over there. If I had to live anywhere in the Arabian Peninsula as an architect, i'd probably choose the UAE. The pay seemed to be generally decent for experienced expats, but I can't say if this is true for junior level positions. Either way, I would say it's a place to work temp... 1 More Answer

Abusive Faculty

pauly • 2014

Good afternoon everyone. I am writing today to take survey of people's opinions, experiences and suggestions for dealing with a faculty member who fails to uphold a level professionalism in the academic arena. I am currently dealing with an instructor who regularly... Read More

Bobby, Architect

Document everything, write down specific phrases and actions as they happen. Go to your student counseling office and make an appointment with a therapist, most schools offer a certain number of free sessions for each student. A therapist can help you determine a course of action via student services, if needed. After you've made and kept tha... 1 More Answer

The Midwest

pauly • 2014

If given a job offer in the Midwest, would you move to the Midwest? Also why? (To your yes / no answers). If you already live in the Midwest - do you love it or hate it? And why.

Bobby, Architect

Depends where. Chicago? St. Louis? Indianapolis? Cincinnati? There are some great schools out there. Job market is more stable and consistent. 1 More Answer

Opening my own business.

pauly • 2014

Registered in different States. Has a stable job for last 15 years though salary sucks. Has solid design and construction experience in healthcare industry. Tired of working for other people. Should I take risk to go for my own firm?

Bobby, Architect

Who would your target client be, exactly? Hospitals/ Med Centers? Tough to imagine a small startup firm breaking in there. Or would you be consulting to larger HC-oriented firms you've already been working for? That seems a bit likelier. Better yet might be going after developers of med office buildings. 1 More Answer

Run for Council?

pauly • 2014

I've been asked by several influential people in our community to run for council. Its a small town, but very active community, above average wealth, development/growth pressure, etc. I also own a business in the same community. Anyone ran for town council or other... Read More

An architect ran for mayor last term. I know little about the inner workings of local govt, but I'm pretty active in community discussion. I'm also about ten years junior the next youngest council person. I don't want to do it at all, but I'm being told I should take one for the team. We'll see. I agree though careers I also wish more archite... 1 More Answer

You got a firm? Are ya makin

pauly • 2014

Here's my question: You have a firm, small practice, maybe a partner or two...Besides the hard work, long hours, spending more time than your though on admin and billing, where is the next job coming from...are ya comfortable financially? I am not talking big bucks... Read More

Yup! five staff and lots of work, mostly turning down work we don't like or want. Early years were tough as we were raising three kids ( they still are young ) so i make sure I balance my schedule and don't work weekends or late at night. But I could be working harder to make more but for what .... more stress and management of staff. I love... 1 More Answer

Is my job legit?

pauly • 2014

I am working at a firm in Miami full time on a 1099, the entire firm is employed on 1099's, even the people who have been there for years. ( firm size 10 people including the boss) I graduated from a top ten arch program right when the recession hit and was unable t... Read More

Bobby, Architect

whatever you think you are worth, double it, cause that is how much you will pay in taxes at the end of the year...I would get on a quarterly payment schedule, with the IRS otherwise you are going to be hurting around tax time. 1 More Answer

Name that Architect and Buil

pauly • 2014

To encourage exploration of various architects and buildings, I will post an image of a new building on a weekly basis, so we may all play "Name that Architect and Building!!!". Sorry to be lame, but I'm sort of tired of hearing how wonderful Rem is or how everyone... Read More

Bobby, Architect

try this: and i know who it is, but not because i'm some scholar, i just stumbled onto it by mistake. someone else can field this one. plus, it ain't like this guy is some nobody. 1 More Answer

Laser Cut Burn Marks on Acry

pauly • 2014

Hi, I have tried to laser cut 1/16" acrylic and the edges have some burn marks. I left the paper on when laser cutting. Some areas cut cleanly and at some places the laser cutter didn't cut all the way through. If I increase the power, I just end up with more burn m... Read More

Raise the power, cut with chipboard on top. Expensive, but it works sometimes. 1 More Answer

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