Want to see if the AIA Conference is worth it? I’m going to show you what you’ll learn at the AIA Conference right here.Read More
Failing an ARE exam SUCKS! But there are ways to get motivated to get over the treading hump. We break down the best strategies to pick yourself up and pass your ARE!Read More
Welcome back to part 2 of “7 Steps to Improve Your Architectural Job Application” series!
In this 2-part series, I’m going to show you the step by step process you can take to show them your true value throughout your job application. It’d be super helpful if you go read Part 1 first, so you can follow the journey from the start.
Now onto today’s topics, we will go through the follow up process, getting job offers and eventually succeeding in your day to day work.Read More
How do we break the mold and show them that we are of value and not just a draft monkey?
In this 2-part series, I’m going to show you the step-by-step process you can take to improve your job application to make the employer know they should hire you. Today we will go through the journey from your resume, to the application, to the ultimate interview.Read More
Let’s talk branding. Whenever someone sends me their portfolio and asks for feedbacks, I always tell them to build a personal brand first. Many intern architects overlook this, because we are architects not graphic designers. We build buildings, not branding.
Building a brand is a self-realizing process.
They think that employers only look at their drawings not the pretty fonts around it. But branding is more than just putting your pretty renderings in a pretty Indesign template. It doesn’t just help you find a job; it helps you realize who you are as a designer/architect.Read More
Almost all of us nowadays have a brand on social media that is unconsciously crowd-sourced by everyone we know. The question is no longer IF architects need a personal brand, but how we can curate the brand that already exists. The difference between a successful brand and merely a digital existence is the consciousness behind it. I have written an article on the 6 Keys to Build Your Brand on my blog, but here I want to shift our gear towards seeing branding as a tool to help us succeed in our careers.Read More
For those of you who had been with me since 2011 when I first started this blog, you might’ve noticed I’ve stopped blogging for over a year. Blame it on moving around a lot, working 70 hours a week, dealing with family issues...
Well, the truth is I was having a massive burnout - I know that’s something we all face from time to time.Read More
You have drafted up so many construction documents in your young hipping career. But when you're asked a question what goes inside bidding documents, you've no idea.
You hear your project architect interchangeably using the terms “specs” and “project manual”. But did you know they’re actually not the same thing?
Don't worry. I've got you cover!Read More
Remember when you first graduated, you looked at the 5600 AXP hours and you thought to yourself how am I ever going to get through this? 5600 hours = 700 days = roughly 2 years if you work everyday. But for most people, it usually takes 3 to 4 years because: first, you don't work every single day; second, you don't always get to work on the required categories. For me, it took about 3 years. When I got the email from NCARB that I had finished my AXP, it was one of the most exciting moments in my life. I want to share with you some tips that I have learned in completing my IDP, and some helpful links at the end of the article to help you navigate through this journey.Read More
Yes I said it. You should always poop at work. This is not an intern thing, not an architect thing; it’s just something that should happen. I know you are embarrassed when that person sitting next to the restroom knows exactly how long you have been in there. You probably also feel sorry when the next person walks into the toilet stall after you. Even if you spray some air freshener afterwards, they know WHY you did it. But there are also good reasons why you should do it like...Read More