5 Favorites Friday

1. If that last peer review has you thinking about starting your own firm:


Our third mentoring session of the #ArchitectUp series will be kicking off Tuesday July 25th! This month we are featuring a panel of three architects that are heavily involved in the business side of things to help get you thinking about the business know-how the architecture world requires. Register today!

2. If you want to spend some time looking up this weekend.

3. If you’d like to stop hearing people remind you to network and finally DO SOMETHING about it:

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We’re hosting the second annual Summer Networking Bash on the Dock 79 rooftop, just behind Nats stadium, on August 17th! Come chat with other young leaders from the real estate, development, and architecture industries. Plenty of food and beer to break the ice! Registration is now open!

4. You find large installation art intriguing, but BBQ even more intriguing.

5. If you’re looking for some professional advice:


Big take away from our monthly meeting: take the AREs as soon as possible!

5 Favorites: CKLDP Edition

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Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program applications are due this month on June 26th! We wanted to highlight a few things about the program on the blog today. If you missed the intro session last week, check out the application details here.

1. What is the difference between a nomination and a recommendation?

The important difference is that the nomination should explain why the author and/or author’s firm sees the candidate as a current and/or future leader. A recommendation reinforces the personal qualities and professional traits of the applicant.

2. What’s the point of the agreement form?

The purpose of the agreement form is to get you talking with your supervisors about the time you will be missing by participating in the program. Firms have different ways of accommodating this (making up the time, allowing hours for professional development, etc.). Its important to get your managers involved ahead of the start of the program.

3. Is there tuition assistance available?

There is! It covers 50% of the program costs, but there are a few qualifiers.

4. What was your favorite part about the program?

“My favorite part of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program was the time spent learning from the other scholars. It was an incredible experience getting to collaborate with peers in architecture who are driven, accomplished, and looking to take the next step toward becoming leaders in their firms and communities. Their example inspired me to expect more from my own career, and their insights helped me grow as a professional. They were also just damn nice people, and our group had a wonderful camaraderie that made the CKLDP a joy to attend. In addition to being terrific themselves, the other scholars brought in some incredible architectural talent from some of the best firms in DC to speak at each of the CKLDP sessions, which made even potentially dry material engaging and informative. If you’re looking for a great way to grow in architecture, apply for the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program! It’s one of the best professional decisions I ever made.”

-Adam Schwartz, CKLDP Alum ’16

5. How did the program impact you professionally?

Completing the CKLDP connected me with an amazing network of diverse and emerging architects – an invaluable opportunity after recently moving to the DC area. Learning how fifteen other professionals navigate their office – some by even setting up their own! – and apply leadership, marketing, research and business techniques to their career development was inspiring and helped me to refocus on my own career goals. My classmates came from all other the country, attended a wide variety of schools and work at the biggest and smallest firms in the area. Each person had a unique perspective, and was incredibly engaged in hearing about everyone’s experience. They are already regarded as leaders in their offices, managing projects as simple as single family homes and as complex as entire urban developments. Spending time with my classmates, both during the program and since graduating, continues to influence my leadership strategies both in my day to day activities as well as my long term plans. I can’t recommend the CKLDP to future scholars enough!

-Brandon Tobias, CKLDP Alum ’16

For more info about the background and application, check out the website!


5 Favorites Friday

1. If you just can’t seem to figure out how to do a Snap Chat post on Instagram:


Our second mentoring session of the #ArchitectUp series will be kicking off Tuesday June 27th! Deane Madsen, contributor to Architect magazine, will be talking us through the benefits and opportunities of using social media as a branding and marketing tool. Check out the details and register here!

2. If you need some inspiration when it gets difficult to work with consultants.

3. When you just saw Wonder Woman and you’re feeling particularly empowered:

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Apply to #CKLDP17! Applications are live for the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. If you missed the info session this past Monday, more details about the program can be found on the website. Applications are due Monday June 26th!

4. You got on a minimalist living kick and need to buy some new furniture.

5. If you’re still looking for a shot at the title:

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Thesis showcase submissions are due next Thursday June 15th! Help bridge the gap between practicing architects and recent grads (and show off those renderings that stole all of your sleep).

5 Favorite Tweets

This week on the blog we wanted to recap our first mentoring session in our “Architect Up! Life Hacks for Architects” series. We had the opportunity to tour the WeWork and WeLive spaces in Crystal City which showcase the concepts of communal working and living. The WeLive space is one of two that currently exists in the country.

Following the tour we sat down to discuss how these new concepts of work/life balance have impacted productivity and what it means for the design of office spaces. The community manager Alissa Avilov and architect Vinson Camacho weighed in based on their experiences with the programs.


Next up in the series we will be discussing how to harness the power of social media and branding. Register for the second session here.

5 Favorites Friday

1. Event we are excited for:

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This month begins the mentoring workshop series and our theme for 2017 is Life Hacks for Architects! The goal is to highlight specific skills/topics to help provide attendees with the tools to be an even better professional. The series is shaping up to be really interesting and our first event will be a tour of the WeWork space in Crystal City followed by a round table discussion on work/life balance. Make sure to register here!

2. For all the INTJs that love reading about personality types

3. If you want to become a better leader in the profession:

Applications are live for the Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program! This is a program founded by a few EAC members in honor of Christopher Kelley, an influential emerging architect from our chapter. Details about the program can be found on the website and on June 5th there will be an info session on the application process!

4. In case you’re negotiating your raise this week and need a power pose

5. Because your LEED credential is about to expire

This website is a great, free resource for CE credits that apply for both AIA HSW and LEED!

5 Favorites Friday

1. Event we are excited for:


The third lecture in the Architecture Uncensored series is coming up on Tuesday April 25th! Hosted by RTKL, start time at 6:30 PM. We’re looking forward to rounding out the series with an energetic discussion on how the public perceives the role of the architect. This should be an interesting one so make sure to register here!

2. If your favorite building material is concrete

3. If you still tell your coworkers about your thesis project:

Registration is live for the 2017 Thesis Showcase! If you have an accredited architecture degree, graduated in 2015 or after, and did a thesis project then you are able to apply. Submissions are due by June 15th, 2015!

4. For all the dog lovers out there

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5. Because recently politics has you a little concerned about the economy:

The National Design Services Act Survey was created to help gather data on the amount of outstanding student debt in the profession in an effort to boost support in Congress. It’s quick and you can feel good about your advocacy resolutions!

5 Favorites Friday

1. Event we are excited for:


The second lecture in the Architecture Uncensored series is coming up on Tuesday March 28th! Hosted by RTKL, start time at 6:30 PM. The first session had really exciting conversation and was, in a word, energizing! This one will focus on how the client perceives the role of an architect with a panel including an architectural marketing expert, DC developers, and a client focused project manager. We had entirely too much alcohol left over though, so make sure to register for this one!

2. If the thought of calculating a point load makes you sweat:

AIA NOVA is hosting David Thaddeus to help prepare you for the structures portion of the ARE. As a graduate of the program, I can say with confidence that it is the best way to crash course structures available. Check out the details here.

3. If you wore red on Wednesday

4. If you’re worried about an economic down turn:


We’re hosting a workshop on April 8th focusing on creating an eye catching resume and portfolio. Rob Holzbach of Hickok Cole Architects will discuss what makes a successful job package. Following his presentation there will be a series of small group critiques by local practitioners. For more information and to register click here.

5. In case you need motivation to spell check your drawings one more time

5 Favorites Friday

1. Event we are excited for:


The first lecture in the Architecture Uncensored series is coming up on Tuesday the 28th! RTKL will be hosting again this year, start time at 6:30 PM. We blogged about it last Friday, check that out for more info on the theme. Just in case you didn’t jump on registration yet, do that here.

2. To get those AXP observation hours:

The National Building Museum hosts construction tours and they are discounted if you are a member! They have two tours coming up the next two Saturdays. Details here and here.

3. Photo we are admiring:


Awesome images of the National Cathedral in Architect magazine.

4. Feel good inspo of week:

Old metro cars being used as tiny houses for the homeless! Sounds good in theory.

5. House we’d like to buy:

Where is that article on how to make more money…

5 Favorites Friday

1. Event we are excited for:

Our first event of the year is coming up next week! We’ve organized a construction tour of Alexander Court (2000 L St. NW) along with the Young Members Group of the Structural Engineers Association of DC (SEAMW-YMG) next Wednesday, February 15th. Lots of upgrades to the structure and MEP of  the existing building made for quite the coordination challenge. If you managed to register before this sold out, we look forward to seeing you for an interesting tour and happy hour following at The Black Rooster!

2. Article we are reading:

AIA National included this article on it’s list of articles worth reading this past week, and because sometimes it just feels impossible.

How to Earn a Six-Figure Salary as an Architect

3. Exhibit we are checking out:

Because everyone has seen the fake version of this cat poster:

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4. New Building of the Week:

325-foot-tall Space Needle-like tower proposed for Rosslyn

5. Quote we are pondering:

“Architecture is inhabited sculpture.”
– Constantin Brancusi (mostly because of this beard)