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…

What the *bleep* is an Architect?!


Architecture Uncensored is one of the most thought-provoking events the EAC organizes. Each year has a new theme, exploring topics that no one really discusses openly at work. Our discussions have been known to spur some gentle debate, but are always highly productive and very educational. The panel setup really encourages architects (and others!) to think about important issues from multiple perspectives.

This year, given the ever-evolving role of the profession with titles ranging from “master-builder” to “thought leader”, we are exploring what it means to be an architect in current times through the eyes of three groups: Architect / Client / Public. The theme: “What the *bleep* is an Architect?!” (Ironically, the title of Architecture Uncensored this year is, in fact, censored.. we can’t just say these things).

Our first discussion coming up on February 28th is called “What the *bleep* is an Architect?! In the Eyes of an Architect?” While planning, we thought finding panelists for this would be the easiest because “Hey, we know a lot of architects!”. The reality is it’s extremely difficult to determine what an architect IS because there are so many options. Architects really do SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS. The goal of this first lecture is to try and define what it is that we DO. Selecting architects from firms throughout the area as well as the academic world should give us a great conversation and kick-off to the series.

I always leave these panel discussions feeling renewed and refreshed – they really confirm why I got into architecture and just how passionate our colleagues are about people and the environments we design. We’re pumped to have great panelists locked down for the first session and we’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Registration is live here via AIA|DC.

Mark your calendars with the dates!
• February 28 : “What the *bleep* is an Architect?! In the Eyes of an Architect?”
• March 28 : “What the *bleep* is an Architect?! In the Eyes of an Client?”
• April 25 : “What the *bleep* is an Architect?! In the Eyes of the Public?”

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:

cat poster.jpg

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)

5 Easy Steps to Becoming an Architect


Okay so in all honestly we know that “easy” is the operative word in the title, but here’s hoping this post breaks things down into more manageable steps for anyone that is a little intimidated by the process.

1. Start Your NCARB Record

Important first step. Starting your NCARB record verifies that you’re legit and allows you access to the online platform needed to complete steps 2 and 3. You will need to locate your transcript for this step to verify that you have an accredited degree. Reaching out to your former university is more of an annoyance than a challenge, but it can take some time, so plan accordingly. NCARB requires the university send the transcript directly and not digitally.

2. Start the Architectural Experience Progam (AXP)

Until recently this was known as the Intern Development Program (IDP), but it has been restructured in the past year to make it easier to navigate and more relateable to the day-to-day activities in the profession. It’s important to get your project manager involved in this conversation so they can help make the process easier when scheduling your work hours. One area that can prove to be particularly challenging is construction observation. Construction tours (like the one the EAC is co-sponsoring in February!) can help towards that in particular. Check out this link for more details on the upcoming event: http://www.aiadc.com/event/construction-tour-and-panel-alexander-court

3. Pick Your Jurisdiction and Petition to Start Testing

This one seems insignificant, but can really make a big difference in the amount of time that it takes for you to complete the process. Each state has different requirements for when you can start testing and how much of the AXP must be complete. To find out more details check out this link: http://www.ncarb.org/Getting-an-Initial-License/Registration-Board-Requirements.aspx

4. Study For and Take the ARE

I’m sure this sounds like the most intimidating step, but let me assure you it’s really not. Everyone seems to think that you have to know absolutely everything to start the testing process. This is 100% not true. As architects, we specialize in being generalists. The likelihood that you will be presented with something you don’t know the answer to basically everyday is pretty high. The tests are just a good way to prepare yourself for that. It’s probably good to read the study materials too. Find support, study groups and additional resources through the EAC and AIA! There are a couple resources locally that can be utilized:

  • AIA DC has set up a series to help navigate the test transition, allowing you to take five tests total! More information at the following link: http://www.aiadc.com/page/are-take-5
  • AIA NOVA has a great series to help prepare you for the tests starting tomorrow! For more info on that check out their website: http://www.aianova.org/are.php

5. Complete License with Jurisdiction and Finalize NCARB Record

Once you finish testing, NCARB has to let the state you petitioned know that you are cool to stamp things. You’ll get your final license info and then you will also want to finalize your NCARB record. This makes reciprocity easier later in life should you choose to be licensed in more than one state.

See! Easy stuff! In all seriousness, a lot of EAC members have recently completed the process or are currently going through the madness and we welcome any comments/questions you might have! We even have our own personal license advising resource in Adam Schwartz, who is happy to help field questions at aschwartz@hga.com

Now go become an architect!

5 Things to Know About the EAC to Kick Off 2017!

1. Our members are as diverse as the profession.

So… Who exactly is the EAC?

The AIA|DC Emerging Architect Committee is a group of young professionals who seek to learn from one another and grow within the Architectural Industry. There are no membership fees, and you do not have to be an AIA member to be active in the committee. The only requirement is that you have not been licensed for 10 years or more.

To be actively involved in the committee you can be part of our amazing core team or simply join our incredible events throughout the year! Core team members strategically plan and organize our programs, while forming lasting relationship across the profession.

2. We have 4 main areas of focus:

We believe that incredible opportunities come from within our own industry, and that sharing knowledge and collaborating with one-another is the best way to succeed as a profession. Our four main areas of focus are:

  • ADVOCATE for emerging architects
  • PROVOKE and talk about the future of the profession
  • MENTOR the next generation of architects
  • OUTREACH to the community, other AIA members, and the public

3. We all join for similar reasons, but we come with different perspectives…

The majority of our members will say the same thing when you ask: “Why did you join the EAC?” They will tell you that they were new to DC. Or that they were interested in growing their professional network. Or that they believe in a larger message to shape the profession.

The perspectives and backgrounds of our members and our program participants however, are far and farther between. Our members are architects, engineers, product reps, and consultants.  Our education and backgrounds span from coast to coast. Some are licensed and others never plan to be. And we each practice in very different ways.

Come share your story at the next committee meeting!

4. We meet to plan, and we plan to meet!

Our monthly committee meetings occur on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at Gensler (2020 K Street NW). Our various events however, happen throughout the year, typically on weekdays from 630-8pm, and range in locations all across the city.

Upcoming events are posted to the AIA|DC calendar one month in advance. If you are interested in learning more about events for the year, feel free to reach out to one of our executive committee members listed on the EAC webpage.

5. Events for everyone…

Our 20+ events over the course of the year are designed to connect people across all levels of experience in the profession, because lets be honest –  in architecture – there is always more to learn! From our Portfolio and Resume Building Workshops, to our Architecture Uncensored Series, to our joint Construction Tours with the Structural Engineers Association – the EAC program list is filled with exciting and educational events for all levels of experience.

We hope to see you at our next one!

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Last EAC Meeting of the year at @HickokCole tomorrow, Dec. 14

Tomorrow night (Wednesday, Dec. 14) will be the last monthly meeting of the Emerging Architects Committee for 2016.  The meeting will be held at 6.30 pm at the offices of Hickok Cole Architects. We’ll wrap up the year and talk about what’s to come (new officers, new members, and new plans) for 2017.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 14, 6.30-8.00pm
WHERE: Hickok Cole Architects, 1023 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20007


AIA|DC Special Chapter Meeting on Post-Election Statements, Nov. 28

Special Chapter Meeting

Monday, November 28, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

There has been much in the press and social media about the post-election statement and subsequent apologies made by the National Component. Like many of our fellow chapters, the AIA|DC Board of Directors was surprised by the original statement which purported to speak for all 89,000 members of the Institute.

The AIA|DC Board wishes to hear from the membership on this important topic at this special meeting. Please review material on the blog to be informed on the latest news.


EAC Monthly Meeting at @HickokCole tonight, Nov. 9

This month’s Emerging Architects Committee monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 9 at 6.30 pm at the offices of Hickok Cole Architects. It’ll be brief, but will include a wrap-up of the RE-Form Design Competition and its Awards event as well as planning for the remainder of the year and the start of 2017. And don’t forget, the D.C. chapter of Latin American Interior Designers, Engineers, & Architects (LA.IDEA) will be celebrating its three-year anniversary tonight after the meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown next door.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6.30-8.00pm
WHERE: Hickok Cole Architects, 1023 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20007


Getting to the Job Offer (Jiang)

AIA Leadership Institute (Ryan/Leah)

Fall Design Fete After Party (Abi)

Moleskine Holiday Happy Hour (Marcell)

  • Thursday, Dec.1, 6-8pm; Moleskine Georgetown, 3029 M Street NW
  • Registration link to come!