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!

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5 Favorites Friday

1. Event we are excited for:

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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!

EAC Recaps #ArchUncensored: Licensure Upon Graduation

At the conclusion of the 2016 Architecture Uncensored series, AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee looks back on highlights from the 2015 Architecture Uncensored series. The Emerging Architects Committee (EAC) invited Ryan McEnroe, Joel Pominville, and Andrew Rashid to discuss Licensure Upon Graduation in a Sept. 16 panel held at the offices of RTKL.

Here, members of the EAC talk about common misconceptions surrounding a new program designed to offer opportunities to become licensed upon graduation as well as implications of licensing to career growth.

Watch the video below for a few thoughts from EAC members on the discussion of ticensure upon graduation:

#ArchUncensored Speaker Spotlight: Nick Groch, AIA

AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee is pleased to announce that Nick Groch, AIA, a Project Manager with Schrader Group Architecture, will be joining us for our April 20 discussion on The Myth of Work/Life Balance, the third installment of this year’s Architecture Uncensored series (Register here via AIA|DC).

Nick Groch, AIA, is a Project Manager with Schrader Group Architecture. He was born in Philadelphia, studied structural engineering at Lafayette College, and went on to earn a master’s degree in Architecture at the University of North Carolina. He married Courtney last year, with whom he reconnected after first meeting in graduate school, and they have a new baby girl named Clementine. In addition to his dual career in engineering and architecture, Nick also plays a superhero in his free time. Or a villain. Or an average Joe beset upon by some antagonistic force. His acting career, though modest, has brought him a great deal of fulfillment outside of the professional realm of architecture and design. In addition to hobbies such as home renovation, hunting, and beermaking, the single most constant aspect of his 36 years has been his commitment to physical fitness and well-being.

He shared with the Emerging Architects Committee a few thoughts on finding balance:

In my opinion, as architects, to use the term ‘balance’ in describing the interaction of what is commonly understood to be ‘life’ – that is, time outside of ‘work’ – and ‘work’ – in the studio or office – is an inaccurate representation of the way that life manifests itself for an architect. To be an architect is to live – indeed, to cherish – the profession and the act of conceptualizing in the mind and documenting on the digital platform. Understandably, once our formal education is complete, this is a daunting proposition for many who continue to work in the field. You expect me to love construction documentation, to which we commit 80% or more of our working hours (which is almost 1/3 of our adult waking hours)?

We become architects because of a passion for the act of creation. We remain architects because we believe that it is empowering to be the source for the commodity of design.

To be an architect with the ability to compartmentalize the work itself is what makes for a fulfilling life as an architect that includes family, friends, and, yes, hobbies. We become architects because of a passion for the act of creation. We remain architects because we believe that it is empowering to be the source for the commodity of design. If we work at it, we can achieve a life ‘balance’ which, for lack of a better physical example, is probably best represented by a lava lamp: constantly in flux, difficult to control with any rigidity, with individual globules that vary in size, form, and complexity – apt to glom together or pull apart at any given time during the journey.

Mr. Groch will be joined by:

Moderated by: Rachel Sposa, AIA – MTFA Architecture

WHEN: April 20, 2016, 6.30–8.00pm

WHERE: RTKL, 2101 L Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20007
PRICE: Students & Assoc. AIA members: $10; AIA & DAC members: $15; Non-members: $35. Registration required via AIA|DC.

Sponsored by: RTKL and SmithGroupJJR
Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee

Check back for more details as the events grow closer, and we hope to see you there! You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #ArchUncensored

About Architecture Uncensored
Architecture Uncensored is an annual series organized by the Emerging Architects Committee that focuses on taboo topics and challenges young architects to look at important issues from multiple perspectives.

#ArchUncensored – The Myth of Work/Life Balance, April 20

Need to register for this event? Register here via AIA|DC

 

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The Emerging Architects Committee concludes its Architecture Uncensored 2016 season with a discussion on the pervasive myth of work/life balance:

The demands of the architectural profession are well known. When a deadline approaches, how is the choice made between family and work? How do professionals develop successful habits to achieve a balance? Does it start with the firm’s culture or is it the responsibility of the individual? The panelists will discuss these questions, providing varying perspectives on harmonizing social and work obligations.

The panelists include:

Moderated by: Rachel Sposa, AIA – MTFA Architecture

WHEN: April 20, 2016, 6.30–8.00pm

WHERE: RTKL, 2101 L Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20007
PRICE: Students & Assoc. AIA members: $10; AIA & DAC members: $15; Non-members: $35. Registration required via AIA|DC.

Sponsored by: RTKL and SmithGroupJJR
Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee

Check back for more details as the events grow closer, and we hope to see you there! You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #ArchUncensored

About Architecture Uncensored
Architecture Uncensored is an annual series organized by the Emerging Architects Committee that focuses on taboo topics and challenges young architects to look at important issues from multiple perspectives.

#ArchUncensored Speaker Spotlight: Sean M. Stadler, AIA

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AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee is pleased to announce that Sean M. Stadler, AIA, a principal with WDG Architecture, will be joining us for our April 6 discussion on The Cost of Loyalty, the second installment of this year’s Architecture Uncensored series (Register here via AIA|DC).

Sean M. Stadler, AIA, is a Design Principal and partner of WDG Architecture, where he focuses on elevating the firm’s stature in design, with particular emphasis on enhancing the civic realm. He is directly responsible for leading the planning, re-zoning and design of complex, high-profile urban projects, bolstering WDG’s reputation for sustainable and distinctive, mid- and high-rise structures with contemporary urban sensitivity. Mr. Stadler’s diverse experience includes commercial, residential, hospitality, educational, and sporting facilities.

Mr. Stadler takes a strong leadership role and his commitment to design excellence and innovative thinking influences the projects he is involved with. He believes that design is a process and that this process begins not with a brief, program, or even a charrette, but rather with the people from which ideas flow. His example shows that leadership is a two-way street; it involves the ability to influence others and be receptive to the needs of those you lead. Sean believes design excellence is not the application of certain techniques or the realization of inborn talent, so much as the development of a latent understanding for the negotiations that are at the heart of architecture; negotiations between site and program, client and designer, architect and engineer.

Mr. Stadler has been honored with an AIA President’s Award for his service to the profession and was recognized as one of the “rising stars of the AEC industry” by Building Design + Construction Magazine in 2009. He is a recipient of the 2011 AIA Young Architects award where the jury noted that “he is a unique individual of outstanding talent and clear commitment.”

Mr. Stadler shares his thoughts on loyalty within a firm:

When we look at the composition of our firm there are several levels of staff that we need to have to continue to produce and compete for the projects we want. Some of the positions are extremely strategic and some of the positions are not initially strategic but over the course of a staff member’s employment we gradually understand the capabilities of the individual and identify their impact on our work, our culture, our clients, and in the community. Often these individuals may realize their value in the profession their career offers great opportunities. In today’s market the best and brightest are highly sought after and out firm is just one of the many that seek these professionals.

He will be joined by:

Moderated by: Diane Leeson, Assoc. AIA – Hickok Cole Architects

WHEN: April 6, 2016, 6.30–8.00pm
WHERE: RTKL, 2101 L Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20007
PRICE: Students & Assoc. AIA members: $10; AIA & DAC members: $15; Non-members: $35. Registration required via AIA|DC.
Credits: 1.0 LU

Check back for more details as the events grow closer, and we hope to see you there! You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #ArchUncensored

About Architecture Uncensored
Architecture Uncensored is an annual series organized by the Emerging Architects Committee that focuses on taboo topics and challenges young architects to look at important issues from multiple perspectives.

Sponsored by: RTKL and SmithGroupJJR
Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee

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#ArchUncensored Speaker Spotlight: Leslie Quichua, Assoc. AIA

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AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee is pleased to announce that Leslie Quichua, Assoc. AIA, an architecture consultant with Bespoke Careers, will be joining us for our April 6 discussion on The Cost of Loyalty, the second installment of this year’s Architecture Uncensored series (Register here via AIA|DC).

Leslie Quichua, Assoc. AIA, currently leads the Architecture team at Bespoke Careers New York. Prior to joining the team in 2014, she held several professional design roles with experience in the corporate, commercial, education, hospitality, and residential housing sectors. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel University in Philadelphia and also a Master’s degree in Communications from Columbia University in the City of New York. With an interest on the more ‘social’ side of architecture, Quichua decided to shift gears from architectural design to consulting Architects and Designers at all levels with Bespoke. Utilizing her creative design and business communications background, she’s prepared to help well-known and distinguished firms in Manhattan build the most outstanding design teams possible.

Ms. Quichua shares the pros and cons of changing firms:

Pros: A fresh start at a different company can give one the opportunity to take on a new role with altogether new responsibilities, rather than staying put and moving up the ladder at their current firm. This can allow for a greater pay incense.

Cons: Based on resumes, some firms find that when someone changes firms regularly or “jumps around” (a few months or one to two years), they are not deemed as reliable or committed to a company.

She will be joined by:

Moderated by: Diane Leeson, Assoc. AIA – Hickok Cole Architects

WHEN: April 6, 2016, 6.30–8.00pm
WHERE: RTKL, 2101 L Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20007
PRICE: Students & Assoc. AIA members: $10; AIA & DAC members: $15; Non-members: $35. Registration required via AIA|DC.
Credits: 1.0 LU

Check back for more details as the events grow closer, and we hope to see you there! You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #ArchUncensored

About Architecture Uncensored
Architecture Uncensored is an annual series organized by the Emerging Architects Committee that focuses on taboo topics and challenges young architects to look at important issues from multiple perspectives.

Sponsored by: RTKL and SmithGroupJJR
Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee

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#ArchUncensored Speaker Spotlight: Elijah Northen, AIA

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AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee is pleased to announce that Elijah Northen, AIA, principal of EN Architects, will be joining us for our April 6 discussion on The Cost of Loyalty, the second installment of this year’s Architecture Uncensored series (Register here via AIA|DC).

Elijah Northen, AIA, LEED-AP, Principal of EN architects, has a consistent philosophical approach: Keep it simple. EN designs small to mid-size highly crafted environments to improve communities. Their designs embrace place and time; building upon tradition without attempting to replicate history. EN Architects recently launch “Analogue”, a community development company. Eli holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received the Faculty Award for Design Excellence, the Michael DeFrance Travel Fellowship, and serves as a Studio Instructor and Lecturer. He’s a Board Member of Baltimore Corps, and Vice Chair of Emerging Leaders United. When not designing, Eli’s a novice road cyclist, museum junkie, street taco aficionado, and professional 5-year old wrangler.

Mr. Northren will be joined by

Moderated by: Diane Leeson, Assoc. AIA – Hickok Cole Architects

WHEN: April 6, 2016, 6.30–8.00pm
WHERE: RTKL, 2101 L Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20007
PRICE: Students & Assoc. AIA members: $10; AIA & DAC members: $15; Non-members: $35. Registration required via AIA|DC.
Credits: 1.0 LU

Check back for more details as the events grow closer, and we hope to see you there! You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #ArchUncensored

About Architecture Uncensored
Architecture Uncensored is an annual series organized by the Emerging Architects Committee that focuses on taboo topics and challenges young architects to look at important issues from multiple perspectives.

Sponsored by: RTKL and SmithGroupJJR
Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee

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#ArchUncensored Speaker Spotlight: Emilie Aries

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AIA|DC’s Emerging Architects Committee is pleased to announce that Emilie Aries, founder of Bossed Up, will be joining us for our April 6 discussion on The Cost of Loyalty, the second installment of this year’s Architecture Uncensored series (Register here via AIA|DC).

Emilie Aries is a political organizer turned award-winning women’s development coach helping women across the country navigate career transition and prevent burnout.

Having founded Bossed Up in 2013, Aries has helped hundreds of women craft sustainable careers through powerful professional trainings and leadership development bootcamps.

Emilie draws from her personal experience with career burnout as well as the latest research on women, work, and burnout.

A sought-after speaker at companies and universities across the country, Emilie’s audiences have included Yale University, Google NY, TEDx, & Chicago University’s Booth School of Business.

Ms. Aries offers the following thought about loyalty in the profession:

To get to brass tax on this, I’d say loyalty is overrated from the employee perspective. Especially in an economic climate in which employers don’t offer the same in return.

She will be joined by:

  • Elijah Northen, AIA, LEED AP – Principal, EN Architects
  • Leslie Quichua, MSComm, Assoc. AIA – Architecture Consultant, Bespoke Careers
  • Sean M Stadler, AIA, LEED AP – Principal, WDG Architecture
  • Aimee Woodall, AIA, LEED AP – Associate Vice President, RTKL

Moderated by: Diane Leeson, Assoc. AIA – Hickok Cole Architects

WHEN: April 6, 2016, 6.30–8.00pm
WHERE: RTKL, 2101 L Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20007
PRICE: Students & Assoc. AIA members: $10; AIA & DAC members: $15; Non-members: $35. Registration required via AIA|DC.
Credits: 1.0 LU

Check back for more details as the events grow closer, and we hope to see you there! You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #ArchUncensored

About Architecture Uncensored
Architecture Uncensored is an annual series organized by the Emerging Architects Committee that focuses on taboo topics and challenges young architects to look at important issues from multiple perspectives.

Sponsored by: RTKL and SmithGroupJJR
Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee

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#ArchUncensored – The Cost of Loyalty, April 6

Need to register for this event? Register here via AIA|DC

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The Emerging Architects Committee continues its Architecture Uncensored 2016 season with a discussion on the Cost of Loyalty:

There are some architects who remain at a firm for most of their careers, while others transition often. Is it better it to stay at one firm for a long time or jump around? How do young architects know if their salaries are commensurate with their worth to a company? How do employers determine what to pay a new employee? The panel will discuss the benefits of staying loyal to a firm while grappling with the fact that most opportunities for major pay increases occur when switching to a new one.

The panelists include:

Moderated by: Diane Leeson, Assoc. AIA – Hickok Cole Architects

WHEN: April 6, 2016, 6.30–8.00pm
WHERE: RTKL, 2101 L Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20007
PRICE: Students & Assoc. AIA members: $10; AIA & DAC members: $15; Non-members: $35. Registration required via AIA|DC

Sponsored by: RTKL and SmithGroupJJR
Organized by: AIA|DC Emerging Architects Committee

Check back for more details as the events grow closer, and we hope to see you there! You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #ArchUncensored

About Architecture Uncensored
Architecture Uncensored is an annual series organized by the Emerging Architects Committee that focuses on taboo topics and challenges young architects to look at important issues from multiple perspectives.