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The Small Firm Round Table is developing an application for emerging professionals in architecture and hoping to include potential users in the development. Please participate in this short 5 question survey and contact Christian Taylor at christiantaylor@aia.org if you are interested in learning more about the app or getting involved. Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5BP68ZK
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Converting an office building into a livable apartment building can be a daunting task, but it can also be very profitable. Often this is because commercial space is worth more when converted to residential space in certain areas. Particularly when the property is located within a major financial/business center with very few residential properties. As an example, think of the high rise apartments adjacent to Wall Street in New York or the luxury apartments in The City area of London. Before you spend any money, the very first thing you should do is to conduct a study to see if the project is even feasible. You can do this part without outside help if ...
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I just returned from an amazing trip to Tucson, AZ. It happened to be my first AIA conference outside of the state conferences. I found it amazing how many older architects were truly interested in bringing in new blood to the AIA. I have been starting to feel that in my state (AK) that it would always be the older architects in charge and I would have to deal with it. After meeting the soon to be AIA Portland and Seattle Presidents I was feeling even better. The amount of energy at the Regional is much greater than what I am used to at the State level. Not to say I hate my State board but I find it a bit outdated and inflexible. During the ...
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Mr. Gallegos, I agree with your general idea, that volunteering for the AIA is an enriching, positive activity for the career of budding architects. I like your JFK throwback, "What can YOU do for your AIA." I thoroughly concur that being an architect and an AIA member is what you make of it. More involvement, participation, ect. However, I was incensed via your generalizations that suggest that there are a lack of young architects involved with the AIA. I'm sorry that this is the case in Boise. Nationally, and in other cities, this is NOT the case. Are you aware of the NAC, the National Associates Committee, and their involvement with the AIA at the national ...
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Why is it that the "younger" generation has such a hard time volunteering for things? In our area there has been a big decline in the participation in the AIA as more and more graduates come into the workforce. What can you do for your AIA? If you have asked yourself this question, than its time to take action. Young Architects are at a pivotal point in their development. Everyone comes out of school thinking they are going to open up their own firm and life will be all Bilbaos and Guggenheims. Welcome to the the real world. It is tough out there. Where projects once had 2 or three architects interviewing for, now there are 6,7,8. Technology is ...
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Many architects dream of starting their own firm. Many will try. Many will fail. However, many will have failures, but keep working to achieve success and establish their own practice. Rarely as pre-professionals, whether in school or in an office, are we exposed to the business side of architecture. This carries a host of problems for the dreamers – unrealistic expectations, minimal knowledge of architectural business development, and of course, mistakes. Yet, like any creative field, your journey begins with the belief that this path will lead you to realizing your own architectural vision. Along the way, you begin to understand the pervasive ...
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