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MIT Chapel – My Favorite Place #ArchiTalks

I opened this month's #Architalk email as I was getting off a train on a my morning commute. I saw that this month’s topic was Whats my Favorite Place???!? My immediate response took me no thought and I said it out loud with a mouth full of food as I stepped off the train into the rain: The MIT Chapel I love that little chapel in Boston. It’s like an old friend. It was built in 1955 and designed by Euro Saarinen. It’s quietly tucked on the edge of the MIT Campus, just off the extremely … Continue Reading

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Why I Wrote: How to Pass the Architecture Registration Exam

OK Folks, here it is. The book I said I would never write.   Wait, What!? Why wouldn't I write this book? Simple. I spent 4 ½ years of … Continue Reading


Architect Bicycles Across America

    I love architecture, but cycling kept me sane. Architecture is amazing. It has changed the way I look and interact with the … Continue Reading

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February 2015 Photos

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A Crafty Architecture Round up – #ArchiTalks

#ArchiTalks #ArchiTalks is a monthly blog series that is hosted by Architect Blogger Bob Borson. Every month Bob picks a topic or a theme and … Continue Reading

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Throwing Money at The Architect Registration Exam

  I started taking the Architect Registration Exam in 2009 right after the stock market went to hell. When I started testing, my employer … Continue Reading

Review of Gang Chen’s ARE Mock Exam

Review of Gang Chen’s ARE Mock Exam

  A Quick Young Architect Announcement To write this review of Gang Chen, I purchased the ARE Mock Exam for CDS, PPP, and SPD at $50 … Continue Reading


The Great Mike Riscica and Gang Chen Giveaway!

**Update Update** Entry to the ARE Book giveaway has been closed, winners have been contacted and How To Pass The Architecture Exam has been … Continue Reading

5 Tricks to Accelerate Your ARE Studying

5 Tricks to Accelerate Your ARE Studying

Starting and ending The beginning of my Architecture Registration Exam experience was drastically different from the end. Many things had … Continue Reading

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Architecture in The Real World

This is my first time participating in the #ArchiTalks architecture blogger collaboration. The powerful Bob Borson has organized 28 architect … Continue Reading

The definition of a 'Construction Screw'

January Photos and Instagrams

Here's my photos. All of these pictures came from my Instagram feed: YoungArchitxPDX Feel free to add … Continue Reading

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Beliefs About Architecture

I wrote a guest post RA Registered Architect about the many times I was forced to change the beliefs I had about architecture and what I was … Continue Reading

Reading ARE Test Scores

How to Read ARE Test Scores

Let’s be honest… The only reason you care about your Architecture Registration Exam test scores is because you failed the exam. If you passed, … Continue Reading


Understanding the Intern Development Program (IDP)

The Intern Development Program (IDP) is a required component for licensure as an architect. It provides aspiring architects the opportunity to … Continue Reading


ArchiCulture – A Documentary About Architecture School

I have been waiting foreverrrrrrrr for this movie. I started following this in 2006 when they were deciding which architecture school to film. … Continue Reading

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Becoming an Architect: What You Need to Know

  “I wanted to become an architect but… …(insert reason) so I decided not to pursue architecture.” As an architect I can’t tell you how many … Continue Reading

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Antoine Predock: Architecture is my Religion

  "Architecture is a ride - a physical ride and an intellectual ride." -Antoine Predock A few years ago I was plowing through boring old AIA … Continue Reading

Finish The ARE in 2015

Finish the ARE in 2015 – The Only Resolution You Should Have.

Finish the ARE’s this year?  I decided to wait and publish this blog post on January 7th. I wanted to give everyone a week to finish … Continue Reading

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December 2014 Photos

Oh December 2014, What a silly month you were! All of these pictures came from my Instagram feed: YoungArchitxPDX Feel free to add … Continue Reading