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Michael Riscica

Michael Riscica is a Licensed Architect who lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon, with his Labrador Retriever. He is passionate about helping Young Architects change the world. In his free time, Michael likes to take very long bicycle rides across America. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Linked In.

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Lessons About The ARE from Architecture Moms

By Michael Riscica

Everyone will agree that completing the AREs is significant time commitment. It is also mentally taxing, from obstacles and difficult moments to triumphs and successes. In many cases, dedicating our time to the AREs means putting our life on hold in some aspects. More realistically, life happens and many people are often forced to get […]

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Let’s Fix Construction with Eric Lussier

By Michael Riscica

On today’s episode of the Young Architect Podcast, Contributor and Co-Founder of Let’s Fix Construction as well as President of the Constructions Specifications Institute CSI Vermont, Eric Lussier, joins us to talk about his career and involvement in the world of architecture and construction. Plus, you’ll learn why joining CSI is such a great idea, […]

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How to Start Your Own Architecture Practice with Josh Kunkel

By Michael Riscica

On today’s episode of the Young Architect Podcast, architect Josh Kunkel joins Michael to talk about his various experiences with putting together an ARE study group called the ARE Success Team, raising a young family, and launching his own side business while still continuing his regular job. If you’re interested in starting a business, this […]

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The ARE Boot Camp – Starting November 2017 & Jan 2018

By Michael Riscica

Start Making Massive Progress on the ARE! The ARE Boot Camp is a Virtual Study Group that meets weekly on video chat. The program was created in September 2015 and has taken over 200 ARE Candidates through the systematic approach to studying for the ARE. We are currently taking applications for smart, hardworking ARE Candidates, […]

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How NCARB is Evolving and Growing with Kristine Harding

By Michael Riscica

On today’s episode of the Young Architect Podcast, former National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) President and Architect, Kristine Harding joins Michael to discuss her career, aviation architecture, and the evolution of NCARB. Architect and Former NCARB President Kristine Harding Growing up, Kristine’s parents had always dreamed of building a house on a piece […]

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Training and Mentoring Young Architects with Nick Caravella

By Michael Riscica

On today’s episode of the Young Architect Podcast, friend and fellow Architect, Nick Caravella, joins Michael to discuss the importance of leadership, experience, community, and mentorship. Originally from New Jersey, Nick and his fiancée took to leap to move and start their careers in Denver, Colorado. Though it was quite the change, Nick has been […]

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Planting Your Roots in a New City with Kurt Neiswender

By Michael Riscica

On today’s episode of the Young Architect Podcast, Michael spoke with fellow architect and the former AIA Young Architects Regional Director, Kurt Neiswender, about all of his experiences. From graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University to Southern California, experiencing the effects of the 2008 recession, to moving his family to Flint, Michigan […]

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The Power of Saying ‘Yes’ with Rachel Law

By Michael Riscica

On today’s episode of the Young Architect Podcast, Michael spoke with his friend and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) 2016-2017 Vice President, Rachel Law. Since becoming the Vice President, both her and AIAS 2016-2017  President, Sarah Wahlgren, have been working diligently to connect AIAS Chapters throughout the USA and beyond. You can also […]

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The ARE Transition BACKUP Plan!

By Michael Riscica

You’re Running Out of Time It seems like we’ve been hearing this forever: “You HAVE to get the CDS, PPP, and SPD done before June 2018. Then you only have to take two 5.0 exams to complete the ARE in five exams, instead of six or seven.” With less than a year left, I think […]

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July 2017 Instagram Photos

By Michael Riscica

Here’s my photos. All of these pictures came from my Instagram feed: YoungArchitxPDX Feel free to add me.   Checkout the past months June 2017 May 2017 April 2017 March 2017 February 2017 January 2017 2016 Year in Photos December 2016  November 2016 October 2016 Sept 2016  August 2016 July 2016 June 2016  May 2016  […]

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Making the Most of Your Architecture Career and AIA with Korey White

By Michael Riscica

On today’s episode of the Young Architect Podcast, Architect and 2017 AIA National Associates Committee (NAC) Chair, Korey White shares her story from studying architecture and beginning her career to helping NAC grow. You’ll learn why there’s not just one approach to studying for the ARE’s, how NAC is growing and teaming up with other […]

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Failing the Architecture Exam – Part 2

By Michael Riscica

While I was becoming a Licensed Architect, failing the ARE became a big part of my story. It is for most people. In the early days of this blog, I wrote a post sharing that story, and it received a huge response. Since then, I have seen a lot of failed exams, as well as […]

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