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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.


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


The ARE Boot Camp – Starting October & November 2017

By Michael Riscica

Make Massive Progress on the ARE During the Fall of 2017! 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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  […]


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 […]


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 […]


Homecoming & Looking Back

By Michael Riscica

Coming Home I recently decided to return to the New York City area, where I grew up, so I could hang out with friends and family for an undetermined amount of time. I moved to the west coast immediately after I graduated architecture school and had been residing there for the past 10 years and […]


The Ultimate List of ARE 5.0 Study Materials: Part 1

By Michael Riscica

Welcome to The Ultimate List of ARE Study Materials Part 1. In this blog post, we’ll take a broad look at the study materials available for ALL the ARE 5.0 Exams. In Part 2 of this series, we zoom in to individually examine each test and list all the resources available for each exam. I […]


Exploring Architecture All Over the World with Lucas Gray

By Michael Riscica

On today’s episode of the Young Architect Podcast, Michael’s good friend, Lucas Gray, spoke about how he began his career in architecture as a Designer in both Asia and Europe, created his own online platform for Talkitect.com, and the path that led him to become the Co-Owner of Propel Studio Architecture. You can also listen […]


Moonlighting for Young Architects

By Michael Riscica

Moonlighting is a dirty word. Much of the architecture community frowns whenever someone says that awful word or jumps to the conclusion that moonlighting means: Lying, cheating, and stealing clients from your employer to start your own business. When I say moonlighting, I don’t mean that at all. The Google dictionary simply defines Moonlighting as: […]

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