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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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The Young Architect Library

By Michael Riscica

  Here it is. My very first e-book! Inside I present to you 15 of my most influential books about Architecture and Career. Some which you may know of, but definitely not all of them! I wrote this e-book as an opportunity to share with you some very powerful resources that definitely inspired and changed the […]

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What is the best testing order for ARE 4.0?!???

By Michael Riscica

This post is part of a series on NCARB’s Architecture Registration Exam. Having recently completed this long process, the series examines my journey and the various things I learned along the way. Click here to see all the posts of my Architecture Registration Exam Series. Everyone wants to know “Whats the best testing order for […]

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April 2014 Photos

By Michael Riscica

Hey Folks, Heres my photos from April.  It rained alot in April but I did manage to get a few good shots. All of these pictures came from my Instagram feed: YoungArchitxPDX Feel free to add me.                                         […]

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Just studying harder for isn’t always better.

By Michael Riscica

Running a marathon and studying for the are exam both have a lot in common. This post is part of a series on NCARB’s Architecture Registration Exam. Having recently completed this long process, the series examines my journey and the various things I learned along the way. Click here to see all the posts of my […]

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Architect as Project Manager/Owner’s Representative

By Michael Riscica

This week’s blog post is a redirect to a guest blog article for my friend Ryan Hansanuwat website Architecture Career Guide. Ryan had asked me to write about what its like working as a Project Manager for the City of Portland as an alternative career from practicing Architecture. http://www.architecturecareerguide.com/architect-project-managerowners-representative/  Check out the rest of Ryan’s […]

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Building Momentum with studying for the Architect Exam

By Michael Riscica

  This post is part of a series on NCARB’s Architecture Registration Exam. Having recently completed this long process, the series examines my journey and the various things I learned along the way. Click here to see all the posts of my Architecture Registration Exam Series. Studying for the architect exam isnt easy On my […]

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How to Find The Best Fonts

By Michael Riscica

What is the best font I should to use for my… ….website? Resume? Logo? Birthday card? Christmas card? Latest photoshop creation? The list goes on. Picking fonts is a highly emotional process. No, not that kind of emotional process. But the right font can really set the voice, tone or emotion of what you are […]

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March 2014 Photos

By Michael Riscica

Here’s my photos. All of these pictures came from my Instagram feed: YoungArchitxPDX Feel free to add me.                                                                     And lastly, I […]

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Building Great Architecture Models

By Michael Riscica

Last week I built a simple foam core model for a client after several years of not building any kind of model. Thankfully, I quickly learned I still have the skills of the accomplished model builder I once was. OK, I’m being dramatic, but building architecture models was something I always took alot of pride […]

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10 Reasons why you SHOULD NOT become an Architect.

By Michael Riscica

Are You Considering Becoming an Architect? Architecture is rough. It’s definitely not a profession for everyone or more accurately everyone who thinks they should be an Architect.  In fact, architecture can be more of a lifestyle than just a job or a profession. Unfortunately in many situations the cards often aren’t stacked in the Architects […]

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10 Reasons why YOU should become an Architect

By Michael Riscica

  Pursuing my passion for architecture was definitely the best decision I have ever made in my life. I discovered I wanted to become an architect when I was 21 and it amazes me how after all these years I continue to be just as excited about the subject and the profession as I was before […]

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February 2014 Photos

By Michael Riscica

All of these pictures came from my Instagram feed: YoungArchitxPDX Feel free to add me.          Check out my previous months photos: January 2014  December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013  

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Failing the Architect Registration Exam

By Michael Riscica

This post is part of a series on NCARB’s Architecture Registration Exam. Having recently completed this long process, the series examines my journey and the various things I learned along the way. Click here to see all the posts of my Architecture Registration Exam Series. Listen to this blog post   So you failed the […]

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The Life of an Architecture Project – Infographic

By Michael Riscica

This post is part of a series on NCARB’s Architecture Registration Exam. Having recently completed this long process, the series examines my journey and the various things I learned along the way. Click here to see all the posts of my Architecture Registration Exam Series. This diagram beautifully outlines the life of an architecture project and […]

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Alan Watts on “Life and Music” & “Madness”

By Michael Riscica

      If you enjoyed this video, you should also check out: The War of Art Jason Silva & Shots of Awe For Young Architects Live Your Life as a Hero Carl Sagan What If Money Was No Object? Joe and Bryan on Inspiration I’m Finally Winning The War Against Dog Hair In My […]

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The ULTIMATE list of ARE study material (Part 3: The Vignettes)

By Michael Riscica

This post is part of a series on NCARB’s Architecture Registration Exam. Having recently completed this long process, the series examines my journey and the various things I learned along the way. Click here to see all the posts of my Architecture Registration Exam Series. Welcome to the Ultimate List of 4.0 ARE Study Materials. […]

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January 2014 Photos

By Michael Riscica

All of these pictures came from my Instagram feed: YoungArchitxPDX Feel free to add me. Hey folks, January was a busy month. Alots happened. I decided to move my blog over to YoungArchitect.org and to ditch blogging under michaelriscica.com. That was actually my original plan. I was only using michaelriscica.com until I found a better blog name […]

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