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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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ARE 5.0 Transition Explained

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. “The only thing that is constant, is change.” – […]

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July 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: June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014  December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013

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What is 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. What is the Archtecture Registration Exam (ARE)? The Architect Registration […]

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Review of The Ballast ARE Review Manual

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. ***EDIT 2017 Update: PPI (The Ballast Book Publisher) gives […]

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Fancy Hands For Architects

By Michael Riscica

An Imaginary Friend For the past few months I have had a little imaginary friend that does all the annoying things that I don’t want to do. Ya know thinks like: make appointments, research things on the web, call this person or place for me to find an answer on something and even copy and […]

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June 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: May 2014 April 2014 […]

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Where do you study 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 ARE? I have watched a lot of […]

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May Photos and Instagrams

By Michael Riscica

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

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Using Flashcards for 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. Architecture Registration Exam Flashcards to Study?  Are you using them? If […]

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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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