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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. Also check out his new project Young Architect Gear, designing architecturally themed gifts and products.


Community, Leadership, Architecture, and the AIAS with Sarah Wahlgren

By Michael Riscica

Sarah Wahlgren, National President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), shares her journey to becoming an architect, what inspires her work, and how she’s serving the architecture community. Sarah Wahlgren Sarah Wahlgren knew that she wanted to become an architect ever since she was in the 4th grade. It was her passion and […]


Welcome to the Young Architect Podcast with Michael Riscica

By Michael Riscica

Architect and host of the Young Architect Podcast, Michael Riscica, introduces himself, how Young Architect got its start, and what you can expect to learn from these podcasts.   Architect Michael Riscica and Young Architect The Young Architect website was created in 2014 when Michael Riscica began blogging about his experience of architecture school and […]


Paul E. Fallon – How Will We Live Tomorrow? An Architect’s Journey.

By Michael Riscica

This week, the Young Architect Podcast spoke with architect, writer, and cyclist, Paul E. Fallon about his incredible bike journey across the USA.   Architect Paul E. Fallon Now a retired architect, not only did Paul have an incredible career working on a variety of projects and architecture designs from the USA to Haiti, but […]


Steve Ramos – The Architect As A Public Figure

By Michael Riscica

This week the Young Architect Podcast chatted with Charleston South Carolina Architect and blogger of Buildings Are Cool, Mr. Steve Ramos.  Architect Steve Ramos With each article that he writes for his Buildings Are Cool blog, Steve Ramos is rejuvenating the way people see architecture; particularly in Charleston, South Carolina. With his passion for writing […]


Doug Patt: Teaching Design and Architecture on YouTube!

By Michael Riscica

This week the Young Architect Podcast chatted with Architect Youtube Sensation Mr. Doug Patt, from How To Architect! Architect Doug Patt As architects, we’re always growing. We learn from our own experiences as well as from others because honestly, no one can get there alone. We’re constantly in connection with each other from school and […]


The Truth About All ARE Study Materials

By Michael Riscica

  My Relationship with ARE Study Materials I’ve started writing reviews of The Ballast and Architect Exam Prep study materials for ARE 5.0. Since many Young Architect readers are curious about my opinion, they’ve begged me to get this done as quickly as possible. Guys, I’m working on it. I like to go through each […]


Understanding Architect Licensing in America for Foreign Architects

By Michael Riscica

The Emails I Receive From Foreign Architects Ever since I began Young Architect 3 years ago, I have received a significant amount of email from Foreign Architects around the world, who’re frustrated, annoyed, and even furious about the Architect Licensing rules in America. Most of these emails are along the lines of… “In my country, […]


Let’s Fix Mentorship

By Michael Riscica

Friends, I recently traded guest blog posts with my good friend CSI Cherise Lakeside, for her blog Let’sFixConstruction.com. Last week I published Cherise’s article on Young Architect titled: Set Yourself Apart. My article was recently published on Let’s Fix Construction titled: Let’s Fix Mentorship You can read my article by clicking here or visiting http://www.letsfixconstruction.com/blog/lets-fix-mentorship […]


15 Awesome Architecture Books for Kids

By Michael Riscica

Teaching Architecture to 3rd Graders. Each year, I volunteer for a program called Architects in Schools, which is sponsored by the Architecture Foundation of Oregon. Architects in Schools gives each of its design professionals a 6-week residency in a Portland elementary school. In my 3 years of volunteering with Architects in Schools, I’ve discovered that there […]

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