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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 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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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June 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 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  April 2016 March […]

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May 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 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  April 2016 March 2016 […]

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April 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 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  April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 […]

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March 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 February 2017 January 2017 2016 Year in Photos December 2016  November 2016 October 2016 Sept 2016  August 2016 July 2016 June 2016  May 2016  April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 Twenty […]

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Using Every Opportunity To Be of Service with Elizabeth Seidel

By Michael Riscica

On today’s episode of the Young Architect Podcast, Michael speaks with University of Montana Master’s Architecture student and AIAS National Vice President Elect, Elizabeth Seidel about her decision to switch from studying physical therapy to architecture, her passion for helping people, and her upcoming plans with the AIAS. You can also listen to this podcast […]

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Teaching Architecture From The Streets with Eric Wheeler

By Michael Riscica

On today’s episode of the Young Architect Podcast, Michael chatted with his good friend, Architectural Historian and Positively Portland Walking Tour Guide, Eric Wheeler, about his enthusiasm for architecture, how anyone can come to appreciate architecture and design, and why it’s never too late to make a life change. Architectural Historian and Walking Tour Guide […]

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Growing and Thriving in Your Network with Donna Sink

By Michael Riscica

You can also listen to this podcast on YouTube by clicking here!  On today’s episode of the Young Architect Podcast, Michael’s good friend, Donna Sink, shares her experience moving and starting fresh in different cities, make job choices for the sake of taking care of her family, and not being afraid to speak up as […]

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Five Common Mistakes in Communicating with Millennials.

By Michael Riscica

As the Generations collide in the architecture profession, I sometimes feel the barriers of communication between the “young” (people born in the early 80’s and later) and “old” people continues to be a constant struggle. I regularly watch some of the most brilliant people in the profession be the absolute worst at communicating and connecting […]

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