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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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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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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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Advocacy In Architecture with Stephen Parker

By Michael Riscica

On this episode of the Young Architect Podcast, Stephen Parker tells us the importance of advocacy and community involvement in the architectural world. You can also listen to this podcast on YouTube by clicking here!  Architect Stephen Parker Stephen was born in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and — like many architects — discovered a love […]

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Becoming an Entrepreneur Architect with Mark R. LePage

By Michael Riscica

On today’s episode of the Young Architect Podcast, Michael spoke with his friend and architect, Mark LePage, on how developing good business skills goes hand in hand with launching an architecture firm. You can also listen to this podcast on YouTube by clicking here!  Architect Mark LePage On today’s episode of Young Architect, Michael chatted […]

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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 […]

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Set Yourself Apart

By Michael Riscica

The following article is from a dear friend my mine, Cherise Lakeside from the blog LetsFixConstruction.com. You can connect with Cherise on Twitter at @CheriseLakeside.  Let’s Fix Construction and Young Architect traded guest blog posts, there is a link to Michael Riscica’s post titled: Let’s Fix Mentorship. Set Yourself Apart I am honored to be asked […]

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Struggling with AIA Portland

By Michael Riscica

Struggling with AIA Portland   After years of volunteering with, supporting, and being a member of AIA Portland, we have recently ended our relationship. Before I discuss my frustration here in Portland Oregon, I would like to clarify what my mission and values are. Where Did Young Architect Come From? Young Architect was born when […]

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Six Inspiring Young Architect Bloggers

By Michael Riscica

Everything Is Changing Oh, our profession is changing. Architecture is no longer the old man’s profession it once was. A lot of the baby boomers who decided to hang on through the last recession have now decided it’s a great time to start retiring. Architecture is about to undergo an unprecedented, massive changing of the guard. […]

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John Maternoski: Building the Design Community

By Michael Riscica

Since I began Young Architect almost 3 years ago, lots of incredible things have happened along the way. I quit my day job, started my own architecture business, wrote a book, and founded a program that has helped a lot of people pass their Architect exams. But quite frankly, the most amazing thing that’s happened is […]

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Bridging Generational Gaps within the Practice of Architecture

By Michael Riscica

By Luke Arehart There is a Grand Canyon-esque divide that exists between the baby boomer and millennial generations. The Great Recession in the late 2000’s is mostly responsible for creating this gap that seemingly skips over an entire generational category, Gen X. This void has limited the amount of transitional opportunities between generational groups leading […]

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Review of The EntreArchitect Academy

By Michael Riscica

Within the past few months, there have been a lot of changes surrounding the Entrepreneur Architect website and podcast. Several Young Architect readers have asked me if I know anything about the EntreArchitect Academy. I reached out to Mark LePage and told him I was interested in writing a review, and he gladly invited me to be […]

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New Year, New Life!

By Michael Riscica

This blogpost is part of the ArchiTalks monthly blog series, hosted by the brilliant Architect, awesome Mentor, and all-around cool guy: Bob Borson. This month’s topic is: “New Year, New _____” At the bottom of this post, you’ll find links to some of the other ArchiTalk Bloggers. Make sure you visit them. New Year, New Life!  […]

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Finding Font-astic New Fonts!

By Michael Riscica

In the past, I wrote a blog post about a really cool tool that lets you try out all the fonts that are preloaded into your computer by seeing them all on one big webpage. I love this tool and use it all the time. Finding the perfect font couldn’t be any easier. Recently, I posted a  […]

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Architecture is a Practice

By Michael Riscica

Architecture isn’t a job or a career. For me, architecture is an obsession. But even worse, I view it as a practice. While feeding my obsession, looking at architecture as a practice means that there is no arriving. There is no end to it. Everything I do is practicing toward becoming a better Architect, without […]

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November 2015 Blog Post Surge  

By Michael Riscica

   Dear Young Architect Friends,  I don’t agree with most traditional mainstream blogging advice out there. I look at blogging through a lens that’s very similar to the one I look at architecture through. I think to the untrained eye, writing a blog and being an Architect both sound like a lot of fun, and […]

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An Inspiring Young Architect Story

By Michael Riscica

I want to share this very inspiring video on Section Cut, about a design Intern who was really struggling to stay employed, stay in school and have money to live. Through entrepreneurship and starting his own company he was able to break out of the cycle that was keeping him stuck. Click here for the link […]

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Saving Time With Some Simple Computer Tricks

By Michael Riscica

I usually write this blog for Young Architects about architecture-related topics. However, this blogpost is written for everyone, especially people over the age of 50. Yep, I’m looking at you! Watching People Struggle With Computers My whole life, I have been in love with computers and technology. I love watching technology evolve, using it to […]

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