Doing The Minimum As An Architect, In Life and On The Exam. 

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Our friend Jose Fraticelli interviewed me for his blog Architect on Coffee.

I discussed how it frustrates me everyone has a million reasons to get licensed and very few people ever acknowledge how the education gained through studying for the ARE will fundamentally make you a better Architect. 

For me obtaining my license became a byproduct from focusing intensely at learning how to become a better architect.

The knowledge I obtained studying for the Architect Exam made me a better Architect. This education allowed me to be more confident, successful and opened more doors, then if I had the license without the intense education.

I’ll be the first to tell you, the world suddenly takes more seriously when you’re a licensed architect. But I also think the work and education that goes into obtaining this license is just as important as being licensed.

NCARB states the purpose of the exam is to test for “the minimum competency of an individual to practice architecture” and quite frankly….

I’m getting sick of people coming to me whom want to pursue licensure and only want to do the minimum, don’t want to read a book about how to practice architecture or focus on becoming better at the craft of architecture. We didn’t choose to become Architects so we could do the minimum.

We didn’t choose to become Architects (…or to go to the moon, even) because it would be easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win.

Read my interview on Architect on Coffee at this link:

https://architectoncoffee.com/arexperience/making-architecture-your-path-with-michael-riscica/

Sidenote – I don’t drink coffee and none was consumed in this interview for Architect On Coffee.

About the author

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.