The Young Architect Tour in February and March 2018

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Young Architect Friends,

Over the past few years, the Young Architect Audience has significantly grown, and I have given lectures all over America. People frequently ask me if I will come to their city and speak to Emerging Young Architects.

I have had this idea for a very long time: Taking a road trip through America, stopping in all the major cities, and giving lectures at different Architecture Firms, AIA Chapters, and Architecture Schools along the way. It’s no secret that, I LOVE traveling around America.

FINALLY, after making some bold life changes in the past year, I am able to take my first Young Architect Tour during February and March of 2018.

The Quick Overview…

Here is the quick overview of the Young Architect Tour. If you need more details, keep scrolling down…

The Tour will kick off in Boston. I’ll spend a few days there, visit some friends, and give a few lectures.

Come back to New York City for a few days and give a lecture.

Then I’ll drive down to Florida, making many stops and giving lectures along the way.

I’ll hang out with my mom in Florida for a few days.

Then I’ll head over to New Orleans, and make more stops.

I’ll hang out with friends in New Orleans for a few days, and I’ll give 2 lectures there.

I’ll drive up to Pittsburgh, and give lectures in the major cities along the way.

I’ll stop and visit Fallingwater. (I’ve never been.)

I’ll drive back to the suburbs of New York City, where I’ve been living for the past few months.

Molly Riscica, my Yellow Labrador, will be co piloting and accompanying me on this entire trip. She loves riding in the car and wouldn’t let this happen without her.

The Lectures

I have 3 different lectures that are ready to go:

  • Getting Started with the Architect Exam
    This is my flagship lecture. It’s all about beginning your journey toward being a licensed architect, including how to avoid pitfalls, and how to take first steps.
  • Entrepreneurship for Young Architects
    This lecture is about Entrepreneurial thinking, outlining some key concepts, and defining what it looks like in the architecture profession.  This lecture is about solving problems and starting a business, it is NOT about the details of setting up an architectural practice.
  • The ARE Fight Club
    During this interactive workshop, we work on ARE practice questions as a group, and discuss why each answer is right or wrong. Everyone learns a lot from each other and has a lot of fun.


The Details

Before I dive into all the details of this trip, there are a few things you need to know:

  1. My schedule is pretty firm. Unfortunately, there just isn’t much flexibility in adjusting the dates.
  1. I run the ARE Boot Camp on Sunday and Monday nights. I can still give lectures on Sundays and Mondays, but only during the daytime.
  1. I will keep updating this blog post with more information about dates, times, and locations.

Here is the Young Architect Tour Itinerary. This list will be updated as I start to figure out the details.

Feb. 6th, Philadelphia – Getting Started With the ARE’s, hosted by AIAS Philly at 6pm. The location is to be determined. Here is a link to the Facebook Invite.  *Updated 1/11/18

Feb. 11-14th Boston – Currently discussing the details with Mass Art AIAS, the other local AIAS Chapters and The Boston Society of Architects.   *Updated 1/11/18

Thursday Feb 15th, New York City – Talking to AIA Queens and Brooklyn, details coming soon…

Sunday Feb. 18th Baltimore, Maryland – Day Lecture – Several people from Baltimore have contacted me. Details coming soon.

Monday Feb. 19th Washington DC – Day lecture – No contacts yet in DC. AIA National please help.

Tuesday Feb 20th Richmond, Virginia – No contacts yet in Richmond.

Wednesday Feb 21st, Charlotte, North Carolina – Talking to the Emerging Professionals Committee, details coming soon.

Friday Feb 23rd, Atlanta, Georgia – No connections in Atlanta.

Saturday Feb 24th Charleston, South Carolina – Need to connect with Clemson and AIA Charleston.

Monday Feb 26th, Savannah, Georgia – Day Lecture – Casually spoke to someone at SCAD about this. Details coming soon.

Tuesday February 27th Orlando, Florida – Talking to the AIA Florida Associate Director at Large. Details coming soon.

Thursday March 1st, Boca Raton, Florida – Talking to the AIA Florida Associate Director at Large. Details coming soon.

Friday March 2nd, Miami, Florida – Talking to the AIA Florida Associate Director at Large. Details coming soon.

Sunday March 4th Tampa, Florida – Day Lecture – I spoke with the Associate Director of AIA Tampa. He is discussing with the board. *Update 1/11/18

Monday March 5th Tallahassee, Florida – Day Lecture – Talking to the Tallahassee Emerging Professionals Committee. Details coming soon.

March 6-9th New Orleans, Louisiana – Giving 2 lectures. Casually talking to AIA NOLA. Need to connect with Tulane School of Architecture. Details coming soon.

Saturday March 10th Huntsville, Alabama – Casually talking to AIA Huntsville. Details coming soon.

Sunday March 11th, Nashville, Tennessee – Day Lecture – Need to make connections in Nashville.

Tuesday March 13th, Indianapolis – Need to discuss with Lora Teagarden and AIA Indy.

Wednesday March 14th Columbus, Ohio – Need to make connections in Columbus.

Thursday March 15th Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaGetting Started With The Architect Exam lecture will be at AIA Pittsburgh in the evening.   Possible student lecture at one of the universities. More details and links to the event coming soon. *Updated 1/11/18

Friday March 16th Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaThe ARE Fight Club workshop will be at AIA Pittsburgh in the evening.  More details and links to the event coming soon. *Updated 1/11/18

Saturday March 17th – Visit Fallingwater

Saturday and Sunday March 18-19th drive home back to Long Island, New York.

Whew…. What a crazy trip this will be.

So those are the details of my plan.

Contacting Me About This Tour

There are many cities where I have no contacts or connections.

First thing you should know is contacting me through email doesn’t work. Thanks to Young Architect I receive hundreds of emails every single day and it is the worst way to communicate with me.

Since setting up these lectures is a priority. To help keep things organized, I have set up this Google Form so people can get in touch about setting up a lecture. I will follow up with a phone call.

Click here to access the YA Tour Google Form.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not email me. Your email will quickly get lost and not responded to. Using the contact form on this website is the same thing as emailing me. About 30 people a day send me messages through that contact form.

Fill out the form and I will call you on the phone to discuss details. I will not come to any city until I have a contact person in each city to confirm the details.

Frequently Asked Questions

On my cycling trips I used to say, “My #1 job is to answer questions and my #2 job is to ride the bike.”

Anytime I do something like this, it generates a million questions. So let me just answer some of the anticipated common questions. That way, you don’t have to ask them. I’ll update this FAQ section as more questions start rolling in.

Are you riding your bicycle on this trip?


People ask me this any time I travel anywhere. No, I’m driving my minivan, and taking my dog with me. I’ll only be traveling for a month. If I rode my bike, it would take me 4 months, and I’d be too exhausted to give lectures.

Why are you doing this?

I hate cold weather and I need to get outta dodge. It was never my plan to spend the winter in New York, which is why I am taking the Young Architect Tour.

For the past several years, I have been giving lectures about the Architect Exam. And recently, I have been doing public speaking more and more.

People frequently come up to me at conferences, and say:

“Michael, will you be in (name any city) anytime soon? I would love for you to come and speak to our (choose one: Students, Emerging Professionals, CSI Chapter, AIA Chapter, or ARE Candidates in the office).

This is a great excuse to take a road trip, see a bunch of cities I have never been to, meet a lot of new people and visit my mom.

I want you to come and speak, but do you have a standard honorarium? How much should we pay you?

I am doing this tour on a donation basis, so it would be nice to receive $100-200 per lecture to help cover my gas and travel. However, I understand that the bureaucracy of organizations can quickly make things very complicated, especially when it involves spending money.

If paying me becomes political or an issue, then it’s not important. It’s much more important to me to give the lecture and connect with Emerging Professionals across America.

What do you need? A projector? A computer? A microphone? Food?

Honestly, I really just need a meeting space, and help with finding the right people to give the lecture to.

In the past I have given lectures at conferences, lecture halls, classrooms, architecture firms, AIA Chapters, big conference rooms, brewerys  and even a kitchen design showroom. As long as there is people there, I don’t really care.

I’ll have my own mini-projector and computers. I guess, microphone depends on the space, I don’t have one. Food? I’m always hungry. If you have that stuff, that’s great. But if not, then no worries. I’m autonomous.

I will promote all these lectures on the Young Architect Newsletter and Social Media Channels.

If possible I’d love to bring my dog Molly into each lecture. She doesn’t really care much about other dogs. She thinks she’s a person.

Where will you stay? Go to the bathroom and shower?

Wherever I want.

During the summer of 2017, I lived in my van for a month and half. Molly and I had a lot of fun.

I’ve slept on the floor of the architecture studio for 5 years, bicycled across America 3 times camping along the way and have hiked the Appalachian Trail. Being in a minivan is first-class living for me.

I know some people in some of these cities, who I’ll stay with. I love to crash at people’s houses, and I’ll stay in a hotel every once in a while. I’m really good at traveling.

When you get to my city, can I show you around and cook you dinner?

Yes, absolutely! Thanks for asking.

Just keep this in mind: In a few locations, the schedule is pretty tight, especially when driving a few hundred miles between cities. But I would love to hang out. That’s why I’m going on this tour. I want to connect with YOU!

I want you to come to my city, but it isn’t listed on your itinerary. Could we work something out?

It depends. Please contact me through the Google Form, and I’ll be in touch. Here is the link.

How will you run your ARE Boot Camp Program while you’re taking this trip?

Not worried about it. At the minimum, all I need is to be able to make a phone call to run the boot camp. I’ve hosted the ARE Boot Camp Progam while traveling all over the world and cycling across America.

Those are all the questions I can think of. Thanks for reading, and I can’t wait to see you!!!!!

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.

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