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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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Test Day Advice for the Architecture Registration Exam

By Michael Riscica

This post is part of a series on NCARB’s Architecture Registration Exam. Having recently completed this long process, the series examines my journey and the various things I learned along the way. Click here to see all the posts of my Architecture Registration Exam Series. Are You Ready for ARE Testing Day?!? For months you […]

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2013 Christmas Card

By Michael Riscica

Happy Holidays Everyone! 2013 has been an exciting year. I began 2013 just a few months into a new Project Manager position with the City of Portland. I have been working on several projects for the Portland Police Bureau which has allowed me to work with many talented Architects, Engineers and Contractors. I have had a ton of fun working […]

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Architects In Schools

By Michael Riscica

I recently I spent the day at orientation for the 2013-2014 Portland Architects in Schools program. Architects in Schools is residency for elementary schools to bring an Architect into a 3rd-5th grade classroom to teach the children about the design environment over the course of 6-8 weeks. The program was started about 40 years as […]

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Vintage Portland

By Michael Riscica

http://vintageportland.wordpress.com/ Vintage Portland has been one of my favorite blogs lately. I subscribed a few months ago and everyday a new historic or old time photo is emailed to me from somewhere around town. I have found so many great images of Portland and my neighborhood that I have started saving them onto my hard […]

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My Story

By Michael Riscica

Architecture has been a passion of mine for the past 15 years.  It all started in 1999 when I was 20 years old. I had accepted a job doing millwork drawings for an interiors company with zero drafting experience. I had a ton of fun learning Autocad and working with the Designers.  The deeper I […]

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November 2013 Gallery

By Michael Riscica

Hope everyone had a wonderful November here are my pics for the month of November 2013!!!!! Leave me a comment! All of these pictures came from my Instagram feed: YoungArchitxPDX Feel free to add me.            Check out my previous months photos: October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013  

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Be The Hero In Your Own Movie

By Michael Riscica

If you enjoyed this video, you should also check out: The War of Art Jason Silva & Shots of Awe For Young Architects Live Your Life as a Hero Carl Sagan What If Money Was No Object? Joe and Bryan on Inspiration I’m Finally Winning The War Against Dog Hair In My Apartment! This is […]

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Little Red Notebooks

By Michael Riscica

Since the middle of the summer I have been obsessed with book binding. No, I take that back. I have always been obsessed with book binding. Wait, No… OK actually its an obsession with joinery and holding elements together. Whatever it is. Lately I have been fascinated with how books go together. Someday I would like […]

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5 Lessons I Learned Studying For the Architect Registration Exam

By Michael Riscica

    This post is part of a series on NCARB’s Architecture Registration Exam. Having recently completed this long process, the series examines my journey and the various things I learned along the way. Click here to see all the posts of my Architecture Registration Exam Series. 5 Lessons I Learned Studying For the Architect […]

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Goodbye Squarespace, Hello WordPress!

By Michael Riscica

For the past few weeks I have been working on moving this blog off  squarespace and over to wordpress.  It was a lot of tedious work but its finally done. Squarespace just wasn’t working out for me.  I was never able to get the formatting on the front end to look the same as the […]

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The War of Art

By Michael Riscica

Steven Pressfield has been in the news a lot lately. A few weeks ago he was hanging out with Oprah and yesterday he was on the Joe Rogan Podcast, both talking about “The War of Art”, a book that came out in 2002.  I haven’t finished listening to it completely to the podcast, it’s about 2.5 hours long. Way […]

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Joe and Bryan on Inspiration

By Michael Riscica

  I love this video. If you enjoyed this video, you should also check out: The War of Art Jason Silva & Shots of Awe For Young Architects Live Your Life as a Hero Carl Sagan What If Money Was No Object? Steal Like An Artist – Book Review I’m Finally Winning The War Against […]

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Segrada Familia Finished – 3d Visualization video

By Michael Riscica

It will be a miracle when they finish building this cathedral. ….Speaking of miracles tomorrow is my last Architect Registration Exam! If you enjoyed this post, you should also check out: Co-op City, Towers in the Park and The Pruit-Igoe Myth Lebbeus Woods & 8 Diagrams About the Future Rem Koolhaas: A kind of Architect […]

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Gensler’s Town Square

By Michael Riscica

Town Square Los Angeles from Gensler LA on Vimeo. Gensler teams around the globe spent the last year re-imagining the concept of a Town Square. This video documents the ideas and efforts of Gensler Los Angeles, who used Pershing Square as a case study for how to re-imagine Town Squares in every community. The LA […]

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