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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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Kickstarting Your Architecture Career with Alex Alaimo

By Michael Riscica

On today’s episode of Young Architect, Michael talked to his friend and architect, Alex Alaimo, about the importance of growing your professional network early on in your career. Discover why it’s so important to join extracurricular activities and organizations to not only help grow your career, but your community as well. You can also listen […]

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Architecture Marketing and Story Telling With Jeff Echols

By Michael Riscica

On today’s episode of the Young Architect Podcast, Michael spoke with architect and marketer Jeff Echols about the importance of developing business skills to help build your career. Learn how marketing can help you promote yourself and what you have to offer to clients. You can also listen to this podcast on YouTube by clicking […]

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Evolving as an Architect with Michael LaValley

By Michael Riscica

This week the Young Architect Podcast chatted with our good friend Michael LaValley from the popular architecture website EvolvingArchitect.com You can also listen to this podcast on YouTube by clicking here! Architect Michael LaValley from Evolving Architect Michael LaValley is the  mastermind behind the website and blog, Evolving Architect. Michael also participates in the American […]

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Please Leave Young Architect A Review on iTunes

By Michael Riscica

  Young Architect Friends, I want to thank you for being a supporter of Young Architect for the past 3 years. As you know, I have recently launched the Young Architect Podcast and the positive response has been outrageous and overwhelming. I am very excited about the future of the Young Architect Podcast. But there’s […]

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Expanding Your Knowledge through CSI and CDT with Cherise Lakeside

By Michael Riscica

On today’s episode of the Young Architect Podcast, Michael spoke with his good friend, Cherise Lakeside, about the value of passing on knowledge to new architects and the importance of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and the Construction Documents Technology(CDT) certificate. You can also listen to the Young Architect Podcast on iTunes.  You can also […]

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Community, Leadership, Architecture, and the AIAS with Sarah Wahlgren

By Michael Riscica

Sarah Wahlgren, National President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), shares her journey to becoming an architect, what inspires her work, and how she’s serving the architecture community. You can also listen to this podcast on YouTube by clicking here!  Sarah Wahlgren Sarah Wahlgren knew that she wanted to become an architect ever […]

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Welcome to the Young Architect Podcast with Michael Riscica

By Michael Riscica

Architect and host of the Young Architect Podcast, Michael Riscica, introduces himself, how Young Architect got its start, and what you can expect to learn from these podcasts.   Architect Michael Riscica and Young Architect The Young Architect website was created in 2014 when Michael Riscica began blogging about his experience of architecture school and […]

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Steve Ramos – The Architect As A Public Figure

By Michael Riscica

This week the Young Architect Podcast chatted with Charleston South Carolina Architect and blogger of Buildings Are Cool, Mr. Steve Ramos.  You can also listen to this podcast on YouTube by clicking here!  Architect Steve Ramos With each article that he writes for his Buildings Are Cool blog, Steve Ramos is rejuvenating the way people […]

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Doug Patt: Teaching Design and Architecture on YouTube!

By Michael Riscica

This week the Young Architect Podcast chatted with Architect Youtube Sensation Mr. Doug Patt, from How To Architect! You can also listen to this podcast on YouTube by clicking here!  Architect Doug Patt As architects, we’re always growing. We learn from our own experiences as well as from others because honestly, no one can get […]

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The Truth About All ARE Study Materials

By Michael Riscica

  My Relationship with ARE Study Materials I’ve started writing reviews of The Ballast and Architect Exam Prep study materials for ARE 5.0. Since many Young Architect readers are curious about my opinion, they’ve begged me to get this done as quickly as possible. Guys, I’m working on it. I like to go through each […]

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Understanding Architect Licensing in America for Foreign Architects

By Michael Riscica

The Emails I Receive From Foreign Architects Ever since I began Young Architect 3 years ago, I have received a significant amount of email from Foreign Architects around the world, who’re frustrated, annoyed, and even furious about the Architect Licensing rules in America. Most of these emails are along the lines of… “In my country, […]

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How to Get Paid While Studying for the ARE

By Michael Riscica

It’s not an event; it’s a routine. It currently takes an average of 2.5 years for people to complete the ARE’s. It took me 3 years of actively showing up to study. While I applaud NCARB for the new exam, I personally don’t think that time will be shortened with ARE 5.0. In The ARE […]

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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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2016 Year In Photos

By Michael Riscica

If one more person implies they hope 2017 is a better year, I’m going to puke. 2016 was an amazing year for me! I made a lot of new friends, rode my bike across America and lots of great stuff happened all year long. I don’t think I could have even asked for a better year. […]

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December 2016 Instagram Photos

By Michael Riscica

Here’s my photos. All of these pictures came from my Instagram feed: YoungArchitxPDX Feel free to add me. November 2016 October 2016 Sept 2016  August 2016 July 2016  June 2016  May 2016  April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 Twenty Fifteen Year In Review (In Photos) December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August […]

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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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