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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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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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November 2016 Instagram Photos

By Michael Riscica

Checkout the past months 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 2015 July 2015 June 2015  May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December […]

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October 2016 Instagram Photos

By Michael Riscica

Checkout the past months 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 2015 July 2015 June 2015  May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 2014 […]

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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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10 Ways the ARE Boot Camp Helps You Pass the Architect Exam

By Michael Riscica

Friends, I have been running The ARE Boot Camp since September 2015. At the time of writing this blog post (December 2016), I have done 12 groups and worked with 70 people getting started on their exams. Looking back at everything that has happened along the way, I can honestly say that creating this program is what I […]

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15 Awesome Architecture Books for Kids

By Michael Riscica

Teaching Architecture to 3rd Graders. Each year, I volunteer for a program called Architects in Schools, which is sponsored by the Architecture Foundation of Oregon. Architects in Schools gives each of its design professionals a 6-week residency in a Portland elementary school. In my 3 years of volunteering with Architects in Schools, I’ve discovered that there […]

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Passing The Architect Registration Exam in 7 Months

By Michael Riscica

Who is Trevor Nye? Trevor is one interesting dude. He lives in New York, graduated from NJIT in 2014, works for Gensler, and became a Licensed Architect in September 2016. He and I became friends in the Facebook ARE Group while he was studying for his exams. Trevor completed all seven 4.0 exams within 7 […]

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Six Mistakes Architecture Students Repeatedly Make

By Michael Riscica

  A few nights ago, I was cooking dinner. I dunno why, but I started thinking about architecture school a lot. I thought about all my dumb mistakes during architecture school, which set me up for failure after graduation. If I’d known then what I know now, I would have done everything so differently. As […]

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The Architect Registration Exam Pep Talk

By Michael Riscica

The Architect Registration Exam Pep Talk Hey there. It’s me, your friend Michael Riscica. How’s it going? Today, I’m here to talk to you about falling off the wagon with studying for the Architect Registration Exam. A little bird told me that you may have gotten stuck in the middle of taking your ARE’s. Listen, […]

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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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Sept. 2016 Instagram Photos

By Michael Riscica

    Checkout the past months 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 2015 July 2015 June 2015  May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 2014 […]

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