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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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5 Hard Truths about the Architecture Registration Exam

By Michael Riscica

I’m not an Architect; I’m a Licensed Architect. I graduated from architecture school, completed several years of internship hours and paperwork, and passed 7 brutal exams. And finally, I obtained my architecture license two years ago. It was a lot of work, therefore, I refer to myself a Licensed Architect, not just an Architect. I’m […]

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The Startup Sessions Interviews Young Architect

By Michael Riscica

Young Architect Friends, A few weeks ago I was interviewed on The Startup Sessions Podcast, by my Mentor, Business Coach and Best Friend Michael Knouse. For a very long time, Michael has been a huge supporter of Young Architect and everything I have done. It was an honor to be on his show. I spoke […]

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The Architect’s Academy: Architecture School in 4 Hours

By Michael Riscica

Becoming an Architect It’s no secret that the process of becoming an Architect is long, complicated, expensive, and dare I say it… sometimes even exclusive. Frequently people start architecture school, without thoroughly understanding what they are getting into. And later, they learn architecture just really isn’t for them.  Aside from reading a few books, there […]

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Bridging Generational Gaps within the Practice of Architecture

By Michael Riscica

By Luke Arehart There is a Grand Canyon-esque divide that exists between the baby boomer and millennial generations. The Great Recession in the late 2000’s is mostly responsible for creating this gap that seemingly skips over an entire generational category, Gen X. This void has limited the amount of transitional opportunities between generational groups leading […]

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Review of The EntreArchitect Academy

By Michael Riscica

Within the past few months, there have been a lot of changes surrounding the Entrepreneur Architect website and podcast. Several Young Architect readers have asked me if I know anything about the EntreArchitect Academy. I reached out to Mark LePage and told him I was interested in writing a review, and he gladly invited me to be […]

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Five Tips for Maximizing Your Time in Architecture School

By Michael Riscica

Young Architect Friends, An article I wrote about architecture school was published on my favorite blog, BUILDINGS ARE COOL! Please click here to learn how to make the most of your time in architecture school. http://www.buildingsarecool.com/new-blog/five-tips-maximizing-time-architecture-school Keep up the good work! Michael Riscica  

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How Shame Pushed Me To Get My Architecture License.

By Michael Riscica

***This weeks post is a guest blog post from our good friend Steve Ramos at Buildings Are Cool!  Getting my haircut was supposed to be peaceful. I had just sat down in the barber chair.  This was one of my favorite lunch break activities.  When you get your hair cut there is nothing to do except […]

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Understanding the Reorganization of ARE 5.0

By Michael Riscica

Acquiring a Treasure Map Earlier this month, I flew across the country to Washington DC and met with NCARB to discuss preparing ARE Study Material for ARE 5.0. It was the first time NCARB had ever done something like this. In the past, they claimed ignorance about an ARE Test Prep industry ever existing. Until […]

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February 2016 Instagram Photos

By Michael Riscica

Here’s my photos. All of these pictures came from my Instagram feed: YoungArchitxPD                                                             Checkout the past months January 2016 Twenty Fifteen Year In Review (In […]

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Don’t Study For CDS Until You Read This!

By Michael Riscica

Construction Documents and Services (CDS) is usually everyone’s first exam. It’s a fantastic place to start on the ARE’s. There is a ton of overlapping information between CDS, PPP and SPD. I like CDS as a first exam because it really dives in deep with all the legal stuff around being an architect. I think […]

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Architecture and Yoga

By Michael Riscica

Architecture and Yoga may seem like they have nothing in common, but really, they have everything in common. They are the only 2 things in the world that have shaken my existence at the core, forced me to grow, and helped me understand my role in the world. I was lost until I found architecture, […]

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What You Need to Know about ARE 5.0 Webinar

By Michael Riscica

We’ve all been waiting for NCARB to release specific details about 5.0. Today, NCARB held a webinar and announced more information about the specific changes that will occur in 5.0. This is the first time that NCARB has answered questions and released further details about the status of this transition. Much of it was stuff […]

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Review of Designer Hacks ARE Practice Exams

By Michael Riscica

At this point Young Architect has thoroughly reviewed all of the major ARE study materials with blog posts, including: Gang Chen’s Mock ARE Exams Kaplan ARE Study Materials The Ballast ARE Review Manual The ARE Advisor Vignette Guides The Architect Exam Prep CDS Enchilada  In November 2015, DesignerHacks.com released a new practice exam product for […]

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The Spring 2016 ARE Boot Camp

By Michael Riscica

  ****The Spring ARE Boot Camp has been filled.**** Make Massive Progress on the ARE in 2016 This spring Young Architect will be offering 2 simultaneous sessions of The ARE Boot Camp, both sessions will be starting on Sunday, March 27th, 2016. I am looking for 10 smart, hardworking ARE Candidates, who are very serious about getting […]

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January 2016 Photographs

By Michael Riscica

Here’s my photos. All of these pictures came from my Instagram feed: YoungArchitxPDX Feel free to add me.                                     I wrote another article for the @ncarb blog! Visit YoungArchitect.com to kick off 2016 with some good advice about […]

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What Is the Value of Architect Licensure? Tell me!

By Michael Riscica

New Years New Year’s has always been my least favorite holiday.  It’s always felt like too many people forcing the fun to happen, rather than letting it happen. I call it amateur night and usually stay in. Except this year was different. I flew to San Francisco and I hung out with the American Institute […]

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How To Pass The ARE Is Now In Audio Book!

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. I DID IT! Getting How To Pass The Architecture Registration Exam recorded […]

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