The 2019 YA Speaking Tour
Friends, in 2018, I drove from NYC to Miami, then to New Orleans and Indianapolis, and back to NYC—giving lectures at AIA Chapters, Architecture Schools, and Firms every single day.
It was amazing, and I’ve decided to do it again.
I love America and I love traveling America.
I love the Young Architect Community, and seeing what’s happening all over America.
But honestly, I’m just sick of sitting behind this laptop and talking to you virtually. I have a lot to say, and I’ve learned it’s always been significantly more powerful for both parties when we can have a face-to-face conversation.
I want to tell you about all the new information i’ve learned since last year and also tell you about the Young Architect Conference and The Young Architect Academy.
And that leads me to proudly announce…
THE 2019 YOUNG ARCHITECT TOUR
The Big Picture Overview
Here’s the Big Picture overview of the 5,000-mile Young Architect Tour. If you NEED more details about the trip, just keep scrolling down…
When I leave for this tour, it will end my three-month residency at AIA Tampa Bay, Florida. After that, I’ll:
- Head south and drive around the entire perimeter of Florida.
- Drive north all the way to Nashville.
- Turn west and head to Dallas.
- Loop down to El Paso and head north to Santa Fe.
- Turn east and head to Lexington, Kentucky, where I will be speaking at the AIAS Midwest Quad Conference.
- Head over to Charleston and drive along the coast to my Mom’s house outside West Palm Beach Florida.
- Hang with my Mom for a few weeks, and recover from driving 5,000 miles and giving 30+ public speaking engagements.
Those are my plans for this Speaking Tour. Here are my plans for the rest of 2019:
- In early May, I’ll drive from Florida back up to New York City, after it stops being so cold.
- In late July or early August, I’ll drive from New York City to Portland, Oregon, for the Young Architect Conference.
- In early September, I’ll drive back to Florida and hang out by the beach for the rest of the year.
Molly Riscica, my Yellow Labrador, will be co-piloting throughout this entire trip. She loves riding in the car and wouldn’t let the trip happen without her. I’ve also enlisted my best friend Bob Potter to help me drive during this trip.
I have 3 different lectures ready to go:
How To Pass The Architect Exam in 2019
How To Pass The Architect Exam is all about starting your journey toward being a licensed architect, including ways to avoid common pitfalls and take first steps. Since I’ve helped thousands of ARE Candidates start this process, I’m able to share valuable insights and lessons from my own failures and successes.
This lecture is very different than the ways NCARB and other organizations discuss how to pass the ARE. It’s a real-world, truth-filled presentation that will help you start making progress on the ARE.
Entrepreneurship for Architecture Students
This lecture is about learning how to take control of your life and career, while leveraging your education and experience as an Architect. You’ll learn how to think like an entrepreneur, and gain proven strategies, and examples of successful Entrepreneur Architects.
Please note: This lecture is about solving problems and thinking like an entrepreneur. It is NOT a professional practice class or about the details of setting up an architectural design practice.
Getting Started with Passing CSI’s CDT Exam
Getting Started with the CDT is a beginner lecture, which is designed to:
- Clarify what the CDT exam is.
- Get attendees thinking about taking first steps.
- Reexamine their approach to studying.
In this lecture, you’ll learn:
– The #1 thing that will determine your success on the CDT. The answer might surprise you.
– The Top 5 completely avoidable mistakes that everyone makes while they’re studying.
– Ways to study effectively—while working 40 hours, raising kids, and managing projects and clients.
– Ways to quickly resolve many of the issues, struggles, and challenges surrounding the CDT Exam, and start enjoying the process of getting better at the craft of practicing architecture.
The Detailed Itinerary
Before I dive into all the details of this trip, there are a few things you need to know:
- My schedule is firm. Unfortunately, there just isn’t much flexibility in adjusting the dates.
- I run the ARE Boot Camp on Sunday and Monday nights from 4:30pm-10pm EST. I can still give lectures on Sundays and Mondays, but only during the day.
- I will keep updating this blog post with more information about dates, times, and locations.
The Dates and Locations (without details)
- Thursday, February 21, 2019 Miami – Florida International University AIAS Chapter
- Tuesday, February 26, 2019 – Vero Beach – Evening lecture at Walking Tree Brewery hosted by Melissa Carter, more details to come…
- Thursday, February 28, 2019 – Tampa – University of South Florida SACD
- Monday, March 4, 2019 – Tampa – Relax and drink a beer.
- Tuesday, March 5, 2019 – Tampa – Chill, sleep and take it easy.
- Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – Ft Myers
- Sunday, March 10, 2019 – Tallahassee
- Monday, March 11, 2019 – Pensacola
- Tuesday, March 12, 2019 – Birmingham
- Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – Atlanta
- Thursday, March 14, 2019 – Nashville
- Friday, March 15, 2019 – Nashville
- Saturday, March 16, 2019 – Memphis –
- Monday, March 18, 2019 – Dallas
- Tuesday, March 19, 2019 – Dallas
- Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – Fort Worth – Haven’t spoken to anyone yet.
- Thursday, March 21, 2019 – College Station
- Friday, March 22, 2019 – Houston – Haven’t spoken to anyone yet.
- Saturday, March 23, 2019 – Austin – Haven’t spoken to anyone yet.
- Sunday, March 24, 2019 – Austin Students – Morning or Afternoon Lecture – Haven’t spoken to anyone yet.
- Monday, March 25, 2019 – San Antonio –
- Tuesday, March 26, 2019 – El Paso –
- Wednesday, March 27, 2019 – El Paso –
- Thursday, March 28, 2019 – Monday, April 1, 2019 – Albuquerque and Santa Fe – Been talking to Evan Berger. We might do something special in New Mexico.
- Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – Amarillo – Haven’t spoken to anyone yet.
- Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – OKC –
- Thursday, April 4, 2019 – Tulsa –
- Friday, April 5, 2019 – Tulsa – Day off
- Saturday, April 6, 2019 – Kansas City –
- Sunday, April 7, 2019 – Kansas City –
- Monday, April 8, 2019 – Day off.
- Tuesday April 9, 2019 – St Louis – Been talking to someone on Instagram.
- Wednesday, April 10, 2019 – St Louis –
- Monday, April 15, 2019 – Knoxville Students – Morning or Afternoon Lecture – Haven’t spoken to anyone.
- Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – Columbia SC – Haven’t spoken to anyone yet
- Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – Charleston SC – Briefly communicated with Ted Reish.
- Thursday, April 18, 2019 – Savannah – Haven’t spoken to anyone yet. Please send this to the AIA or YAF.
- Friday, April 19, 2019 – Jacksonville – Haven’t spoken to anyone yet.
- Saturday, April 20, 2019 – Gainesville – Haven’t spoken to anyone yet.
- Sunday, April 21, 2019 – Chill at my Mom’s house in Florida, go to the beach and recover from this crazy trip.
- Miami, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale… we could come to see you after the 21st! Let us know!
The Itinerary WITH THE DETAILS (Updated Regularly)
As lectures and events are finalized, they will be updated in this section with sign up information, times and locations..
- February 21st at 7pm at Room 341 Paul Cejas School of Architecture at FIU – Miami
- February 26th at 6pm at Walking Tree Brewery, 3209 Dodger Road, Vero Beach, Florida. The lecture is free and open to all architecture emerging professionals. AIA membership is not required to attend. All attendees will be given two FREE beer tickets. The beer is Sponsored by Gregory Burke FAIA. At the lecture, we will also have information available about the AIA Treasure Coast's ARE scholarship. – Vero Beach
- February 28th at 6:30pm at the CW Bill Young ROTC building room 109 University of South Florida SACD – Tampa
March 10th Tallahassee & March 11th in Pensacola
March 12th Birmingham
March 13th Atlanta – How to Pass the ARE in 2019 – 6pm at TVSDesign, 2700 Promenade Two, 1230 Peachtree Street NE
March 14th Nashville
March 18th + 19th Dallas. AD EX 325 N St Paul, Suite 150. The 18th at 12:00 pm and the 19th at 6:00 pm. Same location for both lectures.
Lunch provided on the 18th + a Happy Hour following the lecture on the 19th! Sponsored by JHP Architecture.
March 21 College Station, Texas. 5:30 pm
March 23rd – Austin
March 25th at 5:30 pm San Antonio
March 26th El Paso PODIUM FINISH SPORT BOUTIQUE & CAFÉ, 921 Texas Avenue, Suite B El Paso, TX 79901
March 28th ABQ NM
April 3rd, 2019 Oklahoma City
April 4th, 2019 Tulsa – 2 Lectures
April 12th Lexington KY
Contacting Me about This Tour
In many of these cities, I have no contacts. I NEED YOU TO HELP ME MAKE A CONNECTION, so we can set up a lecture. Please send this blog post to the Leaders who organize events.
The first thing you should know is that contacting me via email doesn’t work. Thanks to Young Architect, I receive hundreds of emails every single day, so it’s the worst way to communicate with me.
Setting up these lectures is a priority for me, and I need help keeping things organized. So I’ve set up this Google Form for people to get in touch about setting up a lecture. Joanna LaBounty (The Young Architect Business Manager) will follow up with a phone call or email.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not email me. Your email will quickly get lost, and won’t be responded to. Also, using the contact form on this website is just the same thing as emailing me.
Just fill out the form, and Joanna will contact you to discuss details in a few days.
The lectures I give to AIAS (American Institute of Architecture Students) chapters are free. I want Architecture Students to use their money to attend more architecture conferences and travel to Europe.
For everyone else, my speaker fee is $200 per lecture.
I need to get paid before my event. You can pay me before I arrive (with a credit card), or you can hand me a check (or even cash) before I speak. I can not be chasing after $200 checks months after I visited your city.
I don’t care if a chapter charges for my event. I just need to get paid, if you want me to drive for hours, pour my heart out and provide massive value to YOUR members.
Once Joanna follows up and communication is established, she will share with you information about making the payment.
Frequently Asked Questions
During my cycling trips across America, 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 make it easy. I’ll update this FAQ section as more questions start rolling in.
Are you riding your bicycle on this trip?
No. Shut up. You’re not funny.
People ask me this any time I travel anywhere. I’m driving my van, and I’m taking my dog and my friend Bob with me.
Who is Bob Potter?!???
He’s my best friend. We met in 2005 after I finished my first bicycle ride across America. He’s a retired vet, former truck driver, and fellow cyclist. He’s always been the biggest supporter of Michael Riscica and the Young Architect Mission.
Bob is going to hang out with me and help make this tour happen.
Why are you doing this, Michael Riscica?
I’ve learned that I can blog and create content all day long, but showing up in your city to have a down-to-earth discussion with you about how to be successful in the profession of architecture has been life-changing for many people.
The Young Architect Mission is intended to help the next generation of Architects succeed, and if I have to meet with people face-to-face to achieve this mission, I’ll do it.
My city isn’t on your route, but will you come speak on your drive back to NYC? Or on your drives across America for the Young Architect Conference?
Fill out the contact form anyway. When we’re getting ready to start planning those drives, I’ll be in touch. I won’t be making a huge announcement for those trips across America. But i’d love to come speak
This summer I already plan on visiting: Detroit, Montana, Minneapolis, maybe Toronto, Chicago, Boston, Ohio and a few others. Definitely not in that order.
What do you need? A projector? A computer? A microphone? Food? A place to sleep?
I really just need a way to show my slides, a meeting space, and help finding the right people to give the lecture to.
In the past, I’ve given lectures at conference centers, churches, lecture halls, classrooms, architecture firms, AIA Chapters, big conference rooms, BREWERIES, a park, a restaurant, and even a kitchen design showroom. As long as there are people there, I don’t really care where it is.
As far as sharing my slides, my computers take both HDMI and VGA. Let me know which computer to show up with.
I guess the need for a microphone depends on the space. I don’t have one.
Food? I’m always hungry. If you have some, that’s great. But if not, then no worries. I’m autonomous.
A place to sleep would be amazing. We plan on mostly staying in the van or cheap, crappy hotels.
I’ll have my 11-year-old Labrador Molly with me. At the lectures, she loves greeting everyone who shows up and napping while I’m talking.
Can we record your lecture or broadcast it to people on the internet who couldn’t physically show up?
Absolutely not. I own ALL the rights to these lectures.
If I wanted my lectures broadcast on the internet, I wouldn’t bother driving 5,000 miles around America.
Please don’t ask.
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 very 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!
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 to be able to run the boot camp is phone reception. I’ve hosted the ARE Boot Camp Program while traveling all over the world and cycling across America.