The Young Architect Podcast

By Michael Riscica AIA CSI

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Empowering The Future of The Architecture Profession!

Episode Date
060 - Jaclyn Tyler - Managing Time, Family, and Projects

Architectowner and president of Tyler Architecture and Planning PLLC, and future 2019 President of Westchester Hudson Valley AIA, Jaclyn Tyler, joins the Young Architect Podcast host, Michael Riscica, to discuss why she left her full-time job at a firm to begin her own, how she handles raising a family while running a start-up, the pros and cons of freelancing, and how to end stigmas within the architecture industry. 

Jul 27, 2018
059 Wandile - Uncovering Your "Why" and Your Inner Mission

Ubuntu Design Group CEO & Co-Founder, Ambassador to One Young World, and Fellow for The Resolution Project, Wandile Mthiyane, has a goal to help his Durban, South African community be able to live in better, sustainable housing. As he talks to Young Architect host, Michael Riscica, about how he got to where he is today, you will learn all about his incredible journey of how he was able to receive the funding and support to study at the School of Architecture, Art & Design at Andrews University in the USA, make his Andrews University AIAS chapter one of the most admired in the nation, and how he overcame various struggles and obstacles in order to make his goal a reality.  

In this episode, you will discover how you can find your own ‘why,’ what it means to belong and help your community, and how you can utilize architecture as a vehicle to create incredible results. 

Jul 25, 2018
058 Antoine Predock - Keeping Your Flame Alive

Renowned Architect, Antoine Predock, shares a lifetime of experiences, advice, and more in this week’s Young Architect Podcast with your host, Michael Riscica. In this episode, Antoine shares what it takes to be an architect, why architects have such incredible inner strength, and how to stay true to yourself, your beliefs, and your principles.  

Most of his work has been influenced by the state of New Mexico and a lot of his work is located in and around that state but all over the US as well. He is known for designing a number of incredible buildings and structures including La Luz Community and Petco Park for the San Diego Padres as well as international sites such as the National Palace Museum Southern Branch in Southern Taiwan and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Jul 09, 2018
057 Christina Esser - How to Make a Difference with Open Architecture

Director of Membership at Open Architecture New York, Christina Esser, shares how she came to be involved not only in OACNY, but also with several other organizations including Rebuilding Together New Orleans, Day of Impact, and Architecture for Humanity. You’ll also hear her tips on overcoming adversity in the workplaces, how volunteer work can reveal both our strengths and weaknesses, and why she’s chosen to move on from design and try out construction management.  

Jul 06, 2018
Nick Caravella Interviews Michael Riscic

Architect Nick Caravella interviews Young Architect host, Michael Riscica, about his career, the podcast, ARE Boot Camp, and beyond.  

Rather than me interviewing someone this week, we have previous guest, Nick Caravella, back on the Young Architect Podcast to properly interview me so that you can learn more about my background, who I am, and what aspirations I have for this website platform and podcast.  

It’s always great to chat with Nick and we discussed several different topics plus we went over several questions submitted by the Young Architect Listeners. 

As you tune in, I share everything from the start of my career to the ARE Boot Camp today plus what positive changes have been made in the architecture industry and what else I think could be improved.  

I’ll also share what it was like to be on the road touring across the USA to deliver several lectures and what future plans I have this year. 

Jun 15, 2018
055 Michael Knouse - Understanding The Value of Coaching

One-on-One Business Performance Coach and host of The Startup Sessions Podcast, Michael Knouse, has worked with Young Architect Podcast host, Michael Riscica, for two years to help him develop his business including the ARE Boot Camp. Working with Michael K. has helped Michael R. so much in developing his own business that he asked him to share how he became a business coach and how someone like himself can help architects launch their own project, company, or side hustle. As you listen, you’ll learn the importance of specializing, what to look for in a good business coach, and the importance of adapting and being open to learning in order to get to where you want to go. 

Jun 02, 2018
054 Larry Fabbroni - Finding Your Voice in Architecture

Architect, Urban Designer, Former AIAS Carnegie Mellon President, Former AIAS National President, and current 2018 National Chair for the Young Architects ForumLarry Fabbroni, joins the Young Architect Podcast to share his experience being involved in both AIAS and the Young Architects Form plus why the AREs credential are so valuable and how you can become a leader in the architecture industry.  

May 30, 2018
053 Joseph Echavarria - Chronicling Architecture School

Architecture student, Joseph Echavarria, is currently working on his M.Arch at the Rhode Island School of Design. Besides working hard at finishing his degree, he’s the Mastermind behind the YouTube vlogging series, The Architecture School Chronicles, as well as the Life of a Designer series and creator of the Life of a Designer Podcast. As you tune into this episode, you’ll find out why he started vlogginghow he’s improved his technique, what he’s learned while in architecture school, and his best advice for fellow architect students.  

May 22, 2018
052 Bea Spolidoro - What You Can Learn About Leadership Through Volunteering

Architect Bea Spolidoro moved from Milan, Italy to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to pursue a career in architecture. Since moving there, she has learned many lessons and equipped herself with great skills and wisdom that all young professionals should hear. However, the most important factor for her in building a professional career is to volunteer. Not only to network, but to help others and build human interaction.  

May 19, 2018
051 Bill Tripp - The Vital Importance of Developing a Skill for Drawing

Bill Tripp, Architect and Professor at both Portland State University and the University of Oregon, shares why he has such a great interest in sustainable architecture, his top tips for anyone struggling with drawing, why you should have different sketchbooks for various purposes, and what the true essence of mentorship is plus he uncovers the many layers of the language of architecture. 

May 15, 2018
050 Michael Riscica - Taking Over the World

Here we are already at episode 50 of the Young Architect Podcast! Can you believe it? In this episode, I’m going to give you an update about what’s going on with me, Young Architect, and what projects I have coming up for the rest of 2018.  

May 08, 2018
049 David Thaddeus - Creating Generations of Licensed Architects

University of North Carolina at Charlotte Professor, David Thaddeus, joins Michael to discuss the importance of education through travel, his thoughts on the ARE 5.0, and logical steps that architecture students should take when preparing and studying for their Architecture Registration Exams.   

Apr 27, 2018
048 Ryan Misner - An Inside Look at the NCARB ARE Examination Process

Assistant Director of Examination Research at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Ryan Misner, sits down with Michael to talk about how he came to be involved in NCARB, the process of designing the ARE 5.0, the latest developments at NCARB, and what he and his team are doing to help aspiring architects do their very best on the AREs. 

Apr 24, 2018
047 James Yankopoulos - Working Together to Make a Difference

Project Manager and NAC Chair for AIA New York State, James Yankopoulos, shares all of the different projects he has been involved in including Freedom by Design and the Center for Emerging Professionals. Plus, James walks us through what it’s been like to work for the government of New York City in housing development and how much he’s learned since starting his career. 

Apr 10, 2018
046 Jamie Crawley - The Vital Importance of Collaboration

Architect and Director of Architecture at HA Architecture, Jamie Crawley shares his various experiences in the architecture and design industry. From teaching at Prairie View A&M University to taking the position as the 2015-2016 Co-Chair of the AIA Leadership Institute, Jamie has quite the background. Listen and learn how he’s helping young architects thrive plus how he balances it all by having a good understanding of time management and more.  

Apr 03, 2018
045 Kristin Slavin - The Power of Staying Connected

PATH Architecture Associate and Architect, Kristin Slavin, shares her experience working with incorporating renewable resources into architecture, international travels, and how we can be more responsible for creating our own future.  

Kristin has a ton of great tips on how to choose a graduate school, how to be more financially secure, and how to discover a career you’ll be passionate about for life.  

Mar 29, 2018
044 Enoch Sears - The Keys To A Successful Architecture Practice

Architect and Founder of Business Architecture, Enoch Sears, shares with Michael about what it’s like to leave your position at a firm or switch job roles to follow your passion, how to find a school that’s a right match for you, and how to get started with your own architecture practice.

Mar 26, 2018
043 Mariela Bravo - How To Be A Powerful Force in Your Community

Project Architect at Manuel Bermúdez Arquitecto in Puerto Rico, Mariela Bravo shares how she’s grown in the architecture industry and been helping other architecture students prepare for the AREs as well as her approach to mentoring interns and the role of women in the construction industry.

Mar 20, 2018
042 Ruben Ramales - Following Your Own Path to Success

Program Assistant-Outreach Coordinator at The Trust for Public Land and Managing Designer - Consultant for the AIA Queens Chapter, Ruben Ramales shares what he’s learned and how much he’s grown thanks to his participation in many organizations such as AIA Queens and Emerging New York Architects (ENYA). In this episode, you’ll learn about Ruben’s incredible transformation as he shares stories about the obstacles he has overcome in high school, university, and beyond. Plus, you will find out how Ruben has taken his love for architecture and has done more with it be helping increase community engagement in New York City.

Mar 15, 2018
041 Teri Coates - Be a Voice for Women Architects

Architect and owner of CANVAS Architect in Washington D.C., Teri Coates, shares her inspirational story of challenging herself to both develop her career and do more for female professionals in the architecture industry. Teri also gives her advice on how to approach the AREs with a positive mindset, finding motivation to grow your career, and how we can help communities grow and thrive.

Mar 12, 2018
040 - What Is The Best ARE 5.0 Testing Order, Help I'm Just Getting Starting!

What is the best testing order and strategy for taking the Architect Registration Exam 5.0? How does it compare to ARE 4.0? How should I get started?

Mar 06, 2018
039 John Cary - Using Design To Do Good for The World

Architect, speaker, and author of the book, Design for Good, John Cary talks about his education, experiences, and what he’s doing now to make a difference for all architects and designers. Throughout his entire education and career, John has been passionate about helping architects gain the knowledge and ability to receive their license in a timely fashion so that they can start their careers and help communities grow.

Join us and discover why design can make a difference and how emerging architects can use their skills to make the world a better place.

Feb 26, 2018
038 Ali Lamanna - The Benefits of Working in the Construction Industry

Construction Project Manager and 2018 President Elect for CSI Portland, Ali LaManna, shares why she chose a career in construction over architecture, how the construction industry is growing, and what she’s doing to help more females become involved in the profession.

Feb 15, 2018
037 F9 Productions - Teaching a New Generation of Architects How to Succeed

Al Gore and Lance Cayko of F9 Productions and Inside the Firm Podcast share with us what they’ve learned from graduating during a recession, taking on freelance work, and building their own firm. They’ve experienced so much in such a short amount of time including being on HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living.

Oct 28, 2017
036 Eric Lussier - Let's Fix Construction

Eric Lussier of Let’s Fix Construction shares how he and Cherise Lakeside started the blog and what’s in store for the future including a new podcast. In addition, Eric shares his experience in the field of construction, why we should be sharing knowledge with each other and the power of networking with older generations to learn as much as we can.

Oct 27, 2017
035 Josh Kunkel - How to Start Your Own Architecture Practice

Architect, Father, and now Business Owner, Josh Kunkel, shares how he combined skills and began a side firm with his wife and father. Plus, you’ll learn how he helped develop an awesome ARE study group and what he’s learned about managing his own time.

Oct 27, 2017
034 Kristine Harding - How NCARB is Evolving and Growing

Former NCARB President and Architect, Kristine Harding, shares what changes have been happening within NCARB and how it has improved over the years. Plus, she shares what it’s like to be an aviation architect and her tips for taking the ARE exams.

Oct 13, 2017
033 Nick Caravella - Training and Mentoring Young Architects

Architect Nick Caravella shares what it’s been like to start over in a new city as well as his views on community, leadership, and mentorship.  As you will find out, a good mentorship relationship is really key to helping young architects grow and develop their careers.

Sep 27, 2017
032 Kurt Neiswender - Planting Your Roots in a New City

Former AIA Young Architect Regional Director and Architect, Kurt Neiswender, joins Michael Riscica to discuss the various studying and work he’s done throughout the US, his decisions to study Urban Design, and what he’s been doing to help the city of Flint, Michigan.

Sep 27, 2017
031 Lucas Gray - Exploring Architecture All Over the World

Co-Owner and Designer at Propel Studio Architecture and Website Founder of Talkitect, Lucas Gray, shares his experience and insight about working abroad, starting your own firm, and following a “non-traditional” career path in the field of architecture.  

Sep 26, 2017
030 - Why You Should or SHOULD NOT Become an Architect - Podcast

The Young Architect Podcast Reviews: Why You Should or SHOULD NOT Become an Architect. 

Sep 25, 2017
029 Rachel Law - The Power of Saying ‘Yes’

The AIAS 2016-2017 Vice President, Rachel Law, spoke with Young Architect Podcast Host, Michael Riscica, about what she has helped to accomplish during her term, her job hunt experience, and why we shouldn’t be afraid to say ‘no’ to new challenges.

Sep 01, 2017
028 Joel Pominville - Helping the Architecture Community of New Orleans Grow

Executive Director of both AIA New Orleans and the New Orleans Architecture Foundation, Joel Pominville, gives us the latest updates about his local architecture community, how real-life ARE study groups can help motivate students to study, and why it’s so important to live by your passion.

Aug 16, 2017
027 Drew Paul Bell - Overcoming Fear and Intimidation to Become an Architect

Drew Paul Bell, shares his insight, tips, and advice to what to expect from architecture school, the AREs, and beyond. For anyone who’s feel discouraged early on in in their college career, this is a great interview to get some positive motivation. 

Aug 13, 2017
026 Korey White - Making the Most of Your Architecture Career with The AIA

Architect and 2017 National Associates Committee Chair of the AIA, Korey White, shares how her committee is teaming up with others to expand their abilities and increase their strengths to helping emerging professionals.

Aug 11, 2017
025 Elizabeth Seidel - Using Every Opportunity To Be of Service

AIAS National Vice President and Master's Student for Architecture and Environmental Design at Montana State University, Elizabeth Seidel, shares her architecture journey and what’s next for her as she takes on her new role.

Jul 05, 2017
024 Eric Wheeler - Teaching Architecture From The Streets

Architectural Historian and Positively Portland Walking Tour Guide, Eric Wheeler, shares his love for history, architecture, and teaching and how he learned to be more observant of architectural designs by working alongside architects as a Real Estate Appraiser and Heritage Tourism Consultant in Wisconsin.

Jun 25, 2017
023 Donna Sink - Growing and Thriving in Your Network

Architect Donna Sink shares her experience of moving to different parts of the USA with her family to work, the multiple challenges she faced, and how she was able to rebuild her network and grow her career even more in each city.

Jun 02, 2017
022 Jared Zurn - Behind the Scenes of The ARE

Architect and NCARB Examination Director, Jared Zurn, shares how to prepare for the latest ARE 5.0, what to expect from ARE 5.0 compared to 4.0, and the benefits of focusing on each singular task compared to multitasking. 

May 22, 2017
021 Samantha Markham - Helping Aspiring Architects get started with Architecture

Architect Samantha Markham shares how her blog, Aspiring Architect, got its start in addition to her experience helping to grow and manage AIA committees along with creating networking events for students and professionals.

May 19, 2017
020 - The Architect Registration Exam Pep Talk

A little pep talk for the person who is stuck in the middle of taking the Architect Exam. 

May 08, 2017
019 Jared Smith - Writing, Photography and a Love of Architecture

Architect Jared Smith shares his experience working in New York City, raising a family, and what to do if you fail a ARE. As a member of both the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) and the New York Coalition of Black Architects (NYCOBA), Jared is helping young minorities begin and grow their careers in the field of architecture.

May 04, 2017
018 Stephen Parker - Advocacy In Architecture

Architect Stephen Parker discusses how advocacy for the profession of architecture is an opportunity to help our communities.  

May 01, 2017
017 Mark LePage - Becoming an Entrepreneur Architect

Architect Mark LePage shares how taking a course about entrepreneurship helped him and his wife, Annmarie launch their own architecture firm. Today, Mark continues to inspire and help others learn about business with the EntreArchitect Academy.

Apr 24, 2017
016 Dan Horn: Gaining Resiliency in Architecture

Dan Horn shares what the Operation Resilient Long Island (ORLI) team are doing bring more resiliency to the world of architecture. Dan shares how Hurricane Sandy affected his community and how ORLI’s global 3C Competition was able to help rebuild the East Coast after Hurricane Sandy.

Apr 17, 2017
015 Breaking Down Barriers with Architecture with Julia Mollner

Architect Designer and Portland State University Professor, Julia Mollner tells us what she’s doing to help her students gain good mentorship experience, create an open discussion within her community, and improve the city of Portland, Oregon.

Apr 10, 2017
014 Michael Ermann: Teaching The Future of The Architecture Profession

Virginia Tech Professor, and ARE prep instructor, Michael Ermann, shares how active learning can transform how we understand architecture. You will also learn Michael’s favorite tip for preparing for the ARE exam and what he recommends you consider when choosing a university.

Apr 03, 2017
013 - Braham Berg: Building A Variety of Experiences.

Braham Berg shares his impactful journey of using his architectural skills and passions for the greater good. You will learn the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone and going against the grain. Braham sheds light on ways to get active in community development. You will understand why being a great architect goes beyond what you do in the studio.

Mar 30, 2017
012 - Eric Corey Freed: Stop Waiting For Things To Happen, Just Start Now!

Sustainable and Organic Architect, Eric Corey Freed, shares how young architects can make a difference in the world by continue to evolve their career. In this special episode, Eric ’s words will inspire you to start something new today: write a book, give a lecture, or start a project that can help your community. We all have the ability to do something good and grow our careers in whichever direction we choose to follow.

Mar 27, 2017
011 - Lora Teagarden: Networking, Sketching the ARE and Being Awesome!

Lora Teagarden shares with us the importance that networking has played in helping her architecture career. With Lora, you’ll discover how a five-second doodle turned into two books, and how she was able to make connections -- both online and offline that helped her succeed.

Mar 22, 2017
010 Dear Future Young Architects… Please Quit Screwing Around!?!!!

Dear Future Young Architects, Lets have a serious conversation about licensing, the profession and how much time you spend screwing around!?!!

Mar 21, 2017
009 - Charlie Klecha, Setting the Bar High and Challenging Yourself

Charlie Klecha tells the story of how he went from studying engineering and lighting design to become the National President of AIAS. Plus Charlie recaps how he took all seven of the AREs, how you can prepare for your exams and his tips to begin an architecture career.

Mar 20, 2017
008 - Alex Alaimo, Kickstarting Your Architecture Career

Architect Alex Alaimo explains the importance of growing your professional network even before you graduate from school. Discover why it’s so important to join extracurricular activities and organizations during school and within the first 5 years of your career.

Mar 13, 2017
007 - Jeff Echols, Architecture Marketing

Jeff Echols shares how architects can develop marketing skills to promote themselves and their brand. With Jeff, you’ll discover why having business development skills is such an asset for any architect.

Mar 08, 2017
006 - Michael LaValley, Evolving As An Architect

Architect and mastermind behind the Evolving Architect website, Michael LaValley shares his experience with taking the AREs, why he loves teaching, and the reason why mentorship is important for everyone to experience. Together with his AIA chapter and Emerging Professionals Committee in Buffalo/ WNY, New York, he shares how they’re working together to help as many aspiring architects as they can to begin and build their careers.

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Mar 06, 2017
005 - Cherise Lakeside, Expanding Your Knowledge through CSI and CDT

Cherise Lakeside shares how the CSI and CDT certification can help any professional get ahead in the architecture and construction industry. Plus, how she’s building the bridge between generations. 

Feb 27, 2017
004 - Sarah Wahlgren - Community, Leadership, Architecture, and the AIAS

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.

Feb 24, 2017
003 - Paul E. Fallon, How Will We Live Tomorrow?

Architect and writer, Paul E. Fallon, joins us today to share his incredible stories about biking across the USA to ask one simple question, “How will we live tomorrow?”

Feb 21, 2017
002 - Steve Ramos, Buildings are Cool

Architect and blogger of Buildings Are Cool, Steve Ramos, shares how writing about architecture and public speaking has given him a voice in his community of Charleston, South Carolina. Plus! Learn Steve’s no. 1 advice for preparing for AXP and AREs as well as where to find the best mentors.

Feb 21, 2017
001 - Doug Patt, How To Architect

Author of How to Architect, creator of The Architect’s Academy, Architect's Bird feeder, and even his own architecture video series, Doug Patt, joins us this week to share his personal career experiences including valuable lessons from his mentors.

Feb 21, 2017
000 - Michael Riscica, Welcome To The Young Architect Podcast.

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. Tune in and learn more about architecture, get the best tips and insights from experienced architects, and discover how you can kick-start your education and career.

Feb 20, 2017