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ARE 5.0 Project Planning & Design (PPD) Study Notes

ARE 5.0 Project Planning & Design (PPD) Study Notes

I’ve been 3 for 3 so far and PPD is this weekend followed by PDD next month. I’ve been taking them in order and would be very happy to pass all on the first try. There is a lot of overlap between PA and PPD […]

ARE 5.0 Programming & Analysis (PA) Study Notes

ARE 5.0 Programming & Analysis (PA) Study Notes

2 down 4 to go. (Update: I passed the first try. 3 down, 3 to go!) PA is this weekend and writing down my notes in my own words helps me study. I’d also like to help others study so hopefully you will also find […]

ARE 5.0 Project Management PjM Study Notes

ARE 5.0 Project Management PjM Study Notes

Below are notes that I have taken and used to study for the ARE 5.0 Project Managment test.  These notes are based on facebook group /ARE Forum conversations and the NCARB recommended study material including the Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice,  Ballast ARE 5 Study Guide […]

ARE 5.0 PcM Practice Management – Favorite Resources

ARE 5.0 PcM Practice Management – Favorite Resources

After years of setbacks and some (ok, a lot of) procrastination, I scheduled the Architect Registration Exam (ARE) 5.0 Practice Management (PcM) exam for early November. As the test date came near, I increased my efforts to balance work, study, and home life. I took […]

What are Office Standards and Why do I Need Them?

What are Office Standards and Why do I Need Them?

Over the years I have been working on creating and massaging office standards that not only help to maintain consistency within the office but are also something that team members are willing to use.  I will say that the biggest challenge has been on the […]

5 Useful Things You Need to Know About G Suite

5 Useful Things You Need to Know About G Suite

For those looking for a nimble startup option or are just tired of glitchy software, G Suite offers services that are like Outlook, Skype and Dropbox combined.  Maintaining low overhead means a healthier bottom line and better pricing for customers/clients.  I believe that it is […]

wondARTful | Ep2: Speed Painting: City in the Clouds at Sunset

wondARTful | Ep2: Speed Painting: City in the Clouds at Sunset

I have recently been exploring representing the movement and feeling of both the ocean and clouds in my artwork.  In this video I captured the process of creating my recent work “City in the Clouds at Sunset.”  While painting this piece I was playing with […]

wondARTful | Ep1: Painting Tutorial: Pink/Gold Fluid Pour

wondARTful | Ep1: Painting Tutorial: Pink/Gold Fluid Pour

This is my first time recording the process of creating my artwork. So I hope you like it. Positive criticism is appreciated. Thank you for viewing. The actual time spent painting was about an hour not including drying time. I have significantly increased the playback […]

Sustainability and Art

Sustainability and Art

How can art be ‘green’? While most of us typically don’t think of paintings, crafts, and sculptures when we think about the environment, art can do a lot for the sustainable movement. The most important thing art can do to promote green design is to […]

Designer's Bookshelf: Cradle to Cradle

Designer's Bookshelf: Cradle to Cradle

A BRIEF REVIEW OF THE SUSTAINABLE GOALS OF THE BOOK CRADLE TO CRADLE Cradle to Cradle sets the stage for sustainable goals that would create significantly less waste.  Unfortunately, we live in a throw away society where many products have a cradle to grave lifecycle.