A must for any architect.
Dear young architect: …take comfort: the era of the perceived master architect is fading. Your generation comprehends that architecture is increasingly and inescapably a collaborative art.
…Some of you eventually may forego architecture practice and public sector roles to pursue work in related fields such as landscape architecture, interior design, furniture design, graphic design, or civil engineering—disciplines for which architects have a natural affinity. You may become a construction contractor or real estate developer, or perhaps you will study business or law. If so, you will have a big advantage: architectural skills, methods, and expertise readily apply to other fields and facilitate switching careers.
Nearly all of these recommendations apply to students of architecture - Wonderful.
The things your teachers tell you in class are not gospel. You will get conflicting information. It means that both are wrong. Or both are true. This never stops. Most decisions are gray, and everything lives on a spectrum of correctness and suitability.
No-Cost USGBC continuing education units
The recent transition for LEED Accredited Professionals resulted in a requirement to pursue continuing education credits in order to maintain this accreditation through their Credential Maintenance Program. For those with a speciality, 30 hours in specific categories are required. These classes have been slow in development, and most courses offered by the USGBC or GBCI often come at a high price.
Below are some options for learning units that fulfill the various credit types required at no cost:
- Mc-Graw Hill Construction - Publishers of several magazines directed at the construction industry, GBCI learning units are plentiful at this site.
- Hanley Wood University - Another magazine publisher that offers a handful of GBCI CMP units over the web.
- Green Exam Prep curates links to free courses from several providers.
- Trane offers four courses of LEED-specific material, which allows one to fulfill the 6 required hours for free (this is one of the more difficult types of course material to find.)
“LEED AP” and the related acronym, and the LEED AP logos are trademarks owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and awarded to individuals under license by the Green Building Certification Institute.
Do One Thing Well
The urge to multitask is a habit I find very difficult to overcome. With some introspection, I find so much of the day is a headlong rush, jumping from one activity to another, forgetting the great idea I just had because I just remembered something else I need to do (and was that idea so great anyway really?)
Productivity techniques like Getting Things Done (affiliate link), the Pomodoro Technique or a series of Dashes can be a great help, in particular because they encourage you to focus on doing one thing at a time - and doing one thing well.
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