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Lonely Mentor


Lonely Mentor

Howdy, It has been a while since we published a post around here, but it is time once again for an #Architalks blog post. For those of you who don’t already know, Architalks is a monthly (I sometimes miss a month or two) coordinated blog post. A fair amount of Architectural type people from around the globe write on the same topic at the same time. This month's topic is “mentorship”. Take a look at the end of the post for links to a lot of other really great thoughts on what mentorship means to architects.

First, I want to give a little bit of background for anyone who doesn’t know the full bureaucracy that needs to be penetrated to become a licensed architect. After going to college for some number of years, (for me it was some number plus a few) would be architects then go get a job in a firm where they begin to learn a lot more about what architects do day to day. Here is a little hint, there is a lot paperwork. In this time after college and before getting licensed dutiful candidates are highly encouraged to get a “mentor”. Having never been one for formality (and I thought it would be a strange conversation) I never walked up to a person and said

“Will you be my mentor?”

Maybe I missed out on something by not creating this more formal arrangement, but until I talk to the me in an almost parallel universe that did ask for a mentor I will never know.

All of that said, I have had, and still have, many folks who teach me about what it means to be a good architect and a good human, at least for now I don’t think the two are mutually exclusive. I started to write a list of different folks who have taught me valuable lessons, but the list was getting too long and I am sure I was forgetting people. So I will just say that there have been many who have taught me about how buildings are built, how to make sure that the architect and contractor are on the same team, and how sometimes you have to swallow your pride and admit that you have made a mistake and start figuring out how to resolve it.

Now a days I am making my way as a sole practitioner with a home office, but most of my life in architecture has been in pretty decent sized firms. Now some days the SOLE is more solitary than others. In getting mentally prepped to write this post I have been reminded how I miss those informal mentor relationships. There isn’t someone I can turn around to and discuss the intricacies of a particular flashing detail. My family loves me, but they REALLY hate discussing the building code. In fact, most of the time their eyes glaze over and I don’t even think they are listening. But I also miss the other side of the coin. I enjoy teaching, not enough to try and be a professor or anything, but kinda the mentor type of teaching. In the last firm I worked I had become someone who could be asked regarding software questions, and I normally had an answer. It was nice to help.

After searching and thinking about mentorship for this topic I have determined that in my current stage I need to make a lot more active effort to put myself in a position to be a mentor and to be mentored. I don't know exactly how that will play out (probably not asking "won't you be my mentor"), but I know that it is my responsibility to make sure that I won't be a lonely mentor.

Bob Borson - Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
This is NOT Mentorship

Marica McKeel - Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
ArchiTalks: Mentorship

Jeff Echols - Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
Mentors, Millennials and the Boomer Cliff

Mark R. LePage - EntreArchitect (@EntreArchitect)

Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
ArchiTalks: Mentorship

Collier Ward - One More Story (@BuildingContent)

Jeremiah Russell, AIA - ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
teach them the way they should go: #architalks

Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Bad Mentor, Good Mentor

Stephen Ramos - BUILDINGS ARE COOL (@sramos_BAC)
The Top 3 Benefits for Architects to Mentor and to be Mentored

Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
I've got a lot to learn

Emily Grandstaff-Rice - Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA (@egrfaia)
Gurus, Swamis, and Other Architectural Guides

Jeffrey Pelletier - Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Mentoring with Anecdotes vs. Creating a Culture of Trust

Samantha R. Markham - The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
Why every Aspiring Architect needs SCARs

Nisha Kandiah - ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
Mentorship : mend or end ?

Keith Palma - Architect's Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Mentor5hip is...

Jim Mehaffey - Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
My Mentor

Tim Ung - Journey of an Architect (@timothy_ung)
5 Mentors that are in my life

Mark Stephens - Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)

Gabriela Baierle-Atwood - Gabriela Baierle-Atwood (@gabrielabaierle)
On Mentorship

Ilaria Marani - Creative Aptitude (@creaptitude)


Get Space Tigard and Pacific Planning


Get Space Tigard and Pacific Planning

Today's post is about another of our Get Space projects. This project had a unique site that presented a number of challenges. It also had to apply for a conditional use permit, which means we had to put together a presentation for the city.

We thought we would share that presentation to give a little insight into our process and show that while this building might look fancy for a storage project, it is really just a rational response to the site conditions and branding efforts of the project. We hope you enjoy.


Virtual Walkthrough


Virtual Walkthrough


In today’s post we are going to talk a little bit about why you should be using virtual reality for your projects. It really all comes down to communication.

Jargon - special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand.

Jargon is a communication problem for all kinds of folks. In addition to normal Language jargon Architects also have an additional stumbling block of drawing jargon.

At di’velept we get a bunch of opprotunities to talk with wonderful people. Those people all vary in their ability to look at a floor plan drawing and then be able know how the space is going to look in “their mind's eye”. Most everyone knows that basics, but without pretty expensive experience it is neigh impossible to look at that hallway on plan and know if it is going to feel like it is the right size.

This is why we feel there should be some sort of virtual reality exploration on all the projects we do. That does not always mean that you need to be strapping on a headset to look around your project, although we really love that option. It might just mean that we sit down together and review the 3D computer model. Or it might mean a 360° video walkthrough of your space. This is one of our favorite new technologies. Take a minute to view the video below. You can look around as the video plays, or if you want to look around longer from a specific vantage point you can press pause and continue to look around.

daylight analysis

In addition to just using virtual technologies to double check how things look, we will also help you have a great project by using virtual technologies to make sure work. We wrote a recent post about using computer modeling to calculate the amount of daylight a room is getting and if you need more (or less) windows. Or we wrote this post about using a computer model to catch beams sticking through ceilings long before the ceiling is built.

If you are thinking about a building a new project or remodeling something and leveraging this this technology to make sure your project is the best it can be send us a note.


Why BIM?


Why BIM?

Using the latest in technology is an important part of how things are ran here at divelept. Every project we do is done in BIM. Why? Because it helps save our clients time and money during construction.

We have recently received the structural drawings on one of our current projects. In this instance the structural engineer is not using 3d software, so we are left to model the beam and columns. Here is a quick video of the project with only the structural steel showing. Pretty cool huh.

Beam to Window

After looking at the model we have found a number of "oh man"s. Most of them were just move a wall a couple of inches here, move a column a couple of inches there, not really major stuff. In fact, it is down right simple to move those things while the whole project is still in the computer. But it gets a lot more heated when those things need to be moved after they have been built. NOT FUN. Simple things like this beam hanging below the soffit can be are important to catch while everything is still digital. Because this soffit is actually over 100 feet long there might be some knock on effect by just lowering the soffit a couple of inches. 

The additional coordination that happens just by building a computer model of your project is important to a successful construction process. If you are going to build something, insist that your architect is using BIM.