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The Top 5 Questions to Prepare for in an Architecture Job Interview

It's that time of year when many graduates across the Northern Hemisphere are searching for jobs or internships - the time of year when many realize that there's a lot more to landing a solid position at a good firm than simply being a great designer. One of the largest hurdles they will encounter is the job interview, and while there is plenty of advice out there about job interviews in general, little of it is aimed directly at architects. In this post originally published on The Architect's Guide, Brandon Hubbard tackles the top five most common questions in an architecture job interview - and how to ace the answers.

The architecture profession has been steadily recovering since the downturn of 2009. The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has released “NCARB by the Numbers,” their annual report featuring a positive trend for the architecture profession. This means more jobs for architects - assuming you can get through the interview of course...

Apartment Tibbaut / RAS Arquitectura

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Video: Step Into Herzog & de Meuron’s Pérez Art Museum Miami

A new video by architectural photographer Robin Hill and Chris Correa invites viewers to explore Herzog & De Meuron's Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Interspersed with shots of the building in use, the video features interviews with Terry Riley (architect and former MOMA curator of architecture) and Tobias Ostrander (Chief Curator of PAMM). Recognized and lauded for its finesse and natural assimilation of many architectural vocabularies, the PAMM is presented here as an exemplar of cultural architecture everywhere.

These Schools for Refugee Children in Jordan are Built Using Scaffolding and Sand

Using the ground “beneath your feet,” the Pilosio Building Peace organization, along with architects Pouya Khazaeli and Cameron Sinclair, have developed RE:BUILD, an incredible constructive system for building safe and comfortable structures in refugee camps. The system allows for the construction of temporary buildings of high quality through the use of wall panels formed with scaffolding and grids, which are then assembled and filled with gravel, sand or earth, creating well insulated interiors at a low cost. 

Although the structures can be used for hospitals, housing, and other functions on this occasion we present two schools constructed using this system in Jordan.

Za'atari Refugee Camp, Jordan. Image Courtesy of Pilosio Building Peace Za'atari Refugee Camp, Jordan. Image Courtesy of Pilosio Building Peace Queen Rania Park, Amman, Jordan. Image Courtesy of Pilosio Building Peace Queen Rania Park, Amman, Jordan. Image Courtesy of Pilosio Building Peace

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh Install a Labyrinth of Boolean Voids in Genk

Gijs Van Vaerenbergh, an artistic collaboration between architects Pieterjan Gijs and Arnout Van Vaerenbergh, have created a labyrinthine intervention at the heart of the c-mine arts centre in Genk, Belgium. The development of this sculptural-spatial intervention has its foundations in the artists' interest in fundamental architectural typologies; earlier installations of theirs have been based on structures like the city gate, the bridge, the wall, and the dome. Here, the "age-old" form of the labyrinth" is explored as a spatial experience in a unique composition of wall and void.

© Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin © Filip Dujardin

Private Art Foundation / MEL | Architecture and Design

  • Architects: MEL | Architecture and Design
  • Location: Moscow Oblast, Russia
  • Design Team: Fedor Dubinnikov, Pavel Chaunin, Aleksandra Sorokina, Stanislav Titov, Svetlana Titova
  • Area: 2450.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Yuri Palmin, Fedor Dubinnikov, Pavel Chaunin

© Yuri Palmin © Fedor Dubinnikov © Pavel Chaunin © Yuri Palmin

House in Tama-plaza / Takushu ARAI Architects

  • Architects: Takushu ARAI Architects
  • Location: Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Area: 85.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Naomi Kurozumi

© Naomi Kurozumi © Naomi Kurozumi © Naomi Kurozumi © Naomi Kurozumi

SAH International Travel Grant Now Open for Applications

Funded by the Getty Foundation, The Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) is offering between 14-16 grants to attend the SAH 2016 International Conference. Application will be open to professionals in the field of the “built environment,” including heritage conservation specialists, academics and museum professionals who work with the history of the built environment.The conference will be taking place in Pasadena/Los Angeles, California from April 6-10.

Ampersand Building / Darling Associates

© Peter Landers Photography © Peter Landers Photography © Peter Landers Photography © Peter Landers Photography

Aeriform Ecologies: An Atmospheric Archive for Industrial Effluvium

Air pollution in urban areas is quickly racing to the forefront of the environmental discussion, with several major cities facing a serious deterioration of breathable air supply. New Delhi, Beijing, Los Angeles, Moscow and Karachi represent a handful of cities facing the world's worst urban pollution, each with recorded amounts of particulate matter exceeding acceptable levels. In 2014, the World Health Organization issued a report estimating that 7 million people suffered premature deaths in 2012 due to air pollution exposure. 

Enter Aeriform Ecologies: An Atmospheric Archive for Industrial Effluvium. Conceived as a thesis project by Jennifer Ng, University of Michigan with thesis advisor Kathy Velikov, Aeriform Ecologies delves into the possibilities for byproducts of petroleum production by proposing a network of solutions for the 'spatial runoffs' created by fossil fuel extraction. Based on a futuristic approach that includes a network of unmanned atmospheric gas harvesting dirigibles, the project blurs the lines between science, technology, and architecture.

Explore the effervescent world of Aeriform Ecologies after the break

The Queen Maud Research Station. Image © Jennifer Ng 111oW Respositories in Elevation. Image © Jennifer Ng Physical Models. Image Photos © Jennifer Ng & Adam Smith Queen Maud Station 066's Extraction and Sampling Pod. Image © Jennifer Ng

How to Become a LEGO® Architect

Admit it: you have a secret LEGO® stash somewhere. Before you had even considered becoming an architect, you had already built cities, developed housing, and mastered the art of using every last brick, no matter the size. You may think you've outgrown your favorite toy, but we have the perfect book to turn your childhood LEGO® collection into a legitimate (and seriously fun) adult pastime. The LEGO® Architect by Tom Alphin brings the best of playtime to the forefront of design through a visual story of the history of building, infused by models made entirely of LEGO®. 

Find out to build your own neoclassical dome, or Frank Lloyd Wright's trademark Prairie House, or even the iconic Lever House by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill using the simplest of LEGO® components! Enter the world of The LEGO® Architect, where little white bricks can do anything with a little ingenuity and some architectural know-how. 

Primary School MOPI Extension / Mareines+Patalano Arquitetura

  • Architects: Mareines+Patalano Arquitetura
  • Location: Itanhangá, Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Architect In Charge: Ivo Mareines, Rafael Patalano e Flavia Lima
  • Area: 5610.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti

See How a Brooklyn Artist is Creating a Miniature Scale-Model of a Gothic Cathedral from Scratch

Ryan McAmis, an artist from Brooklyn, New York, is designing and building a miniature, scale model of a late Gothic Italian Cathedral, recreating everything from the stained glass windows to the vaulted ceiling, wall tombs and paintings. He first creates the pieces from a variety of materials, ranging from hand scribed brickwork on treated paper, to clay and wood. He then combines the materials together and creates a silicon mold, casting each piece in white plastic to be hand painted later. See more photos and read about his process after the break.

Round Windows. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis Fresco. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis Window. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis Apse and Tomb. Image Courtesy of Ryan McAmis

Kinderkrippe Pollenfeld / KÜHNLEIN Architektur

© Erich Spahn © Erich Spahn © Erich Spahn © Erich Spahn

Sports Hall in Poznan / Neostudio Architekci

  • Architects: Neostudio Architekci
  • Location: Poznań, Poland
  • Design Team: Bartosz Jarosz, Pawel Swierkowski, Agata Dziemianczyk, Miroslaw Wojcieszak, Bartosz Wojciechowski, Maciej Witczak, Agata Superczynska.
  • Area: 2098.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Neostudio Architekci

Courtesy of Neostudio Architekci Courtesy of Neostudio Architekci Courtesy of Neostudio Architekci Courtesy of Neostudio Architekci

House at Neil Road / ONG&ONG Pte Ltd

  • Architects: ONG&ONG Pte Ltd
  • Location: Singapore
  • Area: 520.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: See Chee Keong

© See Chee Keong © See Chee Keong © See Chee Keong © See Chee Keong