Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter.
I’ve got to keep it short today. My bags are (almost) packed. My to-do list is (almost) done. And I’m (almost) ready for vacation. In a couple of days, I’ll be sitting on a beach for some much needed time off. It’s been a busy summer so I’m really looking forward to getting away. Here are five things to check out this week:
#1: Building Performance Simulations
Are you joining us for today’s workshop? At 2 pm EDT, Dan Stine of BIM Chapters and I will be discussing building performance simulation. More specifically, we’re going to discuss how you can use Revit and some other tools to quickly evaluate your project’s performance. If you’ve ever wanted to integrate energy modeling and building performance simulations into your work, this session is for you. I hope to see you this afternoon!
#2: Career Evolution for Architects
Sean Joyner of Archinect is back, this time shining a light on the autodidacts among us. Turns out, learning how to teach yourself new skills can be a very rewarding skill for architects. Joyner offers up some good food for thought on how to create your own personalized curriculum. And don’t miss the video clip of a motivated self-learner from one of my favorite Boston-based movies. How do you like them apples? Definitely an interesting read. Thanks Sean!
#3: Calculating the Occupant Load
Need to do some occupant load calculations? If so, check out this article from my favorite door hardware blog, I Dig Hardware. You’ll learn all the ins and out on determining your occupant loads and exiting requirements. If you’ve never done an occupant calc or it’s been a while, I highly recommend this step-by-step guide.
#4: The Future of How We Make Things is Tech Driven
Generative design is coming and not just to architectural design. This informative infographic from the folks at Visual Capitalist provides a good overview of the state-of-the-art in generative design and how it’s going to impact the design of a range of products, from chairs to bridges to buildings.
#5: It’s Never Going to Be Perfect, So Just Get It Done
Are you a “maximizer” or a “satisfier” when it comes to your work? Not sure? Well, read on as Tim Herrera fesses up to which one he is and provides some much needed advice on how to stop trying to get it perfect and just let it be.
Question of the Week:
ARK member Roushan Mir has a question about door and window schedules in Revit. He’s trying to create plan and elevation views of all the doors and windows in his project as part of the schedule. Have you ever created schedules like these? Have any advice for Roushan? Click the link below to share your thoughts.
That’s all from me. I hope you’re having a great week.
PS. Need a good laugh? Check out this Comedy Central video on pretentious architects. Though it’s a satire (or at least I hope so), it’s not far off the mark!