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What's it like working in your office

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Cristiani Sep 14, 2013. 17 Replies

I'm still relatively new in the field (about 2 years experience) and I'm curious to know how other offices function. I'm sure it depends on the level of experience and the type of office but I would…Continue

Is graduate school worth it?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Coyle Sep 27, 2011. 24 Replies

I recently graduated from Penn State University with a bachelors in LA.  Now I am trying to figure out if it will be worth going to graduate school to get my masters.  I'm not sure if it will…Continue

 

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David Cristiani replied to Michael Coyle's discussion 'What's it like working in your office'
"My experience is similar to J. Robert's, but 11 years lesser ('88 grad). At some point it becomes harder to land employment with others, though probably not impossible. Sometimes it's the economy, other times bottom line (younger…"
Sep 14, 2013
Trace One replied to Michael Coyle's discussion 'What's it like working in your office'
"go for the money. You will learn on the job. IMHO."
Sep 13, 2013
Cory Blaquiere replied to Michael Coyle's discussion 'What's it like working in your office'
"The two offices I've worked at: I worked at a VERY small firm, with the Principal and one Associate LA. I joined as a co-op student to help with the Associate's work load. I was a very friendly atmosphere and we all got along, had the…"
Sep 13, 2013
Tosh K replied to Michael Coyle's discussion 'What's it like working in your office'
"It would depend on the position - larger firms sometimes will have 'design principals' who are more in charge of overall design than technical aspects (basically dividing the work up even at the senior levels).  Hence you will…"
Sep 13, 2013
Benjamin Loh replied to Michael Coyle's discussion 'What's it like working in your office'
"It's interesting reading this blog and comments from different people with different background.  I wonder what would be the FUTURE outcome of an LA with minimal experience in construction detailing and tender documentation (approx 3…"
Sep 13, 2013
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What's it like working in your office

I'm still relatively new in the field (about 2 years experience) and I'm curious to know how other offices function. I'm sure it depends on the level of experience and the type of office but I would like to get a general feel for how other offices operate.A little about my working environment:Currently, I work at a small (5 employee) residential/hospitality design firm with each person basically being their own department in the business.  I am the one who is most consistently in the office…See More
Sep 12, 2013
J. Robert Wainner replied to Michael Coyle's discussion 'What's it like working in your office'
"You're more than welcome Michael. Alec & Andrew.....BOTH of your comments have a lot of merit.,,,well said. I think the major problem today is obviously out poor economy!  Well, I've watched the Landscape Architecture Profession…"
Sep 12, 2013
Tosh K replied to Michael Coyle's discussion 'What's it like working in your office'
"Of the offices I've been at: 1. 7 person engineering/planning office - everyone did everything, though the PMs did most of the spec work.  The principal checked everything and made most of the big decisions.  More PMs than staff, so…"
Sep 12, 2013
Tosh K replied to Michael Coyle's discussion 'What's it like working in your office'
"There's always the attractiveness in hiring someone who's already employed as well - I see a lot of poaching going on (in architecture as well as LA)."
Sep 12, 2013
Jason T. Radice replied to Michael Coyle's discussion 'What's it like working in your office'
"I would say that it really doesn't matter all that much what is on the resume that is an issue, it is because there just aren't any positions available for more senior staff. Firms are keeping the staffing levels very lean and looking…"
Sep 12, 2013
Andrew Garulay, RLA replied to Michael Coyle's discussion 'What's it like working in your office'
"It looks to me that most jobs that are out there are for subordinates rather than people who are or who could quickly be high on the totem pole. One of the biggest concerns is training your next competitor and introducing him to your clients."
Sep 12, 2013
Alec Johnson, PLA replied to Michael Coyle's discussion 'What's it like working in your office'
"I hear you Robert and Jason, but I stand by my statement.  You are right - it may not be easy to get a job in an LA firm with 8+ years experience, but I believe if you shine brighter than other applicants, you can overcome that. Win, place, or…"
Sep 12, 2013
J. Robert Wainner replied to Michael Coyle's discussion 'What's it like working in your office'
"Sorry, Alec......I have to disagree with you here.  Not true. I feel I have accomplished quite a bit over the past 36+ yrs. as an LA (since 1977) - though, I KNOW I will never stop learning or improving.  I've designed over…"
Sep 12, 2013
Jason T. Radice replied to Michael Coyle's discussion 'What's it like working in your office'
"Not so much the last few years! If you have over 8 years, jobs are few and far between. Most places are still economically unstable and are looking at 0-3 or 3-5 years with entry level salaries...but with the skill set of a 15 year career veteran.…"
Sep 11, 2013
Alec Johnson, PLA replied to Michael Coyle's discussion 'What's it like working in your office'
"If you're good - you can get a job at any age. Fact."
Sep 11, 2013
Michael Coyle replied to Michael Coyle's discussion 'What's it like working in your office'
"Thanks Bob for your insight and a glimpse into your career!  Being young in this profession is very heck-tick, confusing, and fun.  I want to make sure I'm learning at an appropriate pace and I guess I'm curious to know how other…"
Sep 11, 2013

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At 5:49am on October 7, 2011, henry cohen said…

Micheal,

I worked at Kirshners, the plat depot(out of business) and one other place on 413 whose name I forget.

At 4:17pm on September 27, 2011, henry cohen said…

Michael, I should have written a bit sooner. We have some things in common. I've worked in the Newtown area and I have cousins who live in thew same development that you do. I think.

Any way. Take a look at The City College of New York's web site and go to the Spitzer School of Architecture. There is a one year program, it's new, in Sustainability. If you could find some way to establish residency in New York, your tuition will be much less then most other schools.

Did you Mike Ruane at Penn State?

At 8:57am on July 27, 2011, none said…

Hi, I just want to let you know about SLANT Garden Design Competition and all the details can be seen on www.slant.eu

At 3:04am on March 30, 2011, Ewa Chorazy said…
Hi Michael, I would like to welcome you to the lounge and you maybe interested in cheking on www.slant.eu
 
 
 

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