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Google Drive

Drive_logo (1)As both a teaching medium, and as my primary writing, spreadsheet, and photo store ( next to Flickr ), Google Drive is farley important to me, I use it daily, and link to the various docs, presentations, and spreadsheets, quite a lot.

So I tend to try and keep up with any tutorials, and one of the better places to do this is on Google Plus, but you need to search for it, I use one particular subscription called Simply “Google Drive“, and it has loads of articles, links and good advise.

Next comes Youtube, and again a search for tutorials shows there is quite a bit, although its fairly basic, lots of intro stuff, but some are quite interesting.

A new Title for the site blogs

4774: ArchFor the past four years or so, I have used the same Title beginning ” Architectural Technologist” followed by the subject matter,  for no other reason than I though it might gain more search hits by using it. But it seems I might well be doing myself a a little harm, simply because the subject matter is at the end, and also because the title might be to long for Google search displays.

So as of today, I will be dropping the “Architectural Technologist” for a new Title for the site blogs and relying upon the Tags and Meta tags for this part, and using the title as the simple explanation of the subject matter.

You might have noticed a drop in blogs as I started teaching more, but now I have a little more time, I am back. My next job is to redesign, or perhaps evaluate the design of this site, does it need a face lift, of complete make over, or simply small tweaks.

I want to engage my lecture notes more and you will see these appearing at the end of certain blogs, they will always have a tag of lecture note, so they will easily be found, so for instance if I put up a blog on Architectural Fees search on my tags for “Lecture Note,Fees”

Todays photo is just a nice stone Arch, no more, but so pleasing to look at.

Architectural Technologist- Architectural Technician Jobs

It’s about this time of year, that graduates are looking for summer placements! or are looking for a permantly jobs. One of my students dropped me an email recently asking what’s the best method. My answer is not going to be short and sweet, rather long and complex, and it’s going to take several blogs, it’s not going to be easy is my real short answer, and is going to involve a complex set of arrangements from the traditional CV to lists, web sites and copies of all your current work, and several imaginative projects in a variety of formats.

But first lets look at the market, the most obvious is the architectural practice, or you might look at the alternative, which I wil discus in brief below but for now let’s just concentrate on the main route of Architecture.

Work is picking up, jobs or employment is out there and there are a load if not loads of practices looking for young gifted graduates. There names and address are all over the place, and there are lists abundant, from the RIBA, or your counties equivilant, practice book, to the CIAT practice list, to searching on the web, what ever route you choose, make a list, know who works there, their type and style of work, the operating and CAD system, and most importantly their past and current job list. Get to know who is involved, from the most senior to the bottom of the heap.

Put marks against them all, favouring the ones you like, or use your favourite CAD package, there is no rule here it’s up to you, who to desire, who to target and those you put lower on the list, it’s a ranking system at it’s basic.

Next is the CV, regardless of what you read, there is no getting away from it, you will need one, but what style and what to write is the real question, there are a million sites telling you there own right way, and just as many wanting to write one for you. You will also need some one to check it, for spelling, grammar, and to make sure you have not forgotten anything, like contact numbers, both mobile, home and you email address, you want to be found.

A portfolio for the interview is next, it needs to contain a collection of drawings, specific for the job your applying for, A3 is the optimum size, it’s easy to carry, and big enough to show detail and the larger elevation set. You will need a large collection to choose from, to suite each individual interview, they should be well printed on good paper, and be property titled.

You now need to define the position you will be looking for, be realistic, and don’t try applying for the wrong position, if your a graduate Technologist, don’t think you can apply for the Architects job, your not even in the same league. Think realistically about who your up against. Your a graduate Technologist with three years college experience, with perhaps some summer work, you need to look for a position to suite your skills. I’ll expand on this point later, again it’s not a simple subject.

Believe it or not you will need two totaly different web sites, the first is a place to add a lot of sample drawings, that you can’t take with you on interviews and as a place to expand your CV. It will need to compliment your CV and act as a gateway to you. It will be a place to place comments, thoughts on Architectural technology. You don’t need to pay loads for a bespoke site, a free wordpress.com site is ample, I’ll guide you through this, but you need to add your stamp and make it yours. The second web site will be for your photo collection, of details, architecture and almost anything to do with design that you think might help your cause. Take my advise, Flickr is the best and it’s free. Plus wordpress will activate and use the photos you store there. They will also be a means to being found. Don’t forget to mention your CPD activities, I list it in my CV, but use my web site to give more detail.

Finally the issue of job adverts, the web and agencies, staff positions, working for your self, and that means freelancing, forming a limited company and what that entails, plus the enevitable salary discussion, what are you worth. The opening letter or phone call, how will you approach your future employer.

I have not mentioned CIAT, and what this will do for your employment chances, belive me when I say it is very important, even if your a student or associate member, trying to complete your pops record application.

That’s it for now, the next issue of this will take on one aspect of the points raised above. But be clear, this is not a simple task it will take time and a lot of work, some realistic soul searching, and involve making a long hard look at the career you want, is it straight architecture !, or will you split like I did and go into manufacturing, or surveying, or perhaps insurance. You may find that your plans and career are controlled by events not currently apparent, like the next recession, or bank failour, marriage and the district possibility of children, this will involve a backup plan.

Today’s photo is of a 2CV, no other reason to use this photo other than I always wanted one. The placement is an experiment, I always use a photo, placed at the top, mostly on the right, but never in this place, let see !!.


Architectural Technologist – Scanning notes to Evernote

I tend to get just loads of magazines, some good some not so, but within them I find articles or adverts I want to keep, in the old days I would try and keep then in a large blue ring binder, as clips or the full page, it was unwieldy and not so usefull, I would often forget it was even there.

But not now, I save just about all I can to Evernote, via an App called PDFpen for the Mac, it has the ability to control my Brother Scanner copier, and send the PDF to Evernote with a new title.

I prescribe to the pro version of Evernote, which gives me the avidly to get PDF articles scanned, and made available for search.

This is a major boon for me, as I search for things in Google, I get both the web finds, plus a small box with what I have in my personal archive within Evernote that matches the search.

For students this should be almost Mandatory, for lecture notes, reticle and the like, for the technologist, it's a smart way to add credos to you, the transferable skill set that should be so part of your CV.

Today's photo is on a search I made for a box article I made about 10 mins after the video below was made, showing the PDF turn up in a search for Box trees.


Architectural Technologist – Smart Architects email with Mac Mail

If your like me, I used to have a lot of specific folders to store project email in, but some times I wanted to see all mail on a specific subject, that not part of my folder system, enter Mac Mail smart folders.

I could make a rule but this would want to do something with the actual mail, the smart folder leaves the mail where it is but shows me the email in a special folder.

I like this so much, I have started to experiment with different rules to show say all emails connected to say CIAT, but only for POP meets. My personal and business mail hold 1000’s of emails, some locked away in a folder called “old”, so the use of the smart folder unlocks all these old emails.

The video below is an excellent tutorial for the concept, and one you might want to study and apply to your Mac mail.

Today's photo is a classic picture of a weeping willow ((Salix babylonica), situated next to a river, or large water source.



Architectural Technologist – CPD workflow for saving, creating notes and recording the hours

I thought you might like to see a video I did recently looking at the way I store information I find during my research, it centres on Evernote of course, and also my way of recording the actual hours in my Google Doc Spreadsheet.

I also use PDFpen to scan in documents into Evernote, if they are paper based. I can also just add time direct into my spreadsheet, copy it and paste direct into Evernote.

I can now quite happily search for items on the web, but because I have the Evernote app in my search program like safari or chrome, it can also see what I have stored in my personal database stored within Evernote.

We that is both Technologists and Architects, in fact most profesionals need to complete and show 35 hours of quality CPD in any one year, this is my way of recording that information, but more importantly, how I can see and use it, in my day to day activity.

If you can't work out how to make up the spreadsheet, let me know and I will make up one specific to you, for a small fee of course !!.



Architectural Technologist – Building Reg Search

Yesterday was a day of drawing in Vectorworks, before you ask, it was all in 2D, it's still my preferred drawing method, although all new jobs are being considered for 3D. But that's not the point of today's blog, it was my use of the building regs.

The problem I had was I wanted to read the regs re ventilation to a bathroom in a refurb, I wanted to quote the extract rate, so I opened up the relevant part F PDF from within Evernote, and with right click I choose my preferred reader, and searched, now I generally use Preview as I run a Mac, the search openers up a list of pages along the left side that contain the search term, a small outline of the page and the headline, clicking on each outline just shows that page in full with the search item highlighted.

This simple technique makes searching the regs, or for that matter any technical document very easy, I have used this technique in Adobe's PDF reader the search function is not on the main title bar, but within the Edit drop down menu, but it works much the same.

Seasoned Technologist might be saying that this is old hat, and not worthy of CPD time, but I mentioned this technique to some students recently and they were amazed, searching for words by just scan reading takes so long, and believe me you will miss items, yet using the search function in this way is fool proof.

Below is a short video I made to show the search technique both on a Mac using Preview and Adobe viewer, I must say I prefer Preview. The photo today is of my screen just after recording the video.

The CPD time is not great here, but the saving in time looking for items or terms is huge.