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Level Up - How to Build an Epic Architecture Career Through Gamification

What if you could control your architecture career like you were playing a game?

Rather than the everyday place you work and live, imagine a world where you could venture into heroic quests to attain powerful skills, knowledge, wealth, and experience.

Let's talk about how something as fun as video games can be used to amplify our efforts to building epic, long-lasting careers in architecture.

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CareerMichael LaValley
Architect Archetypes

When we get out of architecture school, no one is there holding your hand, guiding you where to go next. We’re all sort of left to our own devices, assumed we’ll find our own way in the world.

And why shouldn’t we? The last generation did it, right?

But perhaps there’s a different way to think about the next step.

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CareerMichael LaValley
Embracing the Freedom of a Multi-Faceted Architecture Career

Freedom is something we all strive for.

But what does it mean to have freedom in your professional architecture career?

To me, building career freedom means that you have the opportunity to make the professional choices you want for yourself.

Freedom inherently comes down to choice.

My circumstances are unique to me, but that doesn’t mean that someone else without my experiences can’t close the gap on my career or that I can’t on someone who has the career I wish for.

Let’s talk about a few of the core values that can bring you closer to the career freedom you’re searching for.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Networking for Architects

In many respects, networking should be one of the most enjoyable activities we partake in as professionals. The reality is that we often overlook it as a mundane and trivial part of our careers.

There are really only three ways to approach networking. Let's take a lesson from one of the greatest films of all time 

It even has Clint Eastwood for good measure.

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CareerMichael LaValley
An Architect's Perspective on House or Home

When we’re in architecture school, we’re taught how to create space. When we’re in the office after school is over, we design space for real people who will make it their own. "House" and "Home" may describe the same thing on the surface, but they're very different from the point of view of this Architect.

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CareerMichael LaValley
Office Life: Architects as Entrepreneurs

I bet when you were going to Architecture school, sitting in studio, you rarely thought about all the ‘additional’ things that the profession would require of you beyond your design skills. Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about how the profession deals with, and relies upon, business.

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CareerMichael LaValley
Becoming An Architect

Time really does fly. It doesn't feel like much has changed, but one year later, I know in my bones that I am really an Architect. There is still so much for me to learn, but the way I learn it is now supported by the confidence that I completed a journey that few attempt and even fewer complete.

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CareerMichael LaValley