The Studio 15: Yay!

by Tim Alatorre

Somer Scott, Cal Poly class of ’05, LEED AP, puts up with Tim’s new sound cart and shares with us her perspective on working with large corporate firms. We mourn the loss of a Cal Poly student and discus the new LEED accreditation program.

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Show Notes

Site News

Big thanks again to Henri, he’s listening to the show!

Cal Poly News

  • Growth of Unpaid Internships May Be Illegal, Officials Say
    • SUMMARY: Federal and state enforcers of labor regulations are taking a harder look at unpaid internships with the suspicion that many of them are little more than attempts to extract free labor from willing workers, reports Steven Greenhouse. There are six federal legal criteria to meet before it is permissible to offer an unpaid internship—not least is a requirement that the employer “derives no immediate advantage” from the arrangement. A Stanford University career center director says he sees signs that the number of unpaid internships is ballooning.
  • PGE Classes that Haley attended


Rapid Fire Questions

  • Cal Poly or Berkeley? Cal Poly
  • Autocad or Revit? Revit
  • Parallel bar or T-Square? Parallel bar
  • Facebook or LinkedIn? Facebook
  • Arch Record or Arch Digest? Record
  • Drafting dots or tape? Dots
  • Yellow trace or white?… or BLUE?? White
  • Ad Markers or Prisma? Ad Markers
  • Pen or Pencil? Pencil
  • Mac or PC? PC

Final Score: Kake — the yummiest score so far

Interview Questions

  • What is she up to?
    • Anything and everything she didn’t have time or money for in college!
    • Hired at KTGY in Orange County after graduation, part of the huge convoy of Cal Poly ’05 grads, she thinks there were 50-60 new hires that year, maybe half were from Cal Poly and of different disciplines.
      • She was hired into a design position, doing mulit/single family, did a lot of site and urban design, planning, then moved to more high end design.
      • She left in ’07
    • After a road trip with her sister from Huston to LA she found herself learning Revit in an effort to get employed.
    • Now with HOK in Culver City doing Medical Design, Healthcare planning. She does some limited travel to project sites.
      • HOK taught her how to use Revit and made it possible for their employees to get LEED accredited.
      • After three years at HOK, you’re given the opportunity to transfer to other HOK offices.
      • Last year HOK did a three month employee exchange between New York and Los Angels
  • What’s her insight after working in a few large firms?
    • They’re all different, whether it’s size or being part of a corporation.
    • But starting out in a smaller firm, with internships, allows you to get that breadth of practice.
    • There are a lot of trade offs either way you go.
  • Revit becoming part of employment requirements for grads and students
  • How has she used her LEED knowledge
    • How are Clients reacting to the LEED process
    • Most clients are asking for it, they’re seeking the certification
  • currently working towards licensure? progress?
    • In process of IDP and has yet start her exams
  • Is there something you wish you had done or known when you were still at Cal Poly?
    • Wishes she had been made aware of licensure
    • Take the AREs structural portion right out of school
  • What kind of advice can you give to current Cal Poly students?
    • Learn how to draw!!
    • Enjoy the classes that aren’t architecture related as well
  • Somer gives us some questions to ponder:
    • Tim: His goal was to get licensed… now what?
    • Haley: After school, it was hard trying to figure out what to and how to start that new set of goals after graduation
  • We’re interested in hearing from Cal Poly Architecture grads that have left the profession
    • Has their background helped them?
    • What fields did they migrate to?

About the Author

Tim Alatorre