ARE 5.0 Project Planning and Design Practical Applications

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Sometimes called the “schematic design” phase, this is where the inner problem-solver in you gets to go nuts. It’s like those murder mystery board games where you look at different clues to figure out “who done it?”. But in the architectural context, it’s about looking at the variables to figure out “what to do?”, “how to do it?”, and “where to do it?”. It’s as much about knowing the right questions to ask, as it is having the right answers. In this video series, a team of seasoned architects will show you the ropes. They’ll point out why you should consider things like the surrounding neighborhood, weather, sun, codes, and regulations to determine a building’s orientation, shape, height, and systems.

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A series of videos show you how some of the world’s most respected architects, handled some very interesting design challenges and parameters. In California, Scott Parker of Studio 111 talks schematic design and the challenges faced with the structural system, as well as the local area. Laura Crane of bKL Architecture describes how the client and existing buildings influenced the design of Parcel O in Chicago. And in Dallas, Jon Bailey of HKS walks through the neighborhood and environmental considerations they faced as they planned the design of one of Dallas’s most beautiful plazas.

And that’s just the beginning.

Listen, we all know the PPD exam is going to throw everything, and then some, at you. These videos will help you confidently throw the answers right back at it.

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Video Lectures

Sometimes watching video of experts who’ve been and there and done that, can make content a whole lot more understandable...and relatable. That’s the idea behind the PPD video lectures and real-life application videos. Respected architects from around the corner and around the globe use graphs, animations, and 3D models to help you understand everything you need to know about Project Planning & Design.

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Practice Exams

The PPD practice exam covers off everything you’ll want to know come test-time, making it a great barometer for gauging your Project Planning & Design skills. As an added bonus, it mirrors the actual exam, down to the functionality, format, and color with 3 forms to practice from. That means you won’t be surprised by the questions, or the look and feel of the exam itself.

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Know your way around acronyms like ADA and IECC. Figure out what “Type IV Construction” is. Identify the minimum required clearance in front of an electrical panel. If it’s on the test, it’ll be on the flashcards. Review, shuffle, and mark cards as mastered on your phone. You can even make your own. For those feeling extra motivated, each card links to a video lecture with an in-depth explanation of the term or concept.

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Virtual Workshops

Everything is better live - same with our Virtual Workshops. They give you comfort and assurance that your studies are on the right path. Weekly, live, in-depth exercises with a licensed architect will have you feeling you’re at the top of the class when it comes to the most challenging topics of Project Planning & Design. Then, follow up each group lesson with a live Q&A to reinforce any PPD-related concepts with a licensed architect.

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