I wanted to share some tips with this lovely community!
- Architect Exam Prep-Follow along with the audio commentary with your study guide. The OMCES was the real winner for me, kept taking these tests until I was hitting a 90+
- Pluralsight-Watch the PA course and the applicable PPD courses (accessibility, codes, sustainability)
- Ballast Review Manual and Review Questions (same idea, mix in applicable PPD-lots of overlap!)
- DesignerHacks Questions. Make sure you hit over a score of 80.
- PPD-PA Quick Study Guide off of Gumroad
- Jenny's notes for Site Planning (Are 4.0)
I skimmed through Site Planning and Design Handbook & Sun, wind and light. I watched youtube videos on soils, much more digestible.
General Main Topics:
- Having a good grasp of the Standards of Rehabilitation. What to do in xxx situation, who to contact in this situation, how should this be built...etc.
- Understanding the Net:Gross Ratio
- Must know ramps, clearances, height maximums, max slopes, landings, sizes. Luckily I had some Case Study references from IBC
- Adjacency diagrams, how to fill them out. Know the difference between primary and secondary adjacencies and what language triggers what.
- Siting and locating buildings with regards to sun and prevailing winds and topo.
- Know what type of businesses would yield a brownfield site, and what materials stored on site could cause environmental concerns.
- There were a lot of "when you are doing xxx for a developer, who do you contact or bring to the site"
Closing thoughts & comments:
- Any fill in the blank math problems I marked for review and went back to it before I started the Case Studies.
- Don't spend longer than 45Secs-1Min per question
- Use common sense and your experience
- I spent 2 hours on Case Studies
- I had 25 min left to review everything
- Overall, it's very important you have a good grasp of how to site buildings. I had countless hot-spots where you really can guess-you either know it or you don't
- Study PPD too
- Study old site planning notes, they are still applicable
- I spent 6 weeks studying, lots of studying on my subway commute, about 1.5hrs a day.
- Read these forums!
Hope this helps! Best of luck everyone!
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