And sometimes, it’s not so great
And sometimes, it’s not so great

And sometimes, it’s not so great

You may or may not know that the architect has been studying his brains out since mid-March for the LEED AP exam. I’ve never seen anyone work so hard for anything. Yesterday was the exam. He didn’t pass. By two questions. Which is the suck. Even suckier? The exam, which was $400, is being complete revamped – so the book he used for yesterday’s exam is no longer valid. So on top of having to pay to take the exam again, there’s also a new book to buy, new facts to absorb, and self-doubt to overcome. On top of that, he’s coming up on 6 months of unemployment now, too. It’s got to be his turn soon, right?

Last night, I forced him to go out for drinks & crappy bar food (fried food cures all, right?) and I think everything is going to be okay, it’s just not fair. And I know life isn’t fair, but he worked so hard and definitely deserved this. I just wish there was something I could do besides force him to consume whiskey and nachos. I am so proud of all the effort he put into this, and can’t believe that effort wasn’t rewarded.

Anyone need to hire an extremely gifted designer who, although not LEED certified, probably knows as much or more about the certification as any other actually LEED certified architect? Anyone? When’s our New Deal-esque building boom supposed to start again?


  1. Boo!!! 🙁

    I have this quote written in my notebook “Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.” I wrote it down to remind myself there’s always something to be grateful for…but sometimes when I read it…. it just pisses me off.

  2. Oh man! I’m so sorry. That has got to be frustrating and disappointing. I felt a similar mix of emotions when Donna missed her teacher’s National Board Certification and had to redo her packet and retake the tests (which took almost two more years). I wanted to shake someone and scream, “How can you not know what a fantastic teacher she is?!” On the upside – she did finally get it. So it is definitely the Architect’s turn dammit!! Sending some good mojo to wing its way westward.

  3. My dad’s an architect and he’s studying for the LEED exam too! His company is paying for pretty much everyone to become certified. If you guys want to move to Madison, Wisconsin, the architect might even be able to get a job! (And my dad would get a referral bonus…let me know!)

    1. The architect says, “do they need any contract workers?” after I told him that I want to be completely supportive, but I cannot support moving to Wisconsin, no matter how much cheese there is! 🙂

  4. Justin

    I feel for The Architect! So much time and effort for a test that is probably fairly arbitrary at determining how well he does know the material. So disheartening.

    I’m unable to come up with any words that makes it all better. Your amazon suggestions bar amused me though. Suggestions from it: “Things that Suck”, “One Lump or Two”, “Suck Your Stomach in and Put Some Color On!”.

    On the positives of Wisconsin, they actually have a really good craft beer scene. 🙂 And the cheese!

  5. sorry to hear about that 🙁 i swear these organizations make so much money of those stupid exams. the american medical association has too much of my hard earned money.

  6. Miz

    always reading but had to comment today.
    I so feel for you.
    why do I also feel a bit disappointed in the new administration?
    I know they have to spend time cleaning up old messes but….

  7. gah that sucks 🙁 it took me so many times to pass all the CPA tests and it was so frustrating (and expensive)

    chris has his LEED AP certification… i know its not an easy test.

  8. Aw, the LEED exam is so friggin hard. And the questions are ridonk – you almost have to learn the format of the test in ADDITION to all of the information you’re expected to know. He’ll catch a break soon. It’s a hard industry to be in, but housing sales are finally up and I think developers will catch on soon. Has he thought about doing urban planning or site masterplanning? Seems like lots of clients are into showing buyers their land’s potential, since the money’s not there to build anything yet.

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