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Ep 039: The Hypothetical Show

Andrew and I really enjoy answering hypothetical questions as part of each Life of an Architect podcast episode. In our final recording of the year, w...
09-12-2019 22:01

Wallpaper in Bathrooms"

Should you put wallpaper into your bathroom" There are a lot of reasons why you should think long and hard before getting to "yes" and ...
02-12-2019 22:00

038: What to Get an Architect for Christmas [2019]

Buying gifts for Architects can be tough for some people because architects are very specific about the sorts of things they want. This is the 10th co...
25-11-2019 21:53

Best Instagram Accounts to Follow for Architectural Sketchin

The accounts that I\'ve included here are all spectacularly good at "architectural" sketches - which is an important distinction to make. I ...
18-11-2019 21:53

037: Ask the Show

What music do you listen to" What?s your design process" What is your favorite building and why" What do you eat for breakfast" Al...
11-11-2019 21:59

Sketching Details

It’s not a secret – or at least it shouldn’t be much of one. Architects should be on Instagram and I would like for them to post pic...
04-11-2019 21:57

036: Labor is Cheap, Skill is Not

Architecture and skilled craft go hand in hand, but you may not be aware that the number of skilled individuals that are required to bring an architec...
28-10-2019 22:05

7 Minutes in Heaven

I would not be surprised to learn that you might be reading this post just because of the title. Just to get it out of the way - right up front - this...
22-10-2019 21:58

035: Architecture and Math

If you ever thought about being an architect but thought you couldn?t handle the math, you aren?t alone. At parties across the land, as soon as someon...
14-10-2019 21:55

Steel Stair Panels ? Guardrails and Handrails

"Stairapalooza" might not be the best word for it but guardrailapalooza definitely isn\'t any better ... Handrailapalooza" Nope, that\'...
07-10-2019 21:56

034: Let?s Get Physical

Architectural models are clearly within the architect\'s domain but are you within the "physical models are better" or "digital models ...
30-09-2019 21:56

Saying ?Hello? Is Exhausting

Nobody wants anybody to say hello to them 5 times and if I\'m being honest, I don\'t want to say hello 5 times either. But what do you do other than t...
23-09-2019 21:51

033: Taking the Architectural Registration Exam

Taking the architectural registration exam is a crucial step in the process of becoming an architect. The test is long, difficult, and stressful, but ...
16-09-2019 21:53

Architectural Transitions

I\'ve been in my new job for 3 weeks now and it has been just about every sort of descriptor you can imagine - fun, exciting, frustrating, challenging...
09-09-2019 22:00

032: Projects in Architecture School are Silly

Your college architecture projects will be silly because they are designed to make you think outside what you already know. They are also supposed to ...
03-09-2019 21:57

Changes You Don?t See Coming

The last several months have been a whirlwind of changes ? or maybe it was really the last few weeks where all the action took place. There is big new...
26-08-2019 21:50

031: Obsession

Do Architects have obsessive personalities" I tend to think so, and only partially based on my own behavior. I should throw out the caveat that I...
19-08-2019 21:50

Architectural Sketch Series: Schematic Design

The creative process for an architect is fairly simple for me - when I sketch, I think it slows my thought process down and forces me to think through...
13-08-2019 21:53

030: Starting Your Own Architecture Firm

Is It the dream of every architect to start their own architecture firm" Most architects think about it at one point or another and Austin Archit...
05-08-2019 21:58

Oculus and Skylights

Unless you\'ve been living under a rock, you would know that there are few things I enjoy as much as a proper oculus. While I don\'t try to stick them...
29-07-2019 21:54

029: Architects Should Work Construction

If I have one regret during my college education is that I never worked on a construction site. Once I graduated from college, I went straight to work...
22-07-2019 21:54

028: Social Media for Architects

In order for social media to have an impact, you first have to decide on what you want to achieve and from there, you actually have to put yourself ou...
08-07-2019 21:53

As-Built Drawing Adventure

If you are an architect, it\'s a pretty safe bet that at some point in your career you\'ve had to go on site and collect some existing dimensions for ...
02-07-2019 21:55

027: Is That Even Legal"

How much time have you spent thinking about the legal side of architecture"  If you are like most architects, you probably haven\'t spent enough ...
24-06-2019 21:58

Small, Big, Really Small, and Just Right

Every project goes through these phases - small, big, really small, and then just right - and letting people know what to expect is something that I d...
19-06-2019 21:55

026: First Jobs

?Your first architectural job is important.? I?m not talking about summer jobs or internships ? those don?t really count because they have a known she...
10-06-2019 22:01

Vegas Baby!

The Life of an Architect Podcast is going to hit the road and attend the 2019 AIA National Convention in Las Vegas. As an Architect, I have to say tha...
03-06-2019 21:56

025: Architectural Bucket List

Today we are talking about Architectural Bucket lists. Everyone knows what a bucket list is ? things you want to do or achieve in your life. For an ar...
28-05-2019 21:55

Interior Stairwell Design and Graphics

Few people love putting together stair drawings, but I think you\'ll agree that some stairs are more fun to detail than others....
21-05-2019 21:54

024: Presentation Skills, Tips and Techniques

Unlike most professions, architects are fairly accustomed to standing up in front of a group of people and public speaking ... but that doesn\'t mean ...
13-05-2019 21:57

Man versus Machine ? Architectural Sketch Series

Is it still design when the computer does the work for you" Let\'s take a look at the relatively mundane task of laying out wall tile - should yo...
08-05-2019 21:59

023: The Fun Show

Sometimes bad things happen, and it impacts you in a way that you weren?t anticipating ? takes you out of your normal head space. Since I don?t like f...
29-04-2019 21:59

Notre Dame Cathedral ? A Tragic Fire

On April 14th, a fire rampaged through Notre Dame Cathedral causing substantial damage. I am profoundly saddened by this event and wanted to take a mo...
16-04-2019 22:02

022: Residential Construction Costs

Residential construction costs are not that complicated unless you really want to make them that way. There are some general broad stroke pieces of in...
15-04-2019 22:03

Master Bathroom ? Again

Apparently, I don’t like myself very much. I am basing this on all the evidence I have on hand  … and I use the word “evidence”...
09-04-2019 22:00

021: Making an Architect

Becoming an architect is the dream of many people, but it is rare that these individuals learn enough about themselves and what it means to be an arch...
01-04-2019 21:57

Stairs are Complicated

Some of the most complicated and underappreciated architectural drawings to ever exist are those depicting stairs. While I will readily concede that p...
26-03-2019 21:54

20: The Construction Bid Process

Every client wants to know what their project is going to cost and who?s going to build it. That means sending the drawings out and getting contractor...
18-03-2019 21:57

019: Architectural Fees

Architectural Fees are a mystery to most people and there is no shortage of methods that architects charge for their services. How do you make sense o...
04-03-2019 21:55

How to Get a Job in an Architect?s Office

Getting a job in an architect\'s office should be a lot easier than it really is ... well, I should put a caveat on that statement to say that it\'s h...
26-02-2019 21:56

018: Crafting an Image

For today\'s episode, Andrew and I sit down with photographer Poul Ober to discuss the role photography plays in telling an architectural story, as we...
18-02-2019 21:54

Don?t Let the Internet Design Your Project

For some people, when I post process sketches, I make their head explode. What I clearly need is for the Internet to save me from myself and the horri...
12-02-2019 21:52

017: Quitting Your Job

It happens to almost all of us eventually, and for pretty much everybody, the experience ranges from unpleasant to downright panic-inducing ? so get y...
04-02-2019 21:55

Estate Project ? Preston Hollow

Our client has a decidedly modern take on things and one of the major challenges to this project was to marry the modern additions to this existing Ge...
29-01-2019 21:53

016: Architecture in the Real World

What is it like to be an architect" Architecture in the real world is a lot different than people think. Does school prepare you for being an arc...
21-01-2019 21:54

I?m Nine Years Old ? Old Age

As party week comes to its conclusion, we look at the final year – 2018 – and acknowledge that Life of an Architect is now an old man.  Li...
18-01-2019 21:53

I?m Nine Years Old ? Middle Age

As party week powers relentlessly on, today is a look at years 6, 7, and 8 ... what has come to represent the depressing middle age years....
17-01-2019 21:56

I?m Nine Years Old ? The Teenage Years

Party week for Life of an Architect continues with a look at years 4 and 5 and the drastic changes that happened to the website once personal engageme...
16-01-2019 21:58

I?m Nine Years Old ? The Early Years

On the second day of the birthday event celebrating the 9th anniversary since Life of an Architect was created, we take a look at years two and three ...
15-01-2019 21:55

I?m Nine Years Old ? The Birth Year

The popular website Life of an Architect achieves a milestone of turning nine years old. Take a rare look behind the curtain at what happened in that ...
14-01-2019 21:56

015: Tools of an Architect

All industries have specific tools that make their business work - and architects are no different in this regard. Today, we will be discussing virtua...
07-01-2019 21:52

Service Industry Failure ? Happy Holidays

Normally this time of year I am thinking about what sort of Holiday themed architectural posts I can share with people. Normally these are pretty sill...
19-12-2018 21:52

The Aalto ? Life of an Architect Holiday Cocktail

For the past several years, Life of an Architect has attempted to design a holiday cocktail. This year is "The Aalto" a refreshing beverage ...
17-12-2018 22:02

014: Being an Architect is Hell

As an architect, every space I walk in to, I look at ? intensely. I scrutinize, evaluate, process, and redesign.Every. Single. Space....
10-12-2018 21:52

Turn Up the Music in Studio ? Dec?18 Mix

Architecture and Music ... they go together extremely well as music frequently fuels the creative process and there are few things I enjoy more than t...
03-12-2018 21:57

What to Get an Architect for Christmas [2018]

For the 9th year in a row, Life of an Architect presents its "What to buy an architect for Christmas" - gift ideas that will please even the...
25-11-2018 21:57

Winter Adventure to Helsinki

I have two more travel excursions before the end of the year, and my next trip one is just around the corner, which means I am in full-on research mod...
19-11-2018 21:58

012: A Day in the Life of an Architect

What does a day in the Life of an Architect look like" There are a lot of different answers to that question and even if I look at what my day lo...
12-11-2018 21:57

Architecture Studio Vignettes

Almost all Architectural Offices are amazing places, and you can tell a lot about an architectural firm just by looking at their offices....
05-11-2018 22:01

011: An Architect?s Salary

So how much money do architects make" They\'re all rich, right" Well, that\'s the topic today and we are going to take a look at how best to...
29-10-2018 21:53

The Bauhaus and Me

I am heading out to Weimar for the next 7 days to take part in the celebration of the 99th anniversary of the Bauhaus movement....
22-10-2018 21:51

Architectural T-Shirts

There are currently 58 “draft” articles on my site – some are fairly recent and some go back years. There are any number of reasons ...
17-10-2018 21:54

010: What Makes You a Designer

There are many things I do during a typical day ? designing ?stuff? is just one very small portion ? but I still consider myself a designer more so th...
15-10-2018 21:51

Just Draw it Up

There is a request that I receive a few times a week that I thought I would finally talk about in an effort to shed some light on a fairly taboo subje...
10-10-2018 21:52

009: The ?Low Cost Modern House?

With their clarity often confused with simplicity, modern houses require a far greater attention to execution and as a result, seem to surprise everyo...
01-10-2018 21:53

008: Top Ten Reasons to be an Architect

If you are interested in becoming an architect, what are the best reasons to pursue your dream" The field of architecture can be extremely reward...
17-09-2018 21:50

007: A Survivor?s Guide to Architecture School

Fall is just around the corner and that means it\'s time for students around the country to return to their desk at architecture school. For most, thi...
04-09-2018 21:53

Turn Up the Music in Studio

Architecture and Music ... they go together extremely well as music frequently fuels the creative process and there are few things I enjoy more than t...
27-08-2018 21:55

006: Inside an Architect?s Office

Architectural offices do a lot more than simply provide a space in which the occupants do their job ... they represent the culture of the office and p...
20-08-2018 21:50

Watch Your Mouth

It\'s always good advice to be mindful of the things you say to other people ... but you should really be careful about the things you write because j...
13-08-2018 21:53

Architects and Chefs ? Episode 0005

In this fifth episode of the Life of an Architect podcast, Landon and I take on the topic of Architects and cooking and how those two things come toge...
06-08-2018 21:54

Please Don?t Mess Up My Cabin

It doesn’t happen very often these days but I had a first … I had an extended stay in one of my projects after the client had taken posses...
30-07-2018 21:52

Episode 0004 ? Architects and Traveling

Architects like to travel, at least that’s what all my friends who are architects would like you to believe. While I will agree that this is a t...
23-07-2018 21:53

The Competitive Bid Process

I can tell you with absolute clarity, that when you find yourself, either as an architect, or a client, being in a position to select your contractor ...
18-07-2018 21:53

Sketching ? Episode 0003

Sketching is a hot topic regardless of the people having the discussion, but I have learned over the last nine years of writing this site that sketchi...
10-07-2018 21:52

Inspiration and Inadequacy ? All at Once

It is Sunday night and I find myself sitting in my usual location preparing to write the next post on Life of an Architect … except I am experie...
03-07-2018 21:57

The College Years ? Episode 0002

In this second episode of the Life of an Architect podcast, we turn our attention towards the college years. I graduated from the University of Texas ...
27-06-2018 21:52

Episode 0001 ? Character Development

Life of an Architect has finally entered the podcasting world! In the first episode, Bob Borson and Landon Williams discuss why they decided to start ...
14-06-2018 21:57

Life of an Architect ? The Inevitable has Arrived

The inevitable has arrived. I am officially bored with blogging, and it only took 8 years, 5 months, 8 days, and 854 blog posts to get here. I can sti...
11-06-2018 21:58

Conference Calls are Killing Me

Conference calls are killing me - they are time-wasting black-holes of people not doing what they were supposed to do when they were supposed to do it...
04-06-2018 21:54

3 Pieces of Advice ? and Pulled Pork

Three pieces of advice that have the longevity and clarity that you can benefit from for the rest of your life ... as well as an exceptional pulled po...
30-05-2018 21:49

Technology is Amazing

If you are an architect, technology is a way of life ... but despite knowing this information, I am frequently amazed by just how amazing technology a...
21-05-2018 21:53

It?s all Fun and Games

You only turn 50 once, so that means throwing a party. If you are an architect, that also means you\'d better get to work on your house before everyon...
15-05-2018 21:53

Memories from Architecture Studio

Does anybody remember “mixtapes”" For those of you born after 1995, mixtapes were traditionally self-assembled arrangements of songs ...
23-04-2018 21:54

Modern Wood Rainscreen

There is something about a clean and simple wood “screen” that is suspended off the face of the wall that is at the same time both modern ...
17-04-2018 21:49

Architectural Sketches 003 ? Japanese Playhouse

Architectural sketches typically fall into two distinctive camps (other than “Great!” or “terrible”) and the relative purpose ...
10-04-2018 21:51

Being an Architect is Hell ? The Ongoing Descent

Being an architect is hell for any countless number of reasons, but one of the most prevalent reasons is that architects everywhere are assaulted visu...
03-04-2018 21:53

Architectural Blogging ? It isn?t for Everyone

My computer is dying … I am systematically killing it with all the stuff I keep on here. One of the things that frequently happens when you writ...
20-03-2018 21:59

If You?re Not Having Fun, then You?re Doing Something Wrong

“If you go on vacation to Ireland and don’t enjoy yourself, then that’s your fault.” This is what a man told me as I sat in th...
12-03-2018 21:55

Architectural Sketches 002 ? The Series

About 30 days and thousands of sketches later, it\'s time for the next round of Architectural Sketches - The Series. While I think adding "The Se...
19-02-2018 21:49

Website for an Architect

Architectural websites are terrible - everybody knows this. Most architectural websites are created to impress other architects and designers and as a...
12-02-2018 21:53
 



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