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What to Watch: Shelter in Place Edition

I thought I should craft a list of films, documentaries, and videos to view while there is so much extra time at home. Now I am not trying to provide ...
02-04-2020 21:58

046: Working From Home

A lot can happen in just a few weeks. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, business as usual is anything but ? and Andrew and I felt like we should interrupt our...
30-03-2020 22:02

Sketching is Hard

The point of today\'s post is that sketching is hard for most people and it\'s okay if you end up using other tools to help get you to your destinatio...
24-03-2020 21:54

Moving to a Virtual Design Studio"

Is it possible to create a completely virtual educational design studio in undergraduate architecture courses" I do a small amount of wondering a...
20-03-2020 21:55

045: Documenting Architecture

The process of preparing construction drawings has evolved from ?What do we need to do to ?What can?t we do"? Today we are going talking about co...
16-03-2020 21:57

7 Minutes in Heaven with Me

Presenting on any subject can be a frightening experience for most people, but when you have to do it in a room full of people you work with there cou...
11-03-2020 21:56

Studio Lessons 101: Architecture is about Words

Architecture is about words as much as it is images. How do we speak about architecture in a way that is meaningful and relatable to those who will in...
05-03-2020 22:05

044: Architectural Technology

Architectural Technology is changing how architects work and what?s in today might be irrelevant and out of date by next week, but ignore these develo...
02-03-2020 22:00

For Architects, Patience is Definitely a Virtue

Most architects have to learn patience over the course of their career, it’s actually one architectural character trait that I always think abou...
24-02-2020 22:02

Architect vs. Architectural Designer: aka Alphabet Soup

Every person\'s signature tells a story. Especially when it comes to all those letters that happen after their name. You can learn a great deal about ...
20-02-2020 21:55

043: Inside the Firm

So you?ve graduated from architecture school and received a university degree in architecture – so what happens next" What exactly does an ...
17-02-2020 21:57

A Day in the Life ? Punch list Day

Today we are taking a look at a day in the life of an architect ... and on this day I just so happened to walk a project and create a punch list as pa...
11-02-2020 21:58

Renovation Construction Surprises

I\'ve been practicing architecture for over 20 years and I can say with certainty that I am still surprised by the construction methods chosen by some...
06-02-2020 21:59

042: Mentorship

Finding the right sort of person who can help guide you through the various stages of your career can be incredibly valuable and beneficial. Today, An...
03-02-2020 22:01

For the Love of All That is Holy ? Be on Time

Being on time is clearly more important to some over others, but is there a good reason to actually put in the effort to be on time" Of course, t...
27-01-2020 21:57

041: Talking Shop with Omar Gandhi

Today is a special episode because we are sitting down with my very close and personal friend, even though we have never actually met, Canadian archit...
20-01-2020 21:55

First Let Me Introduce Myself

I am very excited to announce that Andrew Hawkins, my partner in crime and podcast co-host, will start bringing his unique perspective to the written ...
16-01-2020 21:59

Keeping Up with Projects

I don’t write many of these sorts of posts … they are painful to put together even though I am happy enough to reflect upon the creative p...
13-01-2020 21:58

040: Changing Jobs

Changing jobs is exciting and terrifying at the same time ? particularly if you are making a drastic change wither in the type of work or the size of ...
06-01-2020 21:58

Holiday Trends and the 3rd Annual Life of an Architect Holid

As 2019 comes to a close there is one thing front and center on my mind ... holiday drinking, and here is a great new holiday cocktail for you to enjo...
23-12-2019 22:00

Motherflipping Tile Joints

I like to take tile joint patterns pretty seriously and am preternaturally inclined to notice when the tile installer decides to make the joint patter...
17-12-2019 22:02

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

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