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 don’t think you should have to explain why you obsess over something. Isn’t that the nature of any obsession – that there is some level of irrationality associated behind […]

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 my idea a bit more completely in my effort to actually be able to draw it out in a manner that allows someone else to understand […]

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 Architect Michael Hsu sits down to talk about how he started his own firm. Continue reading 030: Starting Your Own Architecture Firm at Life of an Architect. Source: Life of […]

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 in every project (I’ve only done two in a career that is currently 27 years long), there are very few projects that an oculus* couldn’t […]

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 in an architectural office, drawing up all sorts of stuff that I had literally never seen before in my life. I managed to get along but I […]

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 out there as an individual because social media only functions when you are social – which means there has to be a 1st person narrative. I […]

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 a project. My career is now almost 30 years in the making and not only have I done this possibly hundreds of time, I did it […]

Ep 27: 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 time thinking about it. While it may not be the sexiest part of the architectural profession,  it is something that every licensed architect must consider on every single project. Continue reading […]

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 do on every project. Continue reading Small, Big, Really Small, and Just Right at Life of an Architect. Source: Life of an Architect

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 shelf-life associated with them. I’m talking about the first job a person takes once they’ve graduated from college – the job that signals the beginning of their professional career. Continue reading […]