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 […]

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 that I am not the biggest fan of Las Vegas. I am not a prude and the seemingly endless amount of vices available to visitors does […]

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 architect, this could be visiting Therme Vals in Switzerland by Peter Zumthor, or if this was prior to 1969, maybe it would be smoking cigars with Mies […]

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. Such is the case for the monumental stairwell we’ve been working on for our Oak Grove shared coworking space. The front of the building was previously a generic spec developer office building complete […]

024: Presentation Skills, Tips and Techniques

Unlike most professions, architects are fairly accustomed to standing up in front of a group of people and speaking … but that doesn’t mean they like it (or even worse)  – that they are any good at doing it. The concern going through almost everyone’s head before they get up in front of a group […]

Man versus Machine – Architectural Sketch Series

I’m currently in Chicago celebrating the 50th birthday of a good friend of mine. In fact, there are four of us here and we all know each other from our time together from the University of Texas School of Architecture. Evidence presented this weekend would suggest that we are all still about 24 years old […]

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 feeling bad, we’re going to do something about it. Welcome to “The Fun Show”. [Note: If you are reading this via email, you will have to click […]

Notre Dame Cathedral – A Tragic Fire

Yesterday was April 15th, a Monday, and the day that the world-wide beloved Notre Dame Cathedral caught fire and suffered heartwrenching damage. I found about the fire from one of my co-workers shortly after the fire began and I ended up streaming live coverage on my computer and watching in horror as the building was […]

022: Residential Construction Costs

In the beginning, when you are starting to plan your budget for building a new house, residential construction costs are not that complicated unless you really want to make them that way. There are some general broad stroke pieces of information that if you know them, you will not be surprised when it comes time […]

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” because the master bathroom in my current home is a crime scene. Not an actual crime scene, (although I would not have been surprised to find an amputated finger […]