Archispeak

de Evan Troxel

What’s it really like to work in architecture? The hosts of Archispeak know, and they’re here to share real-life experiences. Since 2012 Evan Troxel and Cormac Phalen have been podcasting their brand of real talk on everything from design, tools, and work/life balance to generational differences, mentoring, job hunting, and more. Probing questions, revelatory interviews, and unique insights have grown their audience and become a weekly ritual for students and seasoned professionals alike. To join the conversation or learn more about the hosts, visit archispeakpodcast.com

Episodios

#243 - Crappy Game of Telephone

por Evan Troxel

The downsides of hyperrealism during design presentations, when it's time to stop designing, emotional experiences in architecture, and a mini-review of the masterpiece that is Dune.

#242 - Aloha and As-salam alaykom

por Evan Troxel

Coming to you from remote locations on opposite sides the world (no, it's not flat—but it does have "sides" 🤣), we have a discussion about the true value of in-person meetings after a year and a half of virtual calls.

Sponsor

Enscape is a real-time rendering and VR tool for the AEC market. It empowers design workflows by plugging into building modeling software and turning the models into immersive 3D experiences. Visit enscape3d.com/archispeak to sign up for a free 14-day trial.

#241 - Future-proofing Architecture

por Evan Troxel

Architectural representation and its roles in cinema, world-building, alternative realities, the Metaverse, the concept of "future-proofing" space, and more.

Links
Metaverse (Wikipedia)

#240 - The Process

por Evan Troxel

How does the architectural design process work? Is it linear—or is it something else entirely—and why?

#239 - Reality to Virtual

por Evan Troxel

Do you ever feel like you're being watched—or experimented on—when shopping online? A/B testing is a standard practice companies use not only for marketing purposes, but in user interface design and user experience as well. Adjustments are then made over time to suit the preferences of users making use of the data gleaned from the testing. Can/should/do architects do this? What kinds of modifications have you done in environments you have agency over to better suit your experience of space?

- The Urbanist podcast episode 521, chapter 3 (Architecture in the virtual world)

#238 – Wax the Carpets

por Evan Troxel

Post-justified puns, green roof details, not knowing what we don't know, continuing education and building product selection, educating (and selling!) design concepts and building products to clients with the right information for them to make informed decisions, bad alliances and throwing teammates under the bus, and more.

#237 – Unspoken-spoken Rule

por Evan Troxel

In this episode we’re talking about corporate-sponsored productivity-enhancing drugs. Cormac jumps back on the wagon after an 8-month hiatus so we discuss our favorite morning ritual.

Links

Aeropress Go (Amazon)

Chemex Classic (Amazon)

Mr. Coffee 12-cup Coffee Maker (Amazon)

Sponsor

Thanks to our sponsor for helping make this episode possible:

Twinmotion

Twinmotion is a real-time rendering solution used by architecture, engineering, and construction professionals to create high-quality imagery, client presentations, and interactive experiences that help communicate your BIM data and design ideas, fast. Visit twinmotion.link/archispeak
and try Twinmotion for free.

#236 – Flanking the Camel Crowd

por Evan Troxel

We discuss Cormac's recent trip to Saudi Arabia and the extraordinary humbling feeling he experienced during his adventure.

Links

Cormac's Instagram

China Ranch Date Farm near Death Valley National Park in California

Sponsor

Thanks to our sponsor for helping make this episode possible:

Twinmotion

Twinmotion is a real-time rendering solution used by architecture, engineering, and construction professionals to create high-quality imagery, client presentations, and interactive experiences that help communicate your BIM data and design ideas, fast. Visit twinmotion.link/archispeak and try Twinmotion for free.

#235 – Zigzag Patterns of Thought

por Evan Troxel

This conversation is a continuation of our previous episode topic regarding documenting knowledge and includes some deeper theoretical discussion inspired by a recent article on Substack.

Subconscious Substack by Gordon Brander Notes are conversations across time

Field Notes notebooks

Sponsor

Thanks to our sponsor for helping make this episode possible:

Twinmotion

Twinmotion is a real-time rendering solution used by architecture, engineering, and construction professionals to create high-quality imagery, client presentations, and interactive experiences that help communicate your BIM data and design ideas, fast. Visit twinmotion.link/archispeak and try Twinmotion for free.

#234 – Moving Past Your Past

por Evan Troxel

We discuss leadership acting as roadblocks and the need for capturing knowledge, teaching, and learning within our practices so we can all participate in leveling up the profession.

Links

TRXL 053 – ‘A Growth Mindset’, with Ellen Bensky

#233 – Snout House

por Evan Troxel

Don't let 'good' get in the way of 'great': a story about a slow process of perfectionism versus the instant gratification of good enough.

Links

OK Computer Lecture Series: Autonomous Vehicles (Evan's lecture on YouTube)

Le Corbusier’s Dream Car: The 1936 Voiture Minimum

Heatherwick Studio launches AIRO for IM Motors

Z-Car by Zaha Hadid

Dymaxion #1 by Buckminster Fuller

The Extraordinary Dymaxion Automobile

#232 – More Holes than SpongeBob

por Evan Troxel

Don't let 'good' get in the way of 'great': a story about a slow process of perfectionism versus the instant gratification of good enough.

#231 – A Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow

por Evan Troxel

If a tree falls in a rainstorm and rips the electrical connection from your house and you don't see it, does it make a sound? Disaster strikes in Cormac's neighborhood, leading to another sidetrack conversation.

Links

Disney's Carousel Of Progress (YouTube)

#230 – Mr. Troxel Goes to Washington

por Evan Troxel

Evan talks about his recent trip to Washington DC and Cormac foreshadows his retirement plan.

Links

Glenstone Museum

Archispeak 227 – Hugging Architecture (the Fallingwater episode)

IM Pei's east wing addition to the National Gallery of Art (1978)

Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial

National Museum of African American History & Culture

#229 – Nailed It!

por Evan Troxel

Evan gives an update on his adventures in construction, we talk about the disconnect between architects and contractors informed through Evan's experiences doing design-build, reminisce about learning how to build by watching This Old House, and more.

Links

This Old House on Twitter

This Old House (PBS)

Awesome Framers (Instagram)

Essential Craftsman (YouTube)

Tape Measure Pro Tips

Nailed It! (Netflix)

Great British Baking Show (Netflix)

#228 – Architectural Loyalty

por Evan Troxel

Cormac tries to help Evan understand sports team loyalties. The topic then leads to the question of whether architectural loyalties (to an architect or office, for example) make sense.

Links

Hulk Hogan (Wikipedia)

Bonesaw McGraw

Randy Savage (Wikipedia)

Centre Pompidou (Wikipedia)

Richard Rogers (Wikipedia)

Renzo Piano (Wikipedia)

#227 – Hugging Architecture

por Evan Troxel

We discuss Evan’s recent visit (and Cormac’s past visits) to an architectural icon including observations only architects would enjoy and understand.

Links

Cicadas: 17 years underground & emergence in 2021

Frank Lloyd Wright

FLW: Fallingwater

FLW: Kentuck Knob

FLW: Pope Leighey house

Richard Neutra

Neutra: Kaufmann house in Palm Springs

Neutra: Visitor Center and Cyclorama at Gettysburg

Richard Meier

Meier: Douglas House

#226 – Hulk Hand

por Evan Troxel

In an attempt to do anything except talk about architecture this episode, we discuss Cormac's sufferfest on the Appalachian Trail (AT), his discovery of the IT Band, tools for hikers, how Evan recently joined Cormac to hike in Great Falls Park, and a 'type-2 fun' story from Evan to round things out.

Links

Type 2 Fun on the Fun Scale

Great Falls Park

Harper's Ferry National Historical Park

Trekking Poles (Amazon)

Birch Hollow slot canyon in Zion National Park (Summit Post)

#225 – Hotdogs & Hummus

por Evan Troxel

We discuss what's for breakfast, going back to the office, the intangible tangibles of the office environment and corporate culture, and how many professions are experiencing the "Great Resignation".

Links

"Great resignation" wave coming for companies (Axios)

MRE (Meal, Ready to Eat) (Amazon)

Entrenching tool (e-tool) (Amazon)

#224 – Ninja Skills

por Evan Troxel

We discuss what styles (aka flair) architects can be identified by, Zoom-lash, your ninja skills and how they will play into the future of work, and what Cormac did when he got bored in the desert.

Links

Rise of the 10x Class by Dror Poleg

TRXL 041: ‘Stay Curious’, with Dror Poleg

Barbed wire gloves (Amazon)

Pneumatic Palm Nailer (Amazon)

Welding gloves (Amazon)

Welding helmet (Amazon)

#223 – Sweat Equity Pants

por Evan Troxel

We discuss the current auto fuel shortage, sweat (equity and pants), modeling things no one wants, and HighArc's website.

Links

higharc.com

#222 – This Can't End Well

por Evan Troxel

We discuss all nighters, staffing projects in the context of the current economy, the psychology around the two things that architects hate, and change management.

#221 – The Indiana Jones Warehouse of Wooden Crates

por Evan Troxel

We discuss our profession's continuing challenge of making meaningful progress within the very real constraints of selling time for money, how we willingly accept workflows the software industry has determined we use, the choice to stay in the trenches or to lead, and more.

Links

Archispeak 219: They Became Dinosaurs

#220 – PSA: We're All in This Together

por Evan Troxel

We discuss the need for members of our community (that's you!) to support the content creators who are putting their creativity and time into the betterment of the profession. Rate, review, be positive and constructive with your feedback, and share with your friends and colleagues!

Links

How to Architect (YouTube)

30x40 Design Workshop (YouTube)

Archimarathon (YouTube)

She Builds podcast

Practice Disrupted podcast

Build Smart podcast

Build Your Brand podcast

I've Never Met a Woman Architect Before

ARE Hacks by Evan Troxel

The Little Architect's Alphabet: Learning your letters through design by Lora Teagarden

Upcodes

Yale School of Architecture Lecture Series

Architalx lecture series

#219 – They Became Dinosaurs

por Evan Troxel

We discuss the stronghold of the architectural profession's traditional apprenticeship model and how it has decreased innovation potential.

Links

Tap-Tap-Twist – Climbing Gold Podcast with Alex Honnold (Apple Podcasts | Spotify)

#218 – Sponsored – Glen-Gery Brick's FOLIO Launch

por Evan Troxel

We talk with Tim Leese, the Director of Marketing at @GlenGeryBrick, about the launch of FOLIO — a new print publication that showcases inspirational design with the fundamental modular building material we all know as brick.

Links

Glen-Gery Brick website

Request your copy of FOLIO and/or submit your project

#217 – Architecture's Marketing Problem

por Evan Troxel

We discuss the topic of trusted brands, loyalty, quality, and how these ideas both do and do not apply to the practice of architecture.

#216 – The Two Things Architects Hate

por Evan Troxel

We discuss some comments that have been made about Evan moving to a new job and how some of the fundamental problems in our industry aren't attractive but still need to be solved.

#215 – A Forced Release

por Evan Troxel

In this episode Evan and Cormac discuss a bit of nostalgia and how it can shape the future of our workplace.

#214 – It Was At A Zoo

por Evan Troxel

We reminisce about the first concerts we attended and link those experiences back to architecture, space, and how they have the ability to affect people.

#213 – Ch-Ch-Changes

por Evan Troxel

Special guest Bob Habian joins Evan and Cormac in this marathon episode to talk about a new venture poised as a fantastic solution for the AEC industry, and reveal Evan's latest news.

Links

TectApp

#212 – Detail Suppository

por Evan Troxel

We discuss consultant coordination issues, some benefits and trappings of BIM, and raise the question of who is going to get us out of our own purgatory.

#211 – The Way You're Wired

por Evan Troxel

We discuss Evan’s new mountain biking YouTube channel and why having something creative to do that’s non-architectural in your life is important. Everyone go subscribe to the channel and follow along on the adventures!

Links:

Evan’s TRXL MTB YouTube channel

#210 – ‘Architect to Builder‘ with Lance Cayko and Alex Gore

por Evan Troxel

The founders of F9 Productions and the Inside the Firm podcast join Archispeak to talk about their practice in Colorado, transitioning to developer/builders, and their new course to help architects make the transition.

Links

Watch this episode on YouTube

F9 Productions (Lance & Alex's firm website)

Inside the Firm podcast (Lance & Alex's podcast)

Lance and Alex’s Architect to Builder course

#209 – ”Changes” ”Happened”

por Evan Troxel

We discuss what happened between the original and actual submittal dates for Cormac's project, how to more successfully communicate design intent with owners in VR versus 2d drawings, and the correct number of design options to show clients.