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 architects 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

#271 - The Upstairs Boat

por Evan Troxel

We discuss some recent adventures in home ownership and compare notes on a list of places we have and haven’t been to from an architectural perspective.

#270 - Exhaustion Brought A Friend

por Evan Troxel

Topic

We do a debrief on the AIA National Conference on Architecture in Chicago both as an a attendee and as an exhibitor, what it was like being in the presence of our people again, thoughts about cities and their intersection with “the conference”, health outcomes from the conference (yep), and a quick tour of some Frank Lloyd Wright projects (because when in Rome/Oak Park…).

Links

Branch Technology

Unity Temple by Frank Lloyd Wright

Oak Park, Illinois projects by FLW

Hollyhock House by FLW (Wikipedia)

Ennis House by FLW (Wikipedia)

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#269 - Architecture is Hard

por Evan Troxel

Topic

What lies beneath the surface of a seemingly simple project, that once built, doesn’t perform as required? We also get into the common request for projects to be “future proofed” by clients because why not? These are just some of the things that are part of the day-to-day of an architect.

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#268 - Hollow Words

por Evan Troxel

Topic

A conversation about architects, school design, funding, symptoms versus sources of problems, and gun policy in America.

Links

AIA Statement: This is a time of reflection

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens (The Onion)

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#267 - Global Repository of Nonexistent Information

por Evan Troxel

Topic

Topics: SpaceX’s Starlink roaming internet service for the ability to truly work from anywhere and we dig into a listener email about mentoring in the adjacent industry of environmental design in game development.

Links

Starlink

Starlink Portability for RV’s

Graphic Standards website

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#266 - Places for Making

por Evan Troxel

Topic

We discuss Cormac’s big news 🎉 and the various type of places we as architects have for making including sketchbooks, apps, coding, and physical workshops. What are your favorite places for making? Let us know on Twitter (@archispk) or in the comments for this episode at https://archispeakpodcast.com

Links

The Craftsman (tv show trailer on YouTube)

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#265 - The Pontiac Aztek of Architecture

por Evan Troxel

Topic

What do concept cars, skateboarding, and architecture have in common? It’s all about ‘the process’, finding new ways to suffer, expertise vs generalization, all the pieces of the puzzle, and thinking about how we evolve the built environment.

Links

Isuzu VehiCROSS (Wikipedia)

Pontiac Aztek (Wikipedia)

The Pontiac Aztek Survived Walter White in Breaking Bad; Why didn’t It Survive in the Auto Market? (MotorBiscuit)

PITCHING A TENT In My Pontiac Aztek Factory Overlanding Package (YouTube)

Dymaxion house (Wikipedia)

Buckminster Fuller (Wikipedia)

The History of Sears Kit Homes

Bones Brigade: An Autobiography (YouTube)

The SCI-Arc toxic culture topic on Archispeak: episode 260 & episode 262

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#264 - Gamer Mentality

por Evan Troxel

Topic

Music producer & YouTuber Rick Beato had some observations about Gen Z in a recent video on his channel. In this episode, we compare his theory to our experiences raising kids, and then draw parallels to architecture. We also throw down about the ‘data versus wisdom’ tug-of-war that’s occurring in the industry.

Links

Rick Beato - Why Gen Z Doesn’t Care About Music (YouTube)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard website

Rolodex (Wikipedia)

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#263 - Park All Hope at the Front Door

por Evan Troxel

Topic

We get a house-hunting update from Cormac, share some of our experiences designing science buildings, and also touch on project delivery methods, quality contractors, and change orders.

Links

”We’ll See” parable

Contractor's Guide to Change Orders (2nd Edition) (Amazon)

@CheriseLakeside on Twitter

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#262 - Silence is Acceptance

por Evan Troxel

Topic

We get an update on Cormac’s house hunting saga and follow up on our recent conversation regarding the SCI-Arc Basecamp panel discussion and the apparent lack of conversation within the architectural community about the cultural factors that were surfaced which should be widely addressed.

Links

Basecamp: How to be in an Office (by SCI-Arc on YouTube)

SCI-Arc LowLights - Basecamp: How to be in an Office (video synopsis of the spicy parts by Anon505 on YouTube)

We all make our own choices” by The Hustle Architect (@VitruviusGrind on Twitter)

NAAB - National Architectural Accrediting Board

NCARB - National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

AIA - American Institute of Architects

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#261 - The Adventure Continues

por Evan Troxel

Topic

Heavy sigh; deep breath. Cormac’s house hunting adventure continues. We also observe the architectural profession’s identity crisis in which the problem of it lacking a communicable, easily understandable value proposition to the market is ever apparent.

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#260 - How (not) to be in an Office

por Evan Troxel

Topic

Evan and Cormac discuss the recent controversies surrounding and following a live event (and corresponding live stream on YouTube) in SCI-Arc’s Basecamp lecture series entitled “How to be in an Office” on March 25, 2022 featuring panelists Tom Oyler (Oyler Wu), Marikka Trotter (Tom Wiscombe Architecture), and Margaret Griffin (Griffin Enright Architects). Topics in this discussion include education, internships, firm culture, studio culture, scholarships, business models, toxic culture, exploitative environments, suffering for the art, work/life balance, disconnected “leadership”, and more.

Links

Basecamp: How to be in an Office (by SCI-Arc on YouTube)

SCI-Arc LowLights - Basecamp: How to be in an Office (video synopsis of the spicy parts by Anon505 on YouTube)

We all make our own choices” by The Hustle Architect (@VitruviusGrind on Twitter)

Controversy at SCI-Arc over labor practices leads to faculty members placed on leave. Isolated incident or a wake up call for the industry at large? by Katherine Guimapang (Archinect)

What is going on at SCI-Arc? by Audrey Wachs (The Architect’s Newspaper)

SCI-Arc town hall leaked audio files

SCI-Arc town hall response from SCI-Arc CEO Hernán Díaz Alonso (Archinect)

SCI-Arc public salary records 2019 (Archinect)

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#259 - Marshmallow Sectional

por Evan Troxel

Topic

Cormac is very busy house shopping and therefore taking multiple road trips to the new location, so naturally, he has some stories about the current housing market landscape. We also discuss the state of truthiness (or lack thereof) in online real estate listings, both written and photographically.

#258 - Timeless Design

por Evan Troxel

Topic

We discuss the recent death of Christopher Alexander, his infamous book A Pattern Language, the newly released The Adam Project movie and architecture as a character, Cormac’s big news, and more.

Links

The Adam Project (Netflix)

Gimme: The House from ‘The Adam Project’

Christopher Alexander (Wikipedia)

Pattern Language website

The book: A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction by Christopher Alexander (Amazon)

Fallingwater weekly livestream: A Closer Look

Eames lounge chair (Wikipedia)

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#257 - Ripping Off the Bandaids

por Evan Troxel

Topic

Evan stages an intervention because of Cormac’s fountain pen hoarding and then the hosts open the storybook on past projects where teammates took too much liberty in the decision-making process.

Links

Lamy Safari fountain pens (official website | buy on Amazon)

Noodler’s Ink - Blue Black, of course (Amazon)

Field Notes reporter’s notebooks (official website | buy on Amazon)

Shape the Future of Architecture. You have the power to influence future updates to how architects are educated, trained, and licensed. Visit ncarb.org/AOP to take NCARB’s profession-wide Analysis of Practice survey and ensure your voice is heard.

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#256 - Stop the Work

por Evan Troxel

Topics: Stopping the work; firing bad clients; abusive clients, the promise of future projects, and their effect on morale in the studio; rationalizing crappy project work; digging holes of risk; communicating design; and more.

Links

TRXL 071 - ‘Trust But Verify’, with Roderick Bates

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#255 - I Still Have a Scar

por Evan Troxel

Topic

Books. Libraries. Personal architectural book libraries... We did some organizing of the bookshelves and it gave us a reason to slow down & crack open some old friends, which led to talking about some first-year arch school projects.

Links

Cyril A. Farey (Wikipedia)

Farey’s works sold at auction

Ian Stewart (watercolor artist)

Wassily Kandinsky (Wikipedia)

Piet Mondrian (Wikipedia)

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#254 - Two Turntables and a Microphone

por Evan Troxel

Topic

We compare and contrast our recent getaways to New York City and Death Valley National Park, and archi-nerd-out on performing arts theater design.

Links

Hamilton on Broadway

Death Valley National Park

Rhyolite Ghost Town

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#253 - Darker Than Dark

por Evan Troxel

It’s time to plan another road trip to a National Park, dark skies, astrophotography, and Evan speaks at a Professional Practice class at a local architecture school.

Links

Death Valley National Park (Nat’l Park Service)

The racetrack

Great Basin National Park (NPS)

Valley of Fire State Park (Nevada State Parks)

Badlands National Park (NPS)

EntreArchitect community (Facebook)

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#252 - Wandering Down a Path

por Evan Troxel

We’re celebrating a couple of birthdays, iPhone photo memories that lead to a conversation about amazing architectural chapels, and more.

Links

Wayfarer’s Chapel by Lloyd Wright

Wayfarer’s Chapel (Wikipedia)

ARCHEYES article on Wayfarer’s Chapel (includes the plan drawing)

Additional drawings of Wayfarer’s Chapel

Thorncrown Chapel by E. Fay Jones (Wikipedia)

Yancey Tire Chapel by Rural Studio

Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel by E. Fay Jones (Wikipedia)

Duke University School of Nursing by Ayers Saint Gross (Facebook)

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#251 - Revisiting Rural Studio

por Evan Troxel

A conversation about a recent lecture by Andrew Freear and Rusty Smith of Rural Studio at The Architectural League.

Links

Andrew Freear and Rusty Smith, Rural Studio: The Challenges of Sustainable Rural Living (YouTube)

Archispeak #170 - Guerilla Architecture; a conversation with Steven Hoffman of Rural Studio after a viewing of the Citizen Architect documentary.

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#250 - Outside the Vacuum

por Evan Troxel

Topic

We discuss how the grass is always greener wherever someone looks like they are loving their career, ping pong ball shooters and old-timey drum brakes, formative TV shows and books on making things, problem-solving including the interpretation of the building code, and more.

Links

Adam Savage’s website

Mythbusters (Wikipedia)

Tested - ping pong ball shooter (YouTube)

Every Tool's a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It by Adam Savage (Amazon)

This Old House website

New Yankee Workshop website

Bitchin’ Rides

Paint the Rust by The Dodo’s (YouTube)

Where the Deer and the Antelope Play: The Pastoral Observations of One Ignorant American Who Loves to Walk Outside by Nick Offerman (Amazon)

Grease Junkie: A Book of Moving Parts by Edd China (Amazon)

How to Build a Car by Adrian Newey (Amazon)

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#249 - The Benefits of Hindsight

por Evan Troxel

A follow-up conversation (with the occasional digression) to a recent presentation at the AIAS FORUM | CONVERGE 2022 conference for architecture students.

Links

Advice for the Next Generation of AEC Professionals (YouTube)

Students: Join the Peopleverse | AIAS FORUM CONVERGE (YouTube)

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#248 - Fresh Perspectives

por Evan Troxel

It’s 2022 and we didn’t even notice, Cormac doesn’t like “resolutions”, work ethics and work habits, attracting and retaining talent, the profession’s struggle with profit and devalued labor to create it, scheduling quality productive time, and setting boundaries with Focus modes.

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#247 - Bondo Artistry

por Evan Troxel

In this conversation we talk about the fluff and non-fluff in architectural drawings, the Disney-esque nature of Cormac's project, the architect's avoidance of "means and methods", the benefits of bringing other parties in to collaborate early on projects, and finally, Dale Carnegie's quote: "Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday."

Links

Write Notepads & Co.

Dale Carnegie's quote

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#246 - Burnout 2021

por Evan Troxel

Burnout is real. We discuss a recent report on the subject within the architectural profession over the past year with some shocking results, our observations and experiences on the matter, and more.

The State of Burnout in Architecture (2021) (Monograph's blog)

How To Build A Car by A. Newey (Amazon)

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#245 - Code Minimum Architect

por Evan Troxel

We discuss impostor syndrome, NCARB's IPAL Programs and different paths to becoming an architect, ego and ability, a call to action for the profession, doing theory vs grunt work, and window shopping at auto auctions.

Links

NCARB's IPAL Programs

TRXL 062: ‘Complexity and Opportunity‘ aka the call to action for the profession

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#244 - Experiencing Galaxy's Edge

por Evan Troxel

A visit to Disneyland, exploring various layers of an example of the ultimate architectural experience at Galaxy's Edge, and more.

Links

*Star Wars*: Galaxy's Edge (Wikipedia)

Disneyland's attraction: Galaxy's Edge

The Story of Imagineering

Walt Disney Imagineering (Wikipedia)

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#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.

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#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)

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#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

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#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

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#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.

#208 – Reinventing the Wheel

por Evan Troxel

We compare the size, scope, and purpose of a set of modern drawings to historical examples, how architects are seemingly happy reinventing the wheel, and who is to blame when something goes wrong.

Links

Evan was a guest recently on Context & Clarity LIVE (YouTube), and the topic was How is technology changing the architectural profession?

#207 – I Had A NordicTrack

por Evan Troxel

We discuss the newly released renderings of Amazon's proposed headquarters in Virginia & the resemblance to certain emoji, Tatlin's tower, that we should be paying attention to architects in the middle of the US (not just the coasts), & a McSweeney's article featuring some choice archispeak.

Links

Pile of Poo emoji 💩 (Emojipedia)

Soft ice cream emoji 🍦 (Emojipedia)

NordicTrack (Wikipedia)

Marlon Blackwell Architects

Amazon's next offices in Virginia (MSN)

Tatlin's Tower (Wikipedia)

I AM THE DESIGNER OF THIS RESTAURANT’S OUTDOOR SEATING SPACE, AND THIS IS MY ARTIST’S STATEMENT (McSweeney's Internet Tendency)

#206 – It's Not You, It's Me

por Evan Troxel

We discuss the relationships and emotional connections between humans and animals, and draw a connection to architects and their projects; and how most people don't understand the latter.

#205 – Potential Levels of Dysfunction

por Evan Troxel

We discuss the distinction between comments and communications, what to do with staff during project down-time, the problem with data silos, and there's a little more to add to Cormac's Zoom shenanigans.

#204 – Cooking with Cormac

por Evan Troxel

We discuss Cormac's open Zoom room and somehow the timing worked out just right to prank a teammate while recording the episode.

#203 – Fingers Crossed

por Evan Troxel

We discuss the architecture reality show we'd want to watch, some buildings by architect William Pereira, and some hopefulness on inauguration day for 46.

Links

William Pereira (Wikipedia)

List of William Pereira buildings (Wikipedia)

Pereira monograph (Amazon)

#202 – Surviving 2021

por Evan Troxel

Forget goals and resolutions... in this episode, we share how we plan on just staying alive. And there's some new pretty exciting collaboration software we're looking at too, so check the link in the show notes.

Links

Huddle's Teamflow platform for online communication and collaboration with spatial aspects.

#201 – More Potent, More Purposeful

por Evan Troxel

We discuss the two things that architects hate, and about intentionally (re)setting boundaries in our day-to-day to increase our potency.

Links

Evan's Disruptive Technology in Architecture presentation to AIA Palm Beach (YouTube)

#200 – The Dumpster Fire Episode

por Evan Troxel

2 architects. ~20 minutes (MAYBE). 200 episodes. 2020: The Dumpster Fire. Join us in this podcasting milestone episode—the last one of the year—as we discuss what 8 years of podcasting has been like.

Links

5Architecture

Fatman Beyond

The Gābl Media network

#199 – A 'Problem' Problem

por Evan Troxel

We discuss promotions, wicked and tame design problems, shell games, and what happens in the sub-sub basement of Cormac's project.

Links

Archispeak's Gifts for Architects 2020 - Youtube Episode

#198 – Gifts for Architects 2020

por Evan Troxel

Looking to find a gift for your favorite architect? Look no further. Here are Archispeak’s top architectural gift picks for the 2020 holiday giving season.

This year, there’s also a video version of this episode. Why? Because we wanted to show you what we were talking about. Click here to watch it on YouTube.

Check out all the links below!

Links

Note: We may make a small commission when you use these links that do not affect the pricing of the selections in any way. And by doing so you're helping support the show. Thanks!

Evan’s picks:

Andrew Heumann's generative design prints

Runcible Studios online shop

LEGO Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet

LEGO Star Wars Boba Fett Helmet

LEGO Star Wars Tie Fighter Pilot

Keychron K2 Wireless Bluetooth/USB Wired Gaming Mechanical Keyboard

Elgato Cam Link 4K

Evan's book recommendations:

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

ARE Hacks: Learn How to Pass the Architect Registration Exam by Evan Troxel AIA

Until Proven Safe: The History and Future of Quarantine by Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twilley (preorder)

Adapt As An Architect: A career companion by Randy Deutsche (preorder)

Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Medium Nib - Mango - Candy Special Edition 2020 - Model 021

Vanmoof Electric bicycles

Super73-Z1 electric motorbike

Craftsman oscillating multi-tool

Cormac’s picks:

XP-PEN Artist13.3 Pro - Drawing Monitor

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

Nespresso ENV135B Coffee and Espresso Machine by De'Longhi, Black

Milk Frother, Miroco Stainless Steel Milk Steamer

Koncept - LED Desk Lamp

Good & Well Supply Co. National Park Candle - ZION

The National Park Candles (entire collection)

Cormac’s Book Recommendations:

See the suggestions Evan STOLE…STOLE, I say

Architecture of the Shot

Architecture of the Cocktail

Sketch tools and books Cormac flashed during the episode

Field Notes

Leuchtturm 1917 (Sketchbook)

And if you’re looking for something to send Cormac (in Olive Green)

#197 – Mis-reading it Wrong

por Evan Troxel

We discuss expectations and boundaries around our always-on communication options, and how fragmented and difficult to manage this has all become due to the multitude of options.

Links

Watch the Archispeak + Life of an Architect podcast happy hour (YouTube)

#196 – Foot In Mouth Disease

por Evan Troxel

What delightful information comes to light when a project team member — hypothetically — thinks they've hung up from a call, but they actually haven't*?

* not a hypothetical

Links:

Live stream happy hour with the Life of an Architect podcast on Nov 19th, 4:15pm PST (YouTube)

#195 – Wordsmithing the Process

por Evan Troxel

Being that it's Veteran's Day in the USA, we discuss war stories from the trenches... both from Cormac's time serving in the Army and from architectural practice. Oh, and don't forget the off-the-shelf, range-extending missile parts.

Links

Evan's temporary service interruption tweet

Veteran's Day (Wikipedia)

Scud missile (Wikipedia)

Patriot missile (Wikipedia)

Gulf War (Wikipedia)

#194 – Ad Nauseam

por Evan Troxel

We discuss current 2d project delivery challenges and opportunities, how application templates aren't one-size-fits-all, reincorporating lessons learned on projects into standards, and how architects are really damn good at dealing with levels of abstraction.

#193 – Extra Helping of Cheddar

por Evan Troxel

We discuss how brick and mortar-based architecture firms are dealing with the changing landscape of remote work due to COVID-19 and all the nuance that comes along with it. And Cormac breaks the news that Sean Connery died, so we talk about Bond movies, of course.

Links

Sean Connery

James Bond

George Lazenby

The Prisoner

Death Race 2000

Roger Moore

The Car

Duel

#192 – Awards Season

por Evan Troxel

Following the last episode's topic of professional 'conference season,' we transition into the topic of architectural 'awards season' to discuss the positives and also how they could be so much better.

Links

Advancing Computational Building Design Conference

Day 1 agenda including Evan's presentation

TRXL podcast on Gābl Media

#191 – Looking Beyond Property Lines

por Evan Troxel

We discuss the October architectural conference flurry—including one that Evan is speaking at—and recap architect Jeanne Gang's keynote presentation at the 2020 Architectural Record Innovation Conference.

#190 – Understanding The Grimaces

por Evan Troxel

We discuss the new world of communication and physical barriers that many people are adapting to, and many who are not.

#189 – Pull The Motor

por Evan Troxel

We follow-up on Cormac's double-jointed, shadetree mechanic adventure and wax nostalgic on Haynes manuals. And then, somehow, bring it back to architecture.

#188 – We Keep Forgetting That's An Option

por Evan Troxel

We discuss taking ideas from other industries — like auto manufacturing — and applying them to architecture.

#187 – V.E. is Neither

por Evan Troxel

We discuss ways to deal with last-minute changes on projects, which is something that never really happens.

#186 – Why I'm Likely Leaving

por Evan Troxel

We discuss a recent Twitter thread about structural engineering career angst and parallel issues we have observed in the architectural profession.

#185 - Architectural Levels of Pain

por Evan Troxel

Cormac tells us a story of superstitious happenings, and we discuss the true meaning of three seemingly innocuous words that show up on so many drawing sets: Protect In Place.

#184 - Are You A Worker?

por Evan Troxel

Cormac and Evan discuss the sentiments expressed in the recently posted 'Letter to a Young Architect' by critic Kate Wager in Architecture Review.

#183 - How To Take Notes

por Evan Troxel

Evan and Cormac talk about having too many digital input devices to maintain clarity while working.

#182 - I Saw People Sketching

por Evan Troxel

We discuss the new format for Archispeak, and Cormac pays a visit to the office.

#181 - I Don't Know if This is Depressing

por Evan Troxel

Evan and Cormac talk about the effort that is required to design the future of our beloved profession of architecture. It's time to take responsibility fellow architects!

#180 - We Chose Witches

por Evan Troxel

Evan and Cormac start the episode all over the place but eventually bring it back to architecture, work/life juggling, and the evolving work schedules and behaviors we've found now that school is starting up in households around the world.

#179 - Guerilla Architecture Redux

por Evan Troxel

Summer break is here, and this is a redux of a previous episode where we discussed the movie Citizen Architect with a very special guest, architect Steve Hoffman.

We also welcome a special guest, Cormac's longtime-friend from architecture school Steven Hoffman, who was not only in the movie about the Rural Studio but was also a student and instructor there.

#178 - Putting the Guidelines Aside

por Evan Troxel

Cormac and Evan talk about the consequences of breaking the BIM when deadlines are looming, how the design process is time travel, and the need for a vacation.

#177 - A Boat-Shaped Cubicle

por Evan Troxel

Cormac and Evan talk about what they are doing instead of vacationing this summer, the importance of knowing how things go together, some of their favorite construction tools, conducting Zoom calls on water, and more.

#176 - Field Observation Report – June 2020

por Evan Troxel

Architects are anthropologists and psychologists too, right? Join us for a conversation about some behaviors we are observing during Covid-19 — along with everything else that's going on in the world right now — and how they might relate to architecture and design.

#175 - Hoarding at the Highest Level

por Evan Troxel

Evan and Cormac continue to nerd-out and do a deep dive into three buildings. Come along on the journey of experiencing capital "A" architecture during a time when it's practically impossible to do so.

#174 - Nerding-Out on Architecture

por Evan Troxel

Evan and Cormac nerd-out and go through a laundry list of great architecture that they've visited, hoping to narrow it down to do a deep dive into one building each in the next episode. Come along on the journey of experiencing capital "A" architecture during a time when it's practically impossible to do so.

#173 - #blackouttuesday

por Evan Troxel

#blackouttuesday

#172 - The Design of Art

por Evan Troxel

Evan and Cormac discuss an episode of Netflix's docuseries Abstract: The Art of Design that focused on Olafur Eliasson's philosophy, process, and work, and relate that to what we do in architecture.

#171 - Resting Architect Face

por Evan Troxel

Picking up from some cues in the last episode, we talk about the Eames' movie The Powers of Ten, a design studio Cormac is participating in at Auburn, good communication skills, the power of the diagram, putting construction on display, and more.

#170 - Guerilla Architecture

por Evan Troxel

In this episode, we follow up on the homework assignment and watch the Citizen Architect movie... because, what else do you have to do?

We also welcome a special guest, Cormac's longtime-friend from architecture school Steven Hoffman, who was not only in the movie about the Rural Studio but was also a student and instructor there.

#169 - Quality Quarantine Content

por Evan Troxel

As the world continues to quarantine, Archispeak continues their conversation about the "new normal" of working from home (WfH) and tries to devise ways of finding positivity in a sea of negative news. Plus, there will be homework.

#168 - Quarantennials

por Evan Troxel

Sheltering-in-(work)place, WFH, technology, weird occurrences as people get used to online conference calls, virtual happy hour, cooking, grocery stores, entertainment, and more.

#167 - Technology Series Finale and the USC BIM BOP

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak wraps up the technology series with a discussion of the BIM BOP Conference, held June 28, 2019 on the University of Southern California (USC) campus.

#166 - Live from AIACon19, Part 2

por Evan Troxel

Topic

This is part 2 of the "Arcast", a joint production with the EntreArchitect and Inside the Firm podcasts live from the 2019 AIA Conference on Architecture expo floor.

Sponsor

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Links

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TestFit 2.0

USC BIM Bop

Carpenters International Training Center

Hoover Dam

Evan’s Instagram

Cormac’s Instagram

Leah Alissa Bayer - EVIA Studios

Earl Parson - Parson Architecture - Clever Moderns

Bill Jannot - ARCAT

Lucas Reames - Trimble Consulting - ZeroSixty Accelerator

Dimitrius Lynch - Spaces Podcast - House of Lynes

#165 - Live from AIACon19, Part 1

por Evan Troxel

Upcodes - ‘spellcheck for buildings’

Scott Reynolds - Co-founder

IrisVR - Instant Virtual Reality for the Building Industry

Shane Scranton - Co-founder and CEO

Oculus Quest

Young Architect - Helping The Next Generation Of Architects Become The Most Successful Generation Of Architects

Michael Riscica - Founder

2019 Young Architect Conference

Monograph Dashboard

Robert Yuen - Co-founder and CEO

https://htmlcolorcodes.com

TonicDM - a powerful and easy to use cloud-based project information management system built specifically for AEC professionals http://tonicdm.com

Reg Prentice - Founder and CEO

Trimble ZeroSixty Accellerator Program

Dig Architecture

Nicholas Renard - Founder and President

Revit Rocketship

NCARB

Jared N. Zurn - Vice President of examination

#164 - Tools

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak dives into reality capture and the numinous tools that are going to impact the future of how we practice architecture.

#163 - New Technology

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak discusses new technology and how we can use it for our benefit along with the challenges it brings to the profession.

#162 - Design Future

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak discusses the future of the design process.

#161 - A Look Back

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak relives the recent past as we examine changes in the practice of architecture during our careers.

#160 - No Fooling

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak returns for Year 7 where we touch on the future of the show and preview the upcoming shows.

#159 - Scenario Roleplay

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak goes to class to learn how to be an effective leader and shares a typical scenario that architects encounter along with discussing the varied ways one can get a license.

#158 - 2018 Year in Review

por Evan Troxel

2018 was a big year! Join Archispeak as we recap 2018 then look forward with goals for 2019 in a special end of the year episode.

#157 - Gifts for Architects 6

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak is back for the 6th Annual Gifts for Architects episode. Join us as we share our favorite gifts for that special architect.

#156 - Career Crisis

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak shares their recent experience of attending Autodesk University and then gets serious about identifying and coping with a mid-career crisis.

#155 - SHoP Class

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak sits down with John Cerone, Director of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) at SHoP Architects in New York City to talk about technology, direct model to fabrication processes, and the future of project delivery.

#154 - You're Paying For It

por Evan Troxel

We’ve all been there—compromise or stubbornly continue? Archispeak advises a student on how to proceed on a final project.

#153 - Looking for Work

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak takes some listener questions and provides advice on how to look for work.

#152 - #architectfails

por Evan Troxel

Join Archispeak for a bubba sized episode of unkempt neglect, where we poke fun and laugh at ourselves plus the industry as we share funny stories of #architectfails.

#151 - Documenting

por Evan Troxel

Architecture is a process. In Episode 151 of Archispeak we discuss the importance of documenting our experiences and sharing, the good and the bad, as we navigate our stories in the profession.

#150 - Ask Archispeak

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak dives into the mailbag and gives back to the community with responses to some listener comments on this very special "Citizen Architect" 150th episode.

#149 - Future Architect

por Evan Troxel

"Hey Siri, what's the future of architecture?" We all could use an intelligent assistant and in Episode 149 Archispeak discusses the roadblocks on the way to a model centric workflow in the profession of architecture.

#148 - Year Off

por Evan Troxel

The career of an architect can take many paths. In this episode of Archispeak we discuss the many possibilities one can do after deciding to take a year off between changing majors to study architecture.

#147 - Another Day

por Evan Troxel

Join Archispeak for a journey of what it is like to be an architect for a day. Listen in as we discuss all of the things we do in a typical day.

#146 - Break Time

por Evan Troxel

Summer is once again upon us and in this episode of Archispeak we follow up on Evan's concrete countertop experience and throw some shade before heading out for our 2018 Summer Architectural Adventures.

#145 - #AIACON18 Secret Bonus Episode with Special Guests Bill Jannot of ARCAT and architect Joan Ferrin-Pann

por Evan Troxel

The (secret) bonus episode from the 2018 AIA National Conference in NYC that Neal doesn't know about, featuring special guests Bill Jannot of ARCAT and Joan Ferrin-Pann, architect at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (and Neal's better half).

#144 - #A18CON

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak travels to the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 and delivers a special episode, from New York, recapping the experience.

#143 - Build It!

por Evan Troxel

Drawing a line or creating a model is easy, but actually building something is far more difficult. Join Archispeak as we discuss the details of what it takes to build it.

#142 - Death Jury

por Evan Troxel

Listen to a special Royal Wedding episode of Archispeak as we discuss the psychological effects of the jury process plus the consequences of ignoring BIM and VR in the practice of architecture. Also, did you hear Yanny or Laurel?

#141 - Festivus

por Evan Troxel

Join Cormac and Neal as they mourn the loss of Evan due to the mass purge initiated by Thanos in his quest to bring balance to the universe with some airing of grievances!

#140 - Evan's Wild Ride

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak episode 140 goes on a road trip to look at some buildings and experience architecture. Listen in as we go on a wild ride through the American southwest. 

#139 - Drinking Butter

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak episode 139 goes down to the bolts with a discussion about visiting past projects and explores the relationship of furniture to architecture.

#138 - Artists

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak episode 138 kicks off with a look back into our childhood and marches down the superhighway of life to try and understand why design is such a struggle.

#137 - Details

por Evan Troxel

Join Archispeak for a candid discussion of architectural student follies, fun with Revit and we ask the question; is architecture just too damn complicated?

#136 - The F Word

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak welcomes back Rosa Sheng, FAIA to discuss changing jobs, earning her well deserved 'F' and updates us on the continuing efforts by Equity by Design to understand the differential experiences of professionals in architecture.

#135 - Winter Blues

por Evan Troxel

In Archispeak episode 135 we deal with issues we all have throughout the profession. Listen in as we navigate our way though the winter blues.

#134 - Instant Gratification

por Evan Troxel

Season 6 of Archispeak starts with a recap of recent events in our offices, then crashes down on the subject of historic preservation and asks the question: should all buildings be saved?

#133 - ZNE

por Evan Troxel

Prompted by a comment on the previous episode, Archispeak pulls the thread on the sweater that is Zero Net Energy to discuss the costs, who is doing it and why someone might not. Join us for a "green" discussion all about ZNE.

#132 - Bomb Cyclone

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak battles the information overload of the new year with some strategic planning for 2018 and touches on innovations in the profession, plus strategic planning and zero net energy goals.

#131 - 2017 Year in Review

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak closes out 2017 with a wrap-up episode so we can step away from the glowing box. We reiterate the importance of designing your future and list our favorite episodes of the year.

#130 - Office Party

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak explores the typical architectural office end of the year rituals, including the "Office Party," crazy deadlines and workloads.

#129 - Gifts for Architects 5

por Evan Troxel

Treat yourself! Archispeak returns with our annual "Gifts for Architects" guide to help you find that perfect gift for your favorite architect. 

#128 - Know Thyself

por Evan Troxel

In episode 128, Archispeak delves into the mind of an architect and discusses how learning more about oneself can assist you to build more effective teams in your office.

#127 - Selfie Moment

por Evan Troxel

In episode 127, Archispeak looks back at attending the Monterey Design Conference and Façades+ in LA. Oh, and Evan hates dogs and Cormac likes the beach.

#126 - Life of the Parti

por Evan Troxel

When analyzing an architectural project, can you tell what the big idea was? Join Archispeak in episode 126 as we help you to be a better architect by establishing a vision so you can be the life of the Parti.

#125 - Unrecognizable Error

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak catches a bug, but gets into the zone as we discuss the positive psychology flow and its relationship to working in the architectural profession.

#124 - MDC17

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak speaks with Anne Fougeron FAIA, 2017 Chair of the Monterey Design Conference, about the conference and how it is a clamping experience for Architects that will remind you of why you became an architect in the first place.

#123 - Skillz

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak dives into the topic of skills and how that influences who works on what and how firms use titles.

#122 - Patience

por Evan Troxel

In episode 122, Archispeak goes into the weeds to discuss the process of design and the patience it requires.

#121 - Cool Tools for Podcasting

por Evan Troxel

Learn about all the cool tools used we use in the production of the podcast in episode 121 as Archispeak takes you behind the scenes of the show and explains how the sausage is made.

#120 - Architectural Adventures Part Three

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak completes their summer vacation as we wrap up our architectural adventures.

#119 - Architectural Adventures Part Two

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak continues their summer vacation as we visit Fallingwater in part two of our architectural adventures.

#118 - Architectural Adventures Part One

por Evan Troxel

Come with Archispeak as we explore our summer vacations and discuss how travel enhances your architectural career in part one of our architectural adventures.

#117 - Motivation

por Evan Troxel

For Archispeak episode 117, we discuss how we stay motivated during the months and often years long process that is architecture. Along the way, we explore if external motivators really work or if what we really want is autometry, mastery and purpose from the practice.

#116 - Copy and Paste

por Evan Troxel

Episode 116 of Archispeak explores the concept of designing by Google and asks if architects are taking ideological shortcuts when it comes to design.

#115 - Mentorship

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak presents their "Guidebook to Mentorship" in episode 115 where we discuss the investment it takes plus the relationships and benefits it creates.

#114 - #AIACon17

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak brings the #AIACon17 to you with this special recap episode with interviews from those that attended the conference in Orlando.

#113 - Description Goes Here

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak discusses design, sustainability and how the sausage is made in a behind the scenes episode on how to select a new Twitter bio.

#112 - [EQxD] 2017

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak welcomes back Rosa T. Sheng, Architect and Senior Associate with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to discuss Equity. This time Annelise Pitts, a designer with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson joins the conversation to update us on Equity by Design in 2017.

#111 - Forethought

por Evan Troxel

Episode 111 of Archispeak is all about forethought and what does that really mean in architecture.

#110 - Sameness

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak shakes their fists and yells at clouds in episode #110 as we discuss the destruction of the uniqueness of place and why architecture has become so homogenized.

#109 - Inspiration

por Evan Troxel

Architecture can inspire us to rethink and reshape our environment. In episode 109, Archispeak discusses where you can find that inspiration and how technology is making it easier.

#108 - Universal Architecture Problem

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak takes on the universal chicken-and-egg problem of standards, expectations and on-boarding in the practice of architecture.

#107 - The Millennial Question

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak is joined by architect Lora Teagarden of RATIO Architects and author/creator of AREsketches to discuss "The Millennial Question."

#106 - A Day in the Life

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak explores options for applying for architecture school and whether the profession is right for you. We also share our current projects and discuss continuing education.

#105 - 2016 Year in Review

por Evan Troxel

Join us in episode 105 for a review of 2016, as Archispeak closes out the year with a look back at a few of the shows accomplishments and reflects on a number of changes, in what will be remembered as quite a year.

#104 - Gifts for Architects 4

por Evan Troxel

The fourth annual Archispeak "Favorite Things" episode where we suggest items for that favorite architect in your life, which maybe you! Tune in for our holiday suggestions and treat yourself to an Archispeak t-shirt & mug at our store. Happy Holidays!

#103 - #iamarchispeak

por Evan Troxel

What happens in Washington DC, does not always stay in DC. In episode 103 of Archispeak, we are joined by several guests to discuss the post-election response by the AIA, subsequent reaction to that response and eventual apology.

#102 - Periodically

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak examines the current state of architectural magazines and periodicals. Are we reading these or are we just looking at the pretty pictures? Tune in to find out.

#101 - The 101

por Evan Troxel

Ride along as Archispeak hits The 101 for a journey where we discuss the upcoming Now Next Future Conference, breathtaking buildings and the current climate in the architectural profession.

#100 - Keeping it Real, Yo!

por Evan Troxel

In Archispeak's 100th episode spectacular, we have a casual conversation about social media and blogging with Mr. Life of an Architect, Bob Borson, where we discuss what the point of a blog is and he shares his formula for producing his writing.

#99 - Make a Difference

por Evan Troxel

In Archispeak Episode 99, we explore the topic that architecture is for the people and not just the rich and how it can make a difference in everyone's life.

#98 - Shut Up and Work

por Evan Troxel

Join Archispeak in Episode 98 in the "HR Free Zone" as we lift the veil on the hidden realities of working in the architectural corporate environment verses the experience of the college studio.

#97 - Survive Architecture School

por Evan Troxel

It is back to school time here at Archispeak. In episode 97 we provide our tips to survive and succeed in Architectural school plus the profession in general.

#96 - Favorite Tools

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak continues its summer of fun in Episode 96 by talking about our favorite tools.

#95 - Introspection

por Evan Troxel

In episode 95 of Archispeak we lay back on the psychiatric couch and go introspective. Join us as we stare down the road and assess life, personal experiences and our contributions to the world.

#94 - Perfuction

por Evan Troxel

Perfect doesn't exist. Or does it? In episode 94 of Archispeak we discuss how perfection can have a paralyzing effect on creativity and can be a "serial killer" to getting things done.

#93 - Architect Experience

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak looks back at #AIACon16 and shares some interviews with the leading software providers to the architectural profession and talks with NCARB to learn more about AXP and the future of licensure.

#92 - RKtekt

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak goes "after dark" in episode 92 and lets the fur fly in a candid conversation about licensure in the profession of architecture.

#91 - Architect Ninja Warriors

por Evan Troxel

Rock Star and Architect Ninja Warrior herself, Rosa Sheng who is instrumental in Equity by Design [EQxD] joins Archispeak in Episode 91 to recap #AIACon16 and the EQxD Hackathon which took place at the AIA Convention in Philadelphia.

#90 - Day Three #AIACon16

por Evan Troxel

In our third of three special episodes from the AIA Convention host city of Philadelphia, Archispeak discusses the experience of attending #AIACon16 as we recap the second day and look forward to day three at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

#89 - Day Two #AIACon16

por Evan Troxel

Day Two of the AIA Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia is here and Archispeak looks back at the first full day. Join Archispeak for the second of three special episodes as we discuss the events of #AIACon16.

#88 - Day One #AIACon16

por Evan Troxel

This year architects and those in the architectural industry gather in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia! The AIA Convention takes place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Archispeak is here to share with our listeners the vibe of the event.

#87 - Break the Cycle!

por Evan Troxel

How do you keep good employees when the talent war is raging on? In this episode we build on the discussion of why good employees leave & talk about what it takes to keep people at our firms by creating deep engagement to be able to grow into the future.

#86 - I Quit!

por Evan Troxel

In the immortal words of Johnny Paycheck, "You can take this job and shove it!" In episode 86 of the Archispeak Podcast we discuss the top reasons why good employees quit their jobs.

#85 - Go Punch Some Architecture

por Evan Troxel

What keeps you going? Architecture is a difficult profession, so what is it? Do you love the process? Is it the challenge? Join us as we explore capital 'A' architecture and discover that our architectural relationship status is: "It's complicated."

#84 - Dawn of Pann

por Evan Troxel

Have you ever wanted to start your own architectural firm? Join us as we lay back on the psychiatric couch and analyze the realities of being your own boss and discuss the difficult decision of going back to working at a firm.

#83 - Goals

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak episode 83 is all about goals. We begin the show with a discussion about completing a company performance review, then explore the importance of writing down your goals for both personal and professional growth.

#82 - Your Ad Here

por Evan Troxel

Is the architectural website a 21st century business card? Do you even need one to market your architectural practice? We explore these questions and discuss who owns the documentation and imagery of the projects you've worked on.

#81 - Refer to Structural

por Evan Troxel

Season 4 begins! What's the most common architectural note on a set of plans? "Refer to Structural." In episode 81, Archispeak explores the value of a good engineer and discusses how to get their best work out of them.

#80 - F%$k Working Hard

por Evan Troxel

What is it about the profession of architecture that makes us practically kill ourselves and be proud that we have done it? Lay back on the psychiatric couch and join Archispeak as we explore this concept and discuss jobs that will make you miserable.

#79 - Glamour Shots

por Evan Troxel

Two for one! In Episode 79, Archispeak tackles two topics. The first is inspired from a listener question asking about doing their own house projects. After we discuss the rewards and pitfalls of that, we dive into the ethics of manipulated architectural photography.

#78 - 2015 Year in Review

por Evan Troxel

Join Archispeak as we relive our adventures from 2015 including our most commented upon episodes, shoutouts from notable publications and our attendance at a couple of conferences which contributed to a reawakening of our design soul.

#77 - Gifts for Architects 3.0

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak is back with our third year of Gifts for Architects! This time we take the opportunity to gift ourselves some items that your favorite architect just might like as well.

#76 - Holidays Are Like Hurricanes

por Evan Troxel

Do you eat, sleep, and breathe architecture? Join Archispeak as we slip into those stretchy pants (post Thanksgiving) to explore the chaos that is architecture and the holiday schedule.

#75 - The Chili Man

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak Episode 75 dives deep covering several topics centered around the studio and office environment including iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, music, new hire hazing, and chili cook-off's.

#74 - The Future of Architecture

por Evan Troxel

It's the future, stupid! Do architects have the mindset to deal with the future? In Archispeak episode 74 we discuss the challenges architects face and what changes we expect to face in the next several years.

#73 - Presentation Skills

por Evan Troxel

Our words matter. Architects generally suck at doing important presentations. In this episode we discuss presentation skills that will help you craft and deliver messages that resonate with audiences.

#72 - [EQxD]

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak welcomes back Rosa T. Sheng, Architect and Senior Associate with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to discuss Equity. Rosa updates us on the progress and impact she and her team have had on the architectural profession.

#71 - The Role of the Designer

por Evan Troxel

While generally thought of as the "fun" part of the architectural profession, the Designer is the one that puts their work up on the wall for everyone to see, criticize, tear apart and comment on.

#70 - All About Design

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak welcomes Alice Y. Kimm, FAIA of John Friedman / Alice Kimm Architects to talk about the upcoming Monterey Design Conference (MDC).

#69 - The Cormac Show

por Evan Troxel

Is anything real? Architecture is real, which is what makes it so good to watch. Archispeak turns the camera upon itself to discuss the very real life experiences of changing jobs and remembers what it is like on the first day in a new office.

#68 - Office Space

por Evan Troxel

We discuss the signs that maybe your current job is not the right one (hint: if you're not fulfilled, that's a clue) and if not, how to leave it. Join us for a lively discussion and don't forget to put a coversheet on your TPS reports before they go out. That'd be great. All right!

#67 - 40 to Life

por Evan Troxel

Are you just starting your career and don't know if you're ready to marry yourself to a niche within the architectural profession? Inspired by a listener, join us as we chase the dream of finding your place in architecture.

#66 - House Plans

por Evan Troxel

we talk with special guest host Gregory La Vardera Architect. He helps us navigate this supplemental income opportunity and argues that this is something that architects should be doing to introduce better quality design for everyone.

#65 - Coffee Talk

por Evan Troxel

Coffee. Fonts. Consultants. Tune in to hear our thoughts on our favorite coffee, which fonts you should be using on your construction documents and how to live peacefully with your consultants.

#64 - The Future is Virtually Here

por Evan Troxel

In Episode 64 special guest Mark R. LePage of Entrepreneur Architect joins Archispeak to talk about the past, the present and the future of tools for presentation, communication and collaboration within the architectural practice.

#63 - Back to Reality

por Evan Troxel

We get back to reality after the AIA Convention in Atlanta and discuss the issues and complications that arise after taking time off & explore the benefits to taking a break which can lead to you coming back recharged and passionate about the profession!

#62 - Day Three #AIACon15

por Evan Troxel

In our last episode from the great host city of Atlanta, Archispeak discusses the value of attending #aiacon15 as we recap the second day and look forward to day three of the AIA Convention.

#61 - Day Two #AIACon15

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak looks back on the first day of the AIA Convention in Atlanta including the keynote speeches, the results from the NCARB Task Force and their stand on the use of "intern", and the death of the Tweetup.

#60 - Day One #AIACon15

por Evan Troxel

The social media Illuminati gathers in Atlanta to discuss Equity by Design and what we're looking forward to doing on Day One of the AIA Convention in Atlanta. Join Archispeak for as we discuss what we are looking forward to at #AIACon15 Day One.

#59 - Three Architects Walk Into a Bar - Part Two

por Evan Troxel

In part two of a special episode, Archispeak continues the discussion and explores work flexibility, what are the tradeoffs and/or benefits, and how school is not preparing architects to work nine to five.

#58 - Three Architects Walk Into a Bar - Part One

por Evan Troxel

In the first of a two part episode Archispeak begins the discussion with a question about how architects address staffing in an improving economy and expands to include various related topics.

#57 - SQUIRREL!

por Evan Troxel

Interruptions and distractions are something that all architects deal with in life, school and the profession. How do we deal with them? Listen in as we share some neuroses of some of our coworkers and challenge our audience to do the same.

#56 - The Same But Different

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak discusses how Apple & Google's different approaches to their products and services influence the architecture for their new corporate campuses.

#55 - This Episode is Rejected

por Evan Troxel

Architects face rejection all the time, from the very first critique all the way through their professional careers. How one deals with that rejection can make a huge difference in their personal and professional lives.

#54 - Agent of Change

por Evan Troxel

Sometimes, how we start our architectural careers can ultimately pigeonhole us. Tune in and listen to Episode 54 of Archispeak as we talk about how to break free of monotony and ways leaders can help their people get unstuck.

#53 - How Did We Get Here

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak takes a trip back and explores how we each got into this crazy profession we call architecture.

#52 - Liability

por Evan Troxel

Warning! Archispeak is not a lawyer, we just play one on this podcast. In episode 52, we partner with the prestigious law firm of Dewey, Cheatem & Howe to discuss the dark side of the profession: liability.

#51 - Architectural Fight Club

por Evan Troxel

We break the first rule of Architectural Fight Club and discuss architecture's so-called "crisis of confidence." As more and more mainstream figures in the field are admitting that the profession has lost its way, we ask the question: what can we do?

#50 - 2014 Year in Review

por Evan Troxel

For Episode 50, Archispeak takes a look back on 2014 and examines some of our most commented upon shows. Along the way we discuss office holiday policies and ask our listeners to let us know what their favorite episodes of 2014 was.

#49 - Gifts for Architects 2014

por Evan Troxel

Buying a gift for someone is tough. When that person is an architect, it is almost impossible. Just in time for the holidays your friends at Archispeak are here to help with some of our favorite things. And when in doubt, get it in black.

#48 - Brain Drain

por Evan Troxel

There is a crisis coming to the profession of architecture. Over the next 15 years the number of architects aged 55-64 will increase by 47%, while the number of those aged 33-54 will decrease by 6%.

#47 - Equity by Design

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak is proud to have Rosa Sheng, Architect, Senior Associate with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and AIA SF Board of Directors join us as we touch the "third rail" of the architectural profession and discuss equity in architecture.

#46 - 98 Percent

por Evan Troxel

According to Frank Gehry, "In this world we are living in, 98 percent of everything that is built and designed today is pure shit." So, where does that leave us, the rest of the world's architects?

#45 - Critique and Criticism

por Evan Troxel

It's time to critique the work, but don't take it personally. It's not about you. Episode 45 of Archispeak dives into the delicate process of the do's and don't when it comes to critiquing a project.

#44 - Preservation Pants

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak does some followup on several listener calls and comments from prior episodes. We then spend the remainder of the show on another listener suggested topic (see, we do listen so keep calling in) and put on our "Preservation Pants".

#43 - Value Engineering

por Evan Troxel

Value engineering is a part of the architectural process. Sometimes for the good, but more often to the detriment of our projects. In Episode 43, Archispeak discusses what happens to a "value engineered" project and what we can do to make it less painful. Along the way we ask if value engineering or cost estimating should be taught in architecture school? Join us as we explore a more efficient or cheaper solution to achieve the intent at a more cost effective solution.

#42 - Architects’ Websites

por Evan Troxel

Architects and their websites. For episode 42, Archispeak crawls all over the web and examines the questions of whether or not you should have one, who your audience should be, what it should include and what it shouldn't.

#41 - Collaboration & Consultants

por Evan Troxel

A listener recently asked to hear our thoughts on working with engineers and other consultants. So, for Episode 41, Archispeak accepts the challenge and dispenses some wisdom on what it is like to try and herd cats in the world of Architecture.

#40 - Hobbies

por Evan Troxel

What do architects do outside of architecture? In episode 40, Archispeak looks outside the office window and discusses our hobbies. Stick with the episode, through the comic geekery, for some solid advice on the advantages of taking a break from architecture.

#39 - Srsly Millennials?

por Evan Troxel

In this episode Archispeak gets fired up and takes on the latest architectural meme - Millennials. We question the self proclaimed “millennial architect” and discuss how we can help them be the agent of change they so desperately want to be.

#38 - Interviewing

por Evan Troxel

After a five plus year drought the market for architects is once again picking up, we take on the dreaded interview process. We discuss what architectural graduates or licensed architects should present (i.e. drawings, photos), wear and ask in an interview.

#37 - #aiacon14 "Architecture is the Sh!t"

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak attends the AIA Convention in Chicago! Well, not really, but we did gather around the dinner table (literally) and have a conversation with a number of friends of the show who were there.

#36 - A New Path to Licensure?

por Evan Troxel

NCARB set off a firestorm recently by announcing their "endorsement of the concept of an additional, structured path that leads to licensure.” We are joined by special guest Lee Calisti to discuss what this could mean to the profession.

#35 - Comments and Sh!t

por Evan Troxel

We discuss some recent feedback & then take a detour to talk about everyone's favorite subject, the Architectural Registration Exam. During the discussion we suggest strategies and resources for studying, so you too can pass & call yourself an Architect.

#34 - Summer Vacation

por Evan Troxel

Vacation. Do architects ever really take one? How important are vacations? Archispeak takes a hard look at the profession of architecture and discusses why we believe that you should take one. We also share what we will be doing this summer and we would like to know what you are planning. Let us know by posting a comment on the site.

#33 - Inspiration

por Evan Troxel

Where and how do you find inspiration? Is it even necessary? Archispeak Episode 33 is proud to be joined by special guest host Marica McKeel as we crack open the books to discuss the means and methods to finding your inspiration.

#32 - Premature Renderation

por Evan Troxel

Design. It is all around you and on every phase or part of a project including the layout of the sheets. Drop in on Episode 32 of the Archispeak Podcast where we talk about BIM and technology and how it is affecting the practice of architecture.

#31 - Architecture Will Kill You

por Evan Troxel

"Nothing is certain but death and taxes." In Episode 31 of the Archispeak Podcast we explore half of that famous quotation by discussing some of the most interesting and infamous deaths of architects. The practice of architecture really can kill you.

#30 - Do it for Free

por Evan Troxel

Clients: can’t live with them, can’t live without them. In Episode 30, the Archispeak Podcast takes on a particular scenario and discusses how a savvy client can take advantage of an architect. Along the way we suggest possible responses so that you don’t end up “doing it for free.”

#29 - Plans “Я” Us

por Evan Troxel

Blueprints! Blueprints! Get your blueprints here! Three for a dollar! Yes, that’s right, in Episode 29 we venture out to the third rail and discuss the online selling of plans, exposing the fact that your AIA membership fees are supporting an industry that is trying to cut architects out of residential architecture business.

#28 - No Sympathy

por Evan Troxel

There’s no sympathy in architecture and especially so for the hosts of the Archispeak Podcast. After an epic recording session that will never see the land of Podcastville, we return to the microphones to record Episode 28, where we discuss working “extra” overtime.

#27 - Habits for Success

por Evan Troxel

Episode 27 kicks off Season 2 with a very special guest cohost Mark R. LePage! Yes, The Entrepreneur Architect himself joins the cast as we discuss some helpful and not so helpful “Habits for Success.”

#26 - Architectural Determinism

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak Podcast Episode 26, the Season 1 Finale, “raises the level” and brings extra value to our listeners by tackling Architectural Determinism. Can design solutions change behavior in a predictable and positive way? Tune in to find out.

#25 - No Exceptions My Ass

por Evan Troxel

Yo! What’s up? Archispeak goes all strategic sloppy and it’s AMAZ! Join Evan, Neal and Cormac as we discuss the topic of spelling or lack there-of and how you might not be as creative as you think. Yo!

#24 - 2013 Year in Review

por Evan Troxel

The final episode of 2013 wraps up year one of the Archispeak Podcast. We reminisce about what's happened so far and talk a bit about where we're going in 2014. Thank you loyal listeners for a fantastic start. Happy New Year!

#23 - Favorite Things

por Evan Troxel

It's the 1st Annual Archispeak Podcast “Favorite Things” episode! Join Evan, Neal and Cormac as we discuss our list of gift ideas for the architect in your life or for yourself! Also, for a limited time, you can order your very own Archispeak Podcast t-shirt! All the details about dates, sizes and colors (who are we kidding... it only comes in “Architectural Black”) can be found here.

#22 - Sketch Book Mechanics

por Evan Troxel

The Archispeak Podcast becomes “The Cormac Show” as we revisit the art of sketching in Episode 22. This time around we converse about the tools. We review what makes a good sketch book and talk about the merits of using pens, pencils plus paper and trace.

#21 - The Title of “Architect”

por Evan Troxel

discusses some recent articles on the subject and weigh in with their own opinion. Note: We don’t get to it in the show, but do yourself a favor and don’t forget to check out the last link in this episodes 'links' for Annie Choi’s open letter. You can find the show notes at http://archispeakpodcast.com

#20 - The Beauty Pageant

por Evan Troxel

For Episode 20 Archispeak Podcast considers the question, “Do architects care about the building after it’s been photographed?” In it we discuss the reasons an architect should photograph their projects and provide some tips on how to get good photography on the cheap. We also poke some fun at ourselves for always being the ones that will wait until everyone is out of a photo before taking it. Quote of the Podcast – “People should be in renderings, not photographs.”

#19 - Addendum - The Traditional Way

por Evan Troxel

When Archispeak episode 18 was submitted, as typical with plan submittals, it was only about 90% done. The tape was still rolling at Archispeak HQ and we had a few more things to tag onto the last episode to fill it out. We diverged a bit, as we typically do, and went down the BIM path too.

#18 - The Traditional Way

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak Podcast goes “old school” and discusses the trend in architecture away from sketching and what it means for the profession. We “lay the block and swing the steel” to bring you a cornucopia of opinions and in the end discover that all the answers are found in a role of trace paper.

#17 - Experience Architecture

por Evan Troxel

In this episode the Archispeak Podcast explores the question, “Is Architecture Fashion?” The discussion focuses on how we actually experience architecture, what architectural school should be teaching and if graduates today are good “skinners.” Also, Cormac springs a quote from Frank Gehry on us for the first time to get our reaction. Spoiler; it was not what he was expecting.

#16 - Procrastination and Getting Things Done

por Evan Troxel

What can architects do to combat procrastination and what tools can we use to get things done? In this episode the Archispeak Podcast discusses both of these topics and suggests that claiming email bankruptcy might not be such a bad thing. We explore ways each of us get things done (Cormac loves his Post-It Notes) and come up with a new television idea for TLC: “Electronic Hoarders." We also learn that Cormac isn’t Superman. (He really cannot see through walls.)

#15 - Constraints

por Evan Troxel

In this episode of the Archispeak Podcast we discuss all the constraints we have to deal with when creating architecture and ask the question: is possible to design without them? Are there advantages in talking about these constraints with the people who inhabit our projects? Also, Cormac delivers vacation advice from Florida on how to attract sharks.

#14 - “Normal” Business Hours

por Evan Troxel

In this episode of the Archispeak Podcast we discuss the blurring of the line between “normal” business hours, being available all the time, and boundaries in a world where the growing trend is to be hyper-connected and always available at the client's (and the office's) beck and call. Show notes can be found at http://archispeakpodcast.com/episodes/14

#13 - Missed Opportunities

por Evan Troxel

Archispeak celebrates its 6-month anniversary! We reflect on the past 12 episodes and acknowledge Apple’s 1-billionth podcast subscription milestone. We then discuss why “good enough is the enemy of great” and explore why architects might design compromises into the project before it goes out of the studio/building.

#12 - Permanence in Architecture

por Evan Troxel

In this episode of the Archispeak Podcast, Cormac takes a wild ride and ends up at Fallingwater, which leads into a discussion of the permanence in architecture and how we design and specify materials. Are we designing obsolescence into our buildings? Is all architecture meant to be permanent? Join us as we explore these questions and more.

#11 - The Studio Environment

por Evan Troxel

In this episode Archispeak discusses the place where all the work happens: the studio environment. We examine what is wrong with the modern studio environment and eventually get around to talking about what makes an ideal studio. Are we all just plugged into The Matrix while working in our office cube farm? What is the worst thing that has happened to the architectural studio? Hint: they are often white and dangle from your ears. These questions and even some Super 8 spoilers are exposed for all to listen to.

#10 - Safety Through Architecture

por Evan Troxel

In this episode Archispeak discusses how architecture can create safer buildings. We examine how schools are designed and retrofitted using technology to make them safer. Then we look at what is often written into project standards, including the demand for “no fancy-type lights” and how some requirements are created including “bubba-sized” ceiling and plumbing wall design. Also, we warn everyone against those clients who say “I know a guy.” The music for this episode is Karate by System Kid. You can buy it on iTunes. Support the band!

#9 - Everything is Digital

por Evan Troxel

In this episode Archispeak discusses all things digital. Evan explains the design and 3D printing process for what has become our logo. We also explore how to be a better architect / designer and the tools available to do it. As a bonus, Evan and Neal (Cormac had to actually get real work done) were interviewed by Eric Bobrow for his Best Practices Course, Internet Marketing for Architects. Check it out. Although, we have to warn you, you will actually see and hear us.

#8 - Architects and Egos

por Evan Troxel

In this episode Archispeak discusses the difference between confidence and ego, then examines simple and effective ways to establish camaraderie in an architectural office. We start the conversation with an exploration of the effects on the profession caused by technology and wonder if NCARB is an evil empire or a money laundering scheme. Also, Cormac records in the middle of a wind storm.

#7 - We Kill Your Memories

por Evan Troxel

In this episode Archispeak takes on questions from our listeners and a group of 3rd graders. Also, Evan gets his first ‘C’ and Cormac panders to the children of Annapolis.

#6 - And Then I'm Very Sad

por Evan Troxel

In this episode we discuss the importance of collaboration to the process of architecture and incorporating construction into the architectural education. Also, Cormac gets a new mic!

#5 - It’s Communication Stupid!

por Evan Troxel

In this episode we discuss an architects life/work balance and reference Australian architect Andrew Maynard’s article on ArchDaily and its companion article by São Paulo-based architect Anthony Ling. Also, Cormac joins the army and finds it’s just like architecture.

#4 - Eat, Sleep and Breathe It

por Evan Troxel

In this episode we discuss the most recent Jobs Report, the importance of practical experience, suggestions for our listeners attending or soon to be graduating college and Evan's obsession with fonts. Links for the show can be found at http://archispeakpodcast.

#3 - An Architect's Library

por Evan Troxel

In this episode, we share what's on our architectural library shelves. Cormac dug through his basement and found a treasure-trove of these ancient relics we call books, Neal talks about the great content in Graphic Standards and his love of comic books, and Evan talks about how these resources are just some of the necessary tools everyone who calls themselves an architect should have. We get a little derailed (in a good way of course) to talk about Design vs. design (capital D vs. little d), the "hand off" of the project between different teams in an office, working with teams, and ownership of a project by the people who work on it versus the mindless assembly line-mentality of picking up redlines. And there's a bonus "secret track" after the episode's official end at 1:14:17. Join the conversation and share what's in your architect's library on twitter by using the #architectslibrary hash tag and post a picture! Links to all the books we've talked about are on our website at http://archispeakpodcast.com.

#2 - Architect as Juggler

por Evan Troxel

We discuss the current state of being an architect versus the old days of the master builder, how architects can educate clients, the importance of sleep in our manic profession, and we begin to tackle the topic of proper planning for the ever-looming deadlines that keep us on the move.

#1 - That Ah-ha Moment

por Evan Troxel

In our inaugural episode, we start things out by defining archispeak, try to define architecture, and talk about what the general public probably thinks architecture is and what it isn't. Neal drops a bomb and tells architecture students that they probably aren't going to be designing the next Freedom Tower. Sad trombone.