Get in the Zone to Design

Part of being human is that we have moods. Sometimes we are in the mood to design, and sometimes we are in the mood to sit on the couch, eat Cheetos and watch TV. When you are in the mood to be creative and make something, go do it! People will tell you you’re working too...
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The Truth About Using the Computer in Architecture

People often think that when they use the computer instead of hand drafting and making physical models, that they will be able to finish their projects in about five seconds. Check out this video where explain why this is a major misconception (one I used to believe in too) and...
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The Difference Between Architecture School and the REAL World

Over the last few years, I would always hear people say that “school has nothing to do with working in an architecture office.” And I always thought they were just being cynical. Now that I am transitioning into the field, with my school days still fresh on my mind, I can kind of...
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AIA Definition of Architecture

The AIA describes architecture as being like a three-legged stool that is held up by business, design, and construction. All three of these things have to come together for architecture to hapen. Check out this video real quick describing the idea: (Great! Glad you watched that....
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How To Solve a Major Problem With Designing at Scale in the Computer

You may have noticed, that when you are designing in the computer, you sometimes have trouble making decisions. You probably end up rotating your digital model around and around, zooming in and out, clicking between floor plans, and you feel like your hands are tied. And y...
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The Best Education Money Can Buy

I keep seeing an article floating around the Internet claiming that architecture is the most worthless major to get in college. It seems to be propelled by architecture students who are scared and afraid that it’s true, and former architecture students who need to feel more...
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How to Eliminate Self-Doubt and Grow as an Architect

The other day I was talking with a talented friend who is in 2nd year studio, and he was telling me he wasn’t sure he was cut out for architecture. It really surprised me to hear that he, of all people, had doubts about his design skills. Then I remembered that I prevalently had...
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Take Action

We like to do a lot of thinking, not a lot of doing. This tendency goes beyond just architects and designers. A vast majority of society struggles to find a balance between thinking and doing. CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO WHERE I TALK ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS TO TAKE ACTION IN THE DESIGN...
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Fail Fast and Fail Often

On digital tools and the iterative design process… Check out this quick clip form a discussion I was in a few months ago. There are ideas you think OF and ideas you think WITH. To understand how to think WITH digital media you need to understand its inherent properties....
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Physical and Digital Work Flow

Recently, I participated in a round-table discussion on “The Intersection of Physical and Digital Design.” AIA Atlanta along with the AIAS chapters of Georgia Tech and Southern Polytechnic State University organized the event and were kind enough to let me film the discussion....
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