Life of an Architect

Life of an Architect

A gifted storyteller communicating the role and value of architecture to a new audience, host Bob Borson uses the experiences acquired over a 25-year career to inform his podcast. It responds to the public’s curiosity and common misunderstanding about what architects do and how it is relevant to people’s lives, engaging a wide demographic of people in a meaningful way without requiring an understanding of the jargon or knowledge of the history of the profession. With a creative mix of humor and practicality, Borson’s stories are informative, engaging, and approachable, using first-person narratives and anecdotes that have introduced transparency into what it really means to be a practicing architect.

Episodes

May 2, 2021 55 min
There are a handful of moments in a person’s professional life that really make an impact, and today we are discussing "Architectural Memories That Matter"
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Most architects dream of having their own architectural firm - There are many reasons why this makes sense, but it isn’t the right path for everyone.
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April 4, 2021 58 min
We are going to be talking about the fantasy of being an architect versus reality. Welcome to episode 72 “Architectural Disconnect”
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March 21, 2021 55 min
For an Architect, being on the job site is a vital part of their work process, but job site visits are a series of obligations fraught with increased liability.
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When discussing the dirty side to clean buildings, we are focusing on Material Health and Transparency as it pertains to the practice of architecture
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February 21, 2021 56 min
You've heard the phrase “Better, Faster, Cheaper, you can have 2” but is that true? This is really a conversation about quantity, quality, and ultimately value.
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February 7, 2021 49 min
Becoming an architect is hard - You go to school for a long time and work and study but upon graduation, you are not an architect … so when does that moment happen? Welcome to episode 68 “Where is the Finish Line”
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January 24, 2021 54 min
Should architects date one another? How do you get your first client? Your greatest challenge? We answer your questions today on Ep 067: Ask the Show.
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January 10, 2021 52 min
There is a nostalgia associated with architects and sketching but is it still an integral part of the design process anymore?
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December 20, 2020 72 min
It takes 5 people to answer 3 questions on this, The Hypothetical Show. Three questions of varying degrees of absurdity are discussed, but all will brighten up your Holiday week.
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Answering the question of what exactly does a typical day in the life of an architect look like is nearly impossible - but we are going to give it a go. Typical days for an architect vary wildly and are more often than not a reflection of your role, where you work, the market sector, the size of the firm, and how far along in your career you have journeyed.
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November 22, 2020 72 min
It’s that gift-giving time of the year and if you have an architect in your life, you know that getting them a gift is rough since they are sooo particular – but that’s why we’re here. Now in its 11th consecutive year, Life of an Architect is once again putting out the definitive gift guide for architects so you don’t have to figure these things out for yourself.
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November 8, 2020 68 min
The phrase "Virtual Office" has a much different ring and connotation to it now than it did just a few months ago. As more and more people work from home (more times than not in a spare bedroom or from the dining room table) what changes will take place within the architectural profession moving forward? Has anyone else noticed that everyone seems to be nesting in their makeshift home offices these days? 
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October 25, 2020 72 min
When I say the word “architect” what do you imagine? It seems that most people imagine architects in black clothing, heavy rimmed glasses, and they most-likely possess other-worldly glue skills. We are going to set the record straight regarding the disconnect between the public’s perception and the reality of architects.
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October 11, 2020 77 min
At one point or another, every architecture student or graduate has a portfolio of their work that they have agonized over creating. Portfolios are important, they demonstrate your range of skills and will most likely play a significant role in whether or not you land your dream job … so why are so many of them completely ineffective? Today we are talking about the “Perfect Portfolio” and what that actually means. [Note: If you ar...
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Do you have architectural visualization skills? Maybe you’re asking yourself “what does even mean?” Well, you are in luck because today on the Life of an Architect Podcast we are dedicated to discussing all things related to architectural visualization and graphics and we have the perfect guest, Alex Hogrefe.
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Understanding the physical behavior of the building as a system and how it impacts the energy efficiency, durability, comfort, and indoor air quality is pivotal in the creation of high-performance buildings. This means we are talking Building Science Fight Club with Christine Williamson.
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August 30, 2020 67 min
Leaving your mark on the place where you live is built into the DNA of most architects and designers. This can manifest itself in many different ways but for many of us, working on the place where we live is the most obvious choice. Today we are talking about Renovating your House – the good, the bad, and (hopefully not) the ugly.
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August 16, 2020 77 min
If you’ve ever dreamed of starting your own design firm, maybe you’ve just graduated from school, perhaps you’ve worked for another firm and seen first-hand what not to do and decided it’s time to go out on your own, today is the show for you because today’s topic is “Starting a Design Firm”.
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August 2, 2020 74 min
How does scale factor into the practice of architecture? For any architect, scale and proportion are two skills that appear to be the most challenging to master.
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