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.

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May 15, 2022 100 min
It's taken almost 4 years to get here, but the Life of an Architect is celebrating a milestone. Welcome to the 100th Episode where Andrew and I take exactly 100 minutes to tell you all the insider secrets as well as behind-the-scenes stories of things that went wrong.
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Construction Drawings are the documents architects use to convey architectural intent - size, location, quantity - and learning how to properly prepare them is getting harder and harder.
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April 17, 2022 67 min
Being an architect for some people means standing up in front of a bunch of people and talking about your architectural decisions. If you are a student, you definitely will be architecture presentations so you might as well learn some tips that will make those moments wildly more successful.
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April 3, 2022 61 min
The architectural profession seems to unnecessarily romanticize the amount of work it takes to do our job so it was only a matter of time before we discussed "Burnout" in today's post and episode 97 of the Life of an Architect podcast.
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March 20, 2022 60 min
Every good architecture project has a concept. Every. Single One. This is the Big Idea that you will build your entire project around and if you look at your project and can’t recognize it, you need to keep working until you’ve developed one. Today, Andrew and I will be discussing what this might mean and what it possibly looks like.
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March 6, 2022 52 min
Whenever an architect sits down with a client on a new residential project, the first phase that happens is “Schematic Design”, the initial part of the process where everyone tries to figure out what exactly the project is supposed to accomplish.
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Bob Borson and Andrew Hawkins from Life of an Architect answer the most commonly asked questions about being an architect
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Ever wondered if you should be an Architect? Here are the Top 10 Reasons NOT to be an Architect - revisiting the list I wrote 12 years ago.
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Here are the Top 10 Reasons to be an Architect - a list that has been revisited since I originally wrote it 12 years ago.
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January 9, 2022 65 min
Traveling is an important part of being an architect - Seeing different cultures, climates, materials, and spatial solutions is an ongoing life adventure. Welcome to Architects and Traveling.
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December 12, 2021 65 min
Graphics are the language that architects use to communicate intent to the people we serve. We draw to explain our designs, to explain the materials, and much more ... so welcome to Episode 90: Architectural Graphics.
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November 28, 2021 69 min
Can a large architecture firm operate with a small firm mentality? In this episode, we discuss this concept with Mike McGlone from Alamo Architects.
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For the 12th consecutive year, Life of an Architect presents THE definitive holiday gift guide for architects.
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October 31, 2021 66 min
Architectural model making is built into the creative process in school - so why do we quit once we leave school? Here is a case for making models:
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Getting licensed as an architect is difficult. It requires considerable time and dedication but what if we reimagined the Path to Licensure
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October 3, 2021 61 min
Design and fabrication is a topic that all architects discuss. How does it inform the creative process, who gets involved, why does it make sense?
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September 19, 2021 75 min
There is a process in "Building an Architect" that starts when you are a shiny teenager, through college, with the process continuing for your entire career.
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September 6, 2021 71 min
In today's 'Ask the Show' episode, we answer ten questions ranging from salary, quitting your job, the value of a prestigious degree, and more.
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August 22, 2021 65 min
Do you know what a Side Hustle is? And if you are an architect, it isn't if you have one, it's how many of them are you likely to have?
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August 8, 2021 57 min
Motivation is the ingredient that defines the difference between desire and will in the process of setting and attaining goals …
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