Episodes

Archispeak is a casual conversation about all things architecture, and we invite you to listen in as we talk about everything in the profession, both the good and the bad. Think you already know what architecture is really about? Tune in to find out.

#31 - Architecture Will Kill You

"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.

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#30 - Do it for Free

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.”

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#29 - Plans “Я” Us

Blueprints! Blueprints! Get your blueprints here! Three for a dollar! Yes, that’s right, in Episode 29 of the Archispeak Podcast 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. 

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#28 - No Sympathy

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. We also dispense some wisdom on bonuses and using Revit properly.

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#27 - Habits for Success

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.” They seem to be things that architects have a really hard time with including sleep, the ability to say no, and fees.

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#26 - Architectural Determinism

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.

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#25 - No Exceptions My Ass

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!

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#23 - Favorite Things

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.

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#22 - Sketch Book Mechanics

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. 

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#20 - The Beauty Pageant

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.

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#19 - Addendum - The Traditional Way

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.

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#18 - The Traditional Way

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.

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#16 - Procrastination and Getting Things Done

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 suggest that claiming email bankruptcy is not such a bad thing. We explore ways we each 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 cannot really see through walls.)

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#15 - Constraints

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.

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#14 - “Normal” Business Hours

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.

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#13 - Missed Opportunities

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. 

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