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.

#70 - All About Design

Archispeak welcomes Alice Kimm of John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects to talk about the upcoming Monterey Design Conference (MDC). Listen in to learn more about the MDC, the setting and the speakers appearing at this unique conference that is, all about design.

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#69 - The Cormac Show

Is anything real? Architecture is real, which is what makes it so good to watch. In Episode 69, 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.

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#68 - Office Space

In episode 68 of Archispeak 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!

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#67 - 40 to Life

Are you just starting your career and don't know if you're ready to 'marry' yourself to a niche in the architectural profession? Inspired by a listener, Episode 67 of Archispeak explores the questions that face many new practitioners when it comes to selecting a firm at which to work and/or considering moving to another firm. Join us as we chase the dream of finding your place in architecture.

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#66 - House Plans

Archispeak returns to discuss the subject of Episode 29 - Plans "Я" Us, which is the most commented episode of the podcast. This time 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.

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#65 - Coffee Talk

Coffee. Fonts. Consultants. How are these topics related? They are each subjects of Episode 65 of Archispeak. 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.

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#64 - The Future is Virtually Here

In Episode 64 we discuss the virtual office and who better to join us for this conversation than the person who has moved to just this sort of work environment, Mark R. LePage of Entrepreneur Architect. Mark helps up explore some tools that you can use as we question if the virtual office the future of architectural practice.

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#63 - Back to Reality

Archispeak gets back to reality after the AIA Convention in Atlanta. In Episode 63 we discuss the issues and complications that arise after taking time off to attend professional events. We also explore the benefits to taking a break which can lead to you coming back recharged and more passionate about the profession!

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#62 - Day Three #AIACon15

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.

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#61 - Day Two #AIACon15

Archispeak looks back on the first full day at the AIA Convention in Atlanta, which included some inspiring and not so inspiring Keynote speeches headlined by former President Bill Clinton. We also discuss the results from the NCARB Task Force and their stand on the use of "intern" plus a look at the Death of the Tweetup.

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#60 - Day One #AIACon15

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.

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

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. We also consider the process of creativity and how it does not happen on a schedule. Can an architect turn their brain off so it only works during office hours? We wrap up the conversation that happens when three architects walk into a bar.

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

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. In part one we explore what are "normal" business hours, having a strategy for growth verses just reacting to a changing market, plus the challenge of finding staff that "speaks" the same CAD/BIM language. It's what happens when three architects walk into a bar and conversation ensues.

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#57 - SQUIRREL!

Interruptions and distractions are something that all architects deal with in life, school and the profession. How do we deal with them? In Episode 57 Archispeak… oh, did we forget to mention we will be attending the AIA Convention in Atlanta in May? Wait, what was that again? Oh, yes, distractions caused by co-workers, notifications on our computers and phones make it difficult to stay productive. We provide tips and… oh, and we are also going to be doing daily episodes from the AIA Convention… so listen in as we share some neuroses of some of our coworkers and challenge our audience to do the same.

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#56 - The Same But Different

Whether you are a Google or an Apple user you are likely heavily invested in products or services from each company. They both have differing ways each goes about its business and products. In Episode #56 Archispeak discusses how these different approaches to their products and services influence the architecture for their new corporate campuses.

Also, listen for a special announcement concerning Archispeak and the 2015 AIA Convention. No spoilers! You will have to listen to find out.

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#55 - This Episode is Rejected

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. In Episode 55, Archispeak explores the different rejections architects encounter, including turning the tables and rejecting potential clients, then provides insider tips on how best to turn those rejections into positives.

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#54 - Agent of Change

Sometimes, how we start our architectural careers can ultimately pigeonhole us. Are you tired of the same old routine day after day, week after week, or project after project? Do you feel like you or your employees are in a rut? If so, 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.

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#53 - How Did We Get Here

And you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack…
in another part of the world…
behind the wheel of a large automobile…
in a beautiful house, with a beautiful wife…
And you may ask yourself… Well... How did I get here?

In episode 53, Archispeak takes a trip back and explores how we each got into this crazy profession we call architecture.

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#52 - Liability

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. Every architect or student hoping to become one needs to understand what their liability will be and we start by looking at a California Supreme Court ruling, which opens up architects to decisions made by an owner regardless of the recommendations of the architect.

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#51 - Architectural Fight Club

Welcome to Architectural Fight Club. The first rule of Architectural Fight Club is: you do not talk about Architectural Fight Club. The second rule of Architectural Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Architectural Fight Club! 

For Episode 51, Archispeak breaks the first rule of Architectural Fight Club and discusses 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, if anything, can architects do?

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