✱ Paper Deliverables Need to Die! (Digital Built Week Seattle 2019) by Evan Troxel

Once again I had the opportunity to attend the Design Technology Summit before BILT North America, this year in Seattle. Digital Built Week is a combination of events that is truly a great resource for architecture and technology super users. In this video, I give a summary of my experience, offer some thoughts, and share some of the architectural sights Seattle has to offer.


✱ Evolve or Dissolve! by Evan Troxel

It's time for the July 2019 Digital Practice update!

This vlog includes the 5-minute version of a talk I gave recently to inspire architects, engineers, and contractors to help our profession move forward into the digital transformation together at USC. There's also some behind-the-scenes of our recent HMC Digital Practice live stream where we are sharing our working sessions for an environmental analysis dashboard tool we are developing in Rhino/grasshopper.

Links from the vlog:

HMC Digital Practice Tech Talk - Live Model Workflow by Evan Troxel

This is an overview of a recent workflow our HMC Digital Practice team has developed for moving project geometry between Rhino, Revit, and Unreal. What's different now is that the geometry is live the whole time, while continuing to be native to each application. Because we all know the design changes at all phases of a project.

It's still a work in progress, but we thought we'd show it off because it has the potential to become the standard digital design interoperability procedure for architectural professionals moving forward.

In this live demo, we show how multiple members of the design team, while working in different applications, can work in parallel. Compared to standard workflows where each phase is completed sequentially, this process allows each team member continuous access to the latest design geometry and materials.

We used Rhino v7 WIP, Rhino.inside (thanks McNeel!), Revit 2019, Datasmith, and Unreal in this presentation. It was presented to HMC staff via Spaces by Pureweb.

This HMC Architects Digital Practice Tech Talk is presented by:

  • Evan Troxel, Director of Digital Practice

  • Noah Kelly, Design Technology Manager

  • Fransisco Penaloza, Senior Visualization Artist

✱ Digital Practice Update - March 2019 by Evan Troxel

Take a peek of what’s been developing at HMC’s digital practice. There is so much to talk about in this video, and there’s more coming soon! For this one: live model workflow r+d; new tools for our Architect’s Toolbox grasshopper definitions; launching in-house Rhino and Grasshopper workshops; a new job opening for a lead technology trainer; our new specifications process with Bluebeam, Revit, and E-Specs integration; speaking at Accelerate AEC! in May; the upcoming AIA Large Firm Round Table meeting in Portland; and finally, the upcoming HMC digital practice road show to share all this and more with our offices and teams.


My guest appearance on the Spaces Podcast by Evan Troxel

Spaces Podcast:

In part 2 of our 3-part miniseries, Dimitrius sits down with Evan Troxel of Archispeak Podcast & HMC Architects and Anthony Laney of Laney LA to continue the conversation on the evolution of architecture. We define what an architect does, discuss education, explore architectural software, highlight the evolution of the practice, share the best and worst of the business, ponder what the future will look like, and we play "What Was That Like?!," asking what was it like having your first all nighter?

You can (and should!) listen here. It was a great conversation with Dimitrius and Anthony.

✱ Architectural tech, practice, and education in Charleston! by Evan Troxel

Here's a summary of what I learned from the other large architectural firms at the AIA's Large Firm Round Table technology meeting in Charleston, SC. http://trxl.co http://www.hmcarchitects.com Please take a second to subscribe to my YouTube channel. It's my goal to make more of these short films, and by subscribing you'll be the first to know when I post the next one!

15 things not said aloud regarding doing projects around the house by Evan Troxel


I will now list the things that are well known about doing projects around the house but are not said aloud.

  1. You will do projects around the house to learn what you’ll never do again.
  2. You will have to measure it more than once.  
  3. You will have to cut it more than once.  
  4. Everything looks easier on YouTube.  
  5. The things you are trying to join together perfectly: they are not square. 
  6. Nothing is square.  
  7. Everything is heavy.  
  8. You probably have too many tools.  
  9. You obviously need more tools.
  10. Who is going to clean up that mess? You are.  
  11. If it doesn’t fit, force it.  
  12. If you can jump it, you can caulk it.  
  13. All the things should be aligned. Why won’t all the damn things be aligned? See number 6.  
  14. The things that are the most difficult to do are the things no one will notice.  
  15. The thing you tried really hard to do and were content with even though it wasn’t perfect is the thing everyone will notice. 

✱ Scandinavian Exploration by Evan Troxel

Last year my wife and I went on an amazing trip to Scandinavia. We were afforded this opportunity because I won a travel fellowship competition called Xref that’s awarded annually by HMC Architects where I work.  

Recently I gave the following presentation of my epic trip to my colleagues. I told the story and accompanied it with ~500 slides of original photos and videos that I’m very proud of.

It’s a long presentation, but I think you’ll like it. Grab some popcorn and settle in.  

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✱ Archispeak Featured on ArchDaily – One of the 7 Best Podcasts for Architects by Evan Troxel


I'm pretty thrilled about Archispeak being named one of ArchDaily's best architecture podcasts in the post "The 7 Best Podcasts Hosted by Architects, for Architects". As always, we're in great company.

Brandon Hubbard of The Architect's Guide was the author of that post, and his site is worth checking out if you're looking for a job in the profession. 

✱ iPhone X: Why "The Notch" Exists by Evan Troxel

For all the complaints I've heard about "the notch" at the top of the iPhone X screen, I have a thought about why it exists. And yes, there are many ways my premise could have been handled, no doubt. But I think it was an intentional design decision. It's there to let you know where the "top" of the device is. It's otherwise a perfectly symmetrical design from the front. How else to you let your customers know how to orient the device when it's a perfectly smooth slab of glass? Like I said, I'm sure there are other ways but this one makes sense in this context.


We all know where our current iPhone bottom is based on the location of the home button. When you take that button away, users still need to know where the microphones and speakers are, otherwise there would be tons of complaints about not being able to discern the correct way to hold the phone (cue: "You're holding it wrong."). So now, instead of telling us visually where the bottom is, they're telling us visually where the top is.

Just look at the AppleTV Siri Remote complaints for a case study. There have been so many complaints of the remote being symmetrical visually.


✱ Landon Matthew Troxel by Evan Troxel




August 31, 2017

Today is a good day. While my brother has been an uncle for 15 years already, I'm now one myself. Landon Matthew Troxel was born at 3:37am August 31, 2017. The family is doing great.

Landon, this part's for you: you have some great parents who love you very much, and your extended family can't wait to meet you. You're on a rock that's speeding 'round a star at 67,000 miles per hour. The chances of you being here are 400 trillion to one, but now that you are, we all consider ourselves the lucky ones. Welcome to the planet.