Archispeak Podcast

✱ 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. 

Link: Archispeak Episodes of Late by Evan Troxel

The blog here has been a bit stagnant but it's not because I haven't been doing anything. Here are the last 6(!) episodes that we've recorded over at the podcast that I haven't posted here. Three of them were done on location in our AirBnB apartment (sidebar: The six times I've used AirBnB so far have been awesome. Click the link for a $25 credit to try it when you travel) for the 2015 AIA National Convention in Atlanta. It was the first time that Cormac and I met in person and we both agree that recording in the same room was super weird. I think we got used to it by the third day however.

Link: Archispeak 54 - This Episode is Rejected by Evan Troxel

The latest episode of Archispeak is all about rejection and how it can ultimately be a good thing for your professional development if you recognize and use it in a positive way. It all started with a post I wrote here back in January. Now Cormac, Neal and I talk more about the subject and it turns out we had a lot more to say.

Link: Archispeak 54 - Agent of Change by Evan Troxel

Getting stuck in a rut. Pigeonholed. Marginalized. 

Don't let it happen to you. These things occur in architecture just like any other profession. We talk about what you can do about it so that you can make the most of your journey and have the career and experience you really want. 

For those of you who've been in the profession for a while, we also talked about how to take care of our staff so they don't get stuck. It all of our responsibility to make sure this doesn't happen.

We've had some great comments on the episode as well. You can listen to the audio and see the comments here.

Link: Archispeak 53 - How Did We Get Here by Evan Troxel

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 through time and explores what we've gone through to get to where we are today in the profession of architecture.

Link: Archispeak Podcast Named One of the Best Architecture and Design Podcasts by Architectural Digest by Evan Troxel

Archispeak has been featured on the Architectural Digest website alongside some other great architecture and design podcasts as one of the best. We are thrilled to be in such great company and to be recognized by Elizabeth over at AD. I wasn't aware of a couple of the other mentions so I'll definitely be checking those out. It seems like podcasting is on a roll.

Thanks to Architectural Digest for listening and helping to spread the word.

Link: Archispeak 50 & 51 by Evan Troxel

The final episode of 2014 (old news, probably) was a year in review of the podcast. It was nice to close out the year and talk about the things that mattered to us. I hope it rekindled some nice memories for our listeners. 50 episodes! Golden.

Episode 51 has been getting a lot of great feedback, mostly via Twitter and LinkedIn. We are talking about the state of the architectural union (or lack thereof) and get into a couple of recent articles published that either skewer architecture or skew the perception of architecture. 

Link: Archispeak 47 - Equity by Design by Evan Troxel


Gender equity in the architectural profession is not. We had special guest Rosa Sheng on the podcast to discuss the recent Equity by Design Symposium held in San Francisco. She shared her insights into the missing 32% of female architecture graduates that don't get licensed and move out of the profession which leaves a big gender gap.

But why do they leave? Are they becoming mothers who want to stay at home and raise their kids; do they move into another profession altogether; are they forced out by their male counterparts; or are there just not enough female leaders for them to follow in the footstep of? We talk about all this and more in episode 47. Like I said in the podcast, it's time architecture gets its house in order on this issue. 

Link: Archispeak 46 - 98 Percent by Evan Troxel

Catch up on the tabloids of architecture with us as we discuss Frank Owen Gehry and his middle finger in Episode 46 of Archispeak. The comments on the page are great too, so don't miss them.

According to Frank Gehry, "In this world we are living in, 98 percent of everything that is built and designed today is pure shit." So, where does that leave us, the rest of the world's architects? In Episode 46 of Archispeak, we discuss Mr. Gehry's comments and whether you agree or disagree, it's good to have these conversations.


Link: Archispeak 44 - Preservation Pants by Evan Troxel

For Episode #44, Archispeak does some followup on several listener calls and comments from prior episodes. We then spend the remainder of the show on another listener suggested topic (see, we do listen so keep calling in) and put on our "Preservation Pants" and tackle the Louis Cherry designed Oakwood Modern Home controversy.

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Archispeak named one of the 8 best architecture podcasts by NCARB by Evan Troxel

File this one under something I never thought would happen: NCARB put up a blog post listing their 8 best podcasts for architects. Archispeak made it! We're humbled to be on a list with such great friends and people who genuinely care about making the profession a better place. I'd add Enoch Sears' Business of Architecture podcast to the list as well.

Link: Archispeak 41 - Collaboration and Consultants by Evan Troxel

The architectural "C" word and the other architectural "C" word. 

A listener recently asked to hear our thoughts on working with engineers and other consultants. So, for Episode 41, Archispeak accepts the challenge and dispenses some wisdom on what it is like to try and herd cats in the world of architecture.

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Link: Archispeak 39 - Srsly Millennials? by Evan Troxel

As the comments and conversations continue online after an article about Why the Millennial Architect Won't Be Your CAD Monkey and our episode talking about the article, I'm still refining my thinking on this issue.

There are things that stand out to me now that I didn't say during the show. An obvious one is that there is an ever-increasing platform capable of producing a unified voice both for or against an issue. It's called the internet, and people aren't afraid to use it. The people "in charge" that are currently running offices and design studios are less involved online than the younger generations and I do think there are online tools available to accomplish a lot of what Mr. Eck is talking about. Soapboxes are easy to come by nowadays and people are flocking to both sides of the issue. Another thing that stands out is that people no longer have to work their way up for decades in firms to be the ones making the decisions. Newly self-appointed Millennial leaders can fail fast and often and still make a huge impact on the profession which is traditionally one that is very slow at adopting change. They can do as Mr. Eck proposes and not ask for permission as long as they have the guts to do it. They are, after all, in the best position to try. They probably don't have kids, mortgages, credit card debt, or some of the other things that keep some of us from trying things outside of our comfort zone. I bet they do have some crazy-ass student loan bills though. (Yay American dream...)

I find myself on the cusp between the generations in my views and actions. I want major change too, but I want to do it in a much more positive way than the author of the article posited. I also want to learn as much as I can as quickly as possible from my mentors so I can take the torch and run with it. There are lots of Gen-Xer's and Baby Boomers that will do whatever they can to help pave the way for the next generation, just like there are many who are in self-preservation mode trying desperately to hang on to their positions. It's our job to find the former.

You can listen to the episode here and add your comments.