66 episodes

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.



A small firm owner, architect, and college design instructor, co-host Andrew Hawkins brings his insight from his 20 years in various roles within the profession.



It responds to the public 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.



To learn more about Bob, Andrew, and what life is like as an architect, please visit Lifeofanarchitect.com

Life of an Architect Bob Borson and Andrew Hawkins

    • Design
    • 4.8 • 237 Ratings

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.



A small firm owner, architect, and college design instructor, co-host Andrew Hawkins brings his insight from his 20 years in various roles within the profession.



It responds to the public 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.



To learn more about Bob, Andrew, and what life is like as an architect, please visit Lifeofanarchitect.com

    Architects and Sketching

    Architects and Sketching

    There is a nostalgia associated with architects and sketching but is it still an integral part of the design process anymore?

    • 52 min
    The Hypothetical Show 2020

    The Hypothetical Show 2020

    It takes 5 people to answer 3 questions on this, The Hypothetical Show. Three questions of varying degrees of absurdity are discussed, but all will brighten up your Holiday week.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    A Day in the Life of an Architect

    A Day in the Life of an Architect

    Answering the question of what exactly does a typical day in the life of an architect look like is nearly impossible - but we are going to give it a go. Typical days for an architect vary wildly and are more often than not a reflection of your role, where you work, the market sector, the size of the firm, and how far along in your career you have journeyed.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Holiday Gift Guide for Architects

    Holiday Gift Guide for Architects

    It’s that gift-giving time of the year and if you have an architect in your life, you know that getting them a gift is rough since they are sooo particular – but that’s why we’re here. Now in its 11th consecutive year, Life of an Architect is once again putting out the definitive gift guide for architects so you don’t have to figure these things out for yourself.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Evolving Virtual Office

    The Evolving Virtual Office

    The phrase "Virtual Office" has a much different ring and connotation to it now than it did just a few months ago. As more and more people work from home (more times than not in a spare bedroom or from the dining room table) what changes will take place within the architectural profession moving forward? Has anyone else noticed that everyone seems to be nesting in their makeshift home offices these days? 

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Architectural Stereotypes

    Architectural Stereotypes

    When I say the word “architect” what do you imagine? It seems that most people imagine architects in black clothing, heavy rimmed glasses, and they most-likely possess other-worldly glue skills. We are going to set the record straight regarding the disconnect between the public’s perception and the reality of architects.

    • 1 hr 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
237 Ratings

237 Ratings

Erikhall77 ,

How we get our start.

In the latest episode with Building Science Fight Club, it was fantastic and quite relevant to hear how people got their start, found their way, and blazed a trail. It is relevant because I am beginning my career in architecture and it was great to hear that we don't need to know everything. Even that we sometimes have no idea what we're doing along the way. Encouraging!

sdvo12344321 ,

Sr. Vice President

Gentlemen,
Unfortunately, following your latest installment, I must now finally remove myself, and recommend the same to every one of my students, professional reports, and peers.

In your latest evaluation of the the “perception of architects”, the mere idea of discussing attire and architects - and the connection to wealth was ill conceived, and even more poorly discussed and broadcast.

Unfortunately for your recent podcast, the discussion ventured into stereotypes and preconceptions about “looks and appearances” ; an unfortunate issue that continues to plague the AEC profession. More profoundly...you both ignored these broader issues and their ties to financial austerities and socioeconomic challenges at their root.

You’ve both certainly presented the topic of attire from the perspective of privilege, given your individual positions in the profession. However; In your respective corporate and university positions, have either of you considered, who can afford the better, more acceptable, more matching black clothes, or matching suit? More so, the dialogue (outside of appearance) seems to offer nothing to advance the profession.

Hope this note ultimately finds its way to your respective HR departments for consideration.

Shame on you both for that last travesty.

Unsubscribe Me Now.

JoshCrist ,

Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🔥

Whether you’re well established as an architect, or just getting started carving out a profitable niche that’s ready to grow - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Bob and Andrew do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving firm, and life you can be proud of - with leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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