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15 Farmhouse Backsplash Ideas For Your Kitchen

Art3d Store One of the cheapest ways of upgrading your kitchen is employing a vinyl farmhouse backsplash. Self-adhesive tiles come in many different d ...

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French Finesse: 25 Best Luxury Hotels In France For A Dream

France is a country that is renowned for many things ranging from its glittering world of fashion to its glittering capital. Then there is the idyllic ...

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Stunning Contemporary Home In Chile Made From Stone, Glass A

It is not very often that you come across a modern home that has an imposing street façade made of magnificent stone walls on all sides. This not onl ...

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These Deeply Satisfying Gifs Explain Intricate Japanese Join

Amazing Here?s a fun thing for architecture and design nerds: somewhere on the internet, someone is sharing super mesmerizing GIFs of traditiona ...

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Ep 151: Starting a Business

We are finally conceding to a request that?s been made a thousand times ? do an episode on starting an architectural business ? a topic that I have re ...

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Ep 150: Drawing Stuff

So here we are … Episode 150, and I am a little surprised that I made it this far into this Life of an Architect experiment, but due to the supp ...

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Ep 149: Moonlighting

This will be the 5th time in 5,209 days that I have put my opinions about taking on extra work outside of your normal job and typically during ridicul ...

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AIA24 Conference on Architecture & Design

There are many reasons to attend the AIA24 Conference on Architecture & Design - camaraderie with fellow architects, a chance to reconnect with f ...

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Ep 148: Meetings are a Waste of Time

You check the time and realize that you have 4 minutes before your next meeting. Maybe it?s an internal meeting, maybe clients are coming in. Is it in ...

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Ep 147: Draw Like an Architect

How good do you need to be at drawing if you want to become an architect" Or ? How can I be an architect ? I can?t draw" Is there an easy an ...

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Ep 146: Ask the Show Spring 2024

Tracking productivity, Bucket list vacation, Leadership styles, and Learning how to Draw Details ... We answer these questions and more today on Ep 14 ...

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Ep 145: Delegated Design

If you have ever wondered what Delegated Design and Design Assist mean and how the distinction between the two could impact you and your liability and ...

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Ep144: Objects of Design

From a design standpoint, some things are just cooler than other things ? and these things don?t need to be justified to anyone because people either ...

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EP 143: Architectural Drawings: Excessive or Essential

The episode "Architectural Drawings: Excessive or Essential" will focus on drawings and the question that first comes to mind is to talk abo ...

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Ep 142: When I Grow Up

In Episode 142: When I Grow Up, Andrew and I discuss how things take place that divert you from your expected path as you move through your career. It ...

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Ep 141: 2023 Yearapalooza

As the end of the 2023 season comes to an end, Life of an Architect looks at Fan Favorite Episodes, the Blog posts, and the graphics created to suppor ...

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Ep 139: Holiday Gift Guide for Architects

It?s almost that gift-giving time of the year and if you have an architect in your life, you know that getting them a gift is potentially the most ago ...

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Ep 140: Communicating Through Drawings

Drawings have always played a role in the process of study and discussion of what we do and why we do it. Today we are going to look at the different ...

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Ep 138: Is Architecture School Broken pt. 2

Are students graduating from architecture school prepared for the profession" Is the educational system aligned with the workplace" What is ...

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005: Architects and Chefs

In this fifth episode of the Life of an Architect podcast, Landon and I take on the topic of Architects and cooking and how those two things come toge ...

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Keep Calm and Steal My Stuff

Apparently, the word "internet" is a euphemism for "help yourself". ...

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Side Hustle ? Is it Right for You"

There are many reasons why an architect would want to look into a "side hustle" but few look very far into the future to consider how that d ...

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The Salk Institute

I have looked at a million pictures of the Salk, Lou Kahn\'s 1965 masterpiece ... but it wasn\'t until I went there and saw the building for myself di ...

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Emailing Your Resume ? Fatal Errors

Emailing your resume to potential employers seems to be the favored method of architectural students looking for internships and full-time employment. ...

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Architectural Graphics 101 ? Window Schedules

Apparently, I am a glutton for punishment because Architectural Graphics 101 the series is back after an unreasonably short time to discuss window sch ...

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A Simple Deck

Outdoor spaces take up a considerable amount of space and thinking in most of my projects – which makes sense considering that where I live, I c ...

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Territorial Trace

First, let’s make one thing clear: while it is labeled as “trace paper” don’t call it that. It is simply called “trace.& ...

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Models and Party Planning

In the very near future, we are going to throw a party at my office to recognize and celebrate a myriad of milestones, achievements, and honors. It ...

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Architectural Graphics 101 ? Wall Types

Architectural Graphics 101 is back and today we are talking about wall types, a topic so sexy that I don’t know how anybody is going to make it ...

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Amazing Instagram Feeds for Sketching

As far as architectural sketching goes, I have a long way to go before I can carry the pen bag of the accounts I am going to share with you today. Thi ...

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A Culture of Models

Architectural models … there’s not a person walking the planet who doesn’t love them. My office isn’t particularly large, eith ...

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Pick Your Fights

There are times when I really hate passionately dislike some of the contractors I work with. Luckily it doesn’t happen too often – I can ...

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Hindsight is 20/20

Hindsight is 20/20, or so the phrase goes. It basically means that if you knew then what you know now, you would do things differently and avoid some ...

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Going Down the Rabbit Hole

I like to talk – to the point where I am consciously aware that I am bothering the people around me … and yet I continue. As a mitigating ...

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The Best Architectural Instagram Feeds ? 2017

There are few things that I will admit to having a borderline unhealthy passion about … a brand new sharpie pen, floating in the pool with a col ...

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Should Architects Moonlight"

Moonlighting is something that literally ever architect has done at one time or another in their career. There are a handful of reasons why an archite ...

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Your First Architectural Job is Important

Pretty simple and straightforward sentence – “Your first architectural job is important.” Let me clarify that I’m not talkin ...

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486,712 is Not What I Signed Up For

For those of you paying attention, I am almost at my wit’s end. I have been sitting at my keyboard writing what could generously be described as ...

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This is NOT Mentorship

Despite having (almost) nothing in common, whenever I think of Mentorship, my mind turns to cats. Aren\'t you curious why" ...

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Modern Cabin ? It?s Hard to Say Goodbye

For an Architect, wrapping up a project is always a bittersweet moment. There is the joy and elation you feel for witnessing a project come to life th ...

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Business Cards for Architects

If you are in business, you probably have a business card. For an architect, this is just another opportunity to flex their creative muscles and desig ...

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Something Every Young Architect Should Do

If I had the ability to go back in time and make a change about my career development, surrounding myself with creative individuals who were willing t ...

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Architectural Portfolios

Since it is that time of year and my inbox is starting to get clogged with portfolio\'s that people email me blindly, I thought I would provide some i ...

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Here?s the Thing about Good Ideas

You never know when you are going to have a good idea - they can come at any moment, regardless of your current activity, or the convenience level of ...

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2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition ? The

After hours of deliberation, the judges were finally able to declare the winning playhouse designs for the 2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design ...

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The Grasshopper Playhouse ? Construction Drawings

If you like looking at other people\'s construction drawings, then today is your lucky day. Time to publish the construction drawings for my 10th play ...

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The Finalists ? 2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design C

Here are the finalists in the 2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition! We reviewed over 300 entries to bring you these amazing playhous ...

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AEC Cares ? Project Orlando

Every year, the AEC Cares event coincides with the American Institute of Architects National Convention, which is taking place this year in Orlando, F ...

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Cabin Detail ? Steel and Walnut Bench

In any project, there are a handful of design moments that help establish the personality of that entire project. For the cabin project that I have be ...

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Young Architects Should Work in Construction

If you are a young architect or plan on becoming an architect one day, I think the best advice I can give you is to find your way onto a construction ...

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Grasshopper Playhouse

Time to unveil this year\'s playhouse theme and design. Considering that entries to the 2017 Playhouse Design Competition are due in just under 2 week ...

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Attitude Reflects Leadership

I am hijacking my regularly scheduled posts so that I can soapbox on something that recently happened. Attitude reflects Leadership and \'The employer ...

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The designation between House and Home

The designation between house and home - is it semantics or is there a difference. Can I as "the architect" influence the difference one way ...

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Architectural Graphics 101 ? Layers

for the 4th installment of the Architectural Graphics 101 series, I decided to tackle all things "layer". I use my layers as the gold standa ...

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What Does a Fellow Keep in his Drawers"

I don\'t have many secrets left after writing my blog for 7 years ... except one. But not anymore, today I answer the question, "What do I keep i ...

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Architectural Graphics 101 ? Line Weight

"Architectural Graphics 101: Line Weight" is the 3rd entry in series of articles that focus on how to prepare architectural drawings in a wa ...

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Style ? Do I have any"

Today\'s post is inherently infused with "me-ness" ... which isn\'t a word. The word that most people would use is "style" which h ...

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Guess what" I Just Received an ?F?

On January 27th, I was elevated into the AIA College of Fellows - less than 3% of all AIA architects are ever recognized with this honor. Well, there ...

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My Captive Audience

Architects are natural storytellers. Creating a narrative to assist with the design process is fairly common, but some story\'s don\'t have anything t ...

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2017 Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition

It\'s time for the 6th Annual Life of an Architect Playhouse Design Competition! How does it work" Is it free" Can my Mom and I be on the sa ...

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Advice for a young Architect

“Re: Advice for a young architect” That was the subject line of one of the emails that came in over the weekend. Normally I don’t re ...

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Architectural Graphics 101 ? Drawing Alignment and Notes

"Architectural Graphics 101: Detail Alignment and Notes" is the 2nd entry in series of articles that focus on how to prepare architectural d ...

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It?s Important to Keep Learning

To my way of thinking, if you aren\'t improving, if you don\'t keep learning new things, your value within an organization is going to become diminish ...

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Architectural Graphics 101 ? Number 01

Maybe this will be exciting, maybe it won’t, but I am going to start writing a few articles a month on architectural graphics and what I’v ...

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How do you eat a Whale"

First post of the new year ... what\'s different" Well, not much yet but I am going to take what I know and make some changes. ...

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What did you miss in 2016" The Best from Life of an Arc

Here are "The Greatest Hits from Life of an Architect" ... with hits being a euphemism for visitor counts. Each of the following articles re ...

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Exhibit: Architecture in Palestine during the British Mandat

Israel has one of the largest concentrations of modernist architecture in the world, and ?Social Construction,? an exhibit on display at the Israel Mu ...

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Not Your Typical Modern Wood Deck

Getting a modern wood deck to visually look simple and pure is not as easy as it sounds. The most important thing is the attention to the little thing ...

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What to Get an Architect for Christmas ? 2016

In the 7th annual "What to get an Architect for Christmas" post, I can guarantee you will have success shopping for the special, overly-pick ...

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Architectural Sketches ? Sketchapalooza II

If you are an architect, everyone thinks that you draw for a living. While that\'s not really true, it\'s a stereotype that most architects warmly emb ...

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Drafts that might be ?Better Left for Dead?

Imagine this ... after 6+ years and almost 800 posts, I think I\'ve run out of good ideas of what to talk about. If you need empirical evidence to sup ...

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Then and Now ? Architectural Design or Accounting

When I graduated from architecture school, I only had three goals ... none of which included the words "accounting" in them. ...

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Barker Table ? A Doghouse Worth Having Inside

Design and construction drawings the "Barker Table", an interior doghouse that looks more like a piece of furniture than something your dog ...

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The Best Halloween Candy

It\'s Halloween tonight, and rather than pass out candy that makes a child question their humanity, here\'s a list of candy that is sure to keep your ...

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Off Center Pivot Door and 45 Seconds

The process of entering your house is important ... there is a sequence of events that should happen and preparing the narrative of experience is some ...

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Modern Steel Trellis

We recently added a modern steel and wood trellis on one of our projects and it turned out fantastic. I thought it would be interesting to see the ori ...

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Modern Concrete Sidewalks ? Floating Pads

So you have a modern house and you need a modern sidewalk ... this is the post for you (if you live in Dallas) ...

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If I have to tell you everything ?

If I have to tell you everything, that would suggest that I have already solved the problem and your role in the process is to simply do ... what" ...

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Interior Steel Wall Panels

A look at an interior wall clad in steel plate ... and a look at the math that determined how to fasten that steel to the wall using double-sided tape ...

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Design Talk ? The Glamorous World of Blogging

Writing a blog has it\'s moments - the good, the bad, and the crazy. It\'s not right for everyone, but when used correctly, it\'s an incredibly powerf ...

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Fireplace Mantle ? Nice and Simple

How do you design a feature fireplace for a modern residence" Hopefully, you\'ll start with something simple but work to get the scale and propor ...

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Natural Light ? Clean Aesthetics

One of the very best ways to determine good architecture is the evaluation of how natural light is handled throughout the space it illuminates. ...

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I Wish I Were Going Back to School

A collection of 8 articles that every person going to architecture school should read. ...

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Designing Elevations

So do you design the floor plan first, or the elevations" There\'s only one correct answer to this question ... ...

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I Want to be an Architect, Where Do I Start"

So you think you might want to be an architect but don\'t know where to start or how to prepare yourself ... what to do" Well, this is your lucky ...

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Israel ? but first, let me take a groupie

A once in a lifetime trip to tour the architecture of Israel ... as told through a series of "groupie" photos. What\'s a groupie photo you a ...

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Traveling Architect: Job Site Edition

There are some job site meetings that are more important than others, and as a residential architect with projects around the country, it\'s important ...

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Summer is for the Young at Heart

Summertime is one of my favorite times of year and my memories from this time of year are wonderfully nostalgic ... don\'t forget what it\'s like to b ...

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The Cottage House ? Amazing

Step by step construction images that show how to building The 2016 Playhouse designed by Bob Borson "The Cottage House" ...

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How to Find an Architect

If you looking to hire an architect, here are ten questions you should be asking. If you are an architect, here are ten questions you should know how ...

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Best Architectural Websites 2016

With so many architectural websites out there, how do you know which ones to waste your precious lunch hour reading" Don\'t worry, I\'ve got you ...

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Happy Mies van der Fourth

People are amazing, that\'s the only way to describe it. ...

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Floating Wall Shelves ? They Only Look Simple

Floating wall shelves are fairly popular in modern residential design - their clean design lends itself for use in many different types of rooms and s ...

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Being an Architect ? Amazeballs

Like any job, being an architect isn\'t always the best job in the world. But in light of these moments, keep your eye on the long game and you might ...