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What Do You Wish You Had Learned in Architecture School?

08:00 - 30 November, 2015
What Do You Wish You Had Learned in Architecture School?, © AstroStar via Shutterstock
© AstroStar via Shutterstock

In the early days of the architectural profession, teaching and practice were neatly aligned: the elements of the various styles could be taught and put into practice in the field. However in the 20th century, while the business of construction was becoming increasingly technocratic, architectural theory became equally pluralistic and esoteric. Ever since, the dichotomy between architectural education and practice has been a controversial subject. Many in the business say that education fails to prepare students for the real world, while some academics equally contend that architecture schools have given up too much ground to technical considerations, and no longer teach enough important theory.

Sketching for Architecture & Interior Design

08:30 - 22 July, 2015
Sketching for Architecture & Interior Design, Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing Ltd

The following is an excerpt from the introduction of Stephanie Travis' book Sketching for Architecture & Interior Design. The book features over 45 sketching and drawing exercises across three chapters (Furniture + Lighting, Interiors, Architecture). Below we feature sample exercises for sketching transitional spaces, building materials and foreground + background. We're also giving away copies for two lucky readers, so read on to find out how to enter!

The Top Places To Watch Architectural Lectures Online

15:30 - 14 July, 2015
The Top Places To Watch Architectural Lectures Online, Louis I. Kahn lecturing at the ETH Zurich (Switzerland). Image © Peter Wenger
Louis I. Kahn lecturing at the ETH Zurich (Switzerland). Image © Peter Wenger

The online lecture, similar to the podcast, is an easy, often entertaining way of absorbing knowledge and the opinions of thinkers and practitioners from around the world. We've gathered together some of our favourite sources for watching architectural lectures online. Ranging from Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel's famous American Architecture Now interviews with Frank Gehry in 1980 and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott-Brown in 1984, to Sir Peter Cook speaking at Frankfurt's Staedelschule in 2012, these open-source films provide invaluable insights into architects and architects throughout recent history.

Shelf Life: 33 Book Recommendations From Architects & Designers

01:00 - 4 August, 2014
Shelf Life: 33 Book Recommendations From Architects & Designers, Three Love Problems from George Eliot's Middlemarch, by Stephen Doyle. ​Photo: Stephen Doyle
Three Love Problems from George Eliot's Middlemarch, by Stephen Doyle. ​Photo: Stephen Doyle

Architects often don’t make time to read. Students and professionals alike will admit that the unread books on their shelves outnumber the ones they've read - which is unfortunate because literary contributions to the field of architecture, from Vitruvius to Le Corbusier, have shaped the way we build and use buildings for centuries. With this in mind, ArchitectureBoston polled their readers, asking them to share their favorite architecture and design titles, to compile a list of important architecture books you should set aside some time for. The list covers a wide range of subjects, from historical theory to the practicalities of starting a firm. See all thirty-three titles, after the break.

Searching for a Job in Architecture? 10 Things You Need to Know...

01:00 - 11 June, 2013
Searching for a Job in Architecture? 10 Things You Need to Know..., Courtesy of shutterstock.com
Courtesy of shutterstock.com

For me, university was about finding the confidence to explore creativity, the notion of self, and determining my own measurements of expectation. Last year I wrote an article entitled “10 things you don’t get taught in architecture school,” which provided advice on how to succeed in an academic setting. Having now graduated, the following article is reflective of my first 2 years working full time in architecture.

The 10 Most Inspirational TED Talks for Architects

01:00 - 26 April, 2013
The 10 Most Inspirational TED Talks for Architects, Courtesy of Youtube - TEDtalksDirector
Courtesy of Youtube - TEDtalksDirector

Inspiration is a funny thing: when you need it is nowhere to be seen, and just when you're not expecting it, it can blindside you in the least convenient of places. Here's ten inspirational TED talks for architects (in no particular order) from people with broad and unique views on architecture. Some might enlighten, educate or even enrage you - at the very least they should get those creative juices flowing a little better.