Hey, Eric here with 30 by 40 Design Workshop
answering your questions today, quick-fire style so I can be sure to get to as many as
possible. Now, I save the best and most upvoted question
for last so be sure to stick around to the end for that. Okay Reethi Tallam asks, “What was your
thesis topic and what tips can you give for a final year student who is doing his or her
thesis?” Well, my thesis project was an urban monastery
and I used it as a launching point for developing underutilized or abandoned acreage in the
city of Boston. Now, I think a thesis topic should have enough
meat to dig into at a variety of scales and while it has to be rooted in reality, really
it’s just an in-depth investigation and fleshing out of a set of philosophies. The monastery allowed me to look at urban
planning, to learn about a religious building typology with some interesting cultural implications,
there was this deep historical context and a number of really interesting precedents
for me to research. There were some cool spatial and formal opportunities
there, and I knew this was a building type that I’d probably never have the chance
to do as a professional. For all those reasons it ended up being a
super fascinating and fun project to design. So, my advice is to choose a topic with many
layers of problems to solve. And, you won’t have time to solve all of them
but you’ll have the flexibility to chase down the ones you find most interesting along the
way. Okay, Illustrious1 asks, “What’s a challenge
you’ve overcome as an architect that you’re proud of? What’s a challenge you have yet to overcome
and are excited about the struggle to conquer it?” I think most people don’t understand this,
but the process of actually realizing your work in the world – building your architecture
– is actually an immense challenge. Seeing your ideas through from concept to
finished architecture is insanely rewarding because you have to navigate this seemingly
impossible set of demands, from the client, from the budget, the contractors, regulatory
agencies, and even your own shortcomings. But that’s sort of a cop-out though because
every real architect has to do that. So, I’d have to say starting my own practice
was probably my biggest challenge to date. Just trusting that I could support my family
all the while doing something that I loved is in itself immensely rewarding and it takes
constant care and feeding; it’s still a struggle honestly that I face each week as I figure
out where to head next. In terms of a near-term challenge, if you’ve
been following this channel you’ll know that I’ve been investing a huge amount of time
and energy here working to get to 100,000 subscribers as my next milestone and I’m excited
by the possibilities of where that will lead. So, lots of big plans there in the future. Maanda Eva writes, “Did you always know
you wanted to be an architect and what advice do you wish you had when you first joined
architecture school?” For the most part, I knew I wanted to be an
architect but quite honestly I had very little idea about what was involved in actually being
an architect. If you watch my short film, ‘A Choice to
Make’ you’ll learn more about my journey. When I started architecture school I was absolutely
terrible. I came home on holiday break in my third year
and told my parents, to their horror, that I was done, that it just wasn’t working out,
I wasn’t going to be an architect. And, they encouraged me to give it one more
semester and in that period of a few months something just clicked. I started spending every waking hour focused
on my work. Everything I read was about architecture. I started making countless study models. I spent all my free time drawing and sketching. I’d stay in the studio until 3:00 a.m. debating
architectural concepts with people. So, what changed? Well I put in the work. I chose to become a practitioner and that’s
my advice to you, become a practitioner. Make things, practice; experiment. This is the advice I wish I had had when I
started. Take this seriously, no one’s gonna force
you to become an architect, you have to put in the work and you have to really want it. Oh shiad asks, “How do I get a feel for
dimensions, room sizes, etc.?” I recommend starting by learning the sizes
of the spaces around you first. Take note of how high the ceilings are, how
wide the corridors are, build up this mental catalog. You can use modular materials like floor or
ceiling tiles to gauge roughly how big spaces are, but I also always have a small laser
measurer in my bag with me. Here in the studio I’ve subdivided the space
precisely for this purpose so, I can show clients okay, here’s what a 12 by 12 room
would actually feel like, or that’s an 8 foot ceiling but if you expose the structure it
actually feels a little taller. Another thing I often do is to use tape to
lay things out, let’s say it’s a window opening and I want to show the difference between
two different sizes, I’ll actually tape them out on the glass here. And, when you’re drawing, always use scale
elements in your sketches, in plans, sections, and perspectives. You want to add people, trees, furniture;
all the objects that we relate to as humans. This can really help you get a feel for room
sizes and dimensions too. Question from Krishna, “Is Photoshop important
and if so, to what degree should I learn to use it?” Well, it’s very important. There isn’t a week that goes by in my practice
that I don’t use Photoshop. Like any software it’s a tool you can use
to communicate your ideas. Tons of stuff to learn the basics on how architects
use it here on YouTube, Show It Better and Arqui9 Visualization are two good channels
to start with. Connall Gifford wants to know, “Out of all
of your projects that you’ve done, which one is your favorite?” That’s easy, the next one. Jose asks, “In your opinion, what does it
take to be a Pritzker Prize winner and how does the world start noticing great architects?” Well, the simple answer is by doing good work. Now, I don’t think you should look to prizes
for validation necessarily. Of course, recognition is nice and I enter
competitions like many architects do, but the fact is, there will only ever be a very
few Pritzker Prize winners in the world. So, even when you’re doing good work you probably
won’t receive the Pritzker. The second part of the question is more important
and interesting and I think relevant to all of us. The world notices how good you are when you’ve
put in the time. Become a practitioner, execute, deliver, make
things. The more things you make, the more you’ll
realize that the last things you made, weren’t as good as you probably thought they were
and you’ll start to make better things. I think too many people want the reward part
without actually doing the hard work part. The reward comes only after you’ve put in
the hard work. Okay, Shi wonders, “How did you get interested
in architecture?” And, I want to again point you to my short
film, ‘A Choice to Make’ and that should tell you my story. Marcos Sanchez asks, “How do you attract
new clients to an architecture studio? What kind of marketing is done in this kind
of environment?” This is a great question and it’s something
that’s not taught in schools. Marketing, at a basic level, is getting someone’s
attention. You want to get in front of people who are
buying and sell them the things you make. Now, I use a combination of my website, YouTube,
Facebook, LinkedIn, Amazon, Instagram, and Pinterest to market my business. You should check out my books for detailed
marketing plans and I’ll link up a video in the cards of some recent marketing advice
I had for a viewer. So, check that out for a really detailed breakdown
on marketing. Ali asks, “Can you recommend any good books
to improve my drawing and my architectural skills?” For the basics, I’ve always liked Frank Ching’s
books: Form, Space and Order, there’s Architectural Graphics, there’s Design Drawing and there’s
Building Construction Illustrated. That should get you started. Also, you can check out this video with my
essential recommendations. Ithilween Shadowsong asks, “How do you learn
to build? How do you get to the point where you have
enough knowledge to design your own projects?” Experience. There’s really only one way to learn this
and that’s to work for a firm that’s building the kinds of buildings you want to do and
study how it’s done. Much of what you’ll learn after school is
focused on how to put a building together. What I’ve learned is that it’s as much about
sequencing of the building trades and how materials come together as it is about anything
else. And, this will ultimately affect the way you
design too. Joseph van Wagoner asks, “Do you have any
advice for someone pursuing architecture but is color blind?” Alright, I’d suggest that you accept it as
a part of who you are as an architect. I know there’s software out there to aid those
who are colorblind and other visual aids, I’m sure you’re familiar with these, but I’m
not sure that’s entirely useful or even the point. Use what you’ve got to make the things you
don’t. Clarisse Padilla – I hope I pronounced that
right – she asks, “What do you do when a client won’t approve any design you throw
at them? For the past two weeks I’ve made five sets
of concept sheets from my professor and it’s gotten me nowhere.” Wow, five concept sheets and nothing? Alright, you only need one good concept so,
for you perhaps focus on quality instead of quantity. Now, you can get stuck in a rut and I know
that can be hard to extricate yourself from and if this is you, you might try one of my
favorite apps, which is called Oblique Strategies. Now, this of course happens in practice too
and it can be just as stressful. I usually try and show my client something
expected, something unexpected, and then something in between and this range of possibilities
lets you guide them from something they were anticipating, to something they probably weren’t,
and then hopefully you can land somewhere in between at a place just comfortable enough
for them to buy in. By the way, in the comments section in last
week’s video other pros have weighed in on this question with some really valuable insights
so, you should check there too. Dauvic asks, “Can you help me install Archicad
20 on my mac?” Ahh, no. Brian Ortega asks, “How much do you use
video editing for architecture I’m studying architecture and I haven’t found a way to
connect both things but really want to Brian I use it every week in my practice I’m transitioning
over to using all video for my client presentations now. And, I really think they should be teaching
this in school if they’re not already. Rather than straight pinups of drawings on
the wall, storytelling through video is relatable, efficient, and it’s really effective. So, connect your two interests by learning
to tell the story of your work in video form, like a short film, or a documentary. Ask yourself how you would do things differently
if you only had video to rely on and some interesting possibilities open up, right? Is anyone else doing this in school right
now? I’d be really curious to know. Obviously, I’m biased here, but look at any
online social platform right now, and see how much they’re pushing video and I think
you’ll realize this is a huge opportunity for you all of you guys out there watching,
a blue ocean strategy. Okay and we’ll end with Greek God’s question
which is my personal favorite, “As a student, what other activities can I do to learn the
things which will actually help me in my career, photography, vlogs, etc.” Now, I saved this for last because I think
it’s the single most important question you can be asking, I don’t care if you’re in architecture
or if you’re an unemployed coal miner. If you take away just one thing from this
video it should be to build metaskills metaskills are skills that confer advantages to your
entire life, and that’s what Greek God is referencing here, I think. Communication metaskills like: writing, photography,
videography, drawing, and verbal presentation skills have far-reaching benefits in your
life because they can be applied to any path you choose in the future. And, each of these requires that you learn
how to tell good stories. So, I think you’ve already recognized that
photography and vlogging are forms of this kind of metaskill. Something like vlogging, or creating videos
in general, develops all these: it hones your planning and scheduling skills, your writing
skills for the script, your verbal skills to deliver the presentation, your photography
and graphic skills to craft interesting visuals, then you’ll have to write an engaging headline,
create a visually compelling thumbnail and you’ll need marketing skills to figure out
the best way to deliver it and to build an audience. Then there’s this immediate feedback loop,
either it resonates with that audience or it doesn’t; thumbs-up or thumbs-down. When you get used to making, iterating, and
delivering things consistently, you have a competitive advantage over everyone else who
thought it was just too much work. Now, buying a camera and forcing myself to
figure out YouTube was the single best metaskill investment of the past five years, unquestionably. Hands down it’s made me a better architect. Now, you don’t have to rush out and buy a
DSLR and fancy lenses, chances are you already have a really good camera in your pocket and
so, I would say use what you have. Now, I’m really sorry I couldn’t make it to
all the questions you submitted, I do appreciate all of them and I’m happy to do this again
soon if you liked it. So, please let me know in the comments. If you did find this useful, please smash
that like button below. As always, thanks for coming back here each
week, I appreciate you guys. Cheers!

Answering YOUR Questions | Architecture Q&A

69 thoughts on “Answering YOUR Questions | Architecture Q&A

  • October 12, 2017 at 6:29 pm
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    always happy to see an update from you 😀

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  • October 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm
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    Download all the marketing tools I mentioned in the video here: http://thirtybyforty.com/spl

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  • October 12, 2017 at 6:50 pm
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    Thanks for your videos. It's always good to hear you encouraging people to keep to their pursuit of architecture. There are so many videos that talk about the negatives of going down this path.

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  • October 12, 2017 at 6:56 pm
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    Great efforts ! Thank you for your videos it really helped me a lot in my career

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  • October 12, 2017 at 7:03 pm
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    This video just made my day! I'm a 1st year arch student, and going through a though time. But this video just made me realize that I have to keep on going, eventually the reward wil come.
    Thank you!!! Awesome videos, keep it up!

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  • October 12, 2017 at 7:04 pm
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    Thanks again for another great video. Where can we post questions ?

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  • October 12, 2017 at 7:07 pm
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    I'd like to bounce back on the photoshop question. All these programs are just tools, and when an intern asks me what should she or he learn or focus on program wise… my answer is a bit cryptical most of the time a provocation (yes I do like to make my interns think 😉 )
    I always say : 'all of them'… knowing full well that the answer is unattainable. Why Do I say this. well as I said before, the programs are just tools , it's like asking a carpenter which hammer she /he should use. The tool doesn't define you, or at least it shouldn't define you. You should be the one mastering it and using it to expose, create or build your ideas and proposals. If you let yourself be boxed into a tool then you might not be exploring the full extend of your creative mind. As in photography, it's not the camera, it's the eye of the photographer which makes the picture. So in architecture it's not the tool it's what you need to express that should be the focal point and how to express it. If it's though 'toshopping the hell out of a model or using white ink on black paper or clay, or crayons or photography montage with glue and scissors… don't let you be fooled into thinking that the tools are the limit. You are. so break those limits and boundaries and go tell the world what your concept is. Find a way.

    and as always great vid 🙂

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  • October 12, 2017 at 7:10 pm
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    Thanks again for your continued inspiration. As I sit here working on the largest residential job I've ever done, it's easy to get overwhelmed with keeping up with it all while deciding what direction to go next with all of these metaskills I've gained (particularly because I'm getting traction with my real estate and drone photography) but I find it reassuring to be validated that my efforts in expanding my abilities will only help me for years to come. I love the saying that your favorite project is the next one! Keep up the good work.

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  • October 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm
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    Great video Eric! My Uni does video editing but generally independently to show how light moves in models and some story boards. Uni's don't push this but students who do it independently always get great results and feedback. I also liked the question from Joseph VanWagoner as my brother is colour blind but has a job as a visualized, so like you said he has used this as part of his jobs. He can actually see shades better because of this so he can easily build up atmosphere in his work. Awesome video Eric looking forward to the next one.

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  • October 12, 2017 at 7:18 pm
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    there is only one way to learn to build : experience. oh lol ^^ same time ^^

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  • October 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm
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    9:24 😂

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  • October 12, 2017 at 7:25 pm
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    How do I know if I'm made to be an architect? Architecture is art, and I don't think I'm competent enough creatively and imaginatively to do architecture, putting aside techical stuff, studying etc…I can't decide

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  • October 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm
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    Here is a question, What kind of music do you listen to???

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  • October 12, 2017 at 8:02 pm
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    Thanks a lot for those valuable words 😊!!

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  • October 12, 2017 at 8:09 pm
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    thank so much for a great video.its inspire me a lot

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  • October 12, 2017 at 8:10 pm
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    You are amazing! Your works are gorgeous and your videos are inspiring! I'm just starting my way in architecture and have so many questions about everything, and your answers are perfect. Really grateful. Thank you for the great work.

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  • October 12, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    Thanks again, Eric! Always learning from you.

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  • October 12, 2017 at 8:25 pm
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    Thank you for selecting my question out of all the ones you received. I already have ideas for presentation. Thank you so much!

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  • October 12, 2017 at 9:48 pm
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    Hello from germany 🙂
    I just found your channel last month and I really enjoy watching your videos.
    You are like the combination of an architect with the book "the one thing" 😀 that is really inspiring. Please keep on going doing great videos :)))

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  • October 12, 2017 at 11:27 pm
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    Another great video Eric, with some valuable answers to some valuable questions. I am glad that marketing question was in there. There could or should be an entire seminar, topic, vlog, class, etc., on marketing for architects. This absolutely should be taught in schools, especially in today's ever changing business climate. I am not referring to how architectural firms market, I am more thinking in terms of us small shops [1-15 person studio's] trying to develop new ways to connect with our target audience. There is only so many ways you can try to up-sell your services and connect with people who know for some projects they are not required to hire an architect at all. Or worse yet, someone who contacts you in order to get a permit drawing [singular]. It is sole sucking to have those conversations, and marketing to the right set of people would certainly help relieve those instances. Perhaps this is a next upcoming topic to discuss in a future video. In your case it must be especially unique being in a remote area, such as yours. Thanks again, it is great to be reminded of things!

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  • October 13, 2017 at 12:01 am
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    Subscribed… Im happy to support your great work and will cheer you on in your journey. May you have true success in life.

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  • October 13, 2017 at 1:17 am
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    Hello from Singapore!
    You're such an inspiration for students like myself whom have just started on this lifelong journey in the Archi industry. Looking forward to your next upload (as usual) (:

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  • October 13, 2017 at 1:46 am
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    Great video as usual!

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  • October 13, 2017 at 3:39 am
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    God. So many things I want to comment on, but I'll have to wait until tomorrow. Want an amazing video

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  • October 13, 2017 at 4:13 am
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    Nice Video as always Eric! Would be great to see more 'Squid Cove' kind of videos. Fascinating to see the thought process and your explanations.

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  • October 13, 2017 at 5:34 am
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    it would be cool to see your Stream where you work and on the way answer questions and explain everything what you do .

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  • October 13, 2017 at 7:48 am
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    Thank a lot Eric !
    You're a great source of inspiration.
    Cheers ! .

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  • October 13, 2017 at 8:53 am
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    Please tell me your personality type is INFP. If you are not, I am not going to trust the online personality test any more.

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  • October 13, 2017 at 11:16 am
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    Oh you once almost gave up too. I almost gave up too!! And we have the same caseーour parents pushed us to go forward.

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  • October 13, 2017 at 12:03 pm
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    Thank you very much. Found it very helpful. Thank you again.

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  • October 13, 2017 at 4:09 pm
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    Thanks for saying my question is your fav,
    That's an awesome adwise, cuz I have been inspired a lot from your work, get ready to watch my skills too….
    (UH ARE AWESOME)😎😎😎

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  • October 13, 2017 at 7:15 pm
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    I've so many questions. Please try to answer all of them.
    I'll be very grateful to u.

    What software do u use for 2d, 3d and for rendering?
    How do u deal with the structural part of the building? Please answer this one especially, because when it comes to structures its all messed up.
    When u get any project how do u initiate the process? I mean how do u think?
    How much money do u make in a month?
    Do a video on any of the project u have done, explaining every thing from concept to planning process to design process to its application.

    Hope u will answer my questions. I'll be eagerly waiting for ur response.

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  • October 13, 2017 at 9:42 pm
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    Hi Eric. So I'm all the way from south africa and I'm a first year architecture student. Regarding videos, we are being taught but not a great deal. For our final project of the Year, we moved on from abstract to working with real sites and people. I cannot emphasize how important photography and videography was with regard to mapping out our sites. My video of this should be up on YouTube sometime soon. Would love to hear from you.
    Regards
    Masud

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  • October 13, 2017 at 9:46 pm
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    Superb presentation as always, Eric. To add to answers, for everyone out there, keep these things in mind also.
    • Investigate and understand structure by buying and studying books about wood framing details, for example. Try to study the types of buildings you are interested in designing to learn how they are assembled.
    • Keep in mind that you want to focus on a specific area of architecture. There are those who only do residential, like me, and there are those who specialize in resort development, or airports, or jails, for example.

    • Don't become an architect to become a star in order to win prizes. Become an architect because it fulfills a passion that you have and balance that with an ability to operate a business.
    • Eric's diversification of his work is an excellent example of how to balance passion with an ability to make a decent living. When you do good or even great work, adoration will follow as a result, but do not make winning awards the primary goal.

    • The profession can be disillusioning at times. Most houses are, unfortunately, are not designed by licensed architects. There is a continental divide between the average house and the recognition delivered by awards for architects. The space in between the divide is an opportunity for those just starting out.
    • Investigate the work of Jonathan Segal in San Diego to learn more about flipping the table on developing property. There is room for enormous improvement in residential architecture, whether single-family or hi-rise.

    • Understand that success in this profession is one of acquired ability and knowledge. It takes many years to truly grasp all of the complexities of getting something built. In the United States, we have an apprenticeship system to ensure that you work under licensed architects before moving forward on your own.

    • In architecture, scale and dimension are everything. Carry measuring devices everywhere with you and measure everything. Begin learning standardized dimensions of doors and cabinets, for example. Designing a garage? You need to know automobile dimensions. Designing an airport? Learn the dimensions of a 747. Learn the size of wood studs, concrete blocks and the thickness of finish materials like tile, stone, or wood flooring.

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  • October 14, 2017 at 3:24 am
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    best architecture channel out here!

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  • October 14, 2017 at 8:48 am
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    I am in high school and i have always been interested in drawing or making. Your videos each time I watch them, have given me a greater interest in Architecture. Thank you for that.

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  • October 14, 2017 at 5:39 pm
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    Very useful. Thanks!

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  • October 14, 2017 at 8:21 pm
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    Another great video Eric, and great answers too!

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  • October 14, 2017 at 9:35 pm
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    I appreciate this man and his wisdom so much.

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  • October 15, 2017 at 1:02 am
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    I'm planning to do my Thesis presentation next year through video – although pinning up is actually required, I want to break the barrier and have my video tell the full story. I think it's groundbreaking.

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  • October 15, 2017 at 9:37 pm
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    please make a video of design of any of ur ongoing project

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  • October 15, 2017 at 9:37 pm
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    please make a video of design of any of ur ongoing project

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  • October 15, 2017 at 9:38 pm
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    please make a video of design of any of ur ongoing project

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  • October 16, 2017 at 3:51 am
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    Keep updating the q&a , we love to hear more.

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  • October 16, 2017 at 11:14 am
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    Very useful info. Great advice!

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  • October 16, 2017 at 2:16 pm
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    Hi Eric. Great info for students etc. !

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  • October 17, 2017 at 11:27 am
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    can u give tips for designing apartment buildings on a very small plot of land in a very commercial locality

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  • October 17, 2017 at 11:27 am
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    can u give tips for designing apartment buildings on a very small plot of land in a very commercial locality

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  • October 17, 2017 at 11:27 am
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    can u give tips for designing apartment buildings on a very small plot of land in a very commercial locality

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  • October 18, 2017 at 1:58 pm
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    thanks my friend

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  • October 19, 2017 at 5:15 am
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    Eric how is your medical materials Tray working out for you so far? I thought that was such a genius profession hack. Thinking about doing that myself. Interested I. How it's going for you.

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  • October 19, 2017 at 6:08 pm
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    who do you think is a good architect and why?

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  • October 19, 2017 at 9:10 pm
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    Eric, this is a great Q&A video and the Metaskills development is right on point. One thing I would add is that you are never, ever finish being a student of Architecture (school and study is just the start) We are constantly leaning, testing and developing our skills and then also balance this with Marketing which i think all schools need to get a grip with across the world especially with the the amount of lead generating avenues we can use now. Keep you the great work and look forward to the next video. Also just spent the week in San Diego with your man Enoch Sears and his AMI program fantastic marketing strategies along with your book 2.

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  • October 20, 2017 at 2:17 am
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    so that means: if you want to get a good knowledge before you're out to the world (graduated) then you should start working since you're a student, right?

    btw idk why you still have 69k followers, you should have 200k+ and up since you're the only interesting architect around, by far better content than Archdaily's interviews… gonna have a talk with some of my former teachers because your videos have to be seen by the lazy ass students in my university.

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  • October 20, 2017 at 3:20 pm
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    Cool man!

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  • October 23, 2017 at 6:07 pm
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    Thank you so so much

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  • October 24, 2017 at 7:37 pm
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    If you ever make another Q&A I've got a question that none of my tutors could ever answer – What does it take to get a constant flow of work when you're working for yourself? Many people say it's all about social connections etc. but what if somebody is not a social person and not good at convincing people? Does it mean that he will be a crappy architect or end up working for somebody else until the rest of his life ?

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  • October 29, 2017 at 1:20 pm
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    damn! this was so helpful.. hope to see more of this type… please keep up the good work…more power to you… love from india🎈

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  • December 2, 2017 at 9:14 pm
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    You will definitely get to 100k subscribers. I'm not an architect but still watch your videos religiously.

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  • December 3, 2017 at 2:23 pm
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    Great advise.

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  • January 4, 2018 at 10:19 am
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    You are always my motivation if I get stuck in a phase were I don't know what to do next! (so a huge thanks for that, you are defenitely one of my biggest inspirations)

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  • January 6, 2018 at 3:57 am
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    Really appreciate your hardwork in putting all these videos together and for sharing your knowledge to the universe, you continue to educate people like us..

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  • January 31, 2018 at 10:42 pm
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    I starting my portfolio. Any suggestions on the size (digital) of the portfolio?

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  • February 10, 2018 at 1:22 pm
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    Hi ,i want to ask which architecture schools would you recommend to the people whose going to America.

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  • March 9, 2018 at 3:28 am
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    You teach better than a professional teach….. Learnt a lot from you….. Thanks sir…..

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  • April 26, 2018 at 7:33 pm
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    Wish i had a mentor like you , really amazing to see your life as an Architect !!!

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  • June 10, 2018 at 8:23 pm
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    Brah, do you use the green steel design book you showed? I’ve kept it around for 17 years but always defer stl bm calf to str eng

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  • December 1, 2018 at 2:40 pm
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    I'm a student and ,as you mentioned, trying to enhance my metaskills via my architectural website. Check it out: archberg.com

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  • July 28, 2019 at 8:29 am
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    Eric! i just wanted to tell u tho i cant put it in my words that how much i appreciate the work u r doing here….you have been inspiring us in a motivating way…after watching every video here, i always feel like i'm ready to go make things…better than i cud before…and i actually do! I've been feeling much more relaxed and capable of facing my design challenges since ive known this channel! as a solo practitioner, also living in an almost isolated place just as u!, your channel has been one of the most effective tools for me to feel connected to the world and it just feels awesome to see there are also so people out there going through the same challenges as me and to learn from u! i deeply thank you and honestly ask u to keep doing the great job u r doing here…you wud be happy to know that your message and your love for creation has touched hearts in the remotest places u cud imagine! lots of thanks and love from Iran.

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