Episode #010 – Thomas Rowntree: Architectural Content Creator Interview

Architecture School, Education, Interview, Life in General, Podcast

Welcome to the show notes for Discussed It, a podcast where myself, Herbie Hudson and my co-host Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot. Read ahead for a written breakdown of each podcast episode, photos, links and bonus content that didn’t make the cut for the podcast. Happy reading and if you want to check out the podcast where myself and Hayden Day discuss a little about a lot, follow the links below. 

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Welcome to the tenth episode of the Discussed It podcast. This week we have a guest joining us on the podcast. His name is Thomas Rowntree, and he is an aspiring architect that has just completed his first three years at university, graduating with a 1st Class Honours. He has been nominated for the RIBA Bronze Medal and AJ Student Prize awards for his final year thesis. Thomas also runs a Youtube channel in which he documented his progress through architecture school and life in general which is now part of his brand he is building for himself. 

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Thomas will be letting us know what ‘Thing’ he has found interesting and exciting and is happy to share with Hayden and I. Make sure you stick around for that!

Within this episode, we:

  • Talk to Thomas Rowntree, who is an aspiring architect having just graduated with a First Class Honors. He also runs a highly successful Youtube channel releasing videos showing the full story behind studying architecture.
  • Discuss our ‘Thing Of The Week’
  • and much more…

Below I have outlined the general gist of the questions and topics that we put over to Thomas to answer. However, throughout the episode, as usual we go slightly off-piste with the conversation. 

If you fancy finding out what Thomas had to say in answer to these questions then head over to this podcast episode and give it a listen. You won’t regret it! We go off on quite a few tangents in this week’s discussion so to hear answers to those bonus questions that arose go and give the episode a listen. 

  1. Would you be able to tell us a bit more about yourself, where you’re from and what is that you do?  
  1. What were your first experiences with architecture and when did you realise it was something that interested you?
  1. When did that interest evolve into passion?
  1. How did you find the transition to university and how did you find architecture as a whole reflecting back on the past three years? 
  1. Is there a specific field of architecture you would like to specify in or is it more likely that you would want to keep a broad scope? Why?
  1. Do you have any advice for those starting their first year in September? Perhaps things that you would change if you did it all over again? 
  1. Firstly, I want to say congratulations on your nominations for the RIBA Bronze medal and AJ Student Prize. Would you be able to expand on your thesis project The Sequel that led to these nominations? 
  1. YouTube was a part of your life before architecture, how has the channel developed throughout the years? 
  1. How have you managed the stresses of releasing videos as well as getting your university work done? Was it a challenge to find that balance? 
  1. Myself and Hayden are thinking of entering competitions during architecture school, what’s your take on such competitions?  I know you completed a LIVE studio project that saw you redesign an existing nursery tree house, how did you find this experience?
  1. You are using a number of outlets to get your name out there, what is your motivation behind these efforts? 
  1. What are your thoughts on networking as an architecture student? 
  1. If you could sum up architecture school in three words, what would they be?
  1. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? 
  1.  How would you like to be remembered? 

‘Thing’ Of The Week

As I am sure you know by now within this section of the podcast each of us will choose their favourite thing that we have seen over the week. This could be absolutely anything ranging from a product, food, architect etc. that has stuck in our minds. Most probably our ‘thing’ of the week will be utterly useless to yourself, but you never know. Of course, when we have a guest on the show we love to invite them to join us in this recurring segment. Read ahead to see what the three of us come up with and see whether you would be interested in any of them. 

To kick off the proceedings I will reveal Thomas’s ‘Thing Of The Week’. His ‘Thing’ sparked an interesting conversation surrounding football and how the money that it entails has become incredible.

Thomas referred to the amount of money that footballer Alexis Sanchez has earnt over the last few years and was making the point that he finds it so hard to comprehend how it is possible to earn that much money.

My ‘Thing Of The Week’ was the interest that has sparked in the last week or so in the world of stocks and shares and looking at this is a possible investment opportunity due to the poor interest rates at the present moment. I am not suggesting that I am an expert by any stretch but it is not the worst thing to have a read up of the possibilities. I have included a useful website below that outlines the basics. 


And to finish off this week’s ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment we have Hayden. His ‘Thing’ was the reflection of a week working in his role as a pool lifeguard and how after this period of hot hot weather he has been kept busy.

And, that wraps our episode featuring our third guest. Hayden and I thoroughly enjoyed having Thomas on the show and I am sure we will have him back on the podcast. 

I hope that the show notes have provided a further layer of communication between the two of us and you, our listeners, by providing additional information, but I’m sure it won’t beat listening to us chat away first hand. We hope that you enjoyed listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 

Happy listening, everyone! 

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