Blog Post #027 – Alternative Paths in Architecture

Advice, Architecture School, Podcast

This week I decided to dive into a passing comment that my Year 6 tutor made in studio this week, the comment was that 1 in 14 students go on from their undergraduate architecture degree into a Masters program as soon as possible and follow alternative routes into the workplace.

I have also known ever since choosing architecture that it was a degree that developed a range of skills that are interchangeable in a range of industries which prevents the possibility of an individual getting boxed into a single job description. However, I thought that it would make a nice post to take a look at the range of jobs that people have gone into with an architecture degree.

This is also directly relevant to my most recent podcast episode with Stephen Drew. Stephen is an example of someone who studied architecture and secured a job at an excellent architecture firm. But it just wasn’t for him, but the skills he has acquired allowed him to become a top individual within the architectural recruitment industry now running his own company. If you fancy checking this episode out, click the links below:


I decided to create a list of 5 possible route from an architecture degree. I have also included a link to a website that has created a job profile for each of these professions for additional information, click the job title to find the website. Read on to find out what they are:

Interior Designer

If you fancy switching up designing the exterior with the interior then this is very much a possibility.


Graphic Design

Some people enjoy the creative side of the work that is done in architecture school and may lean towards the creation of graphics which utilises the power of the software packages that architecture students become proficient in.


Production Designer

This role consists of the creation of sets for plays and shows which allows you to get involved with interesting clients and can allow for far greater creativity due to fewer regulations etc. If you would like to learn more about where this career can take you, give the podcast below a listen in which Es Devlin, world-famous stage designer, outlines her journey to the top.


Video Game Designer

This is a job role that came up in our conversation with Stephen Drew. I had never thought about this built architects are employed by companies such as Rockstar Games to design the virtual worlds that are found in many video games.


Town Planner

This role is an example of how someone with an architecture degree can specialise in a certain sector within construction. This may be because you find more enjoyment in this particular section rather than taking a general overview. Other roles following this route include Landscape Architect, Restoration Architect and Lighting Architect.


Of course, I have only included a select few alternative jobs but I hope it displays that there is a great range available to someone studying architecture. This is something that is being thrown around in studio at the moment but I feel that the idea of the 7-year journey to accreditation is daunting to a few of us and concerned that we are locked in a rat-race with no way of escaping.

Until next week, stay safe!

Blog Post #024 – Photography Explained #3

Advice, Art, Photography, Travel

Welcome to the third installation of my Photography Explained series. I have enjoyed the process of creating these kinds of blog posts as it allows me to take a hard look at my photography and find those areas that I am weak at and need to work upon. It has also provided me with a further sense of appreciation of the effect that a well-taken photograph can have and the components that need to all come together to allow for this to happen. 


In this particular blog post, I am going to be looking more closely at animal photography

I have been drawn towards the animals of the world all my life and have always been intrigued by what they are. I enjoy watching them go about their activities and observing how different their lives are to our own. Of course, this means that I love to take photographs of these animals that I spot. However, animals are notoriously fast-moving and it can be a real challenge to capture the creature within your frame before they scurry or fly away. 

Below I am going to display a few of my favourite photographs of different animals taken around the world and offer a few tips as to how to get that perfect photograph. I hope you enjoy the read as much as I enjoyed writing it. 


My first photograph is of a squirrel taken in Elveden Forest, Suffolk. What I like about this photograph is the framing of the points of interest in the image. Around 50% of the photograph is taken up of the foreground which is in focus and the other half is out of focus but provides context to the photograph. As well as this it was crucial to ensure that the squirrel’s entire body is within the frame with none chopped off by the edge. I felt that this organisation created a nice dynamic to the photograph which differentiates it from other photographs of animals.  

A piece of advice that is universal for all animal photography is to take as many photos as you can with a fast shutter speed. You will be left with hundreds of photographs using this method but you have a far greater chance of one being the money shot sitting within a host of average photographs. 


My second photograph is one of a humpback whale taken off the coast of Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland. It was such an honour to be in such close proximity to such a huge, majestic creature and the photograph does not do the experience justice. 

And my third photograph is of a loggerhead turtle in Greek waters. I had been told of turtles being present in the area but I did not expect to be greeted by one. An incredibly special moment and thanks to photographs I can revisit this memory again and again. 

In both of these photographs of aquatic creatures, what is important is ensuring that the point of focus, either the tail fin or the turtle is as close as possible to the centre of the frame. This was also another example of when it is vitally important to take multiple photographs in a short period as these encounters are over in a flash and there is a very small window of opportunity to get that perfect photograph. 


My fourth and final image is of a cormorant taken in Folkestone, Kent and is my favourite photograph of any flying animal. In my experience, it has been very challenging to capture a satisfactory photograph of a bird in flight and my best results come from when they are stationary. Again the framing techniques came into play but what I like about this photograph is that I have made the subject silhouetted. 

This is a simple photography technique that can add an extra layer of intrigue by stripping away the fine details of the subject. The most effective way to achieve this is to ensure that the sunlight is behind the subject, this means that the subject stays in shadow and therefore will become a silhouette. 

This is because a human eye has a far greater dynamic range than the sensor of any camera. Through eyesight, details are much clearer when looking towards a light source but through a lens, a silhouette effect can be achieved. 


I hope that you have enjoyed this short journey through my favourite animal photographs and that you have been able to yearn some useful tips that will improve your photography. 

Until next Monday, have a great week. 

Episode #011 – Sana Tabassum: to:scale Architecture Community Creator Interview

Advice, 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. 

You can listen by clicking play above or by searching Discussed It Inception on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more. 


Welcome to the eleventh episode of the Discussed It podcast. This week we have a guest joining us on the podcast. Her name is Sana Tabassum. Sana is the founder of the to:scale brand that creates content in the form of blog posts, a magazine and through Instagram in the aim to bring like-minded people together to form a community. Sana is involved in numerous projects that involve individuals across multiple disciplines diversifying her skill acquisition and experience. 

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Sana 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 Sana Tabassum, the creator of the to:scale brand which is responsible for creating an online archi community through Instagram as well as her brand-new magazine. 
  • 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 Sana to answer. However, throughout the episode, as usual we go slightly off-piste with the conversation. 

If you fancy finding out what Sana 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. Let’s go back to the start of your architecture education, where did you go and how did you find this initial experience? 
  1. Did you know from the very start that architecture was the thing for you or did that come with time? 
  1. If you could do your first three years again what would you change? What could have been done to prepare yourself for studying architecture prior to entering university? 
  1. The to:scale brand is something that you are well known for. How did this come about? 
  1. What was your vision for this brand when starting off and how has it adapted and changed as time has gone on? 
  1. Architecture is renowned for the time required to be put in to be successful, how have you managed the workload as well as furthering your brand? 
  1. The to:scale brand encompasses a range of outlets such as an Instagram account, a blog and recently the launch of a magazine. Would you be able to tell us a bit about this particular project? 

Notes: 

What encouraged you to create one? 

What are your future plans with the magazine? 

  1. Where do you see the to:scale brand going in the future, do you have any long term goals? 
  1. Following on from this discussion about your brand, how have you found working with other content creators to create the MAD Collective. Would you be able to explain what the MAD Collective is all about and how people can get involved? 
  1. Another topic that I would like to touch upon is that of organisation. How key do you think staying organised is in architecture school?
  1.  I know that you are a big advocate of the program Notion, would you be able to explain what Notion is and how you utilise it? 
  1.  I understand that you’re starting a new job soon, how do you feel about this and where does this job fit in with your journey to become an architect? 
  1. We’ve had a series of architectural guests on the podcast recently with Hamza and Thomas and we asked them the question: 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 Sana’s ‘Thing Of The Week’. Sana went for two different points. The first was this idea of ‘Building A Second Brain’ which is a concept coined by Thiago Forte who is a productivity guru and essentially is an archive of digital notes which is kept within a program such as Notion or Evernote. 

I really like this idea and I have started to implement its thinking in my own life. I have included a link to a video with Thiago Forte that explains the concept quite nicely. 

Sana’s second ‘thing’ was a project that she has been working on over the last few weeks called the ‘University Real Review Table’ in which they collected responses from graduated students with an honest reflection of their experiences with the work, student support, graduate resources etc. 

I have included the link to this below: 

shorturl.at/hptE1

My ‘Thing Of The Week’ was an episode of The Ground Up Show that is hosted by Matt D’Avella where he conducted an interview with James Clear the author of Atomic Habits talking about the importance of developing habits sustainably which I found really interesting. I have included a link to the podcast episode and the book, Atomic Habits. 

https://mattdavella.com/083

And to finish off this week’s ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment we have Hayden. His ‘Thing’ was the reflection of his trip to Winchester over the last week to see family as it’s his birthday week so Happy Birthday to Hayden. 


And, that wraps our episode featuring our third guest. Hayden and I thoroughly enjoyed having Sana on the show and I am sure we will have her 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! 

Blog Post #021 – Going Shopping: University Preparation

Advice, Architecture School, Life in General

University is fast approaching and preparations are in full swing. Architecture school is renowned for the amount of equipment that is required to make it through so I have received an extensive equipment list filled with tools that I am yet to learn their function. But, I’m very excited to find out! 

On top of the equipment requirements I am in the process of kitting my university kitchen cupboards, bathroom and bedroom. After an IKEA shop I feel that I’m making progress on this front but more is needed. Whilst deciding what I might or might not need I have been using Notion to create lists to aid my packing up when it comes to it and I thought I would share these lists I have made. 

I decided to organise my lists in categories; kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, documents and electrics. 

Kitchen: 

  • Cook Books 

One that I have found to be quite good is 5 Ingredients – Quick And Easy Food by Jamie Oliver thanks to the speed of preparations and minimal ingredients required.

  • Cutlery 
  • Plates 
  • Bowls 
  • Mugs 
  • Glasses 
  • Knives 
  • Scissors 
  • Tupperware 
  • Bottle Opener 
  • Chopping Board 
  • Kitchen Tongs 
  • Ldle
  • Spatula 
  • Wok 
  • Frying Pan 
  • Saucepans 
  • Measuring Jug 
  • Can Opener 
  • Peeler 
  • Cheese Grater 
  • Whisk 
  • Baking Tray 
  • Oven Gloves 
  • Tea Towel 
  • Weighing Scales 
  • Wooden Spoon 
  • Corkscrew 

Notable Mention: 

A Breville toaster is a worthwhile purchase in my opinion. 

Bedroom: 

  • Duvet 
  • Pillows 
  • Bed Sheets and Covers 
  • Coat Hangers 
  • Laundry Basket
  • Clothes Drying Rack
  • Small Safe 
  • Desk Lamp 

Bathroom: 

  • Bath Towel 
  • Hand Towel 
  • Bath Mat 
  • Hairbrush 
  • Nail Cutters 
  • Tweezers 
  • Plasters 
  • Razor & Shaving Cream 

Documents: 

  • Passport 
  • Driving License 
  • Passport Photos 
  • Debit & Credit Cards 
  • All official university correspondence (acceptance letter, accommodation letter) 
  • National Insurance Number 
  • Details of Current GP 

Electrics: 

  • Laptop & Charger 
  • TV / Monitor with HDMI 
  • Phone & Charger 
  • 3x Extension Leads 
  • Hard Drive 
  • Headphones 
  • Camera & Charger 
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Bluetooth Speaker 

These lists are far from complete but are a start and will hopefully allow me to stay organised and calm when we get closer to the moving date. 

Good luck to everyone who is heading to university this September! 

Episode #009 – Hamza Shaikh: Two Worlds Design & Physcology Of Architecture

Advice, Architecture School, Interview, 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. 

You can listen by clicking play above or by searching Discussed It Inception on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more. 


Welcome to the show notes for the ninth episode of the Discussed It podcast. We are very excited to invite today’s guest onto our podcast. His name is Hamza Shaikh, he is an architectural designer that has worked in a range of multidisciplinary roles as well as conducting his own research into the relationship between architecture and physcology. He is also the creator of the Two Worlds Design brand that encompasses a website, YouTube channel and podcast. 

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Hamza 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 Hamza Shaikh, he is an architectural designer that is interested in the relationship between architecture and physcology. He is also the founder of TwoWorldsDesign, a brand that encompasses a website, YouTube channel and podcast. 
  • 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 Hamza to answer. However, throughout the episode, we go slightly off-piste with the conversation but we cover a range of topics that relate both directly to Hamza’s research and ideologies. 

If you fancy finding out what Hamza’s insightful and interesting comments in reply 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. How did you find your university experience starting from the first day through to finishing off your Masters? 
  1. Do you have any advice for those starting their first year in September? 
  1. I understand that you look into the relationship between architecture and psychology. Would you be able to explain a bit about this? 

Topic Area: 

Psychology in Architecture 

  1. You’ve run a series of videos looking into employment within architecture after COVID? What are your thoughts on the current situation? 
  1. Myself and Hayden are thinking of entering competitions during architecture school, what’s your take on such competitions?
  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? 
  1.  Pleasantries to finish the conversation, So Andrew, if people want to follow your journey or get in touch, where can they find you? 

‘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 Hamza’s ‘Thing Of The Week’. His ‘Thing’ was a new, exciting project that as co-founder of the initiative he has created with a group of architectural content creators. It is called the MAD Collective which stands for Millenial Architecture & Design Collective where they are looking to create a community of design individuals to come together and discuss and debate ideas in monthly symposiums as well as create a MAD Index which brings together a range of resources of use. I’m really excited by this new initiative and I am looking forward to getting involved and seeing where it all goes.

My ‘Thing Of The Week’ was myself reminiscing on the activities of the past week when Hayden and I drove down to the Devonish coast and tried our hand at surfing. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to get back and give it another go. I’m sure I’ve got the talent to go professional, we’ll see.

And to finish off this week’s ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment we have Hayden. Hayden’s ‘Thing’ was a book called Civic Realism which he used as research within his Extended Essay for sixth form but is now reading thoroughly as it seems as though he has become rather interested in the subject matter. 

‘A study of the shape and appearance of civic places and the social, political, and cultural circumstances that bring them into existence. A civic place belongs to everyone and yet to nobody in particular.’ 

Excerpt taken from Amazon Books 


And, that wraps our episode featuring our third guest. Hayden and I thoroughly enjoyed having Hamza 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! 

Blog post #018 – The Power Of Journaling

Advice, Education, Life in General, Podcast

In today’s blog post I decided to share a teaching that I have taken from the book that I am reading at the moment. That book is the Art Of Resilience by Ross Edgley. I have spoken about Ross and his books on the podcast before and I am a follower of his work ever since his Great British Swim. 

The teaching that I am going to discuss today is one that Ross calls ‘The Power Of Journaling’. He says that the act of journaling is a shared habit that all stoics had in common. Ross suggests people like Socrates and Arelius from Ancient Greece are part of this group of so-called ‘stoics’. Ross states that they all took the time to document their daily thoughts, feelings and theories ‘with constant and continual reflection and self-improvement’. 

Ross presents these questions to ask yourself whilst journalling:

  • What bad habit did I curb today?
  • How am I better?
  • Were my actions just?
  • How can I improve?

The act of journaling is more than keeping a diary. It’s a daily practice in philosophy as you reflect on the days that have passed and prepare for those ahead. And this is something that I am trying to bring into my own life and trying to experiment whether this practice is something that I can sustain and proves useful. Perhaps you can give it a go, it is always worth a try. 

Happy journaling. 

Blog Post #016 – Results Day

Advice, Architecture School, Education, Life in General

My results day is upon us! Today, on the 6th of July, I will receive a series of numbers that have governed all that I have done over the last two years and will dictate the path that I take from now.

And the strangest thing about it all is the way that my sixth form experience ended without any examinations and all the celebrations that come along with finishing school forever. My grades will come down to a calculated grade that takes in consideration my coursework and my predicted grades which means it is difficult to try and judge how well you have done, unlike the immediate response you get once you leave an exam hall. However, I feel as though I have come to the point where I accept what has happened and am grateful that I worked as hard as I did in my coursework portions rather than depending on the written exam section. 

My heart goes out to everyone who is in the same situation and I hope we all get what we hope to. I have been reminded by people close to me that these numbers will not define what I can do in life and that is the same for anyone. 

I’ll finish off this post with this quote which I will keep in mind whilst I open up my results. 

“Everything happens for a reason. Don’t question it, trust it.” 

Good luck everyone!

Blog Post #015 – The Power Of Habits

Advice, Architecture School, Life in General, Podcast

I decided to write briefly about the power of habits this week. This blog post is inspired by something that Kyle Sinko touched upon in our interview with him on my new podcast, Discussed It. If you want to give that episode a listen or any other episodes at that follow the links below. 


In short, what Kyle spoke about was the importance of maintaining good habits throughout your life and he imparted upon us how crucial habits are when studying architecture at university. Myself and Hayden Day, my co-host are both heading to architecture school soon so this very concept will be useful to us. However, I believe that the concept can be applied in another circumstance and is most definitely not reserved just for architecture school. 


The concept is simply:

‘When successfully carrying out a good habit you take one step forward, but every time you unsuccessfully carry out that habit you take three steps back.’ 


The idea behind is that with every success the gains are very incremental but with failure, its effects are greater felt. For example, if you told yourself that you are going to exercise every day for a week and did so on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday but failed to do so on Thursday the three figurative points that you had gained are now obsolete and it takes longer to get back to where you were. 

In short, the message that Kyle was trying to get across is that consistency is key and good habits are forged over long periods and perseverance. 

It is a slightly confusing concept but one I am trying to put into action as I feel that when I fall out of a habit for a short period it feels much harder to get back into it than if I had just kept on going. 

Another way to look at it is by looking at the image at the top of the post of a ripple effect in water. You can imagine that consistent habits are from one ripple moving outwards but when that habit is missed or ended the ripple stops and it must be started again rather than just continuing.

I hope that this post makes you think about the things that you want to work on and improve upon. Make a list perhaps and try and formulate a plan as to how you will attack these weaknesses daily or weekly or even monthly but whatever it is just try and remain as consistent as possible. 

Good luck! 

Episode #005 – Oliver Pritchard: GB Triathlete Interview

Advice, Education, Interview, Life in General, Podcast, Travel

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. 

You can listen by clicking play above or by searching Discussed It Inception on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more. 


Welcome to the show notes for the third episode of the Discussed It podcast. We are very excited to invite our second guest onto our podcast, Oliver Pritchard. Oliver is a profoundly deaf athlete who is seeing great success in his sport – triathlon. He competes internationally with Great Britain and is going from strength to strength. As a deaf person and budding triathlete myself, I was looking forward to this conversation and I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did. 

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Oliver 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 Oliver Pritchard, a profoundly deaf athlete who is seeing great success in his sport – triathlon
  • Discuss our ‘Thing Of The Week’
  • and much more…

Below I have outlined the general gist of the questions that we put over to Oliver to answer, throughout the episode we go slightly off-piste with the conversation but we tried to allow for a chronological narrative that works through Oliver’s journey to date and then looking forward to the future. 

If you fancy finding out what Oliver’s insightful and interesting comments in reply 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?  
  2. Let’s go right back to the start, what were your first encounters with sport growing up and what effect has this had on you going forward? 
  3. Were there any individuals that motivated you to get active? 
  4. Moving on from the earlier days, what made you look towards triathlon which brings together a number of disciplines rather than just focusing on one? 
  5. You studied at Cirencester’s Royal Agricultural University. How did you find studying at university and how did you balance your academic studies and training? 
  6. It was during these years that you managed to find your way into the GB squad. Can you tell us more about how this opportunity arose and how it has affected you?
  7. Motivation is so important to be able to compete at the very highest level, how do you keep yourself motivated and hungry for that end goal? 
  8. It is a difficult time to remain positive at the moment due to the restrictions but do you think anything beneficial has come from this period of slowing down? 
  9. You completed the London2Paris 24hr cycle raising money for the NDCS (National Deaf Children’s Society). Do you have any plans for another endeavour like this one?
  10. I know that you have this mantra ‘it’s abilities, not disabilities’, would you be able to expand further on what you mean by this?
  11. What do you do to relax outside of training? Can it be a struggle to get that balance?
  12. It seems as though that even on your holidays you remain active. Would you prefer an active holiday like skiing above a week lounging by the pool?  
  13. Staying with the topic of holidays I was wondering if you could give us your top three destinations and why you chose them? 
  14. What would you say is your greatest achievement so far? 
  15. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Is a professional triathlete something you aspire to become?
  16. Is there a particular sporting event that is high up on your bucket list? The Kona World Championships has been something that has always interested me but I have a way to go before I get there! 
  17. How would you like to be remembered? 
  18. So Ollie, if people want to follow your journey or get in touch, where can they find you? 

‘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. To change it up this week we have Kyle joining us for this particular 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 Oliver’s ‘Thing Of The Week’. He chose to give us two ‘Things Of The Week’. The first was ‘Carpentry’. He then explained that he’s been doing some work with a carpenter and feels that he has learnt some invaluable skills during this experience. His second ‘Thing Of The Week’ was an Instagram page that he has had a big part in setting up. This page is called @silentspeedsters and the idea behind it is to create an online community for deaf people all around the world to come together and have a place to communicate and connect. The Instagram page bio reads: 

#deafpower

An upcoming sports club, with deaf individuals in mind.

Our dream is to create a community easy to find.

I like this idea and I will get involved with this as it can be challenging trying to find deaf individuals to have a chat with. I have included the link below for you to check that out. 

https://www.instagram.com/silentspeedsters/

Moving on, my ‘Thing Of The Week’ was a podcast that I have been listening to a lot recently. And that is “the Joe Rogan Podcast” and over the last week I have listened to over 5 hours worth of Elon Musk on the Joe Rogan Podcast and it has opened my mind up to what is possible and allowed me to learn more about Musk and what he is like. I also listened to some of Brian Cox’s episodes as well as Neil deGrassse Tyson which are both cool people. Highly recommend checking those out, I will include the links below. But make sure you give this episode a listen before heading over there. 

http://podcasts.joerogan.net

And to finish off this week’s ‘Thing Of The Week’ segment we have Hayden Day. Hayden’s ‘Thing’ was in fact “Brownies” and this stemmed from the fact that Hayden had made some during the week and felt as though he had perfected the recipe. If you do fancy making some brownies I have included a link below, happy cooking. 

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/best-ever-chocolate-brownies-recipe

From this, we go off on a discussion about nutrition in triathlon which was an interesting one and is some bonus content that sits outside the main body of discussion. 


And, that wraps our fifth episode featuring our second guest. Hayden and I thoroughly enjoyed having Oliver on the show and we look forward to having him back on to see how he’s getting on further down the line and see how he is doing in the world of triathlon. Unfortunately due to COVID races have been cancelled but we hope that he can get back to competitive racing as soon as possible. 

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! 

Blog Post #012 – My Favourite Architectural Podcasts

Advice, Architecture School, Life in General, Podcast

Sticking with the theme of podcasts which was the topic of last week’s blog post I have decided to collate five of my favourite architectural podcasts. All of these have had a hand in opening my eyes to the world of podcasts and have pushed me to create my own. If you want to check that out, follow the links below. 


Some of the following podcasts are purely focused towards architecture whereas others look towards the arts in general and certain episodes are focused primarily on architecture. Naturally, I tend to gravitate towards those episodes that involve architecture but I often make a conscious decision to broaden my horizons and understanding by listening to episodes from other areas of the arts. 

Links to each podcast will be included if you fancy checking them out yourself and see whether you enjoy them as much as I have. The links will be to the podcasts on Spotify, if you use a different podcast player simply type the name into that player. With further ado, let’s get started. 


1 – Life of an Architect Podcast 

This is a podcast that I have enjoyed for some time now. The founder, Bob Borson is well-known for his architectural blog known as Life of an Architect, which has become one of the world’s most popular.

At the time of writing, he has just published his 50th podcast episode and I am not ashamed to say that I have listened and re-listened to each of these episodes. Some of the episodes are not wholly useful for myself as I am yet to start architecture school. However, it is broadening my understanding as the podcast tackles a host of subjects from ‘Starting Your Own Architecture Firm’ to breaking down ‘A Survivor’s Guide to Architecture School’. He also carries out interviews with professionals from within the world of architecture. 

Highly recommend giving it a go. 


2 – Face to Face 

This is one of those podcasts that attacks the arts as a whole, rather than just architecture. This is Dezeen’s podcast series called Face to Face, which is hosted by Marcus Fairs. Marcus Fairs is the founder and editor-in-chief of Dezeen, one of the most popular digital design magazines in the world. 

Within the podcast series, he interviews some of the biggest names in architecture and design which includes episodes involving Es Delvin, Thomas Heatherwick and David Chipperfield. I enjoyed getting to know more about these people that I had heard of but knew very little about. 

Well edited and very professional, definitely worth a listen. 


3 – The Successful Archi Student’s Podcast 

This is a podcast run by Kyle Sinko, the founder of the SuccessfulArchiStudent brand which entails a website, Youtube channel and podcast. Through these outlets, he is creating a community for architecture students to come together and learn. 

I am inspired by what he is doing and it has helped me formulate this website and ultimately this very blog post in a way. The episodes are made up of the audio from his YouTube podcast series so you can have the choice of going to his YouTube channel or the popular podcast players such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts. 

This is s podcast much more focused towards architecture students which is why it is slightly more relatable for me. 


4 – Time Sensitive Podcast 

This is another one of those podcasts that had a wider subject spectrum rather than just architecture. The Time Sensitive Podcast interviews people from business, the arts, and beyond. Co-hosted by Spencer Bailey and Andrew Zuckerman who upload a weekly episode involving a guest that has caused a profound impact in their respective field. 

Many interesting people are interviewed within this podcast series, but the person that drew me to this podcast was Bjarke Ingels. The interview with the world-renowned Danish architect captivated my attention and has led me to listen to more of their episodes. 

A podcast episode for everyone within the Time Sensitive Podcast regardless of interests.  


5 – The Student Podcast 

This podcast is set up similarly to that of The Successful Archi Student’s Podcast in the way that it is simply the audio from Thomas Rowntree’s podcast series that can be found on his YouTube channel. 

Thomas is an architecture student that is finishing up his first three years at architecture school in the UK. His content is mostly centred around his experiences both as an architecture student and being a university student as a whole. His honesty is refreshing and gives an insight into the world of architecture school. His podcast series is a mixture between just him speaking about certain topics and then interviews / co-hosted episodes with guests. 

For any university student/ architecture student it is definitely worth checking out. 


So there we have it, my top 5 architectural podcasts. Some are new additions and I am sure others will come along. These 5 are just a drop in the ocean in terms of the volume of architecture relevant podcasts but are the ones that have brought the most interest and enjoyment to me. 

Who knows you might enjoy some of them too and if not see if you can find a podcast for you. I’m sure there’s one out there just perfect for you. 

Happy listening!