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!

Episode #013 – Stephen Drew: Architecture Social Interview

Architecture School, 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 on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more.


Welcome to the thirteenth episode of the Discussed It podcast. This week’s guest is Stephen Drew. Stephen is the creator of the Architecture Social platform which is a community that brings together professionals, employers, students and academics within the architecture and design industry. These individuals showcase their projects, experiences and art as well as allowing employers to share news and job vacancies.

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Stephen 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 Stephen Drew, the Head of Architecture and Design at Macdonald & Company, and the creator of the Architecture Social platform which is a community that brings together professionals, employers, students and academics within the architecture and design industry.
  • 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 Stephen to answer. However, throughout the episode, as usual we go slightly off-piste with the conversation.

If you fancy finding out what Stephen 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 give us some background on yourself and what it is that you do?
  2. Where did your interest in architecture begin and what route did you take to enter the world of architecture?
  3. We’ve spoken to a number of people who have started their own platforms creating content but are still early on in their architectural career. You are a much more established individual in the architecture world, what do you feel this experience adds to your content and brand?
  4. Let’s talk about Architecture Social, your platform, can you tell us a bit more about how this came to fruition? What do you envisage the future to be for the platform?
  5. What is your involvement in the Architects Benevolent Society?
  6. Through your platform, you support job hunting for individuals in the architecture and design industry. I’d like to get your opinion on the effect of COVID on the job market, and how working is going to change going forward? (WFH)
  7. What is the role of ‘technology’ and its implications within the field of architecture
  8. What do you think about the platform LinkedIn, do you think it is a tool that should be utilised by students and professionals?
  9. Leading on from here as someone who is experienced in the recruitment industry, is there great importance in networking?
  10. And how can individuals go about doing that in a time as disruptive as now?
  11. I understand that you have been a visiting critic for the Manchester School of Architecture. Hayden and I have just started our first year of architecture school. Do you have any advice for the both of us?
  12. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
  13. 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.

Stephen’s ‘Thing Of The Week’ is the long-awaited release of Cyberpunk 2077 which is being released on 19 November 2020. I think that Stephen is very much looking forward to getting his hands on this game and giving it a whirl. Just taking a brief look at the graphics I can see how it could pique the interest of someone architectural-minded due to the futuristic cities depicted.

I have included the link below if you fancy checking that out!

https://www.cyberpunk.net/gb/e

My ‘Thing Of The Week’ was my completitipon of beconing a student member of RIBA after being familarised with this in a lecture of mine. I highly reccomend anyone in an architectural education to sign up. It’s free!

Link below:

https://www.architecture.com/join-riba/free-student-membership

And to finish off this week’s ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment we have Hayden. His ‘Thing’ his the ‘Walking Tour of Nottingham’ organised by our tutors for our architecture course. It allowed us to get to know the city that we will be studying in for the next 3 years.


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

Episode #012 – Chatroom: Catching Up & Moving On

Architecture School, 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 twelfth episode of the Discussed It podcast. This week we decided not to have a guest on the show and catch up on what has been going on over the last couple of months and look forward to the next stage of our lives at university. Please bear with us as we have a casual conversation about everything as well as brainstorming ideas subconsciously. We hope that you enjoy listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 


This episode, we:

  • Catch up on the last few weeks and look forward to the future 
  • Reveal our ‘Thing’ Of The Week
  • and much more…

‘Thing’ Of The Week

Of course, our ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment returns this week where 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. 

This week Hayden’s Thing Of The Week was: 

“Notion” 

This is something that has been mentioned in previous episodes including our interview with Sana Tabassum. Hayden sounds like he has begun getting his Notion workspace together and hopes it will create an element of organisation which will be useful going forward at university. 

If you want to check out Notion I have included a link below:

https://www.notion.so/

Moving on, my Thing Of The Week was: 

“The GoPro Hero 8” 

This week’s ‘Thing’ Of The Week was a new purchase of mine – the GoPro Hero 8. This is a long overdue upgrade from my Hero 3 and I’m looking forward to getting some good footage with this particular camera. This tool may prove integral to some upcoming projects of ours. More to be revealed in the upcoming months. 

I have included a link to this GoPro if you fancy checking it out. 

https://gopro.com/en/gb/shop/cameras/hero8-black/CHDHX-801-master.html


I hope that the show notes have provided that 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. 

Cheers to exciting times ahead, happy listening! 

Blog Post #023 – Building A Second Brain

Education, Life in General, Podcast

This week I am diving into a concept that I have been playing with for the last few weeks. It is this idea of Building A Second Brain, which is a slightly strange idea to grapple with.

I will attempt to do my best to explain the concept and the benefits of Building A Second Brain. The recent interest on this particular concept came about after our podcast episode with Sana Tabassum who is the creator of the to:scale brand. She chose this very concept as her ‘Thing’ Of The Week and pointed us in the direction of a YouTube video by Ali Abdaal. Ali conducted a live stream with Thiago Forte who is a productivity guru and coined this term, ‘Building A Second Brain.

I have included the link to this YouTube video below:

I have also included a link to the podcast episode with Sana as well:


Rather than me attempting and failing to explain the concept, I’ll let Thiago Forte offer you his description.

“It’s about creating a body of knowledge, a treasure chest of wisdom so you’re learning isn’t just for the moment, it’s so that it lasts months and years – for goals so far in the future you can’t even imagine. It’s about building and enriching that knowledge that you are already consuming. If you’ve spent 5/10 hours reading a book, why not save the best bits.”


Thiago Forte goes on to highlight what he believes the benefits of BASB to be:

  1. Personal Learning – The learning aspect of BASB, it makes sense to codify some of the highlights and consolidate that knowledge.
  2. Content Creation – a space to create a range of content
  3. Personal Organisation – general organisation in all aspects of life and reducing stress

I think the general idea behind note-taking in this format is seeing the information that we come across is ‘a stream that you can dip in and out of and worry less about keeping up and preserving every piece of information that is available.’


The aforementioned ‘treasure chest’ can be created in so many different forms. It could written in notebooks and stored safely but I believe for a more effective system you should utilise one of the many computer programs that aim to compile notes and information in a easily accessible organised way.

My personal choice is Notion, Notion is an all-in-one workspace in which you can write, plan and get organised. It allows you to take notes, create tasks and mange projects. However, there are other software’s out there and it is a case of trial and error until you find the one for you. Other software’s include Evernote and Slack.

https://www.notion.so

https://evernote.com/#

https://slack.com/intl/en-gb


When you have your software of choice it is just case of building up this ever growing library of information. Rather than going through the motions when reading a book, take some notes alongside. Synthesise what it is that you are reading and it will allow you to take in more information and think more heavily about what it is you are consuming. I have found that this process is far more thought provoking and I am able to draw more concise conclusions from the subject matter.

Just think in years to come you will be able to go back through your library of information and draw on ideas and thoughts about that obscure book or documentary you watched thanks to a few notes that you made.

I hope that you give Building A Second Brain a go, I can’t see how you will regret the effort. It takes some time at the start but once it becomes a habit then it will become second nature.

Good luck!

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! 

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. 

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 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. 

https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/savings/cheap-online-sharedealing

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! 

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. 

Episode #008 – Andrew Gallimore: Exploring The Potential Of DMT

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 on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more. 


Welcome to the show notes for the eighth episode of the Discussed It podcast. We are very excited to invite today’s guest onto our podcast, Andrew Gallimore. His name is Andrew Gallimore, he is a neurobiologist, chemist, and pharmacologist who is interested in looking at the relationships between psychedelic drugs, the brain, consciousness and the structure of reality. He is the author of the book: Alien Information Theory, where he collates his findings and thoughts. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as we touch on a range of topics throughout our time together. 

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Andrew 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 Andrew Gallimore, a neurologist, chemist and pharmacologist who looks at the relationships between psychedelic drugs, the brain, consciousness and the structure of reality. 
  • 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 Andrew 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 Rafael’s research and ideologies. 

If you fancy finding out what Andrew’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. What were your first experiences with psychedelic drugs? School/university? Where did your interest start? 
  3. Differences between drugs/ different experiences?
  4. Can you tell us a bit about your book and your motivation to put pen to paper?
  5. The simulation theory is an ideology utilised in several films, do you like any of these interpretations and if so what is your favourite? 
  6. What has drawn you to live in Japan? 
  7. How would you like to be remembered? 

In this week’s interview, we strayed from asking precise questions but launched our discussion surrounding the topics below. I was truly fascinated by what Andrew had to say and it opens your mind up to what may be possible. 

  1. Topic: Aliens 
  2. Topic: Alternate Universes – Idea Of Infinity
  3. Topic: CPU/Matrix Simulation 

‘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 Andrew’s ‘Thing Of The Week’. His ‘Thing’ was the release of a CIA classified file that describes techniques used by the US military to manipulate the frequency of the brainwaves by playing certain beats through headphones. This idea behind the experiments is to manipulate the mind to communicate with different aspects of reality which is very similar to what Andrew is looking at doing with psychedelic drugs. This could suggest that there is some weight behind the possibility of this becoming a reality. 

My ‘Thing Of The Week’ was the idea of “Minimalism”. I watched the Netflix documentary – Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things. This, as well as some prior interest in the ideology, has pushed me to question what I have and what I need and to learn that perhaps less is more. I’m trying to shift my mentality to buying premium quality products that will last but only if I need them and they individually bring me joy. 

https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80114460

And to finish off this week’s ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment we have Hayden. Hayden’s ‘Thing’ was a podcast called “Architecture Den” which is a weekly architecture news show with features and reviews. The co-hosts Bill and Ben discuss a host of topics related to architecture. Some of the topics they break down are Architecture School, Money and Technology to name a few. Hayden highly recommends giving this podcast a listen if you are interested in architecture. 


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

I highly recommend checking out Andrew’s website which is a treasure trove of information and you can find his book, courses and much more there.

http://www.buildingalienworlds.com/

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! 

Episode #007 – Rafael Spajic: International Street Footballer

Interview, 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 seventh episode of the Discussed It podcast. We are very excited to invite our third guest onto our podcast, Rafael Spajic. Rafael is a street football player from Croatia and over the course of his career has become very successful in his field. Rafael has secured 3rd place in the 1vs1 European Championships and 3rd place in the World Cup 3vs3. He is also the founder of Pannalicious, a street football training website. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation as we touch on a range of topics throughout our time together. 

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Rafael 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 Rafel Spajic, an international street footballer who travels the world competing and performing. 
  • Discuss our ‘Thing Of The Week’
  • and much more…

Below I have outlined the general gist of the questions that we asked Rafael 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 Rafael’s journey and sport in general. 

If you fancy finding out what Rafael’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. Tell us about the journey within the younger years. At what age did you move from Switzerland to Croatia and how did you feel that move affected your life? 
  3. From there can you take us through the following years in which football became such a big part of your life? 
  4. What was it that made you lean towards street football rather than 11-a-side? 
  5. Who was your inspiration in terms of street football was it someone already playing within the game or someone who played in a different configuration of football? 
  6. 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? 
  7. What is your end goal, what is it you want to achieve?
  8. How would you describe your style of play? (3 words) 
  9. What do you do to relax outside of training? Can it be a struggle to get that balance?
  10. What would you say is your greatest achievement so far? 
  11. Following on from that what would you say is your favourite memory of football? This could be you playing or watching football? (most memorable)
  12. Do you enjoy watching all forms of football or do you lean towards watching one kind more than another? 
  13. You are quoted saying that ‘regular soccer has become so robotic’, do you feel that street football allows for more creativity and freedom? 
  14. Do you have any advice for someone who wishes to give street football a go? 
  15. Do you think it practising skills required for street football can be transferred to regular 11-a-side football? 
  16. We see you have worked in association with a number of clubs and companies such as Coca-Cola, how have these opportunities come about and what has been your favourite?
  17. 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 Rafael’s ‘Thing Of The Week’. He chose to give us two ‘Things’ Of The Week but in a rather unorthodox way which I like. He chose a positive and negative ‘Thing’ Of The Week. The first was the recollection of the incredible backheel assist by Karim Benzema to Casimero to give Real Madrid the win over Espanyol. Follow the link if you fancy giving this goal a watch. 

Rafael’s second ‘Thing’ was less positive and is the unfortunate rise of COVID-19 cases in the city that Rafael is currently residing in. We hope that the situation improves and our hearts go out to anyone affected. 

My ‘Thing Of The Week’ was a sport that I have been introduced to this week. This sport is windsurfing which is a combination of surfing and sailing and I have a friend who will be taking me out and showing me the ropes. In preparation for this experience, I have been watching YouTube videos to try and grasp some of the basics but we shall see how it goes.

And to finish off this week’s ‘Thing’ Of The Week segment we have Hayden. Hayden’s ‘Thing’ was in fact “Manchester United” and this is thanks to the successful return of the United football team in the Premier League. Hayden is enjoying this string of positive results and I think he is less nervous in the team’s abilities at the moment. Long shall it last! 


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