Episode #013 – Stephen Drew: Architecture Social Interview

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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 #004 – Alien: Area 51, Moon Landings & Online Lectures

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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 back to the fourth edition of the show notes for our brand new podcast. I am excited to return this week with both these show notes and the podcast episode. I hope that the show notes will add that further layer of communication between the two of us and 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 enjoy listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 


Within this episode, we:

  • Attempt to dismantle and discuss conspiracy theories. 
  • See how our week has gone with the Weekly Round-up. 
  • And much more…

Topic 1 – Conspiracy Theories  

This week we decided to embark on a conversation about conspiracy theories. This subject is something that Hayden and myself have discussed in the past and we thought that it would be fun to sit in front of a microphone and explore some select theories that have captured our attention. 

Both of us chose one or two theories each and spent some time doing some personal research on that particular theory, gathering some facts and formulating our own opinion. We then vocalised our findings to the other person and then discussed what we thought about the different theories trying to explain a phenomenon and then towards the end gauged our opinion on what theory we believed the most if any at that. 

We thought this was a really fun exercise, for us at least and we hope you enjoy the conversation and perhaps learn something you didn’t know. Who said we’re not an informative podcast at times!

I will give a brief outline of the theories discussed but if you want to find out more, follow the links below: 

I decided to discuss the phenomenon that is ‘Area 51’ which has become the focal point of alien conspiracy theories in America for decades. 

Within the discussion, I expand on the reason behind the inception of the base and some potential explanations for the strange occurrences in the area at the time. I also dive into some of the claims that have fueled the fire and added more substance to the theories. A person that comes up in the discussion is Robert Lazar who is a well-known person within Area 51 discussion circles. He featured in the 2018 documentary, Bob Lazar: Area 51 & Flying Saucers and was invited on the Joe Rogan podcast which then led to far more attention on the subject. I have linked up both of these if you fancy checking them out. 

Hayden’s choice of conspiracy theory was whether the ‘The Moon Landing Was Faked’. This is another theory that is bounced around a lot. I must say that I was not very educated on some of the evidence that gives substance to these claims so I learnt a lot during this particular conversation. Some of what Hayden revealed is plausible and makes sense but I remain confident in the fact that man has stepped on the moon, but again any theory retains the possibility to be disproven which is explored by Karl Popper an Austrian-British philosopher of science.  

Hayden also discussed an architectural conspiracy theory involving Norman Foster, but that is all I am revealing here. You’ll have to give this episode a listen to find what Foster is wrapped up in, I will admit that this one sounds rather far fetched but you never know! 


The Weekly Round-Up 

I feel that it would be wise to offer some explanation for this segment which will become a recurring section of the podcast each week, or at least we think it will be. The general idea is that every week, each of us will choose three weeks that best sum up that week trying to be as honest as possible and then will explain the reasoning behind the selection of the words. The chosen three words will be kept secret from the other person until recording which we hope will allow for some interesting conversation. 

In these show notes, I will provide our words but if you want any explanations then you’ll have to give our podcast a listen. Can’t give it all away here sorry readers! 

My three words of the week were: 

  1. Car
  2. Lectures 
  3. Drawing 

And Hayden’s words of the week were: 

  1. Guests 
  2. Podcasts 
  3. Margate 

This week it was obvious to see that we kept our words away from each other as there was some overlap in the reasoning behind our choice in word. I doubt you’ll be able to work out which two words those were so you’’ have to listen to the podcast to find that out. 


‘Thing’ Of The Week

Not dissimilar to The Weekly Roundup, this will also be a recurring segment of the show. In 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. 

This week Hayden’s Thing Of The Week was: 

“Arrow Puzzles” 

Hayden’s ‘Thing Of The Week’ was Arrow Puzzles which has been something that has filled his time over the last week. He’s found his inside the newspapers but if you fancy giving these a go then I have included a link to a book exclusively for ‘Arrow Puzzles’. Happy puzzling! 

Moving on, my Thing Of The Week was: 

“Banana Bread 

I decided to head down an alternative route with my ‘Thing Of The Week’ this week and chose a foodstuff that has captured my attention this week. 

Following the recipe from the BBC Good Food website, I managed to make myself some banana bread which I thoroughly enjoyed both cooking and eating. Highly recommend the recipe and it is a good way to get rid of those bruised bananas in the fruit bowl. 

Link:

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/brilliant-banana-loaf


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. We hope that you enjoyed listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 

I also highly recommend checking out last week’s episode after listening to this week as we invited our very first guest, Kyle Sinko. A highly interesting individual with a range of topics discussed which will prove valuable to all. The link to that particular episode is linked below. 

Cheers to exciting times, happy listening! 

Blog Post #012 – My Favourite Architectural Podcasts

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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! 

Episode #003 – Kyle Sinko: Successful Archi Student Interview

Advice, Architecture School, Life in General, Podcast

Welcome to the show notes for Discussed It, a podcast about Architecture, Sport and Anything Else We Want. 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 introduce our first guest onto our podcast, Kyle Sinko. Kyle is known within the architecture community as the creator behind the SuccesfulArchiStudent website where he has created an online community for architecture students all across the world. I have included a link to this website below, I highly recommend checking it out. 

successfularchistudent.com

We will also be finishing off the show with our ‘Thing’ of the Week, where Kyle 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!


This episode, we:

  • Invite our very first guest, Kyle Sinko, architecture student and creator of the SuccessfulArchiStudent brand
  • Discuss our ‘Thing Of The Week’ along with Kyle
  • and much more…

Enquiries: discusseditpodcast@gmail.com


Below I have outlined the general gist of the questions that we put over to Kyle 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 Kyle’s journey to date and then looking forward to the future. 

If you fancy finding out what Kyle’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! 


  1. Would you be able to tell us a bit about yourself, where you’re from and what is that you do?  
  2. So, let’s start from the beginning. What do you remember as your first memorable encounter of architecture, and did this have any significance going forward?
  3. How was your experience of school, and did you feel prepared to study at university upon leaving?
  4. Would you be able to tell us a bit about the route to becoming an architect in Australia, as I think it is different to the UK and where are you on that journey? 
  5. Online, you are known as the successful archi student, but what drives you to fulfil that title and to succeed in such a competitive environment?
  6. You have quoted Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends & Influence People as one of the essential reads, what about this concept do you believe to be so important?
  7. What are some of the best ways to network as a student?
  8. What made you turn to Youtube as a form of promoting your story and message? 
  9. We understand you have formulated an e-book and are in the process of creating a new one, would you be able to tell us a bit about it? 
  10. Which other avenues have you thought about exploring with your existing brand?
  11. How have you been able to balance your academic studies at university and the progression of your brand, SuccesfulArchiStudent?
  12. What do you do to relax outside of the world of architecture? Can it be a struggle to get that work/life balance? 
  13. What would you say is your greatest achievement so far? 
  14. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time? 
  15. How would you like to be remembered?
  16. As your brand is all about helping architecture students, could you give us one thing that you think makes an architecture student successful? 
  17. So Kyle, if people want to find your work 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 Kyle’s ‘Thing Of The Week’. He chose a book called the ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’, written by Tim Ferris. Kyle expands on what he has learnt from reading the book and it sounds like a great read, I will give it a go for sure. 

Moving on to my chosen ‘Thing Of The Week’, I decided to also go for a book. This particular book is called ‘The Art Of Resilience’ by Ross Edgley. This is a brand new book that was only released at the end of last week. I think Ross is a bit of a legend and is well known for becoming the first person to swim his way around the UK. For 157 days he swam 6 hours on, 6 hours off and never set foot on land. An epic feat and it looks like his book is of similarly epic proportions. He is so honest and you feel as if you’re getting to know him better and better with every page. Highly recommend it, go and check it out! 

And to finish off this weeks ‘Thing Of The Week’, Hayden enlightened us on an artist that has captivated his attention. Her name is Cornelia Parker who is an English visual artist that is best known for her sculpture and installation art. Hayden was telling Kyle and myself about when he saw her work in our local art gallery, the Turner Contemporary in Margate and how he felt influenced by her work and the influence it had on him. It sounded like she is worth checking out, I have seen some of her work and her installations are rather momentous and impressive.  

I have included a link to a book that gives some further information regarding her life and work. 


And, that wraps our very first podcast episode featuring a guest. Hayden and I thoroughly enjoyed having Kyle on the show and we look forward to having him back on to see how he’s getting on further down the line. I know that he is working on some exciting projects that we can’t wait to see. As mentioned earlier I highly recommend checking out Kyle’s website and Youtube channel where he posts a host of hugely insightful and interesting content that has been of great use to myself and so many other architecture students across the world. If you do want to head over to that I have included the link to his website below. 

successfularchistudent.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! 

Blog Post #011 – Starting A Podcast

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I thought I would pen my thoughts about some of the new and exciting developments in my life at the moment. Whilst stuck in lockdown I have been determined to try and remain motivated and productive, now that I have been granted this gift of time.

One of the first projects that I embarked on early on in this lockdown period was the development of the website you’re reading this blog post on. The genesis of herbiehudson.com has been at the back of mind over the last couple of years and I am pleased that it is now looking like it does now and it is starting to fill up with content.


The second project and the subject of this particular blog post is the creation of a brand new podcast that is co-hosted between myself and good friend Hayden Day. We have spoken about the possibility of starting a podcast in the past and I think we have got to the point where we have some time to concentrate on making this both look and sound good. Well, we hope so anyway, we’ve only uploaded two episodes at the time of writing this blog post.

I am really excited about this opportunity and I think that podcasting is a new and exciting realm of content release that is most definitely on the upwards curve in terms of popularity. I see it as a way to improve a host of skills such as writing, communication, networking, production, presenting and many more.

Before I ramble on anymore I’m sure you want to hear about what this podcast actually is. So, welcome to the Discussed It podcast. We started this podcast as a way to fuel our creative personalities and we hope to discuss a host of topics within our podcast episodes. These topics do not follow a set pattern and we want to be able to discuss anything and everything. However, I think as we are both pending architecture students some areas of discussion will lean towards architecture organically. We also hope to have some exciting guests on the show with us and we see this as an opportunity to grow our networking web and to get to know people we never would have the opportunity to without this podcast.

We have decided to release an episode weekly and will be available to listen to every Sunday morning, perfect for some casual listening on a lazy day. We recognise that these time pressures could become strenuous especially when we start university. However, we believe that this is a good way to concentrate our energy and could lead us to exciting opportunities.

We would love it if you would take the time to have a listen to our podcast. If you do fancy it I have included links to the podcast below.

Happy listening everyone and cheers to exciting lockdown projects.

Episode #002 – Ready To Go: Preparing For Architecture School

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Welcome to the show notes for Discussed It, a podcast about Architecture, Sport and Anything Else We Want. 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 above or by searching Discussed It on your favourite podcast players such as Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Deezer and many more. 


Welcome back to the second edition of the show notes for Episode 2 of our brand new podcast. We are both super excited to return this week with both these show notes and the podcast episode. I hope that the show notes will add that further layer of communication between the two of us and 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 enjoy listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 


Within this weeks episode, we:

  • Discuss our preparations for starting university and studying architecture. 
  • Review how our week has gone with the return of our Weekly Round-up. 
  • and much more…

Topic 1 – Preparing For Architecture School 

This week we decided to concentrate our discussion on our preparations for university and specifically studying architecture as a subject. 

This is something that both myself and Hayden are going through as I am sure many across the world are also. It is a slightly confusing time as you are unsure of what to concentrate on most to prepare you best for the years to come. We had a general discussion on the avenues we are exploring as individuals which range from the creative aspect of architecture school to the technical, as well as skills such as cooking and washing. There are a plethora of skills that need to be developed that will support us in our transition. 

We broke the discussion down into the idea of skill acquisition. To study architecture there are so many different aspects of the process that need to be practised and perfected so we grouped them into three categories. 

  1. Creative Skills
  2. Writing Skills 
  3. Presenting Skills
  1. Creative Skills

We then further dismantled what creative skills entails and spoke about the importance of hand sketching, particularly in 1st year. To tackle that I have been working on my sketching skills using Kim Kanone who is a content creator that uploads videos walking through how he sketches buildings within urban and rural landscapes. To build up consistency I have been trying to sketch daily and using a calendar checklist to keep myself motivated. I have included a link to his Instagram page below. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kimkanone_/?hl=en

In terms of supplies, I have started to accumulate some tools that I have found to be useful already. These include mechanical pencils with different line weights (0.3, 0.5, 0.7) and ink fineliners also with different line weights from 0.05 to 0.8. I have also purchased some sketchbooks to fill, my choice of sketchbook has been the Moleskine A5 sketchbook for my random sketches and the Muji A5 Dot Grid Sketchbook to use for my different project at university. I want to keep my thoughts together rather than using random sheets of paper. I have included links to all the mentioned products below. 

rOtring Mechanical Pencils:

Uniball Fineliners:

Moleskine A5 Sketchbook:

Muji A5 Dot Grid Notebook:

We then discussed slightly more technical creative skills such as the software packages that we are trying our hand at which will make them feel less foreign when we come to use them for real. I have outlined a list of the software that we mentioned in the podcast. 

  • The Adobe package (Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom) 
  • AutoCAD 
  • Revit 
  • SketchUp 
  • Rhino 

There are many more that we will be expected to use at some point but these were the ones that we mainly discussed. 

Staying technical we spoke about laptops as Hayden is looking to buy a new one before he gets to university. Below I am going to outline some of the specs that we discussed and some additional that really are a must-have to be able to comfortably run the programs above without going crazy and throwing your laptop through a window! 

CPU (Processor): Ideally Intel Core i7 or newer as i5 will struggle 

System RAM: 16 GB minimum, more preferred 

Hard Drive (Storage): 512 GB SSD or 750 GB/7200 RPM minimum, more preferred

Monitor/Display: 15” minimum (second monitor recommend) 

Realistically to achieve these specs I would lean towards recommending a Windows laptop but if you do have an Apple laptop, don’t panic! Just be conscious that you will be unable to run some programs on Apple and may be required to upgrade. But, an Apple should get you through year

2. Writing Skills 

I have come to learn that architecture is all about communicating ideas to others, this could be a tutor in university or a client in an architecture firm. This being so important it is a must to try and develop your communication skills. A person can communicate through a host of mediums. For example, writing is utilised regularly. That is why creating this website and committing myself to regular blog posts and I am seeing my writing skills improve both on this blog and in other situations where I am required to write.

3. Presenting Skills 

Running with the realisation of the importance of communication in architecture we spoke about presenting. To most standing up and presenting to others is a challenge as both I and Hayden agreed. Despite these challenges, it is crucial to add oral presentation to your arsenal of skills. To tackle this there are many ways to do this. These could include just talking to more new people. This could be at an event, over the phone or even when you’re on the walk. Just build that confidence up by talking to strangers, with time and practice it will become much easier. 

In my situation, I have utilised the creation of a podcast to become more confident in my presentation of ideas and opinions. As well as that when we have guests on the show that will provide an opportunity to talk to new people and build relationships with them. I’m not suggesting that everyone should start a podcast but I will give a piece of advice here. 

‘The first step is always the hardest, once you take it the rest is all downhill’ 

Just send that email, approach that person and say hello and you will see that everyone is not that scary. Just remember, even your best friends were strangers. 


The Weekly Round-Up 

I feel that it would be wise to offer some explanation for this segment which will become a recurring section of the podcast each week, or at least we think it will be. The general idea is that every week, each of us will choose three weeks that best sum up that week trying to be as honest as possible and then will explain the reasoning behind the selection of the words. The chosen three words will be kept secret from the other person until recording which we hope will allow for some interesting conversation. 

In this week’s episode, The Weekly Round-Up interrupts our lengthy conversation about preparing for architecture school to allow us to discuss how our weeks went. In these show notes, I will provide our words but if you want any explanations then you’ll have to give our podcast a listen. Can’t give it all away here sorry readers! 

My three words of the week were: 

  1. Showers 
  2. Working 
  3. Triathlon 

And Hayden’s words of the week were: 

  1. Sun
  2. Cladding
  3. Gervais 

‘Thing’ Of The Week

Not dissimilar to The Weekly Roundup, this will also be a recurring segment of the show. In 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. 

This week Hayden’s Thing Of The Week was: 

“Extras” 

“If anyone doesn’t know Extras is a TV show that was written by Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant” and the premise of the show is that they would“have on celebrity guests that play a satirical character of themselves”. Examples of these celebrity guests include “Orlando Bloom, Ross Kemp and Shawn Williamson”. 

I think it is clear that Hayden enjoys this show with him saying that it is “probably one the best sit-coms ever written…second to the Office but very slightly” with the show being “expertly written and such a unique idea” in the way that the show is set up. 

And who knows you might come to love it as much as Hayden does if you fancy checking it out I have included a link below: 

Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/70157434

BBC Iplayer: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/b0070rj8/extras

Moving on, my Thing Of The Week was: 

“The Last Dance” 

For those that don’t know The Last Dance is “a brand-new Netflix documentary series” which premiered on the 19th April 2020. The series “follows Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls”. 

I am not ashamed to say that I have binged this series from start to finish as I had almost all of the episodes backed up ready to watch. I enjoyed learning both about Michael Jordan as a person as well as the NBA as a sport which I have not played a massive amount of attention to. However, my perspective on the game has changed and I will start taking more of an interest. 

Directed by Jason Hehir, the series incorporates both footages from a film crew that were granted behind the scenes access in 1997 to the Chicago Bulls journey that led to their 6th NBA championship run in 8 years and interviews with NBA personalities such as Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and Phil Jackson. 

Even if you’re not a sports fan you may enjoy understanding how aspiring individuals tick and how teams can reach such heights. It was interesting to watch how Jordan dealt with becoming such a global icon and how it affected those around him. I highly recommend you give it a watch and I have included the link that allows you to find the series on Netflix. 

https://www.netflix.com/title/80203144


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. We hope that you enjoyed listening and will consider subscribing and making the Discussed It podcast a part of your weekly routine. 

I’m looking forward to writing the show notes for next weeks episode, there may be someone joining myself and Hayden on the podcast. Stay tuned for exciting developments.

See you next week!

Blog Post #008 – My Travel Bucket List

Life in General, Travel

‘To travel is to live’, a quote coined by Hans Christian Andersen and is one that resonates with me. I have been very fortunate to have explored outside of my home country and experienced the different cultures, architecture and landscapes of many countries. However, when calculated I have only travelled to 4% of the world’s countries. It makes me think about how much there is still to explore. That is why I have decided to compile a travel bucket list of places that are top of my list to visit if I got the chance. This list most probably is not the same list I would have made if I had thought about it yesterday and is likely to change tomorrow. But it’s a start. 


Destination #1 – The Great Barrier Reef, Australia 

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Pexels.com

My first destination on this bucket list had to be visiting the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. This has been on my list for years and ever since I became a qualified scuba diver and discovered a whole new world underwater it has only reinforced my desire to visit. This reef that is visible from space is built by one kind of animal: the tiny coral polyp. Thes polyps grow together like building blocks to create modular colonies – corals. I find this natural process phenomenal and its ability to support such a diverse range of life within its structure.  

The desire to visit also stems from my father telling me about when he spent a year living in Australia on a dive boat. His stories sound incredible and only fuels the fire inside me to get on a plane and visit. The sad thing is it sounds like the Great Barrier Reef’s golden days are limited thanks to global warming and ocean acidification. We must take steps to preserve this wonder of the world. 


Destination #2 – Barcelona, Spain 

Photo by Vitor Monteiro

I must admit that I have technically visited Barcelona, but before you ask why it is on my bucket list, I feel I haven’t visited as it was simply a facilitator for an activity, this meant that I did not explore the city and discover the beauty it has to offer. I have also seen the incredible architecture that it has to offer and it captivated my attention. It is the architectural style Modernisme influenced by Antoni Gaudi at the turn of the 20th century that I have heard so much about and wish to see with my own eyes. 

I am also a lover of the sea and this city provides both city sights and sandy beaches so it’s a win-win situation for me. I am also an avid rink hockey player in the UK and I would love to watch one of the top professional teams, Barcelona play a game at their arena called Palau Blaugrana. 


Destination #3 – O’ahu, Hawaii 

Photo by Braden Jarvis

Aloha!

I have to be wholly honest with where the inspiration for this particular destination stems from. Thanks to the long-running remake of Hawaii Five-0 of which I am a huge fan of, is strangely enough set in Hawaii. In particular the island of O’ahu. The television series depicts Hawaii as an amazing place to visit and of course, I may be viewing the place through rose-tinted spectacles but it has to be in my top 5 destinations. 

The diverse landscapes displayed through my television screen excite me massively with its sunny beaches and thick rainforest. It seems to be a perfect location for me, I think I might need more than just a week here to get my fix. 


Destination #4 – Athens, Greece 

Photo by Patrick Evmerrxas

Again this is, in fact, a location that I have already been to when I sailed the Greek islands and flew into Athens airport. But I feel that I saw nothing of the city apart from out of the window of our thankfully air-conditioned taxi from the airport to the port. 

This particular city is steeped in architectural history. The most famous piece of architecture in Athens has to be the Acropolis, which sits at the highest point of the city. This steep-sided, flat-topped structure of limestone rises abruptly 100m from its surroundings and has become central to the city that builds up around it as every modern city does. 

This heart of the city is somewhere that I want to visit, I am not overly sure what I will feel when I step onto the grounds and explore but it just feels right to be in my top 5. 


Destination #5 – Machu Picchu, Peru

Photo by Tomas Sobek

This particular destination choice owes it inspiration to a school friend of mine who visited Machu Picchu rather recently. She spoke very highly of the experience and motivated me to take a closer look into the location.       

Machu Picchu offers one of the most substantial legacies of the fascinating Inca civilisation, an empire that once stretched for 4000km. However, the thing that captivates me is the experience of making your way to this location. As my friend did most tourists travel on foot along the paved, former Inca road known as the ‘Inca Trail’ or the higher-still ‘Salkanty’, which climbs heights of up to 4600m. It does not sound like a stroll in the park but that’s what I like, I prefer the adventure of a trip. I will not settle for a week of sitting around the pool.        


There we have it, my travel bucket list, it was hard to narrow all the amazing places in mind down to just 5 but I feel rather content with the above list. Of course, visiting any of these destinations will not be as easy as it was previous to the pandemic. But can anyone be blamed for having some dreams of where they would like to go when it is safe for us to travel? This gift of time is simply making my mind wander and dream of the 96% of the world that is yet to be explored. 

Keep dreaming. 

All the best. 

Blog Post #005 – My Experiences of Paris

Travel

Paris, often referred to as the City of Light is one of the most romantic, beautiful cities on Earth. Littered with pockets of irresistible culture, it is a city that should be on everyone’s bucket list. I was extremely lucky to visit this particular city in the summer of 2018 and basked in the beautiful weather, food and architecture that the place has to offer. I thought that I would take the time to pen my experiences of this magnificent city, exhibit some of my photography of the city and to offer recommendations on what to do and see if you ever get the chance to visit. 

Fun fact that I learnt in my research for this post, the reason that the nickname ‘City of Light’ was coined is that Paris was one of the first European city’s that adopted gas street lighting on a large scale to light the city’s boulevards and numerous monuments. Moving on let’s get straight into the thick of it. 


Location #1 – Visit the metro system 

The Paris Métro is, of course, a rapid transport system responsible for the movement of over 1.5 billion people annually. The metro system is seen as an identifying symbol of the city and is known for its distinct architecture and unique entrances influenced by Art Nouveau designed by Hector Guimard. It was the signs adorning the entrances that piqued my interest as I walked the streets of the city and encouraged me to document their intriguing appearances. I highly recommend seeking these features out and taking a trip down into the metro. Some of the underground stations are beautifully designed and worth seeing. 


Location #2 – Walk the steps to the Sacré-Coeur

If you don’t fancy taking the stairs when visiting the world-famous Sacré-Coeur may pose a slight issue thanks to the 222 steps up to the entrance of the building. But trust me it’s worth it when you get to the top, the view across the skyline of Paris is incredible and the building up close is beautiful. The Sacré-Coeur is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is an iconic example of ancient Roman architecture, Byzantine architecture to be exact. If you can visit Montmartre which is steeped in artistic history, situated 300m from the Sacré-Coeur. This is where you come if you want a classic Parisian caricature. 


Location #3 – Visit the Musée de l’Orangerie

For the avid art lover or keen tourist, the Musée de l’Orangerie is a must-visit. A collection of paintings named the ‘Water Lilies’ were offered to the French state by the world-famous painter Claude Monet on the day that followed the Armistice of November 11th, 1918 as a symbol for peace. As a lover for architecture, the extra intrigue came from the knowledge that Monet designed the building in which the painting had to be exhibited, this was because he carefully calculated and designed the way that light would enter the rooms and affect his paintings. He believed that the lighting was crucial in aiding the message he wished the painting to impart on the observer. You will not be disappointed with this particular art gallery.   


Location #4 – Make sense of modern art in the Centre Pompidou

I must say that this particular art gallery was a change from the classic galleries of The Louvre and the Musée de l’Orangerie but a welcome one at that. This particular art gallery is the Centre Pompidou. The building was designed by the architectural team made up of Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano who wished to create a futuristic, high-tech building. And they have achieved just that, it is so different from the majority of the classic Parisian architecture that is commonplace throughout the city. This art gallery is the largest modern art gallery in Europe and you could easily spend most of your day walking the exhibition rooms. To be perfectly honest, some of the installations were interesting, to say the least, and took some thinking to make sense of the artist’s intentions. But I guess that is the point of these thought-provoking, layered artworks and I came to like various pieces throughout the gallery. Take a trip to the 6th floor and soak in the incredible panoramic view of the city, it is not to be missed.


Location #5 – Take a trip up the Eiffel Tower 

Of course, a trip to Paris could not be completed without a mention of the world-famous Eiffel Tower, an iconic symbol of the city. The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower with a height of 324m. Its construction took a remarkably short period of two years, two months and five days between 1887 and 1889. It was constructed to commemorate the centennial of the French Revolution and to demonstrate France’s industrial prowess to the world. Stood proud by the bustling waterway of the River Seine it is an unmissable piece of Parisian architecture. It is equally as impressive come darkness and transforms itself into a stunning light display. 


So there are my top five locations in Paris that captured my imagination and the experiences will stay with me forever. I think that the current situation allows us to reflect on the experiences that we have had and increase our level of gratitude for being granted them. At the present moment, travel is so restricted that sightseeing is out of the question but I think when as a planet we come out of the other side and movement increases we must take the opportunities to see as much as possible because you never know what’s around the corner. 

Au revoir!

Blog Post #001 – A Warm Welcome

Life in General

Hello and welcome to my first ever blog post on my new website. I want to offer complete transparency and admit that at this moment I am unsure of what direction this blog will take. I am a pending architectural student hoping to study architecture at a UK university come the autumn of 2020 so I feel that I will have an architectural theme running through my blogging activity. I wish to share my experiences of attending university and of course studying architecture. I have heard lots of good things about studying architecture but these have been coupled with the warnings of constant all-nighters and extreme sleep deprivation, dreaded crits where the work you have slaved over is ripped up and the non-existence of any kind of social life. 

I have no idea to what extent these warnings hold any truth however, I will let you know in 6 months when I get stuck into my first year of architecture school. I severely hope that this will not be the case and I will enjoy my university years. 

I have utilised the website that this blog resides within as an outlet to display the work that I have completed in the form of a portfolio and I hope to expand upon the finished elements that will be seen in that portfolio. This might be in the form of talking about how and why certain things that I constructed came to fruition. A blog post may be a collection of images from a specific trip that I have made, perhaps to a particular city renowned for its architecture and art and open a dialogue of my experiences whilst visiting. Another kind of post may have a slightly more personal touch with a discussion on my experiences around certain things going in my life such as current events, education, social life etc. 

I hope that you will join me on this journey into the architecture world as well as the big, wide world. 

Let’s see how it goes!