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! 

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! 

Blog Post #015 – The Power Of Habits

Advice, Architecture School, Life in General, Podcast

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


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


The concept is simply:

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


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

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

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

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

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

Good luck! 

Episode #006 – Anchorman: SpaceX, Stongehenge & Premier League Returns

Education, 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 back to the sixth 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:

  • Analyse and discuss a select few recent news stories 
  • Reveal our ‘Thing’ Of The Week
  • And much more…

Topic 1 – The News 

This week we decided to embark on a conversation about a few newsworthy stories from the past few weeks. We have broken down today’s discussion into three categories: Tech News, Sporting News and Discovery News. 

To kick off the proceedings Hayden chose Tech News and the story for that particular category was Elon Musk’s SpaceX launch

Before the recording, both of us had completed some research into the three news stories and we brought our findings to the table which made for a rather insightful discussion. 

Within these show notes, I will provide some background information for each of the stories but I highly recommend you checking out the episode for much more information. Give the link below a click to get to find all the episodes. 

Background Info: 

The launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon crew capsule from Florida’s Kennedy Space Centre to the ISS marked the first time since 2011 that humans went off into orbit from US soil. Equally significant, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX has become the first commercial operator to carry astronauts into space. As has become common practice for SpaceX, the aforementioned Falcon rocket booster returned to Earth after the first-stage separation and landed successfully on a recovery ship in the Atlantic for use on a future mission. 


The second category chosen was Sporting News and we discussed the restart of top-flight football in the UK – the Premier League

Background Info: 

After a 100-day absence due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Premier League has returned. Aston Villa vs Sheffield United kicked off the proceedings with the game ending in a 0 – 0 draw. This game is the first of 92 league games packed into 40 days before the season concludes on the 26th July. The obvious difference is the lack of any crowds at the games due to measures put in place to tackle the pandemic. The delaying of Euro 2020 by a year provides the Premier League with greater flexibility to fit in fixtures.


And finally, the third category was Discovery News and the story was a circle of deep shafts found close to Stonehenge

Background Info: 

The Neolithic people who constructed Stonehenge had also dug a series of shafts aligned to form a circle spanning 1.2 miles in diameter and the site sits only 1.9 miles northeast of Stonehenge. The structure appears to be a boundary guiding people to a scared area because Durrington Walls, a monument similar to Stonehenge, is located precisely at its centre. The discovery is all the more extraordinary because it offers the first evidence that the early inhabitants of Britain, mainly farming communities, had developed a way to count. Constructing something of this size with such careful positioning of its features could only have been done by tracking hundreds of paces.   

That wraps up this week’s topic for discussion and I am sure we will return when more newsworthy stories come to light that we are both interested in. 


‘Thing’ Of The Week

Of course, the ‘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: 

“Paddle Boarding” 

There are many iterations of paddle boarding but the one that we were discussing is stand up paddleboarding, also known as “SUPPING”. It is a rather new sport and is a synergy between surfing and kayaking and can be conducted on most water bodies such as oceans, rivers and lakes. 

It is rather easy to grasp and is suitable for all fitness levels. It is also seen as a full-body workout and improves your balance so it is fun as well as being good for your body and mind. 

I’m sure you can get involved wherever you live and myself and Hayden highly recommend it. 

Moving on, my Thing Of The Week was: 

“Journalling” 

This weeks ‘Thing’ is a teaching taken from the book that I am reading at the moment – The Art Of Resilience by Ross Edgley. I have mentioned the book in a previous episode and I highly recommend it. 

In essence, Ross writes about ‘The Power Of Journaling’. He states that journaling is a shared habit that all stoics had in common. He describes people like Socrates from Ancient Greece as stoics of history. They all took the time to document their daily thoughts, feelings and theories with ‘constant and continual reflection and self-improvement’. He sees the act of journaling as more than just keeping a diary. It’s a daily practice in philosophy as you reflect on the days that have passed and prepare for those ahead. 

This week I feel as though I have taken this lesson on board and I am trying to create a daily journal in the productivity system, Notion. We shall see how this goes and whether it will become a daily habit. 

I have included a link to the book below if you fancy grabbing a copy for yourself. 


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 second guest, Oliver Pritchard who is a deaf individual that is seeing great success in his sport – triathlon. 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! 

Episode #005 – Oliver Pritchard: GB Triathlete Interview

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

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

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


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

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


Within this episode, we:

  • Talk to Oliver Pritchard, a profoundly deaf athlete who is seeing great success in his sport – triathlon
  • Discuss our ‘Thing Of The Week’
  • and much more…

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

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


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

‘Thing’ Of The Week

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

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

#deafpower

An upcoming sports club, with deaf individuals in mind.

Our dream is to create a community easy to find.

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

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

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

http://podcasts.joerogan.net

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

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

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


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

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

Happy listening, everyone! 

Blog Post #012 – My Favourite Architectural Podcasts

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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

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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 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

Architecture School, Life in General, Podcast

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.