50 Tools and Apps for Architects of 2019

There are plenty of tools, devices, apps, and software that I use every day as an architect that I’ve found helpful in streamlining my day to day activities. From being able to work at home or while traveling to efficiently working through issues that arise during construction, the tools and apps that I’ll be sharing in this post have made my life as an architect manageable and more comfortable than ever before. Here are 50 tools and apps that I would recommend to any architect in 2019 divided into two sections: Tools & Devices and Apps & Software.

What’s Next for Journey of an Architect

Back in January 2016, I started Journey of an Architect as a goal to design 30 speculative projects by the time I turn 30 in May 2020. By July 2019, I accomplished this goal with projects spanning from architecture to product design and others, which you can see on my projects page. After completing this journey, I decided to take the month of August off to relax, reflect, and plan the future of my career and this blog. Here’s what’s to come for Journey of an Architect and my career.

20 Beginner Tips for Architects Using Lumion Pro 9

Over the past 5 years, I’ve been eager to test and use Lumion to render all my architecture projects. I finally got my opportunity to test the latest Lumion Pro 9.5 and use the software for the first time. With less than 2 months of experience with the software, I’ve been able to get beautiful renders, both still images and video, in a fraction of the time than other rendering engines I’ve used in the past! Here are 20 beginner tips for architects using Lumion Pro 9.5 that I’ve put together based on my experience with the software.

10 Benefits of Co-Housing and Co-Living

While reading through various news articles, blogs, and white papers written by architecture firms who specialize in co-housing, I’m finding many benefits of cohousing for its residents. Although co-housing isn’t a new way of living, the technological innovations and acceptance of different cultures and values create opportunities for co-housing communities to thrive. Here are 10 benefits of co-housing and co-living that are evident in almost all of the communities around the world.

My Thoughts on Co-Living and Architecture

Moving onto the last project of my 30x30 challenge, I’ve decided to focus on designing a residential complex based on the current trend of co-living in hyper dense cities such as San Francisco, London, New York City, and so on. During my life so far, I’ve been fortunate to have experienced several forms of co-living, which we will get to later in this post, but I’ve never stayed at any of the latest facilities such as WeLive, Commons, and others. To start project 30x30, here are my thoughts on co-living and architecture.

Making a Leather Tote Bag

Back in October 2017, I set out on a new adventure with my life and blog to explore the world of leatherworking. Looking back at the original blog post where I shared some photographs of the steps that I took to make the tote bag, I realized how far my leatherworking abilities have come and decided it was time to update this blog post. Here’s a short guide to how I make leather tote bags for Mars Leather Company.

The Last Project

As I brainstorm the last project for the 30x30 series that I set out on with Journey of an Architect 3 years ago, there’s a bittersweet feeling that crosses my mind and quite honestly, my soul. When I embarked on this journey, I never thought I would find so many other passions in my life; writing, product design/craft, podcasting, and reading. So what will the last project for the 30x30 series be? Let’s start with what I’ve accomplished and my vision for where I want to be.

Three Tiers of Prefabrication

In the 21st century, architects often talk about prefabricated buildings as large assemblies of the final construction that are delivered to the project site, craned into position, and finished on site. However, there are different tiers of prefabrication that start from individual parts that come together into a component and eventually combined into an assembly that becomes the final product. Having a deeper understanding of the term “prefabrication” will allow us to utilize more efficient methods of building and shift the preconceived notion behind the terminology. Let me explain.

Young Architects and Our Journey Through Debt

As young architects, a majority of us graduate from architecture school and enter the workforce with substantial amounts of debt. A majority of us are faced with earning at or less than the average salary as starting architects. In hopes of changing the perception of the younger generation as being entitled and selfish, here's how debt cripples a majority of new architecture graduates entering the workforce in the 21st century.