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Episode 56
Interview with Architect John DaSilva and Designer Sharon DaSilva

December 16th, 2019|

On this episode, Doug and Steve interview Cape Cod-based architect John DaSilva and designer Sharon DaSilva.

Highlights: John and Sharon explain their firm’s vertically integrated organization- where they design and build custom homes. They explain their design process- how they start and what tools that they use to design. They explain how their designs respond to the unique climate and history of the New England coastline.

Episode 55
Interview with Architect, William J. Martin

November 18th, 2019|

On this episode, Doug and Steve interview New Jersey-based architect William J. Martin.

Highlights: Bill talks about how controlling construction costs is one of his first priorities as an architect. He also talks about why he became a licensed building inspector- which is rare for an architect. And he explains what the meaning of the term “E-Fabism” i.e. “econo-functional-aesthetic balance” and how this factors into every one of his projects.

Episode 54
Interview with Architect, Cory Smith

November 11th, 2019|

On this episode, Steve interview Naperville, Illinois-based architect Cory Smith.

Highlights: Cory talks about his love of the construction process and how he has expanded his own practice to include design-build as an option for clients. As a “single-source” service provider, Cory explains how he is able to deliver great design with cost surety.

Episode 53
Interview with Homeowners Janet Minker and Elliot Himelfarb

October 18th, 2019|

On this episode, Doug and Steve interview Sarasota-based house clients Janet Minker and Elliot Himelfarb.

Highlights: Janet and Elliot tell us about their experiences in creating their own dream home. They offer great advice on site selection and interviewing potential architects. They talk about the design process and how they were able to balance their wishes with their budget. And finally, Elliot describes how he undertook the role as home owner and general contractor. They blogged about the process here: : https://lidoliving.blogspot.com/

Episode 52
Interview with Architect, Laszlo Kiss

October 7th, 2019|

On this episode, Doug and Steve interview Long Island, NY-based architect Laszlo Kiss.

Highlights: Laszlo talks about his early work in promoting green design- and how these experiences led him to his current focus on creating healthy, efficient, cost effective, modular homes. His ASAP House program was devised to help homeowners take ownership of the design/construction process.

Episode 50
Interview with Architect, Lindsay Colwell

August 26th, 2019|

On this episode, Doug and Steve interview Scottdale-based architect Lindsay Colwell of Cullum Homes.

Highlights: Lindsay talks about the positive aspects of working as an “in-house architect” of a home building company. She explains that being a “one stop shop” might be a great option for some clients. Lindsay also talks about embracing the latest technologies to increase productivity and managing workflow across different disciplines.

Episode 48
Interview with Designer Lucas Gray, Assoc. AIA

July 27th, 2019|

On this episode, Doug and Steve interview Oregon-based designer Lucas Gray.

Highlights: Lucas talks about how his passion for travel has led him to Australia and Japan and has in the process enriched his design skills as well as opened up new projects around the world. Lucas explains how he and his team is able to manage the design process from his home base in Portland.

Episode 45
Interview with home owner, Vicki Craver

May 26th, 2019|

On this episode, Doug and Steve interview Vicki Craver from Fairfield, Connecticut. This is our first homeowner/client!

Highlights: Vicki explains her experience working with a design team on her own home. She talks about what she has learned from the process and offers invaluable advice to any client considering designing their dream home.

interview architect Jerryn McCray.

February 21st, 2019|

On this episode, Doug and Steve interview Baltimore-based architect Jerryn McCray.

Jerryn talks about his work in Baltimore- and in particular how he has designed over 500 inner city row houses over the course of his career. Jerry also talks about his work in the Virgin Islands and how he is able to balance to two very different kinds of clientele and projects.

Interview with Architect David Applebaum

February 5th, 2019|

On this episode, Doug and Steve interview LA-based architect David Applebaum.

As the so-called “architect of the stars”- David shares some fun client stories including his experience designing a house for Frank Sinatra. David also talks about how complicated it is to design/build in LA and why clients need architects more than ever.

Interview with Architect Francisco Rodriguez

January 23rd, 2019|

On this episode, Doug and Steve interview San Juan-based architect and educator Francisco Rodriguez.

Highlights: Francisco, Professor and former Dean at the University of Puerto Rico, talks the after effects of Hurricane Maria and how his students decided to do something about it. He also shares his thoughts on the architect-client relationship.



Doug Patt is Registered licensed architect. AIA, NCARB certified. B.Arch, B.S. Arch and M. Arch. in architecture. He’s worked in the architectural field since 1993, specializing in high-end residential architecture. He’s been published in a variety of professional journals and magazines. Doug has worked on projects that have received American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Builders Awards in residential architecture. He’s the creator of How to Architect website and YouTube channel with over 100,000 subscribers and millions of video views web wide. He’s also the author of How to Architect, published by MIT Press Spring 2012 and a top seller. Doug is the Co-Founder of RootPhi, LLC a product development company. Co-creator and inventor of a three patented products. He’s created and spun out two businesses including Golaces, llc, which was acquired by a publicly held footwear company, and Reclaim, llc which licensed technology to San Francisco based soft goods company Timbuk2. Doug is the creator of the Architect’s Academy, an online classroom teaching architecture and design. He’s also a classically trained painter and sold artwork through Target stores nationally.


Stephen K. Chung, AIA is a registered architect and principal of Stephen Chung, Architect.  His Boston-based studio is focused on residential and hospitality projects. www.stephenchung.com  Current projects include a new 89 room boutique hotel in called The Sarasota Modern, a new 4000 sf waterfront house in Sarasota and a townhouse development and apartment building both in Boston.  In 2017 Stephen won a “Best of Houzz” Award for his residential design work.

In addition to practice, Stephen has taught design drawing at several institutions, including Northeastern, Cornell, Rhode Island School of Design, the University of Texas at Austin and Yale University.

Finally, Stephen is the creator, executive producer and host of the acclaimed public television series called “Cool Spaces: The Best New Architecture”. Season 1 of this landmark series debuted on PBS in 2014.  www.coolspaces.tv


How to Architect

By Doug Patt

The basics of the profession and practice of architecture, presented in illustrated A-Z form.


The basics of the profession and practice of architecture, presented in illustrated A-Z form.

The word “architect” is a noun, but Doug Patt uses it as a verb—coining a term and making a point about using parts of speech and parts of buildings in new ways. Changing the function of a word, or a room, can produce surprise and meaning. In How to Architect, Patt—an architect and the creator of a series of wildly popular online videos about architecture—presents the basics of architecture in A-Z form, starting with “A is for Asymmetry” (as seen in Chartres Cathedral and Frank Gehry), detouring through “N is for Narrative,” and ending with “Z is for Zeal” (a quality that successful architects tend to have, even in fiction—see The Fountainhead’s architect-hero Howard Roark.)

How to Architect is a book to guide you on the road to architecture. If you are just starting on that journey or thinking about becoming an architect, it is a place to begin. If you are already an architect and want to remind yourself of what drew you to the profession, it is a book of affirmation. And if you are just curious about what goes into the design and construction of buildings, this book tells you how architects think. Patt introduces each entry with a hand-drawn letter, and accompanies the text with illustrations that illuminate the concept discussed: a fallen Humpty Dumpty illustrates the perils of fragile egos; photographs of an X-Acto knife and other hand tools remind us of architecture’s nondigital origins.

How to Architect offers encouragement to aspiring architects but also mounts a defense of architecture as a profession—by calling out a defiant verb: architect!

The Architect’s Checklist

By Doug Patt

Cool Spaces!

By Stephen Chung

Cool Spaces captures the series premiere of the Cool Spaces show, public television’s first program to explore the most provocative and bold American architecture of the last decade. The book highlights the first twelve buildings of the series for a fascinating glimpse into the mysteries and realities of architecture. Readers will learn how architects create their designs, why buildings look the way they do, and what it really takes to bring a building to reality. Concept sketches, renderings, and on set photos from production shoots illuminate the stories behind the buildings, which include the Ruvo Center in Las Vegas by Frank Gehry, the Seattle Public Library in Seattle by OMA/REX, and Barclays Center in Brooklyn by SHoP Architects. A narrative and visual journey through the show’s production and content, Cool Spaces presents a new and accessible understanding of architecture.


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