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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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