Arch Cheat Sheet

In my previous post, Crickets, I addressed my frustration with potential clients being unresponsive. As an architect I’m always looking to solve the problem at hand and make my client’s responsibilities as easy and efficient as possible. As such, I’ve created the [un]Response Form that can be left with potential clients to review and choose their response. I’ll even go so far as to provide a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of the [un]Response Form. Hopefully, this will elicit a few more responses. I present the latest in my library of forms:




Download a PDF for your own use -> [un]Response Form


Design On,

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* Originally posted December 9, 2013, edited/revised per date above… the form is provided free of charge, and you assume all liability and comical consequences- however, at any point in the future I can decide to charge $79.99 for a one time use of the form… enjoy!


Being an architect means constantly going ‘back to school’ and learning… and I don’t mean in the Thornton Melon sense of going back to school- although pulling of a Triple Lindy would be awesome! We architects are always trying to improve our skill set and become better at our craft. However, without Tony Robbins motivation what’s an architect to do? Well, simple, here are a few things you can implement today to make yourself a better architect:


1. Stop working- rotate your drawings 90 or 180 degrees ccw or cw- continue working.

2. Embrace the fact the next project is your best project- always has been always will be.



3. Listen to The Middle by Jimmy Eat World.

4. Learn how to self-edit and simplify.



5. Learn when enough is enough and walk away.

6. Be practical.



7. Realize there’ll always be a ‘cooler’ architect doing a project you wish you had done.

8. True design begins at the end of your comfort zone, get out of it!



9. Take a break from architecture and pursue non-related hobbies… you’ll soon see a relation.

10. Accept that there are things you can do to be a better architect.


Seems simple, well that’s the point. Too often we overcomplicate architecture and forget the simple things- give a few of these suggestions a try and I guarantee you won’t be dissatisfied- if you are, well go have a snickers! Download your very own PDF cheat sheet-> Become a Better Architect

So what tips do you have to offer to become a better architect?


Design On,

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* Don’t doubt my valuable advice… give it a try… you’ll be a better architect in no time! This post is part of the ArchiTalks series in which Bob Borson of Life of an Architect selects a topic and a group of ‘blog-ing’ architects all post on the same day and promote each other’s blogs. This month’s topic is ‘Back to School– to read how other architects interpreted the topic for ArchiTalks #21, please click the links below:

Enoch Sears – Business of Architecture (@businessofarch)
Back to School!

Bob Borson – Life of An Architect (@bobborson)

Matthew Stanfield – FiELD9: architecture (@FiELD9arch)
Designing Back to School

Marica McKeel – Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
ArchiTalks: “Back To School”

Jeff Echols – Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
What Have We Learned? It’s Back To School For #ArchiTalks 21

Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
good to go back to school

Mark R. LePage – EntreArchitect (@EntreArchitect)
Back to School: Marketing for Architects

Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
4 Tips As You Go Back To School

Cormac Phalen – Cormac Phalen (@archy_type)
Back to School Again

Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
#architalks 21 “back to school”

Michael Riscica – Young Architect (@YoungArchitxPDX)
Let’s Get Back To (Architect) School …or Work.

brady ernst – Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
Back to the Cartography Board

Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Back to School

Michael LaValley – Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
#ArchiTalks / 15 Ways to Make the Most of Your Architectural Education

Eric Wittman – intern[life] (@rico_w)
getting [schooled] again

Sharon George – Architecture By George (@sharonraigeorge)
What’s better than architecture after school?

Jarod Hall – di’velept (@divelept)
Back to {Architecture} School

Drew Paul Bell – Drew Paul Bell (@DrewPaulBell)
Back to School…Suckasssssss

Kyu Young Kim – Palo Alto Design Studio (@sokokyu)
Back to School: Seoul Studio

Jared W. Smith – Architect OWL (@ArchitectOWL)
Back to School…

Adam Denais – Defragging Architecture (@DefragArch)
[ArchiTalks #21] 10 Things Architecture Students Say Going Back to School

Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Back to School? It Doesn’t Stop there for Architects.

Tim Ung – Journey of an Architect (@timothy_ung)
10 Things I wish I knew about Architecture School