That sounds pretty important doesn’t it? At the very least it sounds
comprehensive … it suggests an extensive and exhaustive collection of
the best architecturally themed websites in the world. I’m not sure if
that is this list but it is my go-to list of websites. Compiling a list
of the top architectural websites is far more difficult than it sounds,
particularly if there isn’t any particular manner of evaluation employed
other than these are the sites that I go to the most often.some of these which caught my eye include professional resources and
conversation starters, plus a few more typical examples that broadcast
news in a lively or visually elegant manner.
So let’s get to it – in no particular order, Life of an Architect’s Favorite Websites:
John Hill’s A Daily Dose of Architecture was
the first architectural bog that I started reading. Full of critical
evaluation and first-hand knowledge, this is a great site to visit for
any fan of architecture.
I discovered the BUILD
website a few months after starting my own. I would like to think that
other than the personalities that go into writing the articles, their
website isn’t much different from my own (other than theirs is better).
Informative, personal, interesting, and transparent … everything a good
architectural blog should be.
I started reading Coffee with an Architect
from the beginning and I had the good fortune to meet Jody Brown in
person approximately 6 months after I started blogging. Jody is a funny
guy, clever writer, and from what I can tell, a pretty good architect.
Jody’s site doesn’t really focus on his work – he focuses on the
stereotypes associated with architects,architecture, and the design
process and writes about them in a way that relates to almost every
working (and not working) architect in the country.
What is there to say about the ArchDaily
website? It’s only the most trafficked architectural website on the
planet. They have been the leader in aggregate architectural sites from
the beginning … and for good reason. If it’s out there, most likely it’s
covered on this site.
The Architect’s Newspaper is an aggregate site for projects, news, competitions, job postings and much more.
Scott Taylor in my office originally turned me on to NOTCOT
and it has become one of my most favorite websites regardless of any
sort of classification. A great site for designers to visit just to see
what other designers are doing.
I have been reading Architectural Record
the magazine for 20 years – migrating to their website just makes
sense. One of the things that distinguishes the Architectural Record
website from most of the others are the stories and the consistently
high quality writing. This is one of the websites that I aspire to
getting my work published. Maybe one day they will write an article
about blog sites and Life of an Architect will make that list. (fingers
Troxel is a designer and educator that I became aware of through
twitter and it has worked to my advantage that I have. Evan is a sort of
digital renaissance man and his collection of websites (starting with evantroxel.com)
have entered my rotation of “what’s that?” websites. I don’t understand
most of what he writes about but I can’t help but feel that if Evan is
talking about it, I should figure out why … and then do it.
is a resource website for other architects that is full of articles
relating to – you guessed it – entrepreneur architects. This website is
based on the premise that “Entrepreneur Architects have a strong belief
in the opportunities they pursue and are willing to take substantially
high levels of personal, professional and financial risks to pursue that
opportunity. With high risk, comes substantial reward for the
architects, their employees and for society as a whole.” This website
will help you get there.
Energy Vanguard is the
nerdiest website I go to – and I don’t ever regret going (I just keep
it to myself or I’ll lose my “Architects are indifferent” card.) Posts
here are written by Allison A. Bailes III – who happens to have a PhD.
in Physics that he puts to good use teaching others about building
science and energy performance. Normally I might steer clear from a site
whose topics generally involve HVAC design protocols but with posts
titled “Release the Kracken! – The Ductopus is Bad for Air Conditioning” how could you not take a look?.
As an architect that focuses mostly on residential projects, Residential Architect
is my go-to magazine / website of choice. The proper collection of
projects, technology, news, and general articles that inspire
creativity, this is another magazine that I aspire to gracing.
is an aggregate site and a really good one at that. There are a lot of
architecturally themed aggregate sites out there but few are as current
and as relevant as this one.
Simply put, Design Milk
is a bad ass site. If it’s cool, it’s here: architecture, art,
furnishings, interior design, style, technology and news … everything
related to design. It was originally founded by Jaime Derringer but
there is an army of talented and cool people assembling information for
you. Based on their website, I bet they throw really good parties (that I
will never get to attend.)
Rounding out the triumvirate of magazine/ websites is the aptly named Architect. This is THE
magazine of the American Institute of Architects so what does that tell
you? It’s relevant, engaging and always full of interesting articles on
all things related to the built environment. Recently I was lucky
enough to make it onto the pages of this fine magazine – an experience
neither of us will soon forget. The article can be found here [brace yourself - shudder]
is a designers aggregate site – plenty here to explore, be prepared to
lose track of time for a while … don’t be surprised to learn so much
time has passed that you have to shave again.
am a Texas Architect so therefore I am interested in what is going on
with regards to Texas Architecture. There is no better place for me to
find out – and to follow – the happenings from around the Lone Star
State than to check in on the Texas Society of Architects website.
Everyone knows that architecture students are always in the studio … Stuck in Studio
is an architectural blog geared towards architecture students and the
excitement, opportunities, and challenges unique to architecture
students. There are plenty of architecture student blogs, I just think
this one is the best. This is the one site that sort of breaks my rule
since they haven’t posted in a while – my message to them? Get it going! [oh yeah, they are probably in stuck in the studio]
so much an architecture site but rather an art and interior design
site. Most of the Interior Design websites that I traffic have so much
product information that it all becomes noise … and in a just a very
short time my brain becomes quite addled. What I like about MoCo Loco
is the balance they strike between design and designers, art and
artists. They have made the effort to bring me the story behind the
products and as a result, I love their site.
Because she can say it better than I can – from Blueprint editor Vicky Richardson: ‘Blueprint
aims to use the subject of design to reveal the workings of society.
The magazine is about the important role that design and architecture
can play in shaping the world.’ The online version is as good as the printed version – if you aren’t subscribing, you are missing out.
site is unique on this list for the simple reason that they sell the
stuff they tend to talk about … but I don’t care. There is so much
eye-candy on this site that I simply couldn’t leave it off this list.
This was one of the first sites I added to my RSS feed and after two
years when most sites than I can remember have been put on only to find
themselves removed, 2modern is still there. Nice job folks, keep up the
While this probably won’t be a fan favorite, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
(NCARB) website is a great website. Since I get so many emails from
students or people who want to be an architect, I am constantly on this
site to verify the information I include in the responses I send out.
There are sections with information on “Becoming an Architect”,
“Studying Architecture”, “Architectural Registration Exams”, and much,
much more. To be honest, I wish they would improve their SEO or
something so they could field more of the emails I am receiving.
The ISSUE: Collective
is a student-run blog for the University of Texas at Austin (which is
also my alma mater). The blog serves as a school-wide forum covering
current issues, new directions, and dilemmas at the UTSoA and features
contributions from faculty members, current students, and alumni. Even
if you didn’t attend the UTSoA, there is always something interesting to
be found. The quality level on this site is so high it makes me
question whether or not I actually graduated from this program.
Magazine is one of my favorite design magazines so it stands to reason
that I would like the website as well (surprise!) Hard to really back
this up with empirical data but I seem to find stuff on the Metropolis
site that I don’t find anywhere else – and in this day and age where
people seem to freely borrow from one another that’s really saying
something. From their website, “Metropolis examines
contemporary life through design—architecture, interior design, product
design, graphic design, crafts, planning, and preservation.”
there it is – my top 24 websites. I’m quite sure that you have some
that you love that didn’t make this list … just put them in the comment
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