The 8 Best Podcasts for Architects

Whether you’re just starting school or you’ve been practicing for years, we found eight podcasts guaranteed to leave you feeling inspired (and a little less cranky from your morning commute). In no particular order, here are the best audio shows for architects and design buffs.

Each episode, Evan Troxel, Neal Pann, and Cormac Phalen get together for a casual conversation about all things architecture. The trio often weighs in on trending topics—including licensure at graduation (episode 36) and the emergence of millennial architects (episode 39).

Spotlight on Design
Produced by the National Building Museum, the lecture series features legendary voices in architecture, urban planning, and design. Past speakers include Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, and Shigeru Ban, to name a few.

99% Invisible
This imaginative podcast might just change the way you think about design. Award-winning producer Roman Mars explores how we’ve become numb to the design around us. He explores various phenomena such as utopian communities and the rise in IKEA hacking (anyone with a Pinterest account knows what I’m talking about).

Entrepreneur Architect
Every week, Mark R. LePage shares invaluable business tips for small-firm architects. Want to learn how to market your firm on social media? Maybe you’d like to re-adjust your budget or raise your fees. Whatever the case, the New York architect can help you build a better business.

The Architecture Happy Hour
Grab a drink and unwind with Laura Davis and Larry Paschall, principals of HPD Architecture. This dynamic duo discuss everything from finding a contractor to working abroad. We were especially delighted to find an episode about becoming a mentor!

DnA: Design & Architecture
The popular podcast explores architectural trends in the modern age. Host Frances Anderton chats with designers and users about the latest trends in Los Angeles and beyond, revealing how design can shape our world. For additional inspiration, head to the show’s eponymous blog, Design & Architecture.

Architect Exam Prep
Listen up ARE candidates. This one’s for you. David Doucette, Eric Corey Freed, and Aubrey Buracchio (who passed all seven divisions in five months!) offer prudent testing advice. Their number one tip? Make a plan and stick to it. Editor’s note: NCARB does not endorse any third-party study materials.

AIA Podnet
Only have a few minutes? The AIA’s podcast features brief interviews with design professionals from around the world. Recent guests include Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair to South African architect and UIA2014 Commissary General Karen Eicker.

Any podcasts we forgot? Let us hear about them.