HPD Architecture architect Laura Davis and Spotted Dog Architecture architect Larry Paschall talk about architecture what, where, and why. You can listen to The Architecture Happy Hour podcasts on iTunes or go directly to a few recent podcasts below.
Unlike all of the other architecture-related podcasts, this one is very personable and I feel like I’ve known the two hosts for years. I really appreciate the casual and thoughtful conversation that doesn’t feel like I’m tuning into another lecture series.
About the Episodes
February 13, 2017 – Let ‘Er Rip – Laura and Larry discuss the challenges surrounding talking money with clients and how sometimes the best solution is to just rip off the band aid.
January 27, 2017 – Off To A Rocky Start – Larry and Laura kick off their ninth season of The Architecture Happy Hour and 2017 discussing recent their recent experiences with the city permit office. And having to break bad news to their respective clients.
December 21, 2016 – Year-End Madness – Laura and Larry share the year-end madness since the last podcast! Client, cookies, and Christmas!
October 19, 2016 – Never Too Old – Laura and Larry discuss a recent listener’s e-mail about starting architecture school later in life and navigating both family and career.
August 30, 2016 – Listener Mail – Laura and Larry respond to a listener’s questions about how designing a custom home in the US works.
July 25, 2016 – Doing It By Hand – Are we missing something important by no longer drawing by hand? Laura and Larry discuss Larry’s recent experience with a client’s reaction to a hand drawing of their home. In the era of computer renderings, are architects missing an opportunity by not presenting hand drawings to clients?
July 13, 2016 – The Market Goes Pop? – Is the commercial construction market in Dallas reaching a tipping point? Laura and Larry discuss the escalating cost to build commercial property in Dallas and its surrounding areas, and if the market has reached a point where costs outweigh return. Also, it was Larry’s first week of flying solo. Did he opt for Judge Judy or Family Feud, and what color is his muu-muu?
June 27, 2016 – The More You Know? – As Summer heats up, Larry and Laura discuss contractor roundtable groups and how knowing about other architects’ businesses could be beneficial for the profession.
May 31, 2016 – When I Grow Up… – Larry’s on the countdown clock to finding a new job. And Laura shares her recent experience speaking at Career Day at her son’s school. What do you want to be when you grow up?
May 9, 2016 – Good Technology Gone Bad – After a brief detour about softball, Laura and Larry talk about getting ahead of ourselves thanks to technology and how technology has allowed us to move away from process – and not always to our benefit.
April 24, 2016 – Leave, Love, and List – Larry’s bidding farewell to HPD, and “Love It or List It” finds themselves in some hot water. Laura and Larry share their thoughts about the recent lawsuit against the producers and hosts of “Love It or List It”, then talk about Larry’s imminent departure from HPD and everyone’s future plans.
April 10, 2016 – Zaha Hadid 1950-2016 – Iconic architect Zaha Hadid passes unexpectedly, leaving a gap in the architecture world. Laura and Larry discuss the potential impact on role models for future women architects as well as the impact on her own firm.
March 28, 2016 – Who Do You Trust? – Spring is here which means wacky weather for Texas. With an unexpected tornado last December and several hail storms since the start of 2016, the contractors are rolling in. But who do you trust? Laura and Larry discuss some signs to look out for should you find yourself seeking repairs for weather related damage.
March 6, 2016 – Is it Worth It? – Is getting your architecture license really worth it? Larry’s niece wants to know the good and the bad of having a license, as well as what you can and cannot do with or without one. Plus Laura and Larry talk a little about upcoming changes to the Intern Development Program.
February 21, 2016 – Getting the Business – Business networking can result in multiple referral sources. So who gets the business? Laura and Larry discuss how to divvy up referrals to fellow professionals and what to look for in pairing clients and friends with networking associates.
February 8, 2016 – Building Costs and Reality – The new year couldn’t get far before Laura and Larry have their annual discussion about construction costs, the unreality of HGTV, and the new challenge posed by Consumer Reports.
January 24 2016 – It’s a Challenge! – They’re back!! Laura and Larry return to talk about how to work with challenging clients in a busy work environment.
April 3, 2015 – Video Killed The Podcast Star? – Larry and Laura talk about the benefits of adding video to your website as well as their own recent foray into the world of video. Stay tuned!
March 9, 2015 – What to Expect! – Laura and Larry have returned from baby hiatus!! And 2015 is off to a busy start for everyone. If you’re starting a project, be sure to talk with your team about your expectations as well as find out how they expect your project to proceed.
October 5, 2014 – The Little Things – It’s Laura’s last podcast before baby number two!! Larry and Laura talk about the little things you discover you need whether getting ready for a new baby or getting ready for finishing a new home. And how both should reflect the authenticity of the owner or parent.
July 27, 2014 – Time to Go! – Is it time for a new job? Laura and Larry share some subtle clues about when it’s time to start searching for a different employer. Also included – a quick re-cap of the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago.
May 27, 2014 – The Road to Renovation – Laura and Larry talk about getting what you want out of a renovation, whether it’s a true want, something culturally related, or just about the way you live..
Apr 28, 2014 – Up Up and Away! – Laura and Larry return to talk about adding that second floor. Why go out when you can go up?.
Feb 25, 2014 – And Then There Were Three… – Larry’s dog Ginny is down to three legs, and he and Laura discuss the issues to think about when bringing home a disabled pet.
Oct 30, 2013 – Why Should I Be a Mentor? – Laura and Larry discuss Larry’s first experience with being a mentor and why mentoring benefits not only the intern but also the mentor.
Aug 20, 2013 – Living Small – How much space is too much space? Can we live in less? Laura and Larry discuss the need for living larger and one contractor’s quest to make smaller functional.
Jul 30, 2013 – It’s Listener Mail! – Laura and Larry share a recent e-mail conversation with listeners from Portland about using an architect versus using a designer.
Jul 09, 2013 – How Do You See It? – How do your clients understand your design? Laura and Larry discuss different options for communicating ideas to clients, from paper cut-outs to 3D imagery.
May 03, 2013 – To The Rescue! – Laura and Larry share their experiences rescuing clients and their projects – about being the second phone call the client makes – after they’re already involved with a contractor.
Mar 31, 2013 – Can I Be My Own General Contractor? – Laura and Larry share an e-mail from a potential client about being their own general contractor and discuss what to consider when asking yourself that question. Do I know enough to shepherd a project through from start to finish?
Feb 25, 2013 – A Little Like Buying an Old Car – Laura and Larry share ideas about where to look under the hood when buying an older home.
Jan 29, 2013 – What We Learned on Winter Vacation – t’s been five years(!) in business. Laura and Larry share some of the important lessons they’ve learned over the last five years. And also talk a little about winter break!
Jan 27, 2013 – Better Late Than Never – It’s only the end of January, and we finally have the December podcast ready! Join Laura and Larry as they anticipate 2013 and lament about traveling for the holidays.
Nov 26, 2012 – My Degree is Worth What? – Larry finally gets to vent about the latest study on why you shouldn’t get an architecture degree.
Oct 03, 2012 – From Greece to Atlanta – What does it take to practice architecture in the US? Larry and Laura answer a listener’s question about practicing in the US as a foreign architect as well as recap their recent visit to Atlanta.
Sep 05, 2012 – From Brady Bunch to Modern – Do you live in a 70’s house but have a more contemporary bent? Laura and Larry talk about simple ideas and a few complex options for providing your home with a more modern aesthetic.
Jul 31, 2012 – Who’s your…Architect?!?! – Who’s your favorite architect? Laura and Larry get down to figuring out just who their favorite really is (not counting themselves).
Jun 26, 2012 – Houses and Baseball Size Hail – A Bad Combination – Are you ready for baseball size hail? Laura and Larry talk about the recent hail storm in Dallas and how to prepare yourself for what comes after as well as steps you can take to ready yourself next time.
Apr 24, 2012 – Work It! Own It! Sell It! – Whether you’re an intern, a vendor, or a client, Larry and Laura offer tips to selling yourself, your product, or your project to architects.
Apr 22, 2012 – The Bridge Dallas Built – A new bridge opens in Dallas, but is it art? Larry and Laura talk about the new Calatrava-designed bridge and Dallas’ need for brand-name architecture.
Feb 08, 2012 – Where Did January Go? – It’s February 2012 and the first podcast of the year. What happened to January? Laura & Larry talk about anniversaries, their new vocabulary, and what they’ve learned so far this year.
Dec 28, 2011 – What Are You Doing for 2012? – January is just around the corner. Have you started planning for 2012? Laura and Larry talk about strategic planning and Christmas shopping in the last podcast for 2011.