Architecture and Design Podcasts for Aspiring Architects

Have you ever wondered what it was like to study, teach, or practice architecture? Hear from architecture students, faculty, and architects across the globe about their experience in school and in the workplace in this growing list of podcasts for aspiring architects.


Architecture and Design Podcasts for Aspiring Architects

Want to learn about architecture firsthand from students, architects, and professors? Check out this list of architecture and design podcasts out now that can help you learn more about school and the profession. Below each podcast is a suggested episode. Enjoy! 


01 | Site Visit with architects and professors Ashley Bigham and Erk Herrmann 

A podcast created by two architecture professors from the Knowlton School at the Ohio State University. The first 11 episodes take place in person with a site visit and a discussion with an architect. Check out their full list here. 


02 | The Second Studio with architects David Lee and Marina Bourderonnet

The Second Studio is an explicit podcast about design, architecture, and the everyday. Hosted by Architects David Lee and Marina Bourderonnet, it features different creative professionals in unscripted and long-format interviews with thoughtful takes and personal discussions. Honesty and humor are used to cover a wide array of subjects.


03 | Archinect Sessions by Archinect

A biweekly discussion of pressing architecture news and issues, hosted by Paul Petrunia, Donna Sink, and Ken Koense. 


04 | Institute of the Black Imagination with Dario Calmese

“The Institute of Black Imagination,” hosted by artist, writer, and brand consultant Dario Calmese, brings you conversations from the pool of black genius, a collection of iconoclasts at the leading edge of cultural thought and innovation. More than anything, they are here to inspire, engage, and to help you unleash your own imagination.


05 | Archispeak with Evan Troxel and Cormac Phalen

What’s it really like to work in architecture? The hosts of “Archispeak” know and they’re here to share real-life experiences. Since 2012, Evan Troxel and Cormac Phalen have been podcasting their brand of real talk on everything from design, tools, and work/life balance to generational differences, mentoring, job hunting, and more. To join the conversation or learn more about the hosts, visit


06 | 99% Invisible with Roman Mars

Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we’ve just stopped noticing. “99% Invisible” is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture from award-winning producer Roman Mars.


07 | The Observatory with Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand

Michael Bierut and Jessica Helfand of Design Observer discuss design, current events, and current enthusiasms.


08 | The Young Architect Podcast with Michael Riscica, AIA CSI

This podcast chronicles conversations with architects and architecture students uncovering first-hand experiences. Riscica asks: Where did they come from? Why did they decide architecture was for them? What was it like going through architecture school? What was it like coming up in the ranks?


09 | Student Architect with Omar Garcia

Many of us are unaware of what the discipline of architecture is about. Join Omar Garcia, a current student of architecture, as he explores various topics to learn about what architecture is and how it has shaped our world. Subscribe to their main website for instant episode notifications. 


10 | Failed Architecture 

“Failed Architecture” (FA) reconnects architecture with the real world. By opening up new perspectives on the built environment, they seek to explore the meaning of architecture in contemporary society. Since 2011, they have been providing an inclusive platform for critical urban discourse, fueled by unconventional narratives from an international network of contributors.


11 | GSAPP Conversations by Columbia University 

“GSAPP Conversations” offers a window into the expanding field of contemporary architectural practice through discussions on the current projects, research, and obsessions of a diverse group of invited guests from emerging and well-established practices. Hosted by Columbia GSAPP’s Dean, Amale Andraos, the conversations also feature the school’s influential faculty and alumni, and give students the opportunity to engage architects on issues of concern to the next generation.

If you are looking for even more to listen to, check out ArchDaily’s suggestions listed here. If you would like to add one that you’ve enjoyed, send us an email.