ebook

Old School Architect

Architects learn, make and do things that everyone should understand. A lot of it is grounded in history, and that's what this book is about. Architects like authentic things. That's why successful architects haven’t thrown the old tools away. They use them. And combined with state-of-the-art means and methods, outcomes are enhanced. 

Design

Architect’s buildings get better the longer they're in business. This is why a fifty-year-old architect is considered young...

Abstraction

The important thing to remember about successful abstract art and architecture is that it has a source. Its form is grounded in ideas or objects... 

Innovation

Throughout history there have been a few truly innovative personalities and ideas in architecture that set the stage for today’s inventive aesthetic...

Metaphor

The architect can’t dictate the message, but rather use meaning to add a kind of foundation of substance to her work...

Buildings and People

While it’s obvious that buildings are designed for people. It’s less obvious that buildings are genuinely designed to be much like us too...

Tall(er) buildings

Buildings today are as tall as the architect’s clients want them to be because of technological advancements...

Rules

Some rules are based on fact, some are based on location, some are based on experience and some are based on philosophy, opinion, or precedent...

The Golden Rectangle

In 1202 Leonardo Fibonacci was famously investigating rabbit reproduction and made note of a sequence that is now famous...

Columns

Columns have fascinated the architect from the beginning. Consequently many have tried to create their own authentic interpretation...

Moldings

In the beginning building materials didn’t lend themselves to the shapely forms of the natural world, and yet artisans and architects found ways...

Fake

Today's materials are substantially more cost effective and desirable. However, the fact remains that they are also, simply put, fakes...

Drawing

Clients enjoy architectural drawings and physical models for the same reason architects do, each represents an outcome...

Blueprints

Just as the thickness of a line describes proximity, the play of dark and light in an image determines its clarity. Compelling images use shades of light and dark effectively...

Hand Lettering

The way architects communicate has evolved. At first the master builder did most of his communicating on site, in person. Eventually architects hand drew their directives. But today...

Barns

Why do architect’s like barns? Because a barn is the abstraction of every building. The anti-dwelling turned celebrated residence. The beginning of architecture—unique yet everywhere... 

And more...

Doug Patt

About the Author

Doug is a registered architect who works on high end residential projects. He has a YouTube channel devoted to teaching architecture with hundreds of thousands of subscribers and millions of video views. He has worked on projects published in professional journals and honored with national awards. Doug has written a number of books one of which is a top selling book with MIT Press called 'How to Architect.' Doug is also a classically trained painter with expertise in color theory and an inventor with a couple of patents in his name. He has a passion to teach and share his expertise for architecture. He has an online academy "The Architect's Academy" with hundreds of hours of content. And he's developed a mentor program to provide a one-to-one consultative environment for young adults navigating their school and career decisions.