Be Rebellious with David Lee

Midnight Charette | David Lee 

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David Lee is a returning guest to the Young Architect Podcast. In his last appearance, he joined the podcast with the co-host of his own podcast, Marina Bourderonnet. However, today’s episode features a solo interview with David.  

In today’s episode, David discusses his move from New York to California, and why he’s going back and forth between San Francisco and LA instead of just settling in one city or the other.   

David is teaching, and in this interview, he discusses the program that he’s teaching for and what he sees in his architecture students. David explains what he sees as the differences between architecture school when he attended and architecture school now, particularly the influence that technology has had on the students and the curriculum.   

He also talks about the differences between the way students expect to be given information versus what was expected during his time in architecture school. He says that today’s students are interested in knowing how to do something and expect to be told what the best way to proceed is, rather than figuring that out for themselves.  

David also shares some information about his podcast, The Midnight Charette. He talks about getting unexpectedly large responses to some episodes, and shares his favorite episode and interview subject. Listen in to learn what David has to say about architecture school, podcasting, and choosing to do your own thing in life.  

What You’ll Hear on This Episode   

  • David’s move from New York to California 
  • Why David is going back and forth between San Francisco and LA 
  • How teaching is going for David 
  • How architecture school has changed since David was in school 
  • How student expectations have changed 
  • The program that David’s students are enrolled in 
  • How David’s podcast is going 
  • What episodes have gotten big responses 
  • David’s favorite Midnight Charette episode 
  • Why David knew he was going to eventually try to do his own thing 
  • David’s advice for aspiring architects 
  • What David knows now that she didn’t know then 
  • The book that changed everything for David 
  • The resource that David can’t live without 
  • David’s best timesaving trick 
  • How listeners can find David 

Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode 

  1. Be more rebellious. 
  2. Don’t expect information to be spoon-fed to you. 
  3. Be aware of how harmful negativity can be.  

David Lee’s Advice for Aspiring Architects  

“The biggest one, and it’s something I’ve been thinking about more and more recently – it actually ties into the idea of doing your own thing – is to be more rebellious.” 

Favorite Quotes 

“I’ve learned that negativity can be extremely harmful.” –David Lee on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then  

“The book is called The Stainless Steel Rat.” –David Lee on the book that changed everything 

“Marina. Easily.” –David Lee on the resource he can’t live without 

“It’s almost like you have to commit to doing something before you have much time to think about it.” –David Lee on his best timesaving trick

Resources Mentioned in the Show: 

The Midnight Charette 
The Midnight Charette on Instagram 
David Lee on Instagram 


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