In today’s episode, Sean Joyner joins the podcast to talk about his Archinect content and career writing content about architecture.
Today’s guest is Archinect writer and editor Sean Joyner. Sean didn’t take a straightforward path into the world of architecture. He considered a number of other possible careers, including the military, law enforcement, and jazz music before settling on the idea of attending architecture school. He was also drawn to writing.
What Sean did have was a lifelong love of learning, instilled in him by his mother. Sean describes being raised by a single mother who was herself raised in unfortunate circumstances. She wanted a better life for her sons and encouraged them to read, play chess, and pursue academic success.
Sean started working at the age of 14 and believes that some of his early jobs had a significant impact on his later career. A job at Home Depot, where he was able to work as a kitchen designer, was especially impactful. He learned about everything from plumbing fixtures to zoning codes on the job.
Sean attended a community college before transferring to the architecture program at Woodbury University. Although he held a few architecture jobs following college, Sean felt repeatedly drawn back to writing. Eventually, Sean found a way to merge his knowledge of architecture and his love of writing into a career in content creation for Architect. In today’s episode, you’ll hear more of Sean’s story, including his favorite kinds of articles to work on, his thoughts about architecture licensing, and his upcoming content creation workshop at the Young Architect Conference.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode
When and why Sean developed an interest in architecture
The impact that Sean’s early jobs had on his career
Sean’s college experience
Sean’s first architecture jobs
What Sean learned from his early jobs
How architecture led to Sean getting back into writing
How Sean got into writing for Archinect
The types of writing that Sean is doing at Archinect
Sean’s favorite articles to work on
Sean’s thoughts about licensing
Advice for people considering a nontraditional path within architecture
Sean’s content creation workshop at the Young Architect conference
Sean’s advice for aspiring architects
What Sean knows now that he didn’t know then
The book that changed everything for Sean
Sean’s best time-saving trick
How listeners can connect with Sean
Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode
- Focusing on learning will pay off in the long run.
- An architecture degree can lead to careers outside the mainstream
- Having a range of disparate interests can make a person more well-rounded
Sean Joyner’s Advice for Aspiring Architects
“My biggest lesson was that I don’t know. I really don’t know anything about architecture compared to the master builder on the other side of the office who’s been an architect for 45 years”
“That I don’t know everything.”–Sean Joyner on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then
“That immediately just helped me to adopt a long-term mindset and patience that I didn’t have.” –Sean Joyner on the book that changed everything, Mastery
“Honestly, it’s my notebook. Like my notebook that I write all my ideas in.” –Sean Joyner on the resource he can’t live without
“Keeping it simple.” – Sean Joyner on his best timesaving trick