Paul Keskeys believes that he became what he calls an architecture nerd very early on in his life. He began with cliches – for example, he liked to play with Legos. He also enjoyed any type of building project, loved to draw, and liked making 2D drawings look like 3D drawings.
In school, Paul enjoyed a lot of subjects. He was interested in art and drawing as well as science and math, and even English. He wanted to go into a field that covered most or all of these things. He believes he’d decided on architecture by the time that he was 11 or 12.
Paul worked his way through the British educational system for architecture. He even worked in Canada for a year. During the financial crisis, he got laid off twice in 6 months. While studying to become a qualified architect he worked in 3 different London firms over a few years. Just two weeks after he got his license, he quit his firm to travel around the world for a year.
In today’s episode, Paul talks about his work, how he started The Angry Architect on Facebook, and how he ended up with Architizer. You’ll also hear Paul talk about how the different skills you learn as an architect can help you in many different ways, and what he thinks of the Young Architect Conference.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode:
- Why Paul got interested in architecture
- Paul’s architecture education experience
- What Paul did after graduating architecture school
- How Paul started The Angry Architect
- How The Angry Architect was received
- How Paul found his calling
- How Paul ended up with Architizer
- How the skills you learn as an architect help you expand
- Architizer’s role
- Paul’s thoughts on the Young Architect Conference
- Paul’s advice for aspiring architects
- What Paul knows now that he didn’t know then
- The book that changed everything for Paul
- Paul’s favorite resource, product, or gadget
- Paul’s best time saving trick
- How listeners can find Paul
Top Three Takeaways from This Episode:
- Stick with it, even when it’s hard.
- Your voice is valuable.
- Look for a space where you’re listened to, regardless of experience.
Paul’s Advice for Aspiring Architects:
“I would say first of all, stick in there. Never give up. It’s hard work.”
“The core skills you learn actually allow you to do a million things.” –Paul on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then
“I chose The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett.” –The book that changed everything for Paul
“The next one that comes to mind is probably headphones.” –Paul on his favorite resource, product, or gadget
“My answer for this is kind of abstract. I wrote delegation.” –Paul on his best time-saving trick
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