Michael Riscica and Jamie O’Brien’s 100th Episode Special

Jamie O’Brien  

Podcast Jamie Michael Riscica and Jamie O’Brien’s 100th Episode Special Podcast

Today’s episode of the Young Architects Podcast is a special one – it’s the 100th episode. In honor of the occasion, Jamie O’Brien, one of Michael’s closest friends, joins the podcast today.  

Jamie is a kindergarten teacher currently working in a public school in Boston. Teaching young children has been part of Jamie’s life for a long time – he started teaching preschool right out of high school. However, he didn’t initially see teaching as a long-term plan. In fact, he describes trying to run away from it.  

It took Jamie a long time to finish college. During that time, he attended 5 different colleges, including some time spent in art school. Ultimately, he always came back to teaching. Jamie says that he thrived in front of an audience and that his fastest path to an audience was teaching children.  

In today’s episode, Jamie talks about teaching children to negotiate their own emotions and the emotions of others, how understanding children helped him understand adults, and how architecture and design factor into the kindergarten classroom. He and Michael also relieve some favorite memories and talk about 2019’s Young Architect Conference, as well as the upcoming 2020 Young Architect Conference.  

What You’ll Hear on This Episode  

  • Jamie’s career path 
  • Why Jamie became a kindergarten teacher 
  • How Jamie got interested in teaching 
  • Why Jamie attended so many colleges 
  • Jamie’s art school experience 
  • The turning point for Jamie’s career 
  • Why Jamie ended up teaching in Boston 
  • Jamie’s licensing tests 
  • Themes that Jamie uses in teaching
  • Dealing with bureaucracy in teaching 
  • The potential for career advancement in teaching 
  • How design and architecture presents in a kindergarten classroom 
  • How watching Michael go through his architecture journey has affected Jamie 
  • Favorite Michael and Jamie stories 
  • The Young Architect Conference 
  • What Jamie’s excited about in 2020 
  • Jamie’s advice for aspiring architects 
  • What Jamie knows now that he didn’t know then 
  • Jamie’s favorite resource 
  • Jamie’s best timesaving trick 

Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode 

  1. You can learn important lessons by watching your friends. 
  2. Even people who aren’t architects can benefit from understanding architecture. 
  3. It’s important to stay flexible and open-minded 

Jamie O’Brien’s Advice for Aspiring Architects  

“I think that you should always look at what you have. You should always be grateful. You should always see how you can take where you are – if you’re an architect, you’re probably designing something that is somewhat reminiscent of a box, but that doesn’t mean you should be thinking within that box. I think you should always be flexible. Stay flexible, stay open. 

Favorite Quotes 

“Everything. I’m constantly aware of the change and constantly aware of what I’ve learned.”  – Jamie O’Brien on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then 

“I’ve been practicing transcendental meditation since 2011. I practice that 2 minutes twice a day, daily, and I would not be able to function without it.” – Jamie O’Brien on the resource he can’t live without 

“The best timesaver just knowing how to use your time effectively.” – Jamie O’Brien on his best timesaving trick  

Resources Mentioned in the Show: 

James on Instagram 


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