Photo via Houzz: The Brain of a Designer, in Diagrams (Coffee with an Architect)

Architecture isn’t brain surgery, but it is a mentally demanding profession that requires input and effort from both sides of the brain. Wouldn’t it be cool to know how an architect’s brain works? Now you can.

Recently, Realty Today posted an article on How an Architect’s Brain Functions:

“While the left brain pays attention to the patterns, measurements it also focuses on meeting deadlines, understanding building and design codes, paying bills , setting appointments and remembering them, “cleaning the refrigerator”, “smelling like vanilla” and going to “sleep at 10 p.m.”(apparently, architects and designers need their sleep).

“The right brain of an architect mainly focuses on the possibilities and potential of a new project and is easily excited by each option that surfaces. However, arriving late at every meeting or appointment, spending $200 on a pen, wearing a scarf in July and leaving sticky notes in the pocket are also some of the activities it controls.”

Explains a lot, right? In fact, I’m pretty sure Mom’s disapproving voice is an area of the brain not unique to architects! Ditto Needs more cowbell.

The illustration above is just one in a series created by architect and artist Jody Brown; as Curbed explained, Brown is “the guy behind architecture-themed Valentine’s Day cards and a simplistic representation of architects’ inner psyches”. See the rest of these cool, quirky, revealing drawings here.

Bonus: Are you right-brained or left-brained? Take the quiz!

World-Architects & URBANSCREEN

I love when the latest update from World-Architects arrives in my email. Covering projects and trends from around the globe, this e-magazine makes architecture available and interesting to the public. There’s always something cool to see. This week, it’s a game of shadows and light: the colorful disappearing act of Sydney’s Opera House, brought to the masses by URBANSCREEN.


Is your mind sufficiently blown? Thought so.

URBANSCREEN is based in Bremen, Germany. Established in 2005, their team currently consists of eight contributors, artists brought together from different disciplines representing architecture, music, stage design and media-art.

As URBANSCREEN notes in the World-Architects interview, “The majority of our works are homages to the concept of the architect, emphasizing a building’s features and extending the perception of its construction.”

Art feeding art feeding art. Check out the URBANSCREEN blog for more incredible videos like this one, and read the World-Architects article for an in-depth look at the artistic process.