For Monday, a few jokes about our favorite professionals… architects & engineers:


After working with our design staff for months on the renovation of an existing building for our office, we asked ourselves, “How many architects does it take to design an architect’s office?” The answer: too many! — Linda Derivi, AIA

When a surgeon makes a mistake they bury the patient. When an architect makes a mistake all one can do is plant vines. — Tim Stormont

An architect is said to be a man who knows a very little about a great deal and keeps knowing less and less about more and more until he knows practically nothing about everything, whereas, on the other hand, an engineer is a man who knows a great deal about very little and who goes along knowing more and more about less and less until finally he knows practically everything about nothing. A contractor starts out knowing practically everything about everything, but ends up by knowing nothing about anything, due to his association with architects and engineers. — AglaiaDaae

The optimist says the glass is half full. The pessimist says the glass is half empty. The engineer says the glass is twice the size it needs to be. — MukMan

Inspired by a recent post on the AIA California Council blog.

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!

In October alone, this eclectic and fancifully-curated blog jumped around from Pre-Islamic Civilization in Madain Saleh in Saudi Arabia to Volkswagen’s Car Towers at Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany to the Construction of an Amazing Underground Hotel in Songjiang and the triumph of a Polish Architect who designed the World’s Thinnest House. If your workday needs a dose of hilarity, trivia, or awe, we recommend a visit to Amusing Planet’s Architecture section straight away!