This is the Architect’s Brain…

May 07, 2013
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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!

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