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Sean Joyner

Sean Joyner

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

About 

Sean Joyner is a writer living in Los Angeles. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Woodbury University School of Architecture in Burbank, CA. Sean has been a guest speaker and panelist at College of the Canyons in Valencia, CA and Woodbury University. His professional career in architecture has focused on public projects, research, mentorship, and writing. Foregoing the traditional career path, Sean now writes full-time about design, culture, and philosophy. His writing combines lessons from history and pop-culture and explores how they tie in to larger ideas about architecture and it’s relationship to other disciplines. 

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Sean's Design Blog on Archinect:

The Socratic Method : Questioning Our Assumptions About Design

This blog explores ideas about design and how it relates to our lives through research and critical thinking. As the title suggests this will be a platform to present thought provoking ideas intended for further discussion.

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Sean's Featured Articles on Archinect

Radical Curiosity and The Modern Polymath, Wed, Jun 12 '19

There seems to be a polymathic nature to architects and designers. The modern renaissance man and woman. It’s a quality almost inseparable from our field, is it not? As I thought about this idea, I wondered if it was possible to be an architect and not have broad interests. Can one merely be ...

Radical Curiosity and The Modern Polymath
 

Understanding Architecture Internships, Mon, Jun 10 '19

Architectural internships are modern day’s reinterpretation of the late apprenticeship model, but with some modifications. In earlier centuries, when a young person wanted to pursue a profession or craft, they typically enlisted in a seven-year contract with a “master” who took them under ...

Understanding Architecture Internships
 

Better Critics Than Crickets; Thoughts on Criticism and the Willingness to Be Teachable, Thu, Jun 6 '19

“The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do? - Pablo Picasso

Better Critics Than Crickets; Thoughts on Criticism and the Willingness to Be Teachable
 

How to Pass the Architectural Registration Exam, Fri, May 31 '19

The Architectural Registration Exam (ARE). It’s the culmination of years of study, marking the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next; six grueling tests that push most young designers to their limit. The studying is strenuous, the fear of failure unbearable, and yet those of us ...

How to Pass the Architectural Registration Exam
 

The Architecture Student’s Guide to Studio, Thu, May 30 '19

Throughout your years in architecture school, one thing is always true — everything revolves around studio. It’s your living quarters for five years, where you’ll succeed and fail with a small group of comrades crazy enough to choose a career path in architecture. Studio is a kind of ...

The Architecture Student’s Guide to Studio
 

The Importance of Building Professional Relationships in Architecture, Fri, May 24 '19

Relationships are the cornerstone of almost every aspect of our lives. In a career setting, the quality of our relationships with those around us can be directly related to our growth, opportunities, and overall success. Regardless of our ability, we cannot get far without the help of others. Some ...

The Importance of Building Professional Relationships in Architecture
 

Steve Jobs and The Collaborative Framework, Thu, May 16 '19

Collaboration is one of those things we, as architects and designers, embrace quite openly. "Two heads are better than one," the saying goes, and it is indeed a true statement. Any significant project, invention, or innovation was likely done in a collaborative setting. And even on a personal ...

Steve Jobs and The Collaborative Framework
 

Einstein, Rejection, and Crafting a Future, Tue, May 14 '19

Rejection is one of those things all of us have to face. It might be in a studio review; our professor is not happy with our work or the direction we've taken. It can even be in the workplace, after working hard on something, those above us ridicule and criticize it. And there are still those ...

Einstein, Rejection, and Crafting a Future
 

Do You Feel Like Quitting Your Job? Read This First, Thu, May 9 '19

Can't bear to walk into the office another day? Deal with that project manager? Coworker? Has the work environment become so toxic that you almost feel sick at the end of every Sunday? Or perhaps you're just ready for something new, to take your career to the next level. Whether positive or ...

Do You Feel Like Quitting Your Job? Read This First
 

Professional Growth and The Power of Observation, Tue, May 7 '19

The apprentice model has been a fruitful approach for thousands of years, with a clear track of mentorship and milestones, young professionals were able to methodically progress in their careers. However, we must acknowledge that everything we need to know will not be freely given to us. In ...

Professional Growth and The Power of Observation
 

“To be or not to be” A Licensed Architect, Wed, May 1 '19

Herein lies a dilemma many face in architecture. Should one obtain a license or pursue something otherwise. It doesn’t seem like the professional path is so cut and dry anymore. At least this is true for the one wrestling with this question. Coincidentally, it is a dichotomy that is usually ...

“To be or not to be” A Licensed Architect
 

The Secret Nature of The Job Interview, Wed, Apr 17 '19

The job interview. Often one of the most daunting things for a young professional. The onslaught of scenarios one imagines can start to overwhelm: “What will I say?” “How should I act?” “I don’t know what to expect.” It’s a common case of the jitters, the collywobbles, the ...

The Secret Nature of The Job Interview
 

A 3-Step Guide to Choosing Your Next Architecture Job, Tue, Mar 26 '19

As a professional, there will inevitably come a time when you will need to search for a new job. This should be a simple enough endeavor, but as you sit there, contemplating your next steps, it begins to appear quite complicated. What firms do you apply to? Which ones will be the most fruitful? ...

A 3-Step Guide to Choosing Your Next Architecture Job
 

What to Expect After Graduating From Architecture School, Tue, Mar 12 '19

As a student, you have been working toward an ultimate and almost seemingly distant goal for quite some time now. And as you find yourself nearing the end of your education, one might wonder, quite appropriately, what life after graduation is going to look like.

What to Expect After Graduating From Architecture School
 

Employment 

Archinect, Los Angeles, CA, Contributing Writer

Mar 2019 - current
 

Architecture for Education, Inc., Pasadena, CA, US, Designer

Apr 2018 - Apr 2019
 

NAC Architecture, Los Angeles, CA, US, Architectural Designer

Aug 2016 - Apr 2018
 

Lehrer Architects, Los Angeles, CA, US, Intern

Sep 2015 - Nov 2015
 

Sawasy Studio Partners, South Pasadena, CA, US, Intern

Aug 2014 - Nov 2014
 

Education 

Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Aug 2013 - May 2016
 

College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA, US, Architectural Technology

Jun 2010 - Oct 2012
 

Awards 

Outstanding Achievement in Philosophy, Award

Awarded by Woodbury University

2016
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills