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Sean Joyner

Sean Joyner

Los Angeles, CA, US

 

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Editor / Writer at Archinect. 

I enjoy connecting analogous worlds. 

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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

Balancing Studio With Other Classes, Mon, Oct 21 '19

In architecture school, everything takes second place to studio. It’s an unwritten rule: you do whatever it takes to have a great studio project, and if your other classes fall by the wayside, then so be it. Is this a well-placed tendency? Perhaps it depends on what we believe architecture ...

Balancing Studio With Other Classes
 

The ARE Anxiety Phenomenon, Mon, Oct 14 '19

The Architectural Registration Exam is the gateway to licensure for thousands of aspiring architects across the country. Six divisions, hours of studying, years of schooling, and practice. It's an undertaking both exhilarating and debilitating, but at the same time, in its achievement, rewarding ...

The ARE Anxiety Phenomenon
 

HDR Chicago on Learning From Other Industries, Employee Empowerment, and Representing the Community, Fri, Oct 11 '19

Over the past few years, the field has received a growing amount of attention that has highlighted long-standing labor issues within the architecture industry, ranging from unsustainable pay models to unwelcoming work environments. Looking for an alternative, the Architecture Lobby created the ...

HDR Chicago on Learning From Other Industries, Employee Empowerment, and Representing the Community
 

The Origin Story of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Tue, Oct 1 '19

Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill are three names hardly unrecognizable. Still one of America’s largest architecture practices and pioneers of the modern skyscraper, but how did it get its start? Better yet, who is Skidmore? And who is Owings? How about Merrill? And how did the three meet? What is ...

The Origin Story of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
 

Tools of the Job Hunt: Understanding the Employer, Mon, Sep 16 '19

We've shared a lot of helpful information on job hunting: how to craft the perfect resume and cover letter, how nail the job interview, the importance of the portfolio... While all of these are useful, they tend to lack the underlying principles one should understand as they navigate their job ...

Tools of the Job Hunt: Understanding the Employer
 

How to Face a Jury in Architecture School, Tue, Sep 3 '19

A while back, we talked about how our ability to communicate as creative people can sometimes make or break our success. Effective communication is one factor of life as an architecture student, but another one is in how we face up to a jury of people ready to critique our work. It is something ...

How to Face a Jury in Architecture School
 

When Our Passion For Architecture Dwindles, Thu, Aug 22 '19

Sometimes, when we spend so many years pursuing something, striving for a far off goal, and then reach it, we can become dissatisfied, or even depressed. "Is this what I've been working toward? Will this be my whole life now?" we might think to ourselves. It's a common thing for many graduates ...

When Our Passion For Architecture Dwindles
 

Growing Leadership and Practice: Laney LA's Search for a Studio Director, Tue, Aug 20 '19

What happens when a team outgrows its leader? It is a predicament that takes maturity and skill to overcome. On the one hand, one can become insecure, unsure, and unwilling to grow, thinking only of their personal image and status within the group. The fear of being surpassed or outshined ...

Growing Leadership and Practice: Laney LA's Search for a Studio Director
 

How Shore Point Architecture Values Its Team Members, Fri, Aug 9 '19

Over the past few years, the field has received a growing amount of attention that has highlighted long-standing labor issues within the architecture industry, ranging from unsustainable pay models to unwelcoming work environments. Looking for an alternative, the Architecture Lobby created the ...

How Shore Point Architecture Values Its Team Members
 

What the Broke Architecture Student Can Learn From the Work of Glenn Murcutt, Tue, Aug 6 '19

Architecture school can be a rewarding and overwhelming experience. The long hours, harsh criticisms, and competition amongst peers are only a few factors the student faces daily. And, of course, there’s the question of the material costs that come along with model building, 3D printing ...

What the Broke Architecture Student Can Learn From the Work of Glenn Murcutt
 

The Importance of Physical Fitness in Mental Performance, Tue, Jul 30 '19

We’ve talked about burnout, fatigue, and overwork, all things that take a toll on the mind. But how might one increase mental stamina, counteracting this effect? When all of our efforts to be efficient time managers is overcome by a long workday, we will need that extra bandwidth for optimum ...

The Importance of Physical Fitness in Mental Performance
 

The Collaborative Team Dynamic, Thu, Jul 25 '19

Collaboration is one of the cornerstones of any great project. As we explore the dynamics of teamwork, workplace relations, and the creative process, it seems reasonable to dive deeper into a study of collaboration. While multi-dimensional, the act of working with other people presents many ...

The Collaborative Team Dynamic
 

Vidal Sassoon: The Architect of Hair, Tue, Jul 23 '19

“Had I gone to college, I would have definitely been an architect. That would have been my dream.” - Vidal Sassoon Creative inspiration can come from many places. Our wide-ranging interests come out to play and begin to interact with our core discipline or craft. The architect might love ...

Vidal Sassoon: The Architect of Hair
 

Burnout, Fatigue and the Architecture Workplace, Fri, Jul 19 '19

With the discussion on burnout growing, it’s a natural progression to dive deeper into some of its related characteristics. Fatigue is an obvious symptom of overwork and presents a daunting threat to creativity, productivity, and most importantly, mental health. With architecture’s ...

Burnout, Fatigue and the Architecture Workplace
 

Career Evolution Through Autodidacticism and Accelerated Learning, Wed, Jul 17 '19

The Information Age has produced a generation capable of extraordinary feats not before possible. In such a dynamic professional setting, learning new skills is an attribute many must develop. Like an operative in the Matrix, downloading the skills to fly a helicopter or defend oneself with an ...

Career Evolution Through Autodidacticism and Accelerated Learning
 

Understanding the End User: How One Woman Took It To The Extreme, Sun, Jul 14 '19

Architects, by and large, are tasked with a tremendous undertaking: to design a world for the masses. The ultimate driving factor of any project is people – to serve them, entertain them, and accommodate them. Shelter is one of our most essential needs as humans and so the architect must, by the ...

Understanding the End User: How One Woman Took It To The Extreme
 

The Architecture Student’s Presentation Roadmap, Wed, Jul 10 '19

If you’re an architecture student, then you’ve probably had to endure the daunting arena that is the critique, or the pin-up, or the review. Whatever it’s called for you, one thing is for sure: the quality of your presentations in school significantly impact how your work is received ...

The Architecture Student’s Presentation Roadmap
 

Long-Term Thinking and the Gaze of Uncertainty, Fri, Jul 5 '19

As architects, long-term thinking is an inherent part of our work. It can be years before we see the fruits of our labor on a project. It’s just the name of the game. When we go into a new design problem, we understand that it will take numerous iterations before we find the right solution. But ...

Long-Term Thinking and the Gaze of Uncertainty
 

Burnout, and the Architecture Work Culture, Tue, Jul 2 '19

How many stories have we heard of the extreme working conditions in our industry? Starting from school, "all-nighters" become an inevitable part of our participation as students. It's our ticket to the club. A simple Google search reveals that architecture students are one of the hardest working ...

Burnout, and the Architecture Work Culture
 

Frederick Douglass and the Empowered Reader, Thu, Jun 27 '19

Architecture, like any field, is one filled with endless recordings, writings, images, and material of its long history. Books hold the information of the ages, yet so many of us are "too busy" to read any of it. We take our access to books for granted. But there are those of us who genuinely want ...

Frederick Douglass and the Empowered Reader
 

True Grit: How One Designer Taught Himself to Draw and Became an International Artist, Tue, Jun 25 '19

Hand drawing has been in the architect’s arsenal since the beginning. The ability to sketch by hand presents the designer with a tool untied to any technology. This is a medium that is an intrinsic part of the individual. How many times have we observed someone, masterful with the hand, sketch ...

True Grit: How One Designer Taught Himself to Draw and Became an International Artist
 

The Art of Pushing Boundaries, Tue, Jun 18 '19

In our creative endeavors, we are often seeking to push boundaries, to challenge the status quo. As creators, we want to introduce something fresh and new to the world. We hope to express ourselves in authentic ways. In a studio setting, we talk about innovation, but how do we go about that? How ...

The Art of Pushing Boundaries
 

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, Pasadena, CA, US, Editor / Writer

Jul 2019 - current
 

Archinect, Los Angeles, CA, Contributing Writer

Mar 2019 - Jun 2019
 

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