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How To Think Like An Architect: The Design Process

Santa Barbara architect Barry Berkus takes us through the process he used to design the Padaro Lane Residence in Southern California. He demonstrates his conceptual design process through a series of raw drawings and diagrams, along with a detailed explanation of the site conditions, and client needs. This preliminary diagramming stage is a necessary first step in creating a functional, and well thought out design.


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  1. Mr. Berkus thank you for sharing your talents

  2. Oh man. I love this.

  3. well as a student of architecture the hardest is design concept sometimes is stand still for hours doing nothing until i get it right somehow to design a good building all around you have to consider everything around you need to design re-design multiple times to get it done perfectly

  4. Did the house get built? I see 3D renderings.

  5. Very interesting…

  6. For me, architecture starts from form, not function, it's just my point of view

  7. 10 000 Subscriber Challenge With No Video!

    A waste of copic ink 🙁 why not use a pen or pencil not a 9 dollar marker

  8. ThereIs NoMoreTime

    Busy building them with no time to design them. Good stuff though.

  9. no todos pensamos iguales!

  10. Arch. Lucas Ngowo

    salute….. RIP

  11. Also he forgets the architects' worst nightmare: the engineers! 😀 And plumbers… and the prize… for construction as well as operation… if you're building somewhere cold, you'll want to minimize the surface area of the house… you'll want steep roofs so that snow and water doesn't accumulate and cause damage… if you want to keep the prize down, you'll also want to minimize plumbing… that means keeping the bathroom and kitchen wall-to-wall with each other…

  12. [revive project]

    residential housing is boring af

  13. This is the best !

  14. A tru visionary ! R.I.P.

  15. This is a very interesting approach. Very different from what I learned of Industrial Design when building form and function. I'm gonna try this.

  16. I'm going to be an architect any tips? I'm a freshie atm

  17. Love your channel!!

  18. You sound like Tim Cook from Apple..

  19. amazing lesson, thank you sir.

    I've just learned about your death in the comment section. R.I.P god bless your soul.

  20. Yofadhli Ahmed Kahirawan

    i like how he doesnt care about wasting his markers

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  22. amazing

  23. This is great i will use this for my work

  24. Qualia is very important you have to go watch the site and all its elements

  25. There is a psychological reason why you dont draw Perfect straight lines when you do sketching, because Perfect lines dont created new assosiations, you feel that you most proceed in the same fasion and this will result in a square box and other square things you dont get anything new. Perfect symmetri is developed in the final stage of the arcitecture.

  26. This is the way he creates a mental picture of the house he shall build he has to start some where so why not start with the outlining it makes Perfect sense for me. So shutt the fuck off haters.

  27. i like this a lot

  28. Sir Kate Blueprint

    how i just wish that i saw this video on my fresh years in college.

  29. The process is more iterative than being so linear. Still, I like his way of explaining. He thinks so clearly for he is talking from his experience and the story he pictured is so vivid. A lof of good architects could do this. They draw the diagrams while their mind is traveling in space and start to tell the story. I need to practice more.

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  31. People, this is exactly the way it works and this is a good example to show young students about how an architect designs and creates something from nothing. This shows the seed of an idea and how it develops. You have to start somewhere.

    You should disregard the comments below of the people who have a poverty of imagination and an abundance of ignorance There are those who dream and dare to fail and those who dig ditches.

  32. I want to become an architect and this helps soooo much. Thank you so much for uploading this video. A quick question. If I get an architect and design a house myself, can I buy it?

  33. Rest easy bud

  34. good for just
    first step

  35. I would find it much more interesting if they used a normal dwelling as a case study, and not this functionalist palace for the ultra rich.

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  37. I like the fact that this guy has wrinkles and is still practicing. Architecture is not necessarily a profession one retires from…you just die. Zaha, Louis Kahn, Wright.

  38. christopher moody

    I've watched this video, and his others, many times. With this video, what Barry is talking about is something that all architects at all levels find not only to be the most challenging, but the most necessary part of the entire process. That process is concept development. The use of bubble diagrams is a simplified approach. But then again, that is exactly the point. Architecture is complicated. The goal is to keep it simple. That is exactly what Barry Berkus does.