Architects are on a never-ending task of expanding their knowledge in all possible ways. They learn by experience, read books, or watch documentaries, and they can, also, listen to podcasts. We have helped you with eFree ebooks before, and now it is time to take you into the world of audio. We will give you a list of architecture and design podcast shows as well as a selection of interesting episodes. You can listen to these shows online for free, or you can download them and listen to them on your way to work or during your morning walks. They can, also, be your companion on heavy traffic congestions; no time wasted.

1. 99% Invisible

“99% Invisible is about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. “
You can listen to the podcast episodes online on the show’s website, or you can download all the episodes for free.

Download on iTunes.

2. Section D

The show gives new stories and findings from world famous studios. It, also, presents new designers from all creative fields, including architecture, furniture, fashion, and craft.

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3.The Urbanist

This podcast is a “guide to making better cities.” It discusses in each of its 5-minute long episodes a component or an element of the city; be it a building, a bridge, a hardscape element, or a sort of new technology.

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4. Archispeak

“Archispeak is a casual conversation about all things architecture.” The show hosts discuss all the latest trends and the positive and negative aspects of architecture.

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5. US Modernist Radio

The show hosts “people who enjoy, own, create, dream about, preserve, love, and hate Modernist architecture, the most exciting and controversial buildings in the world.” It introduces itself as “the largest open digital archive for residential Modernist design in America.”

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6. DNA: Design and Architecture

DNA is “a thoughtful look at architecture and design in the modern age.” It airs on KCRW, a public radio station broadcasting from Santa Monica, California. The host interviews designers and users to discuss what is new in the field.

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7. The Curbed Appeal

“A podcast for people who live places.” The Curbed Appeal hosts diverse guests from inside and outside the design business to discuss various design topics in a sort of amusing talk-show atmosphere.

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8. About Buildings + Cities

This is a podcast by British hosts Luke Jones and George Gingell “about architecture, buildings, and cities, from the distant past to the present day.” It also takes the listeners on interesting “detours into technology, film, fiction, comics, drawings, and the dimly imagined future.”

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9. GSAPP Conversations

The show is hosted by the dean of Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. It offers “a window onto the expanding field of contemporary architectural practice” by discussing projects and research, in addition to hosting guests from successful architecture practices.

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10. The Architecture Happy Hour

This is a podcast show hosted by Dallas-Based HPD Architecture LLC principle Laura Davis and Spotted Dog Architecture CEO Larry Paschall. The two hosts “share their thoughts and tips on architecture, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture.”

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11. EntreArchitect

The podcast show is hosted by Mark R. LePage, “entrepreneur architect exploring business success in architecture.” He gives, in every episode, marketing and business tips for small architecture firms.

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12. Design Observer

Design Observer is not a show itself; it is a website run by the non-profit organization American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). The website hosts 4 design-oriented podcast shows: The Observatory, Design Matters, Insight per Minute, and The Design of Business | The Business of Design.


13. Architecture Exam Prep

This podcast show is dedicated to helping the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE) examinees. However, any architect or architecture student and benefit from the useful information and tips presented on the show.

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Also, here are some selected episodes from these shows and others. Check them out now.

Radiolab – Cities

The episode tries to go through the nature of the city, what makes it a city? And what makes one city different from the other? It starts by introducing a mathematical equation then it moves to the streets, meeting people, listening to voices, and recognizing the human factor.

The Observatory – Remembering Zaha Hadid

The Curbed Appeal – Episode 1 with Daniel Libeskind

99% Invisible – The Mind of an Architect

The Urbanist – Jane Jacobs

Section D – Design Legacy with Renzo Piano

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