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. Tanya Salehii
    March 1, 2017


  2. C C
    March 23, 2017

    Will I get a degree if I draw like that?

  3. christopher moody
    March 25, 2017

    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.

  4. wrp
    March 27, 2017

    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.

  5. SilosMOVIE
    March 28, 2017

    is that trace roll? What gsm do you recomend?

  6. Kjetil Nordø
    April 1, 2017

    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.

  7. wael samir
    April 6, 2017

    good for just
    first step

  8. Aaron Manis
    April 6, 2017

    Rest easy bud

  9. CallOfWalker
    April 26, 2017

    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?

  10. Ray Campbell
    April 27, 2017

    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.

  11. Last Leyenda
    May 2, 2017

    Perfect Healthy Home

  12. Jingjing Zhu
    June 16, 2017

    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.

  13. Sir Kate Blueprint
    June 29, 2017

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

  14. Isaac Mkhonza
    July 18, 2017

    i like this a lot

  15. Lekestue
    August 21, 2017

    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.

  16. Lekestue
    August 21, 2017

    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.

  17. Lekestue
    August 21, 2017

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

  18. Tahi Young
    August 22, 2017

    This is great i will use this for my work

  19. Adiba Khan
    August 24, 2017


    September 28, 2017

    You can check this app for video making

  21. Yofadhli Ahmed Kahirawan
    October 2, 2017

    i like how he doesnt care about wasting his markers

  22. Dt Master
    November 1, 2017

    amazing lesson, thank you sir.

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

  23. Timi Artuz
    November 1, 2017

    You sound like Tim Cook from Apple..

  24. Sophia Mitchell
    November 1, 2017

    Love your channel!!

  25. HypeD GaminG
    November 2, 2017

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

  26. Dor
    November 3, 2017

    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.

  27. M3 M0
    November 4, 2017

    A tru visionary ! R.I.P.

  28. Bei Bei Miao
    November 23, 2017

    This is the best !

  29. Editedartofficial
    November 27, 2017

    Architecture channel Must watch and Subscribe

  30. [revive project]
    December 14, 2017

    residential housing is boring af

  31. maaskeimorgen
    December 14, 2017

    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…

  32. Arch. Lucas Ngowo
    December 21, 2017

    salute….. RIP

  33. Nosubovideos
    January 17, 2018

    no todos pensamos iguales!

  34. Construction Junction
    January 20, 2018

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

  35. 10 000 Subscriber Challenge With No Video!
    January 23, 2018

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

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