Overcoming Creative Blocks – 11 tips for Architects, Designers, + Creatives

Architects and designers are under constant pressure to summon creative forces into action on a moment’s notice. We visit our clients’ homes or their building sites and are expected to produce the imaginative vision for transforming them into masterworks on the spot. Creativity lies at the heart of every design process — and it can be an elusive muse at times.

When inspiration escapes you, consider these 11 strategies for rediscovering your creative self.
1. The Idea Journal
2. Cross-pollinate
3. Exercise
4. Invent Obstructions
5. Play
6. Make it Monumental
7. Set a Deadline
8. Write
9. Consult the Masters
10. Design a Detail
11. Do the work

How do you battle creative blocks?

Please watch: “Architectural Design Process | Form, Orientation and Sunlight”


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  1. Yevgeniy Oleynick
    November 4, 2015

    Thank you for your work. I'm a third year architecture student and I have to say that I've learned more from you than I did in my last two years of studying. Thank you

  2. Qutaiba Alshaheen
    November 4, 2015

    Great advise … Many thanks

  3. Drew Paul Bell
    November 6, 2015

    Great tips! I like #8. Write. I actually started keeping a journal in the summer before my Thesis Year in school, and that habit even spilled over into studio. When I would get stuck, I would just start writing out what I was stuck on like I was explaining it to a friend stream-of-consciousness-style. It really helped me give order to the worries in my head. When I wrote down my options and concerns, it became much easier to see them objectively, (realize how silly they all sounded,) and make a decision. Which may be a little procedural than what you were describing, but it helped me tremendously! I think it is one of the most under-rated techniques for designing!

  4. Tim Barber
    May 29, 2016

    Outstanding! Enjoyable and informative.

  5. Lewis Mazzoli
    February 27, 2017


  6. Majid Alsuliman
    March 6, 2017

    from where you get the illustrated buildings typology at the start of the video?

  7. Al Fdz.
    March 22, 2017

    I'm an architecture student and I find your videos very helpful! I was wondering if you could make something related to how to make a portfolio.

  8. بطيخة !
    April 8, 2017

    Thank you 🌻

  9. Nick Chism
    April 22, 2017

    When you discuss the topic of inventing instructions and the movie the 5 obstructions I can completely agree, as a first year student we recently we're given a building to design an insertion into and to begin our design process we were given 3 different obstructions(1 a week) to create new and different ideas based around the obstructions we had chosen. It was an interesting way to design and think about the constraints of design outside of a typical design process,

  10. Anju Maharjan
    April 24, 2017

    hi! I am so grateful to find your videos…. I was literally lost, run out of inspiration to start my work for thesis…. THANK YOU so much, really really helpful ❤

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