Think Like An Architect: How to develop critical, creative and collaborative problem-solving skills

Think Like An Architect: How to develop critical, creative and collaborative problem-solving skills

Deutsch, Randy

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  • 9781859469316
  • Paperback
  • English
  • 296
  • RIBA Publishing
  • Nov 2020

Do you know how to think like an architect? Do you know why you should? How do you make sure that you have the critical thinking tools necessary to prosper in your academic and professional career? This book gives you the answers.
Architects have a valuable and critical set of multiple thinking types that they develop throughout the design process. In this book, Randy Deutsch shows readers how to access those thinking types and use them outside pure design thinking - showing how they can both solve problems but also identify the problems that need solving. To think the way the best architects do.
With a clear, driving narrative, peppered with anecdote, stories and real-life scenarios, this book will future-proof the architectural student and emerging professional. Change is coming in the architecture profession, and this is a much-needed exploration of the critical thinking skills that architects have in abundance, but that are not taught well enough within architecture schools. These skills are crucial in being able to respond agilely to a future that nobody is quite sure of.

Randy Deutsch FAIA, LEED AP is an educator, author, speaker, AI researcher and a licensed architect. Since 2011 Randy has authored four books, most recently Convergence: The Redesign of Design (AD, 2017) and Superusers: Design Technology Specialists and the Future of Practice (Routledge, 2019). Until 2019 he served as Associate Director for Graduate Studies at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he currently teaches.

“How can architects solve the pressing issues of our time? Think Like an Architect, by Randy Deutsch, provides us all - practitioners, educators, students - a way forward into the future with optimism and hope. As an educator speculating about the future of practice and how to educate the next generation of creative professionals, I am always inspired by Randy’s books. The beauty of his writing is that he takes complex ideas and breaks them down into comprehensible concepts and actionable steps. With his latest book, he gets to the absolute core of the architectural process - critical thinking - by demystifying the craft and thereby elucidating the value of good design. In doing so, he is helping to make our beloved profession more comprehensible, more effective, more accessible, and more welcoming.”
– Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, Dean, Woodbury University School of Architecture

“When I read this line, ‘Architects tend to work fluidly, iteratively – between the rational and intuitive and aren't excited by the notion of working with action plans and checklists’, I thought yes, that’s me. But to actually translate that way of working into practical and persuasive architecture needs many soft skills such as empathy, collaboration, unbiased thinking, etc. This book starts off gently and then leads you into the meat of the matter – critical vs deliberate thinking, focussed work/thinking, preferences vs bias, facts vs opinions, and so much more. Don't be fooled by the austere presentation – Think Like an Architect is a clever and funny book. Drawing on inspiration from many different sources – from architecture, writing, art, psychology, yoga, to philosophy. And so from now I will aim to be an ‘amiable sceptic’ - and it sounds like sound advice to architecture students as well as seasoned architects.”
– Sumita Singha, B Arch (hons), RIBA, Ecologic Architects

“All forms of innovation require critical thinking, whether the end game is a building or a business model, a design process, or a production strategy. Think Like an Architect offers a compendium of tactics and techniques used by architects trained to use critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration as a means to solve complex three-dimensional and often ‘wicked’ problems. Once acquired by the reader, these skills can be easily transposed into a whole array of creative and professional contexts - with truly transformative results.”
– Dr. Harriet Harriss, Dean, Pratt Institute, School of Architecture