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What The Hell Is Architecture?


Video and Blog Series to shed some light on what the Architecture and Construction field really is. How-To Videos, Architectural Registration Exam (A.R.E) Preparation, Case Studies, Code Commentaries, Question and Answers, Emerging Trends, and everything in between. Check back regularly or subscribe to stay up to date.


  • Post 23 – New Books Network – Estate Regeneration by Brendan Kilpatrick and Manisha Patel

    February 17, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Brendan Kilpatrick and Manisha Patel about their book “Estate Regeneration”

  • Post 22 – New Books Network – Practiceopolis by Yasser Megahed

    February 3, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Yasser Megahed about his book “Practiceopolis”

  • Post 21 – New Books Network – Architecture for the Commons by Jose Sanchez

    January 20, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Jose Sanchez about his book “Architecture for the Commons”

  • Post 20 – An Architect’s Perspective on Everything Wrong with Trump’s Architectural Executive Order

    January 12, 2021 by

    Issued on December 21, 2020, Trump’s recent Executive Order on “Promoting Beautiful Federal Civic Architecture” is incredibly misguided and flawed.

    In the inaugural video post from the series “What the Hell is Architecture?” Architect Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM discusses the issues with the Executive Order itself, as well as the chosen Architectural Style that is mandated to be used on Federal buildings.

  • Post 19 – New Books Network – Making Architecture Through Being Human by Philip Plowright

    January 12, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Philip Plowright about his book “Making Architecture Through Being Human”

  • Post 18 – New Books Network – The Urban Fix by Douglas Kelbaugh

    January 12, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Douglas Kelbaugh about his book “The Urban Fix”

  • Post 17 – New Books Network – Architect + Entrepreneur by Eric Reinholdt

    January 12, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Eric Reinholdt about his books “Architect + Entrepreneur” Volume 1 and Volume 2.

  • Post 16 – New Books Network – Architecture as Philosophy by John Lobell

    January 12, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews John Lobell about his book “Architecture as Philosophy”

  • Post 15 – New Books Network – The Multi-Skilled Designer by Newton D’Souza

    January 8, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Newton D’Souza about his book “The Multi-Skilled Designer”

  • Post 14 – New Books Network – Living on Campus by Carla Yanni

    January 8, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Carla Yanni about her book “Living on Campus”

  • Post 13 – New Books Network – The Invention of Public Space by Mariana Mogilevich

    January 8, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Mariana Mogilevich about her book “The Invention of Public Space”

  • Post 12 – New Books Network – The Great Indoors by Emily Anthes

    January 8, 2021 by

    In this New Books Network Podcast interview, Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interviews Emily Anthes about her book “The Great Indoors”

  • Post 11 – New Books Network Podcasts

    January 8, 2021 by

    What The Hell Is Architecture? now adds a regularly recurring podcast from the New Books Networks channel. Tune in to listen to Bryan Toepfer, AIA, NCARB, CAPM interview Architectural authors.

  • Post 10 – Why Job Titles Matter and Need to Stay Industry Specific

    As time goes on, many industries have begun to adopt job titles that include the terms “Architect” or “Engineer.” While this is most likely to project some authority into the role, it is actually reached the point where these positions are unclear or undefined…Not to mention that these terms CANNOT be used except by Licensed professionals.

  • Post 9 – The Thermal Envelope

    January 8, 2020 by

    To celebrate the New Year “What The Hell Is Architecture?” answers a question we are asked often. That question being whether or not it is worth converting your unused garage into livable space. We also delve into The “Thermal Envelope” and Energy Code requirements to make such a project code compliant.

  • Post 8 – The Vapor Compression Cycle

    November 19, 2019 by

    “What the Hell is Architecture?” this weeks slightly veers off the subject of Architecture and delves into what makes our Air Conditioning systems work.

  • Post 7 – How Your Walls are Put Together

    November 11, 2019 by

    This week we will walk through the process of constructing an exterior wall and its associated windows, roof, and ceiling. We will also delve into the process of constructing the foundation below grade. Diagrams and modeled images provided to walk through each step.

  • Post 6 – Virtual Reality and BIM Modeling – Part 2

    November 1, 2019 by

    “What the Hell is Architecture?” is proud to present its biggest post yet, in it we finish the Virtual Model we started last week. We also finally unveil the Virtual Model itself for you to walk around and view for yourself. Give it a read AND a tour and let us know what you think!

  • Post 5 – Virtual Reality and BIM Modeling – Part 1

    October 28, 2019 by

    The First of Two posts walking through the modeling of an Existing building into a fully interactive Virtual Reality Model.

  • Post 4 – Construction Administration

    October 18, 2019 by

    This post delves into the process of Construction and the collaboration between Architect, Owner and Architect when the Design is complete.

  • Post 3 – Project Specifications

    October 13, 2019 by

    Everyone knows Architects create designs with drawings. But how many people realize they write a Technical Manual known as the Specifications. Here we’ll discuss this vital document, as well as begin discussing the collaboration between Architect, Owner and Contractor for Construction.

  • Post 2 – Navigating the Building Code

    October 4, 2019 by

    An introduction to navigating and interpreting the International Building Code.

  • Post 1 – Waiting for What?

    September 27, 2019 by

    Our inaugural Post, discussing the concern many people have on starting a new company, and the issue of many people advising them to wait. This blog hopefully disputes that waiting will not help a new firm or company.

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