06 Mar 2018

Talk, Write, Draw — A Com Hat Trick

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Pick your challenge. You have to present information to either a) someone who is a blind, or b) someone who is deaf. These extreme conditions seem daunting at first. But every architect practices multiple communication skills to present complex concepts to different types of people every day. Similar to the way a teacher fashions a lesson to appeal to different student’s learning styles, an architect employs verbal communication for clients who respond to descriptions and discussion, written communication for those who need to dissect and digest information and visual communication for clients who relish images and drawing. Maybe the truly effective architect combines communication methods to thoroughly emphasize a point.



To develop a personalized home, the architect must get to know the client. After a series of design exercises, I discovered a client who likes disparate activities. Her life is “contrasting balance“. For every public activity there’s a private one. Every modern desire balances with a traditional one. Every X has an O. Her life reminds me of a game of tic-tac-toe which commonly concludes in a perfectly balanced tie. Her personalized home design balances her public openness (the O) with her private contemplation (the X). Live the balance!








Talk, Write, Draw – The Hat Trick

If written communication is more effective than verbal and visual communication is more effective than written; combining all three is the communication Hat Trick!

The architect has spoken, written and illustrated. Effective communication scores again! Review the other Architalks Entries to see, hear and read how other architects communicate.

Architalks Entries

Jeff Echols – Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
Communication and the Question of Relevance

Lee Calisti, AIA – Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
what does it communicate?

Lora Teagarden – L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
Types of communication in architecture

Jeremiah Russell, AIA – ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
Communication Breakdown: #architalks

Eric T. Faulkner – Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
Talk, Write, Draw — A Com Hat Trick

Michele Grace Hottel – Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)

Meghana Joshi – IRA Consultants, LLC (@MeghanaIRA)
Architalks #36: Project Amplify

Brian Paletz – The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
Communication – What, How, Why?

Jeffrey Pelletier – Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Tips for Communicating with Your Architect, Interior Designer, or Landscape Architect

Samantha R. Markham – The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
Why Communication Skills are a Must for Aspiring Architects

Keith Palma – Architect’s Trace (@cogitatedesign)
Who’s Bad!

Jim Mehaffey – Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
Communication in a Yada Yada World

Mark Stephens – Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)

Jane Vorbrodt – Kuno Architecture (@janevorbrodt)
Explain Yourself…

Architalks Credits

This is another entry in Bob Borson’s blogging brain-child titled, “ArchiTalks”.

The #ArchiTalks goal is to inspire blogging architects with similar educational and professional requirements to opine on the same topic and simulpost their response so other architects and a broader audience can enjoy the rampant thought-diversity within the architecture profession

Select the links in “Architalks Entries” below to read how architects responded to the “Communication” topic.

image/video credits:

  • cover; talk, write, draw – WRS


About the Author

Your Architect is Eric Faulkner -- an architect licensed in Texas & Oklahoma with 29 years experience in design, construction observation and life.