1st Edition

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

ISBN 9781859469316
Published November 23, 2020 by RIBA Publishing
224 Pages

USD $44.00

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Book Description

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. 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.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Critical Thinking  1. Critical Thinking  2. Facts and Fallacies  3. Decision Making  Part 2: Critical Creative Thinking  4. Critical Creative Thinking  5. Curiosity  6. Problem Solving  Part 3: Critical Collaborative Thinking  7. Critical Collaborative Thinking  8. Thinking with Others  9. Persuasion

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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.