20 Best Architectural Design Podcasts of 2021

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Are you wanting to learn more about architectural design ? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best architectural design podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, tweet us @MagazineWelp and we will check it out!

Best Architectural Design Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.

Architecture, Design & Photography

  • Publisher: Trent Bell
  • Total Episodes: 48

Architectural photographer Trent Bell talks creative process, inspiration and all things design with an assortment of Architects, Designers and Photographers.

Scratching the Surface

  • Publisher: Jarrett Fuller
  • Total Episodes: 188

Scratching the Surface is a podcast about design, theory, and creative practice. Hosted by Jarrett Fuller, each episode features wide-ranging conversations with designers, architects, writers, academics, artists, and theorists about how design shapes culture. Previous guests include architecture critic Paul Goldberger, MoMA design curator Paola Antonelli, architect and OMA partner Reinier de Graaf, Pentagram partner Michael Bierut, RISD President Rosanne Somerson, writer Kurt Andersen, and designer Jessica Helfand. Featured in Architectural Digest, Dezeen, Curbed, and Eye. New episodes every Wednesday.

The Business of Architecture and Design Podcast

  • Publisher: The Business of Architecture and Design
  • Total Episodes: 38

Produced by: Paul Lidgerwood, managing director, Joanne Davies, publisher of Australian Design Review and Architectural Review, Madeleine Swain, editor of Architectural Review and Niche Media.  Australian Design Review

Light Talk with The Lumen Brothers

  • Publisher: David Jacques, Stan Kaye, Steve Woods
  • Total Episodes: 215

LIGHT TALK is a show featuring three seasoned professional lighting designers and educators who discuss the latest developments in the world of live entertainment and architectural lighting design. Steve Woods (SMU), Stan Kaye (University of Florida), and David Jacques (California State University Long Beach) offer sage, and sometimes controversial advice to professionals and students of lighting design. Nothing is Taboo, Nothing is Sacred, and very little makes sense.

Practice Disrupted with Evelyn Lee and Je’Nen Chastain

  • Publisher: Gābl Media // Evelyn Lee and Je’Nen Chastain
  • Total Episodes: 39

The evolution of architectural practice has been relatively slow towards change, yet modern shifts in business and design management have prompted today’s leading architects to rethink how they work. On Practice Disrupted, Evelyn Lee, an architect, design strategist, and Senior Experience Designer at Slack, and architecture business strategy consultant, Je’Nen Chastain, set out to illuminate the future of the profession to help architects remain relevant and valuable in a changing world. They will explore how technology, cultural shifts, and emerging best practices are prompting firm owners to assess their business models and make adjustments in their studios. Each episode features an industry leader, and together our hosts will explore the new frontier of architectural practice.

SAID – Architecture Interior Design Podcast

  • Publisher: Roger Chanin
  • Total Episodes: 19

Talking everything architecture and interior design! Each week we cover new and relevant topics in the architectural world with different guest professors, students, and professionals from around the world!


  • Publisher: David Yontef
  • Total Episodes: 305

Come step ‘Behind The Velvet Rope’ with all your favorite TV stars and pop culture icons with host David Yontef as he asks his guests all the pressing questions YOU want answered!  David’s relaxed, friendly interview style has welcomed a wide variety of guests — from Real Housewives, musicians, comedians, actors, reality stars, designers, Bravolebrities and more!  Behind the Velvet Rope has been featured in publications and media like Vanity Fair, People, TMZ, Page Six, OK! Magazine, Us Weekly, Entertainment Tonight, ExtraTV, Marie Claire, the Wendy Williams Show, Life & Style, Access Hollywood, Perez Hilton, The Daily Mail, Bravo Daily Dish, E!, The Sun, Just Jared, InStyle, Watch What Happens Live, Architectural Digest, Fox News, Hollywood Life, Rolling Stone and more!  Ranked #1 Real Housewives / Reality TV Podcast by BuzzFeed! Subscribe to Behind the Velvet Rope on Patreon for special bonus episodes:https://www.patreon.com/behindthevelvetrope  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


  • Publisher: SIGRUN
  • Total Episodes: 432

“Sigrun is like the FEMALE James Bond of Online Marketing! …a True INTERNATIONAL Woman of Mystery…and Inspiration!” – James Wedmore, host of the Mind Your Business podcast. … Discover through inspiring stories, case studies, and interviews how you can create your own lifestyle business. Sigrun shares the ‘7 Stages of a Profitable Online Business’ and other proven strategies that help you turn your passion into profits. Her featured experts include entrepreneurs like James Wedmore, Kimra Luna, Denise Duffield-Thomas, Jasmine Star, Rick Mulready, Jill Stanton, Zach Spuckler, Kate Erickson, Natalie Sisson, Mark Schaefer and many more. Learn from Sigrun and her experts how to master your mindset, uplevel your marketing, and succeed with masterminds. … Sigrun holds four Master’s degrees; in architecture, computer aided architectural design, computer science and an MBA from London Business School, in addition to having been certified as a Dale Carnegie trainer. She was CEO in technology companies for a decade before she decided to become a lifestyle entrepreneur after a chronic illness. Today she lives in Iceland and Switzerland while also traveling the world and working on her multi-million dollar lifestyle business. Sigrun is the creator of SOMBA, the MBA program for online entrepreneurs, and runs Mastermind Days and Retreats in Iceland and Switzerland, in addition to her signature Mastermind Groups, SOMBA Momentum & VIP Mastermind.

A History of Architecture, the Fundamental Process Podcast

  • Publisher: David Getzin
  • Total Episodes: 130

In this podcast, David Getzin provides the listener with a unique perspective on architectural history and the theory –and practice– of design.

UNS Talks

  • Publisher: UNStudio
  • Total Episodes: 15

UNS Talks is a podcast by the architectural design firm UNStudio. Founded in 1988 by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, UNStudio specializes in architecture, urban development, product design, interior design and infrastructural projects. Based in Amsterdam, Shanghai and Hong Kong, the office has produced a wide range of work ranging from public buildings, infrastructure, offices, residential buildings, products, to urban masterplans. Pivotal UNStudio projects include; the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Arnhem Central Station, Raffles City Hangzhou, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam.

BowerBird Architecture Podcast

  • Publisher: BowerBird
  • Total Episodes: 27

How to get your architecture published.17 part series presented by the co-founders of BowerBird.io, architectural photographer Nic Granleese, and design journalist Ben Morgan. Topics covered include 5 steps to getting published, common mistakes architects make with the media, the purpose of getting published, media kits for architects, the people in architectural media (editors, freelance writers, publishers, and photographers), different types of publications (magazines, newspapers, websites, books, TV shows and social media), topics covered in architectural media, how to create amazing content, how to engage a photographer, story telling for an architect, how to name architecture, how to submit to journalists, architecture exclusives and much more.

Designer On The Go

  • Publisher: designeronthego
  • Total Episodes: 13

Named “a top designer with a great eye” by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and “Next Wave” designer by House Beautiful, Matt is known not only for his industry expertise and ingenuity- but for his seamless and sublimely crafted environments, with a highbrow attention to flow & “energy”. With TV appearances and features in numerous publications from People to Architectural Digest, Matthew has solidified himself as a prominent leader in the design industry


  • Publisher: Vikram Prakash
  • Total Episodes: 105

Designed around an engaging conversation, Architecture Talk explores issues in contemporary architecture and architectural thinking. It is hosted by Vikram Prakash, Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle.

The Business Of Glamping And Unique Holiday Rentals

  • Publisher: Sarah Riley: Glamping Business And Vacation Rental Success
  • Total Episodes: 40

The Business of Glamping and Unique Holiday Rentals, with Sarah Riley, covering exactly what it takes to build a successful vacation rental or unique hospitality business. With masterclasses, advice, interviews and inspirations to give you ideas and business tips to help you invest, plan and build your holiday retreat sites. This includes treehouses, canvas tents, geodesic domes, safari tents, yurts, architecturally designed structures and everything in-between, in the experience-focused glamping marketplace. In fact, in the niche service accommodation industry, the only limit is your imagination! Sarah Riley is the Founder of ‘Inspired Camping’ and ‘Inspired Courses’. Visit https://inspiredcourses.com for further support, advice and training and https://inspiredcamping.com/podcast for the episode show notes.


  • Publisher: Lytei
  • Total Episodes: 47

The honest truth, conversations you want to hear about architectural lighting! Learn and be inspired. Featuring the creative minds of the industry: from designers to manufacturers, innovators, and professors – learn about their habits, ideas, accomplishments, and more!

Lineweights Over Coffee

  • Publisher: Azhar Khan: Architect and Educator
  • Total Episodes: 14

A Student Resource For Becoming an Architectural Professional.From our studio to yours, we are here to discuss lineweights over coffee; in other words, the challenges that architecture students face entering the professional world and the not-so-obvious opportunities that are available to young architects. Weekly podcasts with architects from around the globe, tutorials and courses to streamline your design process, information about Masters programs, both local and foreign…let us help!

Ted Wells living : simple

  • Publisher: Architecture, Design and Living : Simple
  • Total Episodes: 27

Architecture and design can make your life better … or worse. Architectural historian and writer Ted Wells explores what we can learn from celebrated architects and designers, and the houses, buildings, gardens and objects they create.

The Visual Past

  • Publisher: Ottoman History Podcast
  • Total Episodes: 35

“The Visual Past” showcases the latest research by scholars who explore the visual, spatial, and material culture that shaped the Ottoman world. The series will address not only objects, images, and calligraphy, but also works of architecture that were themselves contexts for other media. Before being designated historical landmarks or enshrined in museum displays, these rich artistic and architectural products constituted an intrinsic part of Ottoman life, intersecting with and affecting all levels of society. Episodes in this series investigate crucial issues about sight and seeing in the Ottoman Empire, including the power of the gaze, the depiction of human and animal imagery, and questions of style, aesthetics, and patronage. The series also explores transformations in technology that opened up new possibilities during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries for the popular dissemination of images through photographs, print media, and film.

Talking to Drawings

  • Publisher: Drawing Matter
  • Total Episodes: 5

The Drawing Matter Collection, based in Somerset, England, comprises several thousand architectural drawings and models, ranging from the sixteenth century to the present day. The collection has been assembled over the last twenty-five years and focuses particularly on the role of drawing in the process of design. The Drawing Matter website is intended as a forum in which the material of the collection is made more visible and available for discussion, supported by associated events and activities. For more information, visit drawingmatter.org.

Talk Architecture

  • Publisher: Naziaty
  • Total Episodes: 87

Hosted by Naziaty Mohd Yaacob. Discussion on architecture design, studio based learning and, design education for architectural designers. Featured “interviews” every 2 weeks on themed episodes: From April 2020, Season 1 & 2 on the graduates accounts of their design process journeys from Unit 2 Design Thesis Studio from 2018-2020 and, Season 3 on various design topics. Season 4 starts of 2021 content on similar themes.

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