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The Architecture Happy Hour
hpd architecture + interiors principal Laura Davis and Spotted Dog Architecture CEO Larry Paschall share their thoughts and tips on architecture, from helping owners select the right architect to never being too late to begin a career in architecture. Learn more about hpd architecture + interiors at www.hpdarch.com.

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  • Pub Date: Jun 27, 2016 - 4:20 pm
  • The More You Know?
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  • As Summer heats up, Larry and Laura discuss contractor roundtable groups and how knowing about other architects' businesses could be beneficial for the profession.
  • Pub Date: May 31, 2016 - 10:15 am
  • When I Grow Up...
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  • Larry's on the countdown clock to finding a new job. And Laura shares her recent experience speaking at Career Day at her son's school. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • Pub Date: May 09, 2016 - 6:30 pm
  • Good Technology Gone Bad
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  • After a brief detour about softball, Laura and Larry talk about getting ahead of ourselves thanks to technology and how technology has allowed us to move away from process - and not always to our benefit.
  • Pub Date: Apr 24, 2016
  • Leave, Love, and List
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  • Larry's bidding farewell to HPD, and "Love It or List It" finds themselves in some hot water. Laura and Larry share their thoughts about the recent lawsuit against the producers and hosts of "Love It or List It", then talk about Larry's imminent departure from HPD and everyone's future plans.
  • Pub Date: Apr 10, 2016 - 3:00 pm
  • Zaha Hadid 1950-2016
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  • Iconic architect Zaha Hadid passes unexpectedly, leaving a gap in the architecture world. Laura and Larry discuss the potential impact on role models for future women architects as well as the impact on her own firm.
  • Pub Date: Mar 28, 2016 - 4:29 pm
  • Who Do You Trust?
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  • Spring is here which means wacky weather for Texas. With an unexpected tornado last December and several hail storms since the start of 2016, the contractors are rolling in. But who do you trust? Laura and Larry discuss some signs to look out for should you find yourself seeking repairs for weather related damage.
  • Pub Date: Mar 06, 2016 - 10:45 am
  • Is It Worth It?
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  • Is getting your architecture license really worth it? Larry's niece wants to know the good and the bad of having a license, as well as what you can and cannot do with or without one. Plus Laura and Larry talk a little about upcoming changes to the Intern Development Program.
  • Pub Date: Feb 21, 2016 - 11:30 am
  • Getting the Business
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  • Business networking can result in multiple referral sources. So who gets the business? Laura and Larry discuss how to divvy up referrals to fellow professionals and what to look for in pairing clients and friends with networking associates.
  • Pub Date: Feb 08, 2016 - 9:50 am
  • Building Costs and Reality
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  • The new year couldn't get far before Laura and Larry have their annual discussion about construction costs, the unreality of HGTV, and the new challenge posed by Consumer Reports.
  • Pub Date: Jan 24, 2016 - 1:58 pm
  • It's a Challenge!
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  • They're back!! Laura and Larry return to talk about how to work with challenging clients in a busy work environment.
  • Pub Date: Apr 03, 2015 - 5:00 pm
  • Video Killed The Podcast Star?
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  • Larry and Laura talk about the benefits of adding video to your website as well as their own recent foray into the world of video. Stay tuned!
  • Pub Date: Mar 09, 2015 - 10:00 am
  • What to Expect!
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  • Laura and Larry have returned from baby hiatus!! And 2015 is off to a busy start for everyone. If you're starting a project, be sure to talk with your team about your expectations as well as find out how they expect your project to proceed.
  • Pub Date: Oct 05, 2014 - 1:00 pm
  • The Little Things
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  • It's Laura's last podcast before baby number two!! Larry and Laura talk about the little things you discover you need whether getting ready for a new baby or getting ready for finishing a new home. And how both should reflect the authenticity of the owner or parent.
  • Pub Date: Jul 27, 2014 - 4:00 pm
  • Time to Go!
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  • Is it time for a new job? Laura and Larry share some subtle clues about when it's time to start searching for a different employer. Also included - a quick re-cap of the 2014 AIA National Convention in Chicago.
  • Pub Date: May 27, 2014 - 2:30 pm
  • The Road to Renovation
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  • Laura and Larry talk about getting what you want out of a renovation, whether it's a true want, something culturally related, or just about the way you live.
  • Pub Date: Apr 28, 2014 - 3:00 pm
  • Up Up and Away!
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  • They're back!! Laura and Larry return to talk about adding that second floor. Why go out when you can go up?
  • Pub Date: Feb 25, 2014 - 10:35 pm
  • And Then There Were Three...
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  • Larry's dog Ginny is down to three legs, and he and Laura discuss the issues to think about when bringing home a disabled pet.
  • Pub Date: Oct 30, 2013 - 10:10 am
  • Why Should I Be a Mentor?
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  • Laura and Larry discuss Larry's first experience with being a mentor and why mentoring benefits not only the intern but also the mentor.
  • Pub Date: Aug 20, 2013 - 9:00 am
  • Living Small
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  • How much space is too much space? Can we live in less? Laura and Larry discuss the need for living larger and one contractor's quest to make smaller functional.
  • Pub Date: Jul 30, 2013 - 8:15 pm
  • It's Listener Mail!
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  • Laura and Larry share a recent e-mail conversation with listeners from Portland about using an architect versus using a designer.
  • Pub Date: Jul 09, 2013 - 10:00 pm
  • How Do You See It?
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  • How do your clients understand your design? Laura and Larry discuss different options for communicating ideas to clients, from paper cut-outs to 3D imagery.
  • Pub Date: May 03, 2013 - 11:00 pm
  • To The Rescue!
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  • Laura and Larry share their experiences rescuing clients and their projects - about being the second phone call the client makes - after they're already involved with a contractor.
  • Pub Date: Mar 31, 2013 - 10:00 pm
  • Can I Be My Own General Contractor?
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  • Laura and Larry share an e-mail from a potential client about being their own general contractor and discuss what to consider when asking yourself that question. Do I know enough to shepherd a project through from start to finish?
  • Pub Date: Feb 25, 2013 - 11:00 pm
  • A Little Like Buying an Old Car
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  • Laura and Larry share ideas about where to look under the hood when buying an older home.
  • Pub Date: Jan 29, 2013 - 11:00 pm
  • What We Learned on Winter Vacation
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  • It's been five years(!) in business. Laura and Larry share some of the important lessons they've learned over the last five years. And also talk a little about winter break!
  • Pub Date: Jan 27, 2013 - 10:00 pm
  • Better Late Than Never
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  • It's only the end of January, and we finally have the December podcast ready! Join Laura and Larry as they anticipate 2013 and lament about traveling for the holidays.
  • Pub Date: Nov 26, 2012 - 11:15 pm
  • My Degree is Worth What?
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  • Larry finally gets to vent about the latest study on why you shouldn't get an architecture degree.
  • Pub Date: Oct 03, 2012 - 8:45 am
  • From Greece to Atlanta
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  • What does it take to practice architecture in the US? Larry and Laura answer a listener's question about practicing in the US as a foreign architect as well as recap their recent visit to Atlanta.
  • Pub Date: Sep 05, 2012 - 11:15 pm
  • From Brady Bunch to Modern
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  • Do you live in a 70's house but have a more contemporary bent? Laura and Larry talk about simple ideas and a few complex options for providing your home with a more modern aesthetic.
  • Pub Date: Jul 31, 2012 - 10:50 am
  • Who's your...Architect?!?!
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  • Who's your favorite architect? Laura and Larry get down to figuring out just who their favorite really is (not counting themselves).
  • Pub Date: Jun 26, 2012 - 10:30 pm
  • Houses and Baseball Size Hail - A Bad Combination
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  • Are you ready for baseball size hail? Laura and Larry talk about the recent hail storm in Dallas and how to prepare yourself for what comes after as well as steps you can take to ready yourself next time.
  • Pub Date: Apr 24, 2012 - 11:31 pm
  • Work It! Own It! Sell It!
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  • Whether you're an intern, a vendor, or a client, Larry and Laura offer tips to selling yourself, your product, or your project to architects.
  • Pub Date: Apr 22, 2012 - 10:43 pm
  • The Bridge Dallas Built
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  • A new bridge opens in Dallas, but is it art? Larry and Laura talk about the new Calatrava-designed bridge and Dallas' need for brand-name architecture.
  • Pub Date: Feb 08, 2012 - 11:13 pm
  • Where Did January Go?
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  • It's February 2012 and the first podcast of the year. What happened to January? Laura & Larry talk about anniversaries, their new vocabulary, and what they've learned so far this year.
  • Pub Date: Dec 28, 2011 - 3:45 am
  • What Are You Doing for 2012?
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  • January is just around the corner. Have you started planning for 2012? Laura and Larry talk about strategic planning and Christmas shopping in the last podcast for 2011.
  • Pub Date: Nov 16, 2011 - 4:00 pm
  • What We Learned on Our "Summer Vacation"
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  • Okay. So not quite summer. Laura and Larry share what they've learned from recent presentations at Texas Society of Architects and Virginia Society AIA.
  • Pub Date: Oct 16, 2011 - 6:23 pm
  • Interview with an Intern Pt. 2
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  • It's part two of Laura and Larry's discussion with student intern Chris.
  • Pub Date: Oct 16, 2011 - 6:16 pm
  • Interview with an Intern Pt. 1
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  • Laura and Larry grill their student intern Chris about his experience working in an architecture firm, his expectations, and his future.
  • Pub Date: Aug 29, 2011 - 5:55 pm
  • Keeping Your Head Out of the Sand
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  • There's too much to do!! Laura and Larry talk about keeping your head up while balancing work, marketing, and home life.
  • Pub Date: Jul 26, 2011 - 10:06 pm
  • Simple Summer To-Do List
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  • Summer's flying by, and Larry and Laura suggest 10 simple tasks for homeowners.
  • Pub Date: Jun 28, 2011 - 12:34 am
  • It's All About the Interns
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  • It's June, and as Larry and Laura prep to speak at the Texas Society of Architects convention in October, they share some tips for both interns and the architects who hire them.
  • Pub Date: May 30, 2011 - 3:00 pm
  • AIA 2011 Convention Recap
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  • Larry talks about who and what impressed him at his first AIA National Convention.
  • Pub Date: Apr 23, 2011 - 12:46 pm
  • Architects & Architecture in Movies
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  • Laura and Larry skip their scheduled podcast topic to recap Larry's trip to Atlanta and discuss how architect's are portrayed and how architecture impacts movies.
  • Pub Date: Mar 18, 2011 - 9:12 am
  • Aging in Place and Universal Design: Why is this important now?
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  • We're all getting older and living longer. Laura and Larry talk about the importance of aging in place and universal design.
  • Pub Date: Jan 26, 2011 - 6:10 pm
  • Finding a Contractor
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  • The pros and cons in finding a good contractor.
  • Pub Date: Dec 28, 2010 - 7:08 pm
  • The First Interview
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  • What to ask the architect at your first meeting.
  • Pub Date: Nov 23, 2010 - 4:09 am
  • Just in Time for the Holidays
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  • Laura and Larry talk about getting your house fluffed and your presents bought.
  • Pub Date: Sep 24, 2010 - 2:20 am
  • Gays and Architecture
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  • It's Gay Pride in Dallas. Is Larry the only gay architect in Dallas?
  • Pub Date: Aug 24, 2010 - 3:31 am
  • Back to School Special
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  • Tips for surviving architecture school.
  • Pub Date: Jul 20, 2010 - 3:01 am
  • Those Summertime Energy Blues
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  • Options for cooling off your electric bill.
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