Whether you’re just starting school or you’ve been practicing for years, we found eight podcasts guaranteed to leave you feeling inspired (and a little less cranky from your morning commute). Once you’ve decided you want to listen to a radio show streamed from your smart phone, it can take some time to choose the best one. Since we have our favorites on design and architecture bookmarked, we thought we would help simplify your search. In no particular order, here are the best audio shows for architects and design buffs.

Design Matters with Debbie Millman

The one and only design expert Debbie Millman hosts the podcast, Design Matters. The show has been in production for over ten years giving viewers over 200 podcasts to choose from. Each show gives insight into the lives of editors, creators, creative directors, designers and writers. Millman exudes an easy demeanor leading her guests into thoughtful conversation that produces insights into the design field from an industry insider’s perspective.

DnA Design and Architecture

From KCRW in Los Angeles, Frances Anderton hosts a fascinating look at the latest design and architecture news in the City of Angels (and occasionally beyond), featuring interviews with the people shaping the city’s future. There’s also a bit of Hollywood insight, with items on set and costume design, and contributions from an array of design journalists.


Architects Evan Troxel, Cormac Phalen, and Neal Pann have a fun and approachable podcast that pulls back the curtain on what it is really like to work in the field of architecture. Tune in to what feels like a casual conversation among industry friends. The topics are widely varied and cover different design aspects, engineering, winning new work and working with clients. The trio has been described as, “The new voice of reality for the profession.”

99% Invisible

Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we’ve just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. From award winning producer Roman Mars.

The Business of Architecture

Enoch Sears, host of The Business of Architecture, brings together the best of business and architecture. The series offers insight and inspiration into what is possible in the profession. This podcast gives an edge in the field for it’s informative discussions on business development, the “architecture” mindset, and even video marketing for architects.

AIA Podnet

The American Institute of Architecture produces their own podcast known as AIA Podnet. This is a great resource to tap into the issues affecting architecture from around the world. Whether you are an industry veteran or newcomer, the show’s topics on history, sustainability and career insights are designed to enlighten and inform. With nearly 300 episodes to choose from, there is something for everyone.

Vertical City

Vertical City is building a foundation for a sustainable urban future. They interview the world’s top architects, urban designers, engineers, microbiologists, transportation and sustainability experts to discuss different technologies and ideologies in support of further developing the concept of a Vertical City as a potential solution to many of our world’s greatest problems.

The Architecture Happy Hour

HPD Architecture principals Laura and Larry share tips and topics on architecture, from how to choose the right architect to what interns can do to be successful as they begin their careers.

Any podcasts we forgot? Let us hear about them.

Thanks for reading!

BLOGOndrej Chudy