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Episode #35 – Building The Life We Live With Mitch

We’re onto Episode #35 and we’re chatting with the architectural wonder that is Mitchell Hattersley about building the life we live! One of Tom’s mates from schooling years in the UK, Mitch has made a name for himself in the architectural world, and now lives in LA specializing in the fanciest of buildings.  


Key Message: There is a lot to be optimistic about, we just have to fight for it.  


What we talk about in this episode:

  • Why study architecture
  • Creating feeling with building design
  • Pros and cons of working as an architect
  • What the creative process looks like
  • Sustainability in modern architecture
  • 3D printing a shipping container-sized house
  • Morality of design work
  • US vs UK: differences, similarities
  • Why moving to LA made sense
  • How the educational system and career counsellors created misrepresentation
  • All things politics
  • Optimism for the future

Who is Mitch?

Mitch is an Architectural Designer who specialises in high-end, custom homes & retail stores. He is currently based in the sunny city of Los Angeles, California. 


You can follow Mitch’s work at the below links:





Mitch’s Quotes:

  • Ted Mosby. I wish I could have his architecture job where you spend half your day in the pub, and single-handedly design a skyscraper. 
  • I’m considered a little strange in an architectural office. I struggle to be creative unless my desk is neat and tidy, and I know that a lot of other people in creative industries have really messy desks and they’re most creative when they have stuff everywhere. 
  • At the end of the day, it comes down to the client. A lot of sustainable options, you have to compromise in some way, and usually that with cost. At the end of the day, the client is the one with the money and so they get the final say. 
  • They wanted to look at how much could actually be printed. Most of the research went into looking into things like how do you 3D print a door hinge, how do you 3D print a mattress, how do you 3D print a spring for a chair, how do you 3D print plumbing in the walls. 
  • I don’t think university prepares you for a career in architecture. It gives you a good background of how to design, but I think a lot of students are really surprised because they go from 100% of their time is design to a lot of administrative tasks. 
  • I think we’re forced to decide what we want to be at such an early age in the UK compared to other countries, and it doesn’t help when you have a counselor give you the complete wrong advice. 
  • I think as inequality grows, as things start to happen and people realize like okay maybe I should vote, people will eventually fight back and seek for some justice and equality. It’s a long road, but I think we’re getting there. 

Mitch’s Guilty Pleasure Recommendations

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