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The Top 12 Architecture Channels on Youtube

There’s so much to learn about architecture, yet so little time.

The smart architect knows to have a variety of sources for their architectural knowledge, and that’s why we’ve put together a shortlist of our Top 12 Architecture Channels on Youtube, and picked some of their best videos for you to see. Read more to find out the best architecture videos, from sketching and rendering tutorials to architecture documentaries.


If you are interested in urban planning and the development of housing in major cities, this one’s for you. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) looks for innovative design and construction strategies and organizes conferences, as well as monthly interviews with leading architects – most recently, Bjarke Ingels!

2. Chicago Architecture Foundation

The Chicago Architecture Foundation shares short stories on Chicago’s most iconic buildings. With historical photographs and research material as well as interesting commentaries, the foundation puts the great history of Chicago’s architecture at your fingertips.

3. donot settle

Like travelling with your architecture-geek friends? In #donotsettle, two young graduates from TU Delftexperiment with architectural vlogging, showing you around cities, exploring their urban environment, and visiting newly built projects. A fun and refreshing break.

4. Harvard GSD

Harvard GSD is well-known for its prestigious guest lecturers, including Zaha Hadid, Herzog & DeMeuron, and Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. And you can see them online. Here is a sneak peak at Toyo Ito’s recent lecture “Tomorrow’s Architecture.”

5. Architecture is a Good Idea

Presented by Polish architecture historian Radosław Gajda, this videoblog looks at the iconography of buildings and the way contemporary architecture can reinterpret architectural traditions. Don’t miss his video on the Mies van der Rohe Award-winning Szczecin Philharmonic Hall.

6. TheModmin

If you want to improve your sketching skills, check out TheModmin’s tutorials, and learn about perspective, lineweight, shadows, people, trees and ink texturing among others.

7. Arbuckle Industries

Arbuckle Industries is a mixed-media video production company run by Ian Harris and David Krantz. Their first documentary, Archiculture (2013), received its worldwide premiere on ArchDaily and takes a critical look at the architectural studio. Through a collection of interviews conducted for the documentary and other initiatives since, Arbuckle’s videos feature the likes of Pritzker Prize winners Thom Mayne, Zaha Hadid, Richard Meier and Shigeru Ban, alongside many others.

8. Photoshop. Architect

If you wish to master renderings, look no further. This channel can teach you how to realistically portray grass, water reflections, and night scenes. Photoshop will have no more secrets for you.

9. Autodesk

The software company offers the most complete tutorials on its programs (AutoCAD, 3ds Max, Revit, Maya).

10. Nick Senske

Nick Senske shares tutorials from his courses at Iowa State University, covering a wide range of IT skills. It includes the use of smart layout on InDesign, Rhino, Maxwell texture mapping, and Photoshop Digital Renderings. His series of lectures on Collage Sections and Elevations are particularly worth seeing.

11. How to Architect

How to Architect is all about facts. Each video covers 7 subjects about construction elements, architectural history, and iconic buildings: a didactic and straightforward way to learn (again).

12. ArchDaily

Last but not least, don’t forget ArchDaily’s own Youtube channel! Here you will find interviews with our favorite architects and coverage of major architectural events, such as this year’s Moscow Urban Forum and Venice Architecture Biennale.

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