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"One must take risks regardless of the prospect of failing" says Jeff Larrota


Jeff Larrota, Project Coordinator from VLK Architects, shares 3 books that have impacted his life in architecture.
"One must take risks regardless of the prospect of failing" says Jeff Larrota

by GoArchitect Staff

A week ago


Each week GoArchitect interviews one person about the books that have impacted their life in architecture. They may be from childhood or just yesterday, what's important is that they helped define their personal or professional life. Want to be considered for an interview? Please fill this out.


Jeff Larrota

Project Coordinator for VLK Architects in Fort Worth, TX.

Jeff's experience includes retail, commercial, corporate office, hospitality, and industrial project types for companies such as AutoNation, GM Financial, Marriott, and Southwest Airlines. His current role includes coordinating smaller commercial projects from every phase of project development, from conceptual schematic design through construction administration. He particularly enjoys working closely with clients on the front end of the design process and strives to maintain the essence of the initial scheme throughout the construction development process (yes, including value engineering).

What 3 books have impacted your life in architecture and why?

The Compound Effect

Darren Hardy, 2010 

I actually read this book as a challenge from one of my peers and boy was I glad I accepted. The Compound Effect has been essential in helping me incorporate simple, achievable, and essential habits into my daily routine. Architecture can occasionally be daunting. Working with building codes, client demands and the constant pursuit towards creating beautiful spaces are all factors that can only improve with the persistent practice of good habits. Currently, this book is providing an essential set of practices that I have been using daily in my studies towards my next goal in life; The Architecture Registration Exams. As intimidating as life's challenges and goals might seem at first, using the momentum of seemingly insignificant habits will make an immense difference as they compound to produce game changing improvements in all facets of life.

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Seth Godin, 2010

In the fluctuating industry that is Architecture, it has become absolutely essential to become indispensable. In order to achieve this in life, one must take risks regardless of the prospect of failing. All of us have been conditioned to follow certain rules in order to safely avoid failure. The distinction lies in the fact that a linchpin, while afraid, deliberately makes a conscious choice to act in spite of these fears. There are always actions one can perform on a daily basis that can effectively feature skills that determine whether or not you are a linchpin. Being able to incorporate these into my daily routine has consistently proven to reap life lessons and success.

The Language of Architecture: 26 Principles Every Architect Should Know

Andrea Simitch & Val Warke, 2014

Understanding the importance of architectural language is an aspect of design that is frequently overlooked. The manner in which the authors illustrate the basic principles of design by expanding upon the major building blocks that form the composition of a project has proven to be a major resource for me during the inception and development of a project. When design is considered in the same light as a language, these 26 principles are analogous to the 26 letters in the alphabet. Furthermore, they should be approached with the same habitual pattern and consistency. Making these principles a fundamental component of my personal design process has bolstered my understanding of the melodious language that is Architecture.


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