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"Of all the subtle creative tools available to the architectural designer, listening may be the most difficult to portray. In this book, Levitt provides a unique window into this practice. Using autobiographical narrative, experiential examples, his integrated role as an architect and therapist, and his simple humanity, Levitt helps us understand the nature of listening in the creative design process. This he does with a magisterial progress through the body, mind, and hearts of his students."

- William Woodworth 

"Andrew Levitt’s unusual background as a teacher of architecture and a psychotherapist has inspired him to write a book describing many practices which I did not realize were part of my own creative process.  The act of drawing as a way of communication, meditation as a way of opening oneself to a higher power, “listening to feedback from your head, heart and gut”, openness to collaboration and overcoming ego, as well as the demands of others in order to be true to yourself – these are all important lessons to learn. Not just for designers and architects, but for everyone in all walks of life."

- Mira Nakashima 

“Listening to Design offers a rare insight into the psychology of the design process, particularly the special relationship that exists between tutor and student. Levitt is a wonderful storyteller whose tales will be relevant to those in all fields of design, as well as the general reader interested in creativity. Through his immersion in the way of design thinking, Levitt gives us an eloquent and sympathetic portrait of the design community—its poignancy, frustrations, and pleasures.”

- Gregory Votolato

“The Inner Studio is a radical, deeply grounding, work of the imagination….a summons to greater consciousness regarding the construction and design of daily life.”

– James Hollis.

“You need not read more than the first two pages of this book to realize that you are reading a truth that well may save our culture from the rapid depersonalization that our ever-expanding built world has created.”

– Dr. Paula M. Reeves.


“In his unique and truly original text, Andrew Levitt draws from a deep understanding of psychology and architecture to produce a ‘manual’ for designers to foster these inveterate connections.”

– Dr. Alberto Perez-Gomez.

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