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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. Learn more at 99percentinvisible.org.
 
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Archispeak

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Archispeak

Evan Troxel, Neal Pann, Cormac Phalen

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What’s it really like to work in architecture? The hosts of Archispeak know, and they’re here to share real-life experiences. Since 2012 architects Evan Troxel and Cormac Phalen have been podcasting their brand of real talk on everything from design, tools, and work/life balance to generational differences, mentoring, job hunting, and more. Probing questions, revelatory interviews, and unique insights have grown their audience and become a weekly ritual for students and seasoned professional ...
 
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GSAPP Conversations

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GSAPP Conversations

Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

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GSAPP Conversations offer a window onto the expanding field of contemporary architectural practice through discussions on the current projects, research, and obsessions of a diverse group of invited guests from emerging and well-established practices. Hosted by Columbia GSAPP’s Dean Amale Andraos, the conversations also feature the School’s influential faculty and alumni, and give students the opportunity to engage architects on issues of concern to the next generation.
 
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We discuss the different types of architectural degrees offered and why one might pick one type over another (To B.Arch or not to B.Arch? That is the question.) based on an #askarchispeak question from a listener, and Cormac toured the Exchange Tower that’s currently under construction in Detroit. It’s being built… differently. Links With Exchange,…
 
Today I will be speaking with Harshad Pillai who is the Director of Fogarty Finger, an architecture firm committed to redefining the urban built environment through projects that are as evocative as they are pragmatic. Harshad is currently overseeing the development of over 3 million square-feet of projects across various sectors of New York. Astor…
 
In this episode, we discuss Deborah Berke FAIA’s presentation and James Wines’ interview from the 2022 Monterey Design Conference which recently happened at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in California. We get into the adaptive reuse typology as well as environmental art and architecture. Links Monterey Design Conference (MDC) 2022 website Asiloma…
 
This week I have the pleasure to be speaking with Jesse Tarr who is the founder and president of CityPermits. City Permits was established in 2009 as a small company consisting of 2-3 employees and has since grown exponentially over the past decade. Their mission is to provide professional, efficient and thorough permit expediting services for resi…
 
When people ask me what my favorite episode of 99% Invisible is, I have a hard time answering. Not because they’re all my precious little babies or some such nonsense, but mostly it’s because I just can’t remember them all and there’s no simple criteria to judge them against each other. But the show is definitely in contention for the best episode …
 
Cormac talks about his recent attendance of a lecture about architectural ornamentation from yesteryear in Detroit while Evan is speaking at the inaugural EntreArchitect Annual Meeting in Austin. Links Wirt C. Rowland (Wikipedia) Corrado Parducci (Wikipedia) Albert Kahn The Life of Albert Kahn Albert Kahn (History of Detroit) Guardian Building (His…
 
This week I am speaking with Rhode Partners recent equity partners Director Bobby Tait, and Director of Operations, Kate Meehan. Rhode Partners was Founded by Director Brett Rhode in 2007 and since then they have become a leading Austin firm specializing in master planning, architecture, and interior design, civic, multi-family residential, hotel, …
 
Funiculars are great, which is why the main image from our previous train episode featured one -- except we didn't actually talk about that one during the show. It's a cable car from Wellington, and as it turns out it's one of hundreds of funiculars in this city. Roman and Kurt are back with another series of railroad tales. All aboard! Train Set: …
 
Participate in the largest-ever survey on what small architecture practices are charging? Visit: https://www.businessofarchitecture.com/feesurvey Hello and welcome to the Business of Architecture. This week I am speaking with Hugh Glazer who is a CPA for 30+ years and delivers CFO and Business Operations Services to Private Companies and Not for Pr…
 
Articles of Interest is a show about what we wear. Host and producer Avery Trufelman investigates our collectively held beliefs about fashion and explores topics like the intellectual property law behind knockoffs, creation of tartan and the history of plaid, and how a dolls in a rural museum in Washington state saved French haute couture. This new…
 
This episode is about communication in our profession. Are you elevating or dumbing down the conversation? Is anybody listening? We also talk about wasting time in “valuable” “meetings”, how when the size of teams grows the lines of communication and complexity grows at a larger rate (Brooks’s Law), and more. Links Brooks’s Law (Wikipedia)…
 
This week I am speaking with Hiroshi Okamoto who is one of the co-founder of OLI Architecture. Hiroshi Okamoto is a member of the AIA and has had an exciting architectural career path working at practices such the Ushida Findlay Partnership in Japan, and with the Joint Venture of Nikken Sekkei, Tohata Gumi and RTKL International, on Tokyo infrastru…
 
The basic mechanics of the bike are pretty simple --- it’s basically a triangle with wheels and a chain drive to propel it forward. No batteries or engines. It seems obvious in hindsight .... And that’s why most people guess the bike was invented a long time ago. Yet the ‘running machine,' a kind of early proto-bike, debuted around 1817. For much m…
 
It’s a “rantiversary”! We have some fresh follow-up on a 2-year-old episode about a Twitter thread on why one individual was sounding the alarms and contemplating leaving the industry — who then did leave — and hasn’t looked back. The conversation then ties into additional follow-up from a more recent topic about accountability for predatory and to…
 
Today we speak with Jason Boyer, an architect developer and founder of Boyer Vertical, a firm that specializes in developing sustainably minded, architecturally significant projects in the Phoenix Metro area. His first development project was the award-winning artHAUS condominiums in Midtown Phoenix, and Boyer is currently working on KARMA, a moder…
 
Brian founded New York City-based architectural firm Messana O'Rorke with Toby O'Rorke in 1996. He has since developed an extraordinary portfolio of work in residential, commercial, retail and conceptual projects. The firm is anticipating their first monograph, Messana O'Rorke: Building Blocks, with text by Mayer Rus and a foreword by Thomas Phifer…
 
This week I’m speaking with Jenna Knudsen, the managing principal of CO Architects based in Los Angeles. Whilst working at CO Architects she has led award-winning, large-scale academic, laboratory and healthcare projects on university and healthcare campuses across the country. Since 1998 apart from a with a brief stint at Rafael Viñoly Architects,…
 
Jamaica is famous around the world for its music, including genres like ska, dub, and reggae. It’s tempting to think that the powerful amplifiers and giant speakers at the dance parties were designed to perfectly capture Jamaica’s indigenous sounds. But it’s actually the other way around. Those speakers and amps came first. And the electricians, me…
 
We discuss a recent rant by Thomas Heatherwick about boring architecture, emotional responses to the built environment, the fabric of the city, what community is, cool scars, and more. Links Add your name to the list at Tect "We're living through an epidemic of boringness" says Thomas Heatherwick Listen and Subscribe to Archispeak…
 
Walter Marin was born in Latin America but raised in the heart of New York. The son of an immigrant cabinetmaker, he was raised with an appreciation for craftsmanship that led to his life-long love of the built environment. He completed a BS/BA in Architecture in 1982 and worked with well-known architectural design firms including the Howard Golden…
 
Today you’ll also hear from Patrick MacLeamy, the former CEO of HOK. During his 50-year tenure at HOK, MacLeamy witnessed the firm’s growth from a single midwestern office to 27 locations across the globe offering architecture, interiors, engineering, planning and more. MacLeamy joined HOK St. Louis in 1967, after which he helped establish the firm…
 
On this special feature episode, President Bill Clinton interviews 99% Invisible host and creator Roman Mars. Roman Mars has spent his career chronicling these bits of human ingenuity that we so often take for granted—things like the utility codes, the curb cuts, the traffic signals, and much more. As host of the 99% Invisible and, with Kurt Kohlst…
 
Herbert M. Cannon is one of the nation's leading experts in the management of A/E firms. He is a former longtime consultant to Robert A. M. Stern Architects where he helped the firm grow from 150 employees and 8 partners to 350 employees and 16 partners. He founded AEC Management Solutions in 2000 with the simple goal of helping A/E firms of all si…
 
Topic Following our ‘quiet quitting’ episode we now discuss ‘quiet firing’, the objectification of roles in the profession and the unsustainable nature of this approach by incumbents for the future of the labor force, additional thoughts on other recent episodes and how they tie into this discussion and topic, workaholism, MidJourney AI image creat…
 
Adam Rogers has been thinking and writing about what’s known in the industry simply as "search." For the last decade, people have been grumbling about not being able to find things online, both in our private data and on the public web, despite ever-evolving algorithms. Ever since humans started writing stuff down, the struggle has been in how to o…
 
Karen Compton is Principal of A3K Consulting, a consortium of business management consultants specializing in the AEC environment. In this capacity, Ms. Compton oversees a team of professionals focused on the development of transformative business strategies and solutions that reflect an organization’s long- and short-term goals. Ms. Compton has mo…
 
In downtown Windhoek, Namibia -- at the intersection of Fidel Castro Street and Robert Mugabe Avenue -- there's an imposing gold building with an affectionate nickname: the Coffee Maker. This notable structure was built to commemorate Namibia’s fight for independence from apartheid South Africa, which it achieved in 1990. And for many of the visito…
 
Today's episode is a replay from our Business of Architecture UK podcast. It was so great, we wanted to share it here as well. Acrylicize, a multidisciplinary design studio in Hackney, has cornered a niche market which occupies a number of different territories, from fine art and interior design, to architecture. They are masterful at creating bran…
 
Kenneth Lewis is a Managing Partner in SOM's New York studio office. Kenneth knows New York's development world like the back of his hand, having managed some of the most complex building projects in the city's recent history. In his 35 plus years in building in New York City and beyond. Ken's work includes One World Trade Center, the tallest build…
 
As we’ve researched and worked with firm after firm, a common thread stands out from those firms who have more success than others - the caliber and experience of people working at the firm. This is why the People Playbook is one of the four pillars of the SMART Practice Method. On today’s episode you’ll hear from Lance Cayko, co-founder of F9 Prod…
 
In the final week of the most recent term, the Supreme Court decided to limit one constitutional right (abortion) and expand another constitutional right (guns). But there were other cases decided that week, which were also important and marked this as one of the most historically significant terms in over 100 years. So what happened in those other…
 
What is the key to having a successful architecture practice? There are many ways to answer this question, and everyone defines success differently. What does success mean to you? Consider this question for a moment. What does success mean to you? I’ll guess that your definition of success isn’t being financially stretched, burned out or unfulfille…
 
Drew Lang, founding principal of LANG Studio in New York, shares the challenges of being an architect developer and how many of those challenges were solved with a unique approach to the award-winning development in the Catskills, Hudson Woods. Drew is an active advocate for positive collaboration in community and getting more readily to a place of…
 
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