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ARCHITECT

The Architect Podcast Network is a production of ARCHITECT, the journal of the American Institute of Architects. Here, we talk with the innovators working at the cutting edge of design, technology, and practice in architecture.

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Curtis and Jonathan Moody on Being Leaders, African Americans, and Family Members in Architecture

Listen to the father–son duo and respective past and current CEOs of Moody Nolan reflect on their road to success in a profession with disproportionately few people of color.

26mins

28 May 2020

Rank #1

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Frank Gehry on Practice and the Profession

We sat down with Frank Gehry, FAIA, while he was in Washington, D.C., to receive the 2016 Leonore and Walter Annenberg Award for Diplomacy Through the Arts. In addition to his architectural practice, the Los Angeles–based architect leads the design-tech solutions firm Gehry Technologies, and he was recently the subject of a biography by Pulitzer-Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger, Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry (Knopf, 2015). We talked with Gehry about his career, his impressions of the industry, and his advice for emerging practitioners.

6mins

18 May 2016

Rank #2

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Studio Gang's FDNY Rescue Company 2 Rethinks the Modern Firehouse

Jeanne Gang discusses her firm's recently completed project in Brooklyn, N.Y., and examines how creating supportive space for first responders can serve the community as a whole.

21mins

20 May 2020

Rank #3

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Joint Structures: A New Typology for a Networked Society

In this podcast episode, Nash Hurley, principal of San Francisco–based architecture studio Vital, references colonial villages, Burning Man, and hovercrafts in discussing the past and future of cities, work, transit, and community, and offers a first glimpse at the firm's Joint Structures research.

22mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #4

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Addressing Our Own Bias to Design Better

As a female person of color, a Puerto Rican, and a member of the LGBTQ community, Yiselle Santos Rivera, Assoc. AIA, has beaten the odds. In this episode, Santos Rivera shares how she is reaching out to individuals and communities not already embedded in the equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI)conversation; her efforts at HKS, a firm with more than 1,400 design professionals worldwide; and where designers can find support if their local community is not currently thinking about EDI.

25mins

26 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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The Need for Architecture That Enables, Not Disables

In this podcast episode, Karen Braitmayer, FAIA, describes the roadblocks often faced by people with disabilities interested in architecture. At some point in life, she adds, many people will be affected by a disability, whether it be themselves or someone they know, such as their parents, partners, or colleagues.

20mins

25 Oct 2019

Rank #6

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Art Gensler on Business Management

We talked with the founder of global design firm Gensler about the one skill that many architects lack: The ability to run a business. Art Gensler, FAIA, was 30 years old when he and a small team formally opened up shop as M. Arthur Gensler Jr. and Associates, Inc., on Jan. 1, 1966. Since then, the firm has grown to more than 5,000 employees across 46 offices globally. Gensler discusses how he learned business as an architect and shares some advice for emerging practitioners looking to strike out on their own.

14mins

8 Jun 2016

Rank #7

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Practicing Architecture to Make a Difference

In this podcast episode, Van Buren shares why she left her steady work at a successful firm to pursue her own ambition, what it takes to realize a restorative justice space in a community of doubters, and her belief that architects and designers can drive meaningful, substantial changes in society. In her op-ed "We Must Plan for a Decarceration Nation," in the May 2019 issue of ARCHITECT, Van Buren writes, "[Architects] have a unique way of thinking that helps us manifest complex ideas, concepts, and philosophies into real space and time—all skills that are desperately needed at the edge of social change. Together, we can steward and even lead a successful effort to decarcerate our nation and build equitable and just communities."

23mins

29 Aug 2019

Rank #8

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What Is a Smart City? Listen to Three Experts Debate

In this podcast episode, ARCHITECT speaks with three experts with firsthand knowledge, insights, and opinions about the lure of smart cities: Paul Doherty, an architect and the chairman and CEO of the international company The Digit Group (TDG); Debra Lam, managing director of the Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation initiative at Georgia Tech, founder of the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge, and the former chief of innovation and performance for the city of Pittsburgh; and Anthony Townsend, founder of New York–based Bits and Atoms and author of Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for a New Utopia (W.W. Norton & Co., 2013).

25mins

14 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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MIT's Skylar Tibbits on the Importance of Failure

Skylar Tibbits knows his way around the fourth dimension—time, that is. In 2013, Tibbits, the head of MIT's Self-Assembly Lab, coined the term "4D printing" to describe a key area of his research in programmable material technologies, wherein materials are imbued with characteristics that allow them to change shape over time. A trained architect, Tibbits has previously worked for Zaha Hadid Architects, Asymptote Architecture, and Point B Design. Today, he co-directs the Self-Assembly Lab, runs his own design and research firm, SJET, and is a research scientist in MIT's Department of Architecture, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate studios. We chatted with Tibbits about the future of the architecture and design profession, and how failure should be viewed as invaluable, and even welcomed, in the pursuit of innovation.

15mins

10 Aug 2016

Rank #10

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Timber On the Rise, Part 1 - Dowel-Laminated Timber

Lucas Epp of StructureCraft Builders describes the science behind one of the newest mass timber products on the market, and how it could help change the face of timber construction.

11mins

14 Jun 2017

Rank #11

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The Importance of Collective Form for the Open Workshop

In this podcast episode, Bhatia discusses the importance of collective form, a topic he also explores in his recently published monograph, his dream project, and advice on collaborating with other designers.

9mins

11 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Timber on the Rise, Part 8 - So You Want to Build with Wood

Opsis Architects' Alec Holser and the University of Idaho's Michael Perry discuss how they are turning the vision for an iconic mass-timber arena from renderings into reality.

12mins

29 Jun 2018

Rank #13

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Timber on the Rise, Part 7 - Katerra Tackles the Inefficiencies of the Building Industry

Led by tech entrepreneurs, the 2000-person (and counting) pre-fabrication and construction company is investing heavily in R&D and mass timber, says Katerra Architecture president Craig Curtis.

12mins

29 May 2018

Rank #14

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Pierluigi Serraino on Creativity in Architecture

In a study lost to the annals of architectural history, 40 of the 20th-century's most prominent architects were invited over the course of a few weekends in the late 1950s to the University of California, Berkeley, where they were evaluated for their presumed creative genius. The researchers, from the school's Institute of Personality Assessment and Research (IPAR), wanted to know how factors in a person's life and environment shaped their creative aptitude. Particularly intrigued by architects for their mix of design and business savvy, the researchers attempted to get inside the minds of Eero Saarinen, Louis Kahn, Philip Johnson, I.M. Pei, FAIA, and others. The study received significant media attention at the time it was undertaken, but little on it was ever published, and what it determined about creativity in general and in architecture specifically was unearthed only recently.In his book, "The Creative Architect: Inside the Great Midcentury Personality Study" (The Monacelli Press, 2016), Pierluigi Serraino, AIA, revisits the study and its implications. We talked with the Alameda, Calif.–based architect and author about what he learned during his research, and whether a similar attempt at understanding the minds of the world's leading architects could be executed today.

18mins

29 Jul 2016

Rank #15

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Next Progressives: Future Firm

Recent Next Progressives Ann Lui, AIA, and Craig Reschke, AIA, of Chicago-based Future Firm discuss their approach to design and when they'll know they've made it.

11mins

2 Apr 2019

Rank #16

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What is Progressive Architecture?

In this podcast episode, the jury of the 66th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards—which included Paul Andersen, AIA, of Denver-based Independent Architecture; J. Frano Violich, FAIA, of Boston-based Kennedy & Violich Architecture; and Claire Weisz, FAIA, of New York's WXY Architecture + Urban Design—discusses how they each define progressive architecture, how it manifests itself in the industry, and how it has evolved over time.

24mins

18 Mar 2019

Rank #17

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Charlie Klecha on Acing the Architect Registration Exam

Charlie Klecha is a senior designer at Dpop! Design, in Detroit. Before that, he was the American Institute of Architecture Students 2014–2015 president. During his tenure there, Klecha took all seven sections of the Architect Registration Exam in a week. He passed, and we talked with him about what we learned from the experience and how established architects and firms can support emerging practitioners before, during, and after they take the test.

17mins

20 Apr 2016

Rank #18

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Taller Ken on Managing Its 'Nomadic' Practice

In this podcast episode, Inés Guzmán and Gregory Melitonov discuss how they manage projects across borders and their firm's annual design build initiative, Fundamental, which brings together volunteer designers from around the world for three months to conceptualize and build an architectural intervention in a public space.

15mins

31 Oct 2019

Rank #19

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Timber on the Rise, Part 6 - How to Design Commercially Viable Mass Timber Buildings

After serving as architect-of-record on the largest wood structure constructed in modern U.S. history, DLR Group principal Stephen Cavanaugh and his team have been tapped to continue that model in other cities.

9mins

27 Apr 2018

Rank #20