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One Lost Dragon. Seven HOT Suspects. Can you solve the mystery? The Last Dragon is a jade dragon from the Ming Dynasty. According to legend it holds the secret to the rise of China. The dragon disappeared mysteriously during a maximum security exhibition in San Francisco. Police rounded up seven HOT suspects but found nothing. The missing dragon set off a global race to seize its power. You are a special agent of BCC, a super secret detective agency. Your mission is to solve the mystery and ...
 
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This week, I'm speaking to Mike Grosswendt who is the CEO and Founder of All Coast Construction, a construction company based on the west coast of the US. Mike focuses his attention onto new construction and restorations. He's worked with many world-renowned architects. He's worked with an incredible array of A-list celebrities as well including Qu…
 
This week, I'm speaking with Mark Weaver and Darrell Wilson of Mark Weaver Associates. Mark Weaver Associates is a full-service design firm based in Los Angeles that was founded in 1970. Since then, they have built an impressive portfolio of work with residential installations, they worked on private aircraft, yachts, and even private island retrea…
 
This week, I am talking to Los Angeles-based interior designer, Ryan Saghian, who is emerging as one of the most formidable talents, inspiring many young people that they too can follow their dreams. Ryan is only 28, and even before hitting his 30th birthday, he's overcome many challenges to find international acclaim, become a social media darling…
 
This week, I'm talking to Paul of Form4 Architecture. Paul founded Form4 alongside Robert J. Giannini In 1998, Robert Giannini was the CEO when the company began, and for more than 21 years, Giannini guided the firm with the co-founders Ferro, John Marx, and James Tefend. Over the pandemic period, Robert retired, and Paul Ferro stepped into the CEO…
 
This week, I am speaking with Robert Yuen. Robert is the CEO and Co-Founder of Monograph, which is a software company revolutionizing the future in how architectural projects are managed. Robert used to work as an architectural designer in Chicago. He ultimately ended up settling down in San Francisco where he discovered passion for designing softw…
 
This week, we speak to Maryline Damour, the Co-founder of interior design and construction firm Damour Drake, who has an impressive portfolio of work ranging from Brooklyn lofts to even an 18th-century cathedral in Haiti, which has been damaged in the 2010 earthquake. Maryline worked for many years in marketing and business development for firms su…
 
This week, I'm speaking with David Croteau who serves as the President and Principal of Flansburgh Architects. David has over 35 years of experience managing, planning, and designing projects throughout the U.S. and has worked internationally in over 30 different countries. David directs efforts to extend Flansburgh's geographic reach and its capac…
 
This week, I'm speaking to Kyle Webb who is the Founder and Principal of KH Webb Architects who are based in Colorado. Webb Architects was born in 1999 and boasts and an impressive array of innovative designs, many of them getting regional and national recognition. A lot of these projects are in the Town of Vail. Webb Architects have also worked ou…
 
This week, I'm speaking to Eric Clough who is the founder of Manhattan-based design firm 212box. Eric was originally from the Midwest and spent his formative years in both Brussels and London. He graduated from Yale in 1999 and founded 212box in late 2000. 212box is actually made up of six companies, which are working in different disciplines and d…
 
This week, I'm speaking to Christina Kaz and Lilit Devejian, Founders and Principal Designers of LUXYSPACE, an interior design firm based in California with studios in both Fresno and Beverly Hills. Christina and Lilit have a fabulous story and a very inspiring relationship. Both are Armenian, both are incredibly stylish, and both are often mistake…
 
This week, we are speaking with Bee Rarewala who is the Vice President and Director of Corporate Brand Strategy and Communications at CRTKL. She recently joined the LA office and she centered her 20-year career around the nexus of design-thinking and business strategy. She actually holds a degree in Economics and she's not formally trained as an ar…
 
This week, I am speaking with David Hacin who is the Founding Principal and Creative Director of Hacin + Associates, an interdisciplinary architecture design firm founded in Boston in 1993. They're currently a 30+person team dedicated to design excellence and client service. David has a plethora of recognition and awards for the studio's broad port…
 
This week, I am speaking with Geoff Ross. Geoff is a real estate development executive who has interdisciplinary expertise. He has both been trained as an architect and has worked in several architectural offices in New York City, and then he transitioned into the ownership and development side where he has worked with some of the largest and most …
 
This week, I'm speaking with architecture firm IT Specialist, Boris Rapoport. Boris has had over 20 years of experience helping architectural design and engineering firms make their business more efficient and profitable with the use of technology. He is the founder of the IT support firm, ArchIT, who exclusively serves architecture, design, and en…
 
This week, I'm speaking with Griff Davenport, FAIA, who is the DLR Group's Chief Executive Officer. Griff leads the firm's executive leadership team and collaborates with the senior leadership to craft the firm's business strategy and to progress the evolution of DLR Group design. He's been instrumental in developing and driving the growth of the g…
 
This week, I am speaking with Arnaud Zannier, Founder of Zannier Hotel Group. This is a must-listen for those firms who are interested in working in high-end hospitality. Arnaud entered into hospitality after a successful career running his own fashion brand. When building the Zannier Group brand, Arnaud's focus was on creating an alternative luxur…
 
This week, we're speaking with Anthony Laney, an architect, designer, Co-Founder, and Partner of Laney LA, an architecture firm based in Los Angeles predominantly focused on residential work. In this conversation, Anthony discusses their marketing strategies and their business approach. He goes into a lot of depth about the core values and beliefs …
 
Today, I'm speaking with Michelle Fenton who runs Khora Architecture, a firm based in Vancouver, Canada. She also hosts the podcast Happitecture, which aims to explore ideas and discover what it takes to develop resilient, sustainable, thriving, inclusive, and happy communities. Michelle has always been one of our star fellows in the Architecture F…
 
Architect Peter Twohy runs residential architecture practice in Baltimore, Maryland. Over the past 16 years, Peter has gone from designing basements and porches to being recognized as one of Baltimore's premier architects. Today, Peter shares lessons learned building his firm as well as a powerful strategy he's using to win better clients and earn …
 
Today, I have the honor to speak with Paul Petrunia, founder of Archinect. Launched in 1997, Archinect.com is the most established online architecture communication and content source for the architecture and design community. Tens of thousands of architects, students, and fans browse the site daily for the latest jobs, news headlines, competition,…
 
This is a Business of Architecture Bonus Episode. Hello, and welcome back architect Nation. I’m Enoch Sears and this is the show where you'll discover tips, strategies and secrets for building an architecture practice that lets you do your best work, more often. Architects and related professionals design our world ... They make it safe, beautiful …
 
Today we speak with architectural lighting designer and founder of Nulty, Paul Nulty. Nulty was originally in London and is an award-winning lighting design consultancy renowned for delivering immersive lighting projects for huge global brands such as Nike, Samsung, Harrods, Bloomingdale's, and Burberry with an international footprint spanning Euro…
 
Today we have not one, not two but three directors of Billings Jackson Design, an industrial design firm working at the interface of construction and product manufacturing. Duncan Jackson is an engineer and a furniture designer by training. He founded Billings Jackson Design in London in 1992 with Eoin Billings to bring industrial and product desig…
 
Today, we're speaking with AUX Architecture founder Brian Wickersham. AUX Architecture is an award-winning architecture firm based in Los Angeles with an eclectic array of different types of project typologies, working in high-end residential, mixed-use, multi-family, and a number of cultural projects as well. Brian and I discuss how AUX was born o…
 
Today, we're speaking with one of the co-founders of Charlap Hyman & Herrero, Andre Herrero. Andre received his architectural training at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a degree in Fine Arts and a degree in Architecture in 2012. He then went to the UK, working for David Chipperfield Architects in London. He then worked for SANAA…
 
Our guest this week is business coach and entrepreneur, Ray Brown. For about 5 years, Ray has worked at CEO-level across six companies, including overseeing the sale of Scotland's largest watercolor business Premier Water to global food giant Danone in 2005. In late 2005, after moving to Australia with his family, he was selected to join the intern…
 
This week I’m speaking with Christian Giordano, president and majority shareholder of Mancini Duffy, a technology first design firm based in New York City and New Jersey. Christian is an innovator, an entrepreneur, a visionary, and a disruptor; he’s the inventor of The Toolbelt LLC, a software suite that allows users to explore and manipulate 3D mo…
 
We continue honoring the women in architecture in today’s interview with architect Julia Nagele. Nagele is making her mark on the Seattle skyline, currently leading the design of her second high-rise tower in the city while working at Hewitt, at which she is a Principal and the Director of Design. In today’s interview, you’ll discover the skills Ju…
 
Today kicks off Women’s History Month here in the United States. Today, I'm joined by three impactful and accomplished women who are making history in their own right here with us today. Carrie Byles, Xuan Fu, and Laura Ettelman compose the executive committee of Skidmore, Ownings and Merrill, one of the world’s most highly respected and successful…
 
Today I speak with Bryon McCartney, a branding and web design expert who helps AEC firms use branding & marketing to increase their visibility & influence so they can attract & win better clients and projects. In today’s episode, you’ll discover the difference between “brand” and “branding” as well as Bryon’s opinion on what you should be thinking …
 
Today I speak with Alex Gore and Lance Cayko of the Colorado architecture firm F9 Productions. These guys also run a great podcast related to everything about running a firm, search for “Inside the Firm” in your favorite podcasting app. In this episode, you’ll discover how Al and Lance have added construction services to their business model, by of…
 
Our guest today is Lee Skolnick FAIA, who runs an award-winning architecture practice based in New York City. The firm, Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership is about 30 people strong, and has an accomplished portfolio of museum, cultural and luxury residential projects. In today’s episode, we discuss how Skolnick has grown the practice to win…
 
Today, I speak with architect Mark R. LePage, founder of EntreArchitect. Today we discuss entrepreneurship, especially as it relates to the world of architecture. We also discuss innovation in business including one trend today that can set you up for success tomorrow. Check out Mark's work at EntreArchitect - https://entrearchitect.com/ Gābl Media…
 
Today I speak with the managing partner of Page’s office based in Houston, Texas. Page is a multi-disciplinary firm with 9 offices around the world. Previous to his position with Page, he led design teams at CRS and HOK. Today, Chavez speaks about the key to leadership, working with people, and how to create an organization that performs at its bes…
 
Today I speak with the former Business Development manager of OMA’s Hong Kong office, Viviano Villarreal-Buerón. Viviano has since launched his own successful architecture firm, Mass Operations, based in Monterrey, Mexico. Today we talk about how to get business development done as a busy architect running a small practice. ► Subscribe to my YouTub…
 
Hello and welcome back, Architect Nation. I'm Enoch Sears. and this is the show where you'll discover tips, strategies and secrets for building an architecture practice that lets you do your best work, more often. Today our topic is how to increase your firm's visibility. My guest is Karl Feldmen of the professional services marketing firm Hinge. H…
 
Today our topic is the visible expert. How can greater visibility for you and those on your team help you in your quest to be a better architect? In this episode, I'm interviewed by Kelly Waffle and Karl Feldmen of Hinge. Hinge is a professional services branding and marketing agency. They are known for their well-researched industry reports. Kelly…
 
Today I speak with Karen Compton and Gabrielle Bullock. Karen Compton is the Principal of the Architecture Business Consulting firm A3K Consulting, and Gabrielle Bullock is the Director of Global Diversity at Perkins and Will. I invited Karen and Gabrielle on the show to discuss their new vodcast - Breaking the Silence of Design, which you can find…
 
Today our topic is client acquisition - how do you get more of the projects that are aligned with you and your firm? Our guest is Mark Wainwright, who describes himself as a Part-time Sales Manager for Part-time Salespeople like architects who need to organize their sales efforts and build future sales leaders so they can grow and succeed. To learn…
 
Architect Dave Pollard started LivCo in 2012 to provide quality design to suburban homeowners, but with some twists to the traditional architectural services model. Following on the heels of his graduate thesis work stating “to make architecture more accessible, it’s time we stop trying to re-design the building systems, and architects lead the cha…
 
Adam Steiner is 3rd in a generational line of home builders and as such this industry has always been in his blood. From early on he knew he loved homes, design, and building. After a decade and a half of working as lead designer for various builders, he ventured out on his own. As the owner of Birnam Design Co. and the podcast Builder vs. Buyer, h…
 
Today I speak with Australian architect Nicole Hardman. Over 15 years ago Nicole and architect Bryan Miller started Practicing ARChitecture Pty Ltd (PARC), a small education provider specialising in professional development programs for Architects, specifically helping emerging architects pass the Australian Architecture Practice Examination. On to…
 
Architect Dave Pollard started LivCo in 2012 to provide quality design to suburban homeowners, but with some twists to the traditional architectural services model. Following on the heels of his graduate thesis work stating “to make architecture more accessible, it’s time we stop trying to re-design the building systems, and architects lead the cha…
 
Today we speak with the founder of the firm that was named the #1 design firm in the US by Architect Magazine in 2019. Trahan Architects has won over 100 national, regional, and local awards, including four National AIA Awards, as well as several international design competitions, in less than 25 years. Victor F. “Trey” Trahan, III, FAIA, is an Ame…
 
Today I speak with Scott Kelsey, FAIA. Kelsey is the managing principal of CO Architects, a 120-person firm that has seen incredible success since its founding in 2006. Kelsey describes the firm as a practice-centered business - a firm that focuses on design while not ignoring sound business fundamentals. This attitude and culture have allowed CO A…
 
Today I speak with Jeffery Morris. Morris comes from the graphic design and branding industry, his firm has been recognized as one of the best design firms in the United States. His mission is to help companies move out the design ghetto, or as he puts it on his website: "We help our clients define their business, dramatize their brands and harness…
 
Nic Granleese is a self-proclaimed "recovering architect" who is now the CEO of BowerBird. BowerBird is an online platform that makes it easy to submit your architecture to 1487 magazines, newspapers & websites. Today, Nic pulls back the curtain on his entrepreneurial journey, sharing valuable and hard-won tips and lessons you can use in your archi…
 
Architect Zach Soflin was frustrated with the tedium of keeping track of as-built measurements, existing conditions, and job site photographs. He knew there had to be a better way to leverage today's powerful software tools and technology and streamline the connection of real world and computer data. Because of that, Zach created Layer, a software …
 
Today's guests are famed architect Lorcan O'Herlihy and renowend LA developer Richard Loring. Richard Loring is the Director of Design + Construction for Domos. He's an award-winning developer with a long-standing history of working with many of the most forward-thinking architecture firms. After receiving his masters in the History of English Arch…
 
Today's guest is architect Alyse Makarewicz. “Be better today than I was yesterday.” Alyse Makarewicz applies this philosophy to her life as a mother, wife, architect, small business owner, and volunteer. She is the founder and president of AMB Architects, based in Houston, Texas. In this role, she ensures happy clients and successful outcomes on p…
 
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