Conversations with Leading Professionals
Every other week, the podcast will feature guests from top firms all over the world, working at every scale, and sharing their professional highs and lows, as well as lessons learned throughout their careers. Listening to their stories offers insights for professionals at all levels, from anyone seeking to advance his or her career and elevate work to the next level, to those who just want to compare notes on achieving success. Hosted by Austin, Texas–based architect Aaron Prinz, Architectural Record’s DESIGN:ED podcast has featured the most renowned architects of our time—such as Art Gensler, Kengo Kuma, and Glenn Murcutt, as well as rising professionals in the next generation, such as Pascale Sablan, Michael Murphy, and Jenny Wu, all available in our library.
Tune in twice a month to hear inspiring new stories from a variety of leaders.
MCA founder Mark Cavagnero joins the podcast to discuss design within the regional context of San Francisco, gentrification, and how to contribute to the urban landscape.
Pascale Sablan, founder of Beyond the Built Environment and the SAY IT LOUD exhibition series, talks about the Great Diverse Designers Library initiative, her new role as NOMA president elect, and what it means to be an advocate and architect today.
Joshua Ramus, founding principal at REX, joins the podcast to discuss how he started his own firm, his formative past at OMA, and “the traps of originality” in design.
Tom Kundig, principal at Olson Kundig, joins the podcast to discuss design for multiple scales and the evolution of his Seattle-based firm. He also touches on how living in the Pacific Northwest has influenced his design process.
Julia Gamolina, founder of Madame Architect, joins the podcast to discuss the role mentorship has played in her career—and how it led to founding her website. She also talks about her pivot away from a design role.
Cathleen McGuigan, Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Record, joins the podcast to discuss the 130 year history of the publication, what they are doing to help advance the profession of architecture, and what makes a project stand out amongst the rest.
Trahan Architects Founder, Trey Trahan, FAIA, joins the podcast to discuss the design process of the Alliance Theater, opening an office in New York City, and the conservation work he is doing in Patagonia Chile.
DUST Co-Founder, Jesús Robles Jr, joins the podcast to discuss their unique approach to designing the Tucson Mountain Retreat, their design build philosophy, and his journey to co-founding DUST.
Bercy Chen Studio Founders, Thomas Bercy & Calvin Chen, join the podcast to discuss their design process of the incredibly unique Edgeland House, how acting as the developer allows them access to create more affordable housing, and working at a variety of scales from highly detailed single family residence to large scale multi-family projects.
Allied Works Founder, Brad Cloepfil, joins the podcast to discuss the unique design philosophy of Allied Works, expanding the firm to New York City, the important role that building relationships played in forming his career, and how he won the commission for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.
MF Architecture Founder and Principal, Matt Fajkus & Sarah Johnson, join the podcast to discuss receiving a 2020 National Design Award, rethinking how we interpret building typologies, and the firm's focus on the importance of the human experience throughout their architecture.
Machado Silvetti Principal, Stephanie Randazzo Dwyer, joins the podcast to discuss their addition to the Denver Art Museum, the upcoming revitalization of the Alamo, and her 25 year career with Machado Silvetti.
Architectural Theorist, Michael Benedikt, joins the podcast to discuss his new book 'Architecture Beyond Experience', what sets young architects apart from their peers, and challenging convention in pursuit of meaningful design.
PARTISANS Co-Founder, Alex Josephson, joins the podcast to discuss the team's design philosophy, developing your own tools to articulate your design, and how he co-founded one of Canada's premier architecture practices PARTISANS.
Studio Gang Design Principal, Juliane Wolf, sits down to discuss contributing to the Chicago skyline with the new Vista Tower, creating equality in architecture, and how she became a principal at Studio Gang.
Philip Michael Wolfson joins the podcast to discuss his development of functional sculpture, his design process, and his role while working with Zaha Hadid in the 1980's.
Enscape Founder, Moritz Luck, joins the podcast to discuss the development of the real time rendering software that is revolutionizing architectural visualization, how their software is integrated directly with most CAD/BIM software, and where the future of architectural visualization is heading. Visit enscape3d.com for more information and to start your free trial today!
Director of Environmental Performance at KPF, Carlos Cerezo Davila, joins the podcast to discuss how KPF is implementing sustainable design, sourcing materials, and how environmental design can be applied to an entire community.
UNStudio founder, Ben van Berkel, joins the podcast to discuss the firm's design process, their competition entry for the Southbank Towers in Melbourne, and how he founded UNStudio over thirty years ago.
2020 Venice Architecture Biennale co-curators, Paul Preissner (Paul Preissner Architects) & Paul Andersen (Independent Architecture), join the podcast to discuss this year's US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, wood framing in American architecture, and the impact of the spectacular on the architecture profession.
Thom Mayne, Founder of Morphosis & Co-Founder of SCI-Arc, joins the podcast to discuss his attraction to being an outsider, the use of technology within architecture, and how he founded the world-renowned architecture firm Morphosis.
2018 AIA Young Architects Award recipient, Pascale Sablan, sits down to discuss issues of diversity within the field of architecture, selecting the right firm culture, and the importance collaboration in design.
SHoP Associate Principal, Angelica Baccon, joins the podcast to discuss how her and her team create meaningful workplace design, the development of the Uber HQ office in San Francisco, technology in design, and how SHoP is advancing the field of architecture.
Michael Rotondi, Founder of RotoLab & SCI-Arc Co-Founder, joins the podcast to discuss founding his firm RotoLab, the early days of Morphosis, and how he and a group of his colleagues started one of the leading architecture schools in the country SCI-Arc.
Cas Holman, Founder of Heroes Will Rise and featured in season two of Abstract on Netflix, joins the podcast to discuss her unique path to finding a career in design and her approach to designing for play.
Pritzker Prize Winner, Glenn Murcutt joins the podcast to discuss the recent fires in Australia, the importance of spatial understanding over form driven design, and how he established his award winning practice.
Balazs Bognar, Partner at Kengo Kuma and Associates, joins the podcast to discuss the firm's completed work in the United States including the Portland Japanese Garden, the Rolex Tower in Dallas, and how he joined one of the world's leading architecture firms Kengo Kuma and Associates.
Gensler founder Art Gensler sits down to discuss gentrification and architecture, the importance of developing talent from within, and how he grew a three person design studio into the world's largest architecture firm.
Jeff Schnabel, Director of the School of Architecture at Portland State University, joins the podcast to discuss the school's emphasis on design build, their Village Initiative that is building villages for Portland's houseless community, and the founding of Portland's Winter Lights Festival.
KPF President and Design Principal, Jamie von Klemperer, joins the podcast to discuss the design of One Vanderbilt, the constraints of integrating the historic Grand Central Station, and what KPF is doing to change the field of architecture.
Oyler Wu's Co-Founder, Jenny Wu, joins the podcast to discuss starting their firm, teaching at one of the country's leading architecture programs, SCI-Arc, and how she started her incredibly successful jewelry line LACE by Jenny Wu.
Michael Perry of Boston Dynamics joins the podcast to discuss the release of Spot 1.1, how Boston Dynamics is using robotics to revolutionize the construction industry, and the origins of Boston Dynamics.
Patrik Schumacher, Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects, sits down to discuss the impact of digital automation in architecture, the early days of ZHA, the passing of Zaha Hadid and how the firm is continuing her legacy.
Kengo Kuma sits down to discuss what influenced him to pursue a career in architecture, his unique approach to design, and how he founded Kengo Kuma & Associates.
Morphosis Partner, Arne Emerson, joins the podcast to discuss designing the 380 meter tall tower for the 7132 Hotel in Vals, Switzerland, the firm's recent leadership expansion, and how Morphosis is advancing the field of architecture.
Safdie Architects Managing Principal, Chris Mulvey, joins the podcast to discuss their Raffles City project in Chongqing, working closely with Moshe Safdie, and Safdie Architect’s unique approach to design around the world.
Tamie Glass sits down to discuss how design can influence human behavior, the impact of growing up in rural west Texas on her design thinking, and her time in Germany working for Daimler Chrysler.
Page Principal, Talmadge Smith, sits down to discuss their new addition to the Fountain Place in Dallas Texas, his time working with Cesar Pelli, the importance of building lasting relationships with clients.
Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) founder, Eugene Kohn, sits down to discuss the story behind Hudson Yards, studying under Louis Kahn, and how they founded the global architecture firm KPF.
Page Design Director, Kris Walsh, sits down to discuss integrating a contemporary high-rise tower into a one hundred year old post office, post modernism in 2019, and how she became a Design Director at one of the country's leading design firms.
Recorded live at Austin Design Week, Page Designers, Josh Coleman & Brandon Townsend sit down to discuss their new addition to the Austin skyline with 70 Rainey, the social impacts of development on the city, and what is next for one the the country's fastest growing cities, Austin, Texas.
SHoP Architects Co-Founder, Chris Sharples, discusses direct-to-design fabrication, the future of technology within architecture, and how the team developed SHoP into one of the country's leading architecture firms.
Vivian Lee, Principal of Richard Meier & Partners sits down to discuss her international career trajectory, design, mentorship, and equity within architecture.
Michelle Addington, Dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin sits down to discuss changing careers, returning to school, and the opportunities provided by The University of Texas at Austin.
MASS Design Group's Founding Principal, Michael Murphy, sits down to discuss architecture as a non-profit, social driven causes within the profession, and how they founded MASS Design Group.
Synthesis Design and Architecture founder Alvin Huange sits down to discuss his time working for Zaha Hadid and Future Systems, Starting his own firm, and becoming a professor at the University of Southern California.
Studio Libeskind Partner, Carla Swickerath, sits down to discuss the development of the World Trade Center Master Plan, her time at the University of Michigan, and how she became Partner at Studio Libeskind.
Brian MacKay-Lyons sits down to discuss the importance of, and how to, keep your integrity within architecture, what he learned from working with Charles Moore, and how he founded his firm MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects in Nova Scotia.
Kevin Alter sits down to talk about his design work with Alter Studio, architecture reviews, and teaching at the University of Texas at Austin.
Lake Flato founder Ted Flato sits down to discuss starting a firm with co-founder David Lake, the design process, and how producing good design can advance your career.
Michael Hsu sits down to discuss sneaking into OMA to try and land an internship, the importance of a firm's culture, and how he started his firm the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture.
MF Architecture Principal, Sarah Johnson, sits down to discuss the benefits of working for a growing firm, the importance of understanding the business of architecture, and the early days of MF Architecture.
Olson Kundig Owner and Principal, Kevin Kudo-King sits down to discuss expressing personal perspective through design, his architectural education at the University of Arizona, and reflects back on lessons he has learned through twenty-two years with one of the nation's top architecture firms.
Co-Hosts of the popular Midnight Charette Podcast, David Lee and Marina Bourderonnet, sit down to discuss the impact of marketing themselves outside of their firms, working in New York, and their process for establishing their own firm.
OMA Partner, Chris Van Duijn, sits down to discuss working side by side with Rem Koolhaas, the intern experience, and what is next for OMA as he leads the team on upcoming work in Asia.
The man, the myth, the legend Larry Speck, Senior Partner of Page, sits down to discuss transitioning from a small town to MIT, starting his firm, and becoming principal of Page Southerland Page.
Landscape Architect Daniel Woodroffe sits down to discuss what sets landscape architecture apart from other disciplines, founding his firm DWG. and what the right client can do for your firm.
Landscape architect Phoebe Lickwar sits down to discuss finding her path within landscape design, working for with PWP on the 9/11 Memorial, and establishing her practice while teaching the The University of Arkansas.
David Heymann sits down to discuss designing Prairie Chapel Ranch for former President George W. Bush, his time in New York, and how to advance your career in architecture.
National AIA award winning architect Matt Fajkus sits down to discuss working for Norman Foster, Harvard, and starting his own firm as he details key moments that have lead him to a successful career in Architecture.
AIA Fellow and principal of Page Southerland Page, Wendy Dunnam Tita, sits down to discuss the difference in interior design and architecture, starting her own firm, and how she became a principal at Page.
Hacker Architects Principal, Corey Martin sits down to discuss his unique career of leaving architecture to become an artist, returning to found PATH Architecture, and ultimately becoming a principal at Hacker Architects.
Sherri Privitera of Populous Architecture sits down to discuss the process of stadium design, building relationships with clients, and becoming a Senior Principal at the World's leading firm for stadium design.
Juan Miro of Miro Rivera Architects sits down to discuss being named one the the world's top architecture firms by ArchDaily, choosing a business partner, and his mentorship by Charles Gwathmey.
Bob Borson sits down to discuss starting the Life of an Architect blog and podcast, getting through school, and becoming an AIA Fellow.
Gensler's Regional Managing Principal Judy Pesek sits down to discuss interior design, building relationships with clients, and the benefits of working for a large architecture firm.
Award winning architect Murray Legge sits down to discuss the design competition process, small town Canada, and attending Cooper Union.
Arthur Andersson of Andersson-Wise Architects sits down to discuss founding his firm with Charles Moore, the use of precedents in architecture, and his design of the iconic Austin City Limits Moody Theater.
Chris Ferguson, AIA, of Clickspring Design sits down to discuss how an architectural education can lead to a variety of opportunities outside of architecture, the struggles of architecture school, and designing sets for the country's top ranked television.
Lise Newman, Vice President, Workplace Practice Director at SmithGroup, sits down to discuss founding her own design firm, developing client relationships, and advancing her career within one of the country's largest architecture firms, SmithGroup.
Dr. Gary Prinz of the University of Arkansas College of Engineering sits down to discuss 3D printed steel, being awarded a Nation Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award, as well as, the 2018 AISC Milek Fellowship, and how he began his career as a professor at the University of Arkansas.
Design Director and Principal of Gensler's Dallas office Ross Conway sits down to discuss starting out at a small firm, how collaboration contributes to great design, the art of presenting your design to a client.
Lysa Janssen sits down to discuss her transition from artist to architect, growing up in a small town, and working for Norman Foster.
Set designer Yvonne Boudreaux sits down to discuss designing for television and film, the importance of developing relationships, and establishing your personal brand within the world of set design.
PWP Landscape Partner, Adam Greenspan, sits down to discuss working on the 9/11 Memorial, collaborating with other design disciplines during the design process, and becoming a partner at PWP.
Charles di Piazza sits down to discuss working for Norman Foster as well as David Chipperfield, starting his own practice, and the benefits of having a diverse upbringing.
Aaron Prinz is the host of the Design:ED Podcast and holds a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He was born and raised in the rural Northern California town of Red Bluff, just two hours south of the Oregon border. After one year of college, Prinz relocated to San Francisco to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. At age 26, he began studying architecture at Portland State University while interning at Studio Petretti Architecture led by Amanda Petretti. His professional contributions while at Studio Petretti were focused on a portion of the new Multnomah County Courthouse which is a prominent addition to the Portland skyline. He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife Roxanne where he continues to work as a designer.