Design:ED

Aaron Prinz

An inside look into the field of architecture told from the perspective of individuals that are leading the industry. This motivational series grants unique insight into the making of a successful design career, from humble beginnings to national recognition. Every week, featured guests share their personal highs and lows on their journey to success, that is sure to inspire audiences at all levels of the industry. Listening to their stories will provide a rare blueprint for anyone seeking to advance their career, and elevate their work to the next level.

All Episodes

Frank Barkow, Partner at Barkow Leibinger, joins the podcast to discuss the opening of Sid Richardson Hall at Rice University, the role of research within their practice and how they incorporate sustainability into their design process

Nov 22

47 min 4 sec

Jennifer Luce, Founder of LUCE et Studio, joins the podcast to discuss designing within the context of Southern California, the importance of small architectural details, and the emphasis of art and collaboration in her design process  

Nov 8

39 min 31 sec

Melodie Yashar, Director of Building Design and Performance for ICON, joins the podcast to discuss the process of 3D printing inhabitable structures, how this technology can be used for social change and how ICON is advancing what is possible with 3D printed architecture

Oct 25

37 min 27 sec

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) Partner, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, joins the podcast to discuss how building in outer space can influence how we design on Earth, how fatherhood has impacted his view on design, and the firm’s dedication to sustainability through projects like the Dryline

Oct 11

40 min 58 sec

Olson Kundig Principal/Owner, Kirsten Ring Murray, joins the podcast to discuss the role of mentorship within the firm, designing within an urban context, and how she grew her career over 32 years at Olson Kundig

Sep 27

56 min 30 sec

OMA Partner, Reinier de Graaf, joins the podcast to discuss his new novel ‘Masterplan’, his work with OMA’s think tank AMO and his 25-year career with OMA

Sep 13

47 min 25 sec

Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake of KieranTimberlake, join the podcast to discuss the influence of working for Venturi, Scott Brown in their own design process, prefabrication in architecture today, and the 40-year history of their firm

Aug 23

1 hr 4 min

On November 8th, 2018 the small mountain town of Paradise, California was forever changed by the devastating Camp Fire that swept through the area. It took 28 days for the fire to be contained with over 153,000 acres burned, 85 deaths, 17 injured, and 18,804 buildings destroyed. In 2010 Paradise had a population of 26,218. It’s estimated today that Paradise 4,478 or about 17% of the population before the Camp fire in 2018. On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Charles Brooks (rebuildparadise.org), Rouben Mohiuddin (Cal State Chico), and Barry Long (Urban Design Associates) to talk about the rebuilding efforts, what can be done to prevent such tragedies from reoccurring and, how architects can support communities that have been impacted by similar disasters

Aug 9

1 hr 1 min

John Patkau, co-founder of Patkau Architects, joins the podcast to discuss translating plans into form making, using natural materials, and using architecture to connect to nature

Jul 26

51 min 32 sec

John Ronan of John Roan Architects joins the podcast to discuss his approach to affordable housing, designing in Chicago, and how his professorship influences his practice.

Jul 12

41 min 2 sec

Snøhetta Co-Founder Craig Dykers joins the podcast to discuss the environmental response to architecture, design in daily life, and architecture in the age of celebrity.

Jun 28

57 min 26 sec

Tod Williams & Billie Tsien join the podcast to discuss the Barack Obama Presidential Library commission, the David Geffen Hall renovation at Lincoln Center, and reflect on their careers and what it means to be a mentor to other architects.

Jun 14

1 hr 4 min

Marion Weiss of Weiss/Manfredi joins the podcast to discuss how the New York–based firm has grown, how architecture is informed by landscape, and the design process for the Olympic Sculpture Gardens in Seattle and the La Brea Tar Pits addition in LA

May 24

49 min 15 sec

Susan T. Rodriguez joins the podcast to discuss designing within cultural contexts, the Chipakata Children’s Academy in Zambia, her concept for the Harlem Meer Center in Central Park, and how she founded her New York City–based firm.

May 10

50 min 13 sec

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.

May 3

40 min 40 sec

OMA Managing Partner, David Gianotten, joins the podcast to discuss collaborating with Rem Koolhaas, the design process behind Potato Head Studios and the Taipei Performing Art Center, and his transition to leading one of the world’s leading design firms - OMA

Apr 26

54 min 19 sec

Snøhetta Managing Director and Partner, Elaine Molinar, joins the podcast to discuss the Norwegian firm’s origin story, the importance of architecture competitions, and the design processes for different projects including SFMOMA and Under restaurant.

Apr 12

40 min 40 sec

IwamotoScott Founder, Lisa Iwamoto, joins the podcast to discuss designing in San Francisco, how her firm earned the Pinterest HQ commission, and how architects can respond to gentrification.

Mar 22

45 min 30 sec

Diller Scofidio + Renfro Partner, Charles Renfro, joins the podcast to discuss the role that performance plays in their design process, the announcement of the Aboriginal Art & Cultures Center in Australia, and their unique approach, from the Blur Building (2002) to the High Line (2009-2019), that makes their work so significant

Mar 8

41 min 27 sec

MCA Founder, Mark Cavagnero, joins the podcast to discuss gentrification, designing within the regional context of San Francisco, and his approach to successfully contributing to the urban landscape

Feb 22

51 min 43 sec

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

Feb 8

52 min 20 sec

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

Jan 25

51 min 19 sec

Tom Kundig, principal at Olson Kundig, joins the podcast to discuss designing 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.

Jan 11

45 min 4 sec

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

Dec 2020

37 min 47 sec

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

Dec 2020

34 min 47 sec

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

Nov 2020

34 min 58 sec

D U S T 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

Oct 2020

42 min 33 sec

Bercy Chen Studios 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

Oct 2020

50 min 3 sec

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

Sep 2020

40 min 47 sec

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

Sep 2020

45 min 22 sec

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

Aug 2020

29 min 18 sec

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

Aug 2020

31 min 44 sec

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

Aug 2020

38 min 28 sec

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

Jul 2020

47 min 43 sec

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

Jul 2020

40 min 59 sec

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.

Jun 2020

43 min 48 sec

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!

Jun 2020

29 min 38 sec

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. Sponsor Instagram: prysiazhniuk.art

Jun 2020

49 min 36 sec

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. Sponsor Instagram: prysiazhniuk.art

Jun 2020

38 min 44 sec

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. Originally aired August 2019

May 2020

21 min 16 sec

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

May 2020

40 min 40 sec

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

Apr 2020

40 min 40 sec

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.   This episode was recorded in December 2019

Apr 2020

29 min 21 sec

Michael Rotondi, Founder of RoTo Architects & SCI-Arc Co-Founder, joins the podcast to discuss founding his firm RoTo Architects, 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

Apr 2020

39 min 15 sec

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

Mar 2020

39 min 53 sec

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

Mar 2020

48 min 56 sec

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

Feb 2020

35 min 25 sec

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 Balazs will also be lecturing at the University of Washington in Seattle on February 19th 2020 http://arch.be.washington.edu/news/lectures/

Feb 2020

38 min 46 sec

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

Feb 2020

39 min 32 sec

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

Jan 2020

40 min 55 sec