Paul, Donna and Ken discuss the architecture news and topics with architecture's most influential figures.
info_outline On Racial Inequality in AEC, with Karen Compton 09/28/2020
On Racial Inequality in AEC, with Karen Compton On today’s episode of Archinect Sessions Donna and I are joined by Karen Compton, a Los Angeles-based business consultant, business owner and podcast host. As the Principal at , Karen oversees a team of professionals to help clients in the AEC industry grow and improve their businesses applying strategy, business planning, education, training and recruitment. Her vodcast, , started just 2 months ago, with co-host , Director of Global Diversity at , as a platform to address the uncomfortable conversations around race and inequality in the AEC industry.
info_outline A Conversation with Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz Garcia of WAI Architecture Think Tank 07/28/2020
A Conversation with Nathalie Frankowski and Cruz Garcia of WAI Architecture Think Tank On today’s show Donna and I are joined by Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski of WAI Architecture Think Tank. The last time we had Cruz and Nathalie on the podcast was for our Next Up series at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. We’ve since also had Cruz on the podcast to discuss the unfortunate changes at Taliesin’s School of Architecture, where Cruz and Nathalie were both visiting teaching fellows. On each of these instances we had a limited time with them to discuss highly specific aspects of their work, so we wanted to have them back on to learn more about their backgrounds, how they met, and what drives their work. If you’ve been following them, you’ll know that they recently published a book on their work entitled Narrative Architecture. They’ve also published a powerful anti-racist manifesto on un-making architecture, as the fight for equality pushes forward, propelled by the Black Lives Matter movement.
info_outline Conversations with the Architecture Community, Part 6/6 06/19/2020
Conversations with the Architecture Community, Part 6/6 This is the final installment of we've had with architects, designers, and others in the industry. The discussions address the challenges experienced navigating these uncertain times, from the stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus, to the toll it's taken on and the . Today we share our conversations with , an architectural designer working for a developer in the Coachella Valley; Lauren Harris, a BIM Manager in Philadelphia; , an architect and just outside of Detroit; and Carl Emberger, a Technical Director at a mid-size firm in Philadelphia.
info_outline Archinect Sessions: Conversations with the Architecture Community, Part 5/6 06/11/2020
Archinect Sessions: Conversations with the Architecture Community, Part 5/6 This is the fifth installment of we've had with architects, designers, and others in the industry. The discussions address the challenges experienced navigating these uncertain times, from the stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus, to the toll it's taken on and the . Conversations in this episode include , an and who has been stuck in Canada, his country of citizenship, while unable to return to Tokyo, his home of residence. We also speak with , an architect in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Dillon Jones, a Portland-based architect who has been sheltering-in-place in California since getting furloughed.
info_outline Archinect Sessions: Conversations with the Architecture Community, Part 4/6 05/26/2020
Archinect Sessions: Conversations with the Architecture Community, Part 4/6 This is the fourth part of we've had with architects, designers, and others in the industry. The discussions address the challenges experienced navigating these uncertain times, from the stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus, to the toll it's taken on and the . Conversations in this episode include four architects and designers based in New York - Brandt Knapp & Jerome Haferd of , , and .
info_outline Conversations with the Architecture Community, Part 3/6 05/22/2020
Conversations with the Architecture Community, Part 3/6 Today we share the third part of we've had with architects, designers, and others in the industry. The discussions address the challenges experienced navigating these uncertain times, from the stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus, to the toll it's taken on and the . Conversations in this episode include , an architect and illustrator in Portland, Oregon; , a practicing architect and teacher of architectural ethics, in Tucson, Arizona; and , an architect/sole-proprietor in La Mesa, California.
info_outline Conversations with the Architecture Community, Part 2/6 05/15/2020
Conversations with the Architecture Community, Part 2/6 Today we share the second part of Archinect Sessions six-part series of conversations we've had with architects, designers, and others in the industry. The discussions address the challenges experienced navigating these uncertain times, from the stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus, to the toll it's taken on jobs and the economy. In this second part, we feature the perspectives of Autumn, a commercial interior designer in Chicago; Daniel, a project architect/project manager in Oakland; and Casey, an American architect working in Berlin.
info_outline Conversations with the Architecture Community, Part 1/6 05/05/2020
Conversations with the Architecture Community, Part 1/6 Today's installment of Archinect Sessions introduces the first of six episodes sharing conversations we've had with architects, designers. and others in the industry. The discussions address the challenges experienced navigating these uncertain times, from the stay-at-home orders due to the coronavirus, to the toll it's taken on jobs and the economy. In this first part, we feature the perspectives of Zachary, a recently laid-off unlicensed architectural designer in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Nancy, an architect-turned-architectural-consultant in New York; and an architect in Glasgow, Scotland, who wishes to remain unnamed because of the potentially-illegal layoffs he's been the victim of in recent months.
info_outline Quarantine Check-In 04/24/2020
Quarantine Check-In This episode of Archinect Sessions was intended to be a brief introduction to a number of conversations we've been recording with members of the architecture community from around the world, checking in to see how people are coping through the current and related . Since it's been so long that the three of us recorded our last episode, we ended up spending a full hour catching up amongst ourselves, sharing stories and perspectives on what we're experiencing ourselves, and observing around us. Our conversations with the architects we've been talking to will follow in subsequent episodes, beginning next week. If you have stories to share, please and tell us about it.
info_outline Paulette Singley helps us understand 'How to Read Architecture' 03/06/2020
Paulette Singley helps us understand 'How to Read Architecture' Today Donna, Ken and I are joined by Paulette Singley. Paulette is a respected architectural historian, educator and author. Her writing and editing expands beyond the world of architecture, looking at connections within the culinary arts and film. In today's conversation we’re focusing on her latest book "How to Read Architecture: An Introduction to Interpreting the Built Environment,” a must read for architecture students, architects, designers and admirers of the built world.
info_outline Director Alysa Nahmias on László Moholy-Nagy and The New Bauhaus 02/13/2020
Director Alysa Nahmias on László Moholy-Nagy and The New Bauhaus On this episode of Archinect Sessions we’re sharing a conversation I had with , the director and producer of the documentary film “.” We recorded this conversation last month, poolside, a few hours before the film premiered to a packed house in the at the . Alysa, a trained architect-turned-filmmaker, made her directorial debut in 2011 with , a critically acclaimed documentary about the unfinished National Art School in Cuba. While she has a number of producing credits under her belt, The New Bauhaus is the second documentary film project that she directed. The film focuses on the life and legacy of László Moholy-Nagy, the Hungarian artist and teacher most famously known through his work at the Bauhaus. It’s a beautifully told story, presented in a unique, non-linear fashion, narrated by who represent Maholy in a surprisingly effective way. The film will be screened again at this year’s in Palm springs, tomorrow, February 14th, followed by screenings at the in March, and in Los Angeles, at . Full details can be found at .
info_outline What happened at The School of Architecture at Taliesin??? 01/31/2020
What happened at The School of Architecture at Taliesin??? On this special (and very spontaneous) episode of Archinect Sessions we are joined with three members of the Taliesin community to help shed some light on the mysterious and disturbing sudden announcement of the . With us are Benjamin Aranda, partner at with Chris Lasch, the Dean at ; Cruz Garcia co-director at and a previous visiting teaching fellow at The School of Architecture at Taliesin; and of Extra Office, and former visiting teaching fellow at The School of Architecture at Taliesin. Our conversation shares our guest's experiences at the school, with insight into the questionable relationship between the foundation and the school. We talk about what happened this week, how these events conflict with Frank Lloyd Wright's wishes, as outlined in his will, about the direction of the foundation as an institution for learning, and the troubling lack of transparency from the about the decisions that have been made.
info_outline Giving Shelter 11/28/2019
Giving Shelter On this installment of , we’re sharing a conversation I had a couple of months ago with Sofia Borges and , the leaders of a design-build studio at USC that addressed one of the most pressing issues in Los Angeles today - homelessness. The Homeless Studio set out with the goal of addressing this city-wide crisis by developing a real-world architectural response. The initial motivation for the studio came from the founders of MADWORKSHOP, Mary and David Martin, who reached out to USC School of Architecture with the hope that the students would be able to come up with some practical, creative and buildable solutions of homelessness in Los Angeles. You can learn more about the studio in we have previously published. Since the completion of the studio they have produced a book documenting the process and results in "Give Me Shelter." The book is currently available for purchase from , the publisher, or on . Our conversation ranges from discussing both Sofia and Scott’s complementary backgrounds, considerations for approaching this difficult and delicate problem in an academic environment, to thoughts on how architects can actually make a positive difference to this growing problem.
info_outline The Current State of LA's Architecture Student Publications 10/28/2019
The Current State of LA's Architecture Student Publications On this episode of Archinect Sessions we’re sharing the recording of a panel discussion I moderated last weekend at the , as part of the current exhibition . The panel brought together five students and three faculty members representing student-led publications from LA’s architecture programs. Rayne Laborde and Phoebe Webster represented 's ; Marcelyn Gow represented ’s ; Richard Mapes, Corie Yaguchi and Irvin Shaifa represented 's ; represented ’s ; and , Cal Poly LA Metro’s Director, represented their program’s hardcover publication . Our talk covers a lot of ground, exposing the inner-workings of editing and producing publications in today’s unique and highly transformative media landscape. Our conversations cover issues of editorial decision-making, design, freedom of expression and thoughts on the future of student publishing in architecture school.
info_outline Madame President Goes ALL-In 09/26/2019
Madame President Goes ALL-In For Archinect Sessions episode #145 we are joined by , a principal at in Chicago and the current President of the . Our conversation covers Kimberly’s impressive path to success in architecture, and the leadership role she’s taking in NOMA. We’ll also discuss the upcoming taking place in Brooklyn in a few weeks from October 14th-20th.
info_outline The War on Cliché 09/20/2019
The War on Cliché On this episode, we're joined by Chilean architect . A long-familiar name to most of our listeners, Aravena’s work gained significant media attention upon , elevating his reputation for working to address some of today’s most difficult issues through participatory design, engaging users, groups, experts, and the public-at-large. His most notable projects are his “incremental housing” developments, a partially subsidized low-income solution for displaced families providing half-built homes for families to complete on their own, within their own budgets and tastes. Elemental has since released the plans for these projects for free, via . This week Aravena was awarded another significant prize, the . The award recognizes visionaries that are making significant contributions to international community building, with an emphasis on land use and development bettering society. Our conversation starts with him describing how this ULI prize is so important to him...
info_outline Space Settlements; A Conversation with Author Fred Scharmen 08/29/2019
Space Settlements; A Conversation with Author Fred Scharmen This week we’re joined by one of our favorite regulars, Fred Scharmen. Fred currently teaches architecture and urban design at Morgan State University's School of Architecture and Planning, and is the Principal and Co-Founder of The Working Group on Adaptive Systems. What brings him on today’s show is his just-released new book Space Settlements. The 400-page paperback contains a visually stunning collection of designs for space colonies from the mid-70’s, including iconic artwork and comparison studies of 20th and 21st century architecture projects. Our conversation talks about his research leading up to this book, the process of writing the book and the fascinating stories discovered along the way.
info_outline In Conversation with Paul Goldberger 07/04/2019
In Conversation with Paul Goldberger We have a very special July 4th episode for you today. Today’s show offers a very American conversation with the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Paul Goldberger. The discussion was recorded live at last month for the launch of his latest book . Ballpark takes a deep dive into the history of the ballpark, and the impact it’s had on the evolution of the American city. The book looks at a selection of case studies to arrive at a simple yet compelling thesis: “In the ballpark,” Goldberger writes, “the two sides of the American character - the Jeffersonian impulse toward open space and rural expanse, and the Hamiltonian belief in the city and in industrial infrastructure - are joined, and cannot be torn apart. If you’re interested in a copy of the book, we have a few copies available at Archinect, both in our shop in downtown Los Angeles, and . Paul Goldberger began his career at The New York Times, where in 1984 his architecture criticism was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, the highest award in journalism. From 1997 through 2011 he served as the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He is currently a contributing editor for Vanity fair and holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City.
info_outline A Conversation with Dream the Combine 06/20/2019
A Conversation with Dream the Combine On this latest episode of the Archinect Sessions podcast we're joined by Jennifer Newsom and Tom Carruthers of the Minneapolis-based practice Dream the Combine. Jennifer and Tom are a husband and wife team that specialize in site-specific installations. Their work is deeply-collaborative, directly referenced in the name of their practice, and looks at the overlaps in art, architecture, and cultural theory, while manipulating the boundary between real and illusory space.
info_outline Radical Reconfigurability 05/21/2019
Radical Reconfigurability This week Ken and I are speaking with the leadership team responsible for the upcoming Brown University Performing Arts Center – Joshua Ramus of REX, Carl Giegold of Threshold Acoustics and David Rosenburg of Theatre Projects.
info_outline Olson Kundig's Alan Maskin on Icons and Architecture for Children 04/30/2019
Olson Kundig's Alan Maskin on Icons and Architecture for Children This week Ken and I are joined by , partner and co-owner of Seattle-based . Alan shares his story growing up on the East Coast, working as an artist and arts educator before moving onto architecture school in his 30s. He tells us about how he finally landed a job at Olson Kundig after 4 failed job applications, and then strategically moved his way out of his initial role of IT manager. He provides insight into what it took to move up in the firm, eventually becoming a partner and co-owner, and what kind of qualities Olson Kundig looks for when hiring new talent that fits well with time-crafted firm culture. Of course, we also talk about his work, including the highly publicized , and some recent projects he has designed for children and families. We even get his thoughts on two topics weighing heavily in the news these days - and the .
info_outline Everything's Gonna Be Great 03/22/2019
Everything's Gonna Be Great On this episode of Archinect Sessions we're joined by , a and . Our conversation covers Eva’s architectural studies at and , and how that transitioned into a successful writing career spanning to writing about her own life in her recently published memoir . We also talk about the unique personality traits of architects and her approach to helping architects communicate.
info_outline From Tower Fantasies to Writing Realities 03/01/2019
From Tower Fantasies to Writing Realities On this week's episode of Archinect Sessions we talk with Carlo Aiello, a Mexican-born, LA-based designer and founder of . Most of our readers are familiar with eVolo's (very) popular annual skyscraper competition and related series of books. Carlo, the founder of eVolo, is also the designer of the award-winning and the designer of the Kickstarter-success , a 2-in-1 drawing tool combining the scale-ruler with an insertable fountain pen . In our conversation we track his progress from his studies at , to working for and , to embarking as a self-made entrepreneur with a move west, to LA.
info_outline A Conversation with Theaster Gates 02/15/2019
A Conversation with Theaster Gates This week on Archinect Sessions we’re sharing our inspiring conversation with Theaster Gates. For those of you who aren’t already familiar with Theaster, you’re in for a treat. Theaster Gates often refers to himself as a potter, and while it’s true that he is, through years of training and practice, he’s also an extremely talented multidisciplinary artist, urban planner and community-focused social activist. Theaster may be most well known for his non-profit Rebuild Foundation. The foundation purchases abandoned buildings in the south side of Chicago, the neighborhood Theaster grew up and still resides in, and transforms them into beautiful community hubs that connect and inspire the local residents through art, creativity, and professional skill training. Gates work extends into academia as well. He is a full professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago, where he also the director of Arts and Public Life. It’s in this context that he is unveiling his latest project, part of an $80 million dollar renovation and restoration of the Edward Durell Stone-designed Keller Hall, home to the school’s Harris School of Public Policy. Theaster’s role involved designing a soaring communal atrium space, lined with wood from fallen ash trees, and milled by local residents. Our conversation with Theaster Gates starts with his reuse of Chicago’s diseased ash trees into millwork and detailing for the new University of Chicago Keller Center, and quickly veers into topics of hand skills, black labor, neighborhood communities, and socio-cultural readings of beauty.
info_outline Afternoon Delight with Midnight Charette 02/07/2019
Afternoon Delight with Midnight Charette This week we are joined, in studio, by David Lee and Marina Bourderonnet, the hosts of the . You may be already familiar with their podcast, or perhaps you’ve just heard about the podcast since they released their a couple days ago. The Midnight Charette has been podcasting for a while now. They're quickly approaching their 100th episode. They describe their show as an explicit podcast about design, architecture and people. The format is casual, and unscripted, and tends to run on the long side, 2 hours being about average for an episode. While this is an architecture podcast, it’s often not addressing architecture directly, rather, David and Marina discuss non-architectural issues from the perspective of a couple of architecturally-minded professionals. In today’s conversation we learn more about the host's backgrounds, and how they came together and conceived of the podcast. We also take a peek behind the curtain by talking about all of the little details that we use to make these podcasts.
info_outline A Conversation with Rusty Long, State Architect, Furloughed by the Government Shutdown 01/25/2019
A Conversation with Rusty Long, State Architect, Furloughed by the Government Shutdown On this week's episode of Archinect Sessions Ken, Donna, and I share our conversation with , an architect based in Cary, North Carolina. Rusty’s private practice focuses on sustainability and community engagement with a style that bridges modernism and the history of the the American South. Rusty’s day job, however, is a State Architect for the office. As a federal employee, Rusty is one of approximately 800,000 individuals currently furloughed by the Government Shutdown. On this 34th day of the historic shutdown, as he and many others remain unpaid after two pay cycles, Rusty sits down with us to share his story. We talk about how and why he entered public service, the work he typically undertakes as a state architect, and the problems that this shutdown are causing for him, his colleague and the US taxpayers in general.
info_outline A Conversation with Alex Baca on City Engagement 11/26/2018
A Conversation with Alex Baca on City Engagement On this episode of Archinect Sessions we're joined with Alex Baca, a Washington DC-based journalist focused on smart cities, planning, bike advocacy and urban mobility devices. Recent news, and related controversy, surrounding Amazon’s newly announced move into New York City and Washington DC is what initially motivated us to bring Alex onto this show.
info_outline A Conversation with Sou Fujimoto on the "Futures of the Future" 11/01/2018
A Conversation with Sou Fujimoto on the "Futures of the Future" This week we’re sharing my conversation with Sou Fujimoto, recorded immediately before his new show opened to the press at Japan House in Hollywood last Friday. The show, titled “FUTURES OF THE FUTURE”, brings together large-scale renderings and photographs, along with over 100 models showcasing a selection of Fujimoto’s distinctive work and process. Our conversation covers his upbringing in Hokkaido, his academic and personal studies in Tokyo, and how these experiences contributed to his highly unique approach to architecture; investigating primitive lifestyles, blurring boundaries and breaking down walls. If you’re in the LA area, the exhibition will remain until December 12th at Japan House, which is located on the 2nd floor of the bustling, tourist-filled Hollywood and Highland complex.
info_outline Hip Hop Architecture with Sekou Cooke 09/28/2018
Hip Hop Architecture with Sekou Cooke On this latest episode of Archinect Sessions we talk with Sekou Cooke, Syracuse-based , and curator of the upcoming exhibition at the Center for Architecture, "", scheduled to open this Monday, October 1st in New York City.
info_outline Long Time Listener First Time Talker 09/07/2018
Long Time Listener First Time Talker This week's podcast episode is all about podcasting. So meta. We're joined by Sera Ghadaki, a recent graduate of Pratt M.Arch program, and a contributing editor of Tarp: Digital, Pratt’s podcast spinoff from their long-running student publication.