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About the Podcast

Each week join your host, award-winning designer Adrian Ramsay for a step into the expansive world of design, architecture and more.

Adrian sits down with some of the big names and those who are lesser known from across the international design world to find out what makes them tick, what they strive for and what unites us, in the universal quest to create something simple, functional and beautiful.

In 2013 Richard Petrie worked with a local architect in New Zealand and helped her win better projects at higher fees. In 2014 AMI launched the world’s first comprehensive client attraction system for architects and designers available online. Since then over 600 architects and designers from around the world have been through the training.

The ‘LCC’ method within the training has had a huge impact on the design industry. Designers are taught and given the tools to get paid for pre-design research. ‘No more free work’ demands Richard Petrie, his students are happy to oblige.

Adrian Ramsay Design House

Adrian Ramsay Design House connects with clients to innovate solutions for them and create homes that make their hearts sing.

Using his unique ‘Design Magic’ process, Adrian listens to client’s dreams, understands their budget, and creates unique, functional and stylish homes, with a personalised finished product that leaves no two houses the same.  

While most of our work is based in Australia, Adrian Ramsay Design House has also completed works in New Zealand, England and France. ARDH are full service designers of new homes and home renovations, specializing in bespoke, environmentally sensitive design.

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The latest episodes...

October 26, 2020

My guest on Talk Design today is Tim Brown, founder of Tim Brown architecture and Perch Plans. Based in Austin, Texas, Tim is renowned for his modern farmhouses.We sit down to discuss his path to design, his transfer from commercial to residential design, clashes with builders, and more. Connect with Tim:

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October 19, 2020

“What if every business could make a difference in their own way, just by doing what they normally do?”Paul is the founder of Buy 1 Give 1, an organisation and a charity movement based on that simple and profound idea. Paul discusses the importance of connection, in a time of extreme isolation. He breaks down his thoughts

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September 28, 2020

Wenna Prive is a world class illustrator. Working with broad clientele from the hotel world to renowned interior designers. Wenna breaks down her favourite industries, challenges and processes that have made her so successful.   Connect with Wenna:

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September 14, 2020

Trav might be a new name for you, but Trav is a man that has had incredible and resounding influence over a huge number of peoples lives. Trav’s Bucket List organisation re-designs lives so that people live the life they’ve dreamed of. Trav joins Adrian for a totally different style of design chat, for the first time,

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September 7, 2020

Originally from New Orleans, now based in Austin Texas, Hugh is an incredibly intriguing figure in architecture, who plays in multiple genres, without a specific signature style. Hugh Randolph is one of the most interesting architects we’ve had on the show.  We talk about Hugh’s life, from growing up with astronauts, to road tripping America. Then

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August 31, 2020

Today we catch up with Danielle Power-Silk, a fashion designer from New Zealand, with a specialty in bespoke fashion. We get sexy, with a focus on designing flattering, sexy pieces for the modern woman. We pull apart what makes a design embody sexiness and empowerment and how that translates through culture, time and style.  Connect with Danielle:

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August 26, 2020

Today in Talk Design we catch up with a legend of the retail and hospitality design world Callie Van De Merwe.As a founder of Design Partnership, Callie’s spaces have a magical elegance that tie every minute detail together, creating an effortless masterclass in social experiences. Today on the show we chat about Callie’s process from top

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August 19, 2020

This week we’re joined by Kevin Alter, from Alter Studio – Texas. Kevin is multi award winning architect, professor and an author. We discuss Kevin’s creative journey into architecture, the importance of Hubris and the impact that Covid has had on the architecture world.Plus, how re-joining his 80’s rock band has made Kevin re-evaluate where architects sit

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Special Section:
AIA Austin Homes Tour 2020

34th Annual AIA Austin Homes Tour - October 16 - 19, 2020

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TALKdesign interviews architects featured on the tour...

October 14, 2020

This episode we’re joined by Robert Gay and Lucy Begg, architects featured on the AIA Austin Homes Tour 2020. Robert Gay Robert grew up making things in the woods of Alabama and helping his Dad on jobsites around the state.  Since beginning his architectural studies at Auburn University twenty five years ago, his diverse design and building

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October 12, 2020

This episode we’re joined by Camille Jobe and Ada Corral, architects featured on the AIA Austin Homes Tour 2020. JOBE CORRAL ARCHITECTS specializes in the design of well detailed and highly crafted structures using authentic materials. We work with the knowledge that a great project springs from a deep understanding of the site, a respectful and

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October 12, 2020

 At Baldridge Architects, our practice is predicated on the basic belief that well-designed space can aspire to loftier goals than the mere provision of shelter and amenities; and it can do more than facilitate commercial or institutional goals. For us, these are our baselines—our starting points. As a firm, we are striving for more than prominence in a

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October 12, 2020

This episode we’re joined by Tim Cuppett and David Kilpatrick, architects featured on the AIA Austin Homes Tour 2020. Tim Cuppett Architects is a full service Architecture and Interior Design practice, with a residential portfolio spanning two decades. Our work is rooted in traditional forms of hearth and home interpreted in a quiet modernism. Homes are

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October 12, 2020

This episode we’re joined by Ingrid Spencer, Executive Director of AIA Austin. Every year for 33 years, AIA Austin has produced what has become a nationally-recognized tour of new and newly-renovated homes designed by architects for specific clients. Diversity and design excellence are showcased in the AIA Austin Homes Tour held every October. In 2020, it’s a

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October 9, 2020

Today on TALKdesign I’m joined by Hugh Jefferson Randolph from Austin, Texas. Hugh has been a guest on TALKdesign earlier this year where he discussed his background, his love af architecture and his design philosophy. Today Hugh takes us through his AIA Austin tour house which happens to be his own home, where as a family they

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October 9, 2020

This episode we’re joined by the husband and wife team of Ernesto Cragnolino and Krista Whitson, architects featured on the AIA Austin Homes Tour 2020. With over 20 years of professional practice, Ernesto Cragnolino has focused on the design of institutional, commercial and residential projects for a variety of clients and at a variety of budgets.

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October 9, 2020

This episode we’re joined by Nicole Blair, one of the architects featured on the AIA Austin Homes Tour 2020. Nicole Blair was born in Austin, Texas, in 1974. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Apparel from Cornell University in 1996 and worked in the NYC offices of Robert A.M. Stern and Peter Eisenman

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Why TALKdesign?

TALKdesign was created from my fascination of "What makes great design?"

When you consider the world, you realise that everything is designed either by a Human or Nature. Designers have a massive impact on how humans live.    

Every moment I spend with design thinkers I come away richer for the experience. I wanted to share my passion, to dig deeper and talk with designers, architects, inventors, artists and business people about what inspires them, their design process, and how they find design inspiration.

Having lived a life of design, training others in innovation thinking and creating for others I see huge value in sharing creatives' stories and process. I hope you enjoy the insights and passion my guests hold for life and design, and that their stories inspire you to become a better designer.

Adrian introduces TALKdesign (1 min. 08 sec.):

Adrian Ramsay

About Adrian

Adrian has lived a life of design, as a child he was always creating “something” – drawing, making models, building. Brought up in New Zealand where there has always been a hands-on approach to life, his father being a fine artist and a mother who was a drama teacher set him on a course which was about connecting with people and creating for them.

This journey took him to film and video production, then creating his own company and contracting to different industries with his design and people skills. Clothing design occupied a large part of his creative journey, starting as a specialist in women’s fashion swimwear working across NZ, Australia, USA and the UK. In another chapter of his design adventure he headed up design for New Zealand's biggest clothing company, where he created on field and on water sportswear globally for the world’s leading sports people. Highlights included mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary, rugby legend Jonah Lomu, and sailor Russell Coutts to name a few. 

Beyond clothing design, Adrian returned to his childhood love of designing houses. This resulted in the creation of Adrian Ramsay Design House where he uses his skill and intuition to read land and spaces, and works with clients to create homes that make their hearts sing.

With a thirst for knowledge and design thinking, Adrian detoured from his house design business for several years in the mid 2000’s to supply his skills across the globe as a systematic innovation trainer. Clients included AIRBUS, Footlocker, World Vision, and Boston Consulting to name a few. However with a young family and too much time away, he chose to return to Australia and his home design practice. 

Throughout Adrian’s broad career within the world of design, he has developed a deep understanding as well as a rich appreciation of the skills and people that make this industry tick. 

Talk Design is an exploration of both design and the human behaviour that allows it to flourish. 

Richard Petrie

Chief Marketect

You're taught "do great design and the clients will find you." It helps if you know how to communicate your value effectively. I help architects attract great clients who value design.

Eric Bobrow

Chief Strategist

Technology allows great design to reach your client, and for your thoughts and ideas to change the world. When you understand the big picture you can shape strategy and direct your tactics and methods to fulfill your mission.

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