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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...

January 3, 2021

Some might call Russell Manley the pioneer of the retro-modern barbershop movement. A British transplant and long-time barber, Manley opened his first New York shop on the Lower East in 2008, originally named Tommy Guns. Years later, the uber-trendy location expanded to a second shop in Williamsburg. Brooklyn has become Manley’s main hub. Manly rebranded the salon and

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December 27, 2020

Joe started out learning the ropes of audio production in college, before continuing with Music Technology at University. Since then, he has been working in the audio industry in studios across the UK and at The Crow’s Nest. Over the years, Joe has built up a large list of top clients, such as Dave Kilminster (Roger

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December 24, 2020

Heather grew up in South Africa where she studied Architecture at ‘Wits’ University in Johannesburg and immigrated during the Soweto riots to complete her degrees at Ball State University in Indiana. Prior to studying Architecture Heather attended the National School of the Arts and the Italian Dressmaking School in Johannesburg. She has lived and worked in New

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December 17, 2020

When your purpose creates your passion. Using blue denim jeans to save lives. James Bartle is the founding CEO of Outland Denim, the denim brand making jeans differently and setting a new standard in fashion manufacturing. Driven by the desire to curb the trafficking of young girls into the $99 billion illicit commercial sex industry, Bartle

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December 10, 2020

At 16 years old Nathan Woodrow began the Ryde Clothing Brand while in High School and recovering from a knee injury which sidelined him for sport for 18 months. During this time Nathan was and still is extremely passionate & driven to create something from his love of sport, adventure and his hometown – Renmark, South

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December 2, 2020

Jamie Durie is one of Australia’s most recognisable faces and an icon in the world of horticulture and landscape design. He’s been on Oprah, and has television shows around the world, but now Jamie sits down with Talk Design to get into the nitty gritty of designing houses and spaces that work intuitively for their

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November 24, 2020

This week’s Talk Design guest is Wells Mason, a designer and sculptor based in Texas yet whose works span the globe. Wells is the owner and founder of Ironwood Industries, a design house that specialises in studio furniture and contemporary sculpture. In our chat we discuss the story of his studio as well as his path to

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November 15, 2020

My guest today is the lovely Zara D’Cotta, an expert in healthy homes (so much so that she founded ‘The Healthy Home’) and a keynote speaker intent on empowering others to take a healthier approach to their abode.  Zara started on her path after battling cancer twice and hopes to shine the spotlight on some

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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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