TALKdesign Podcasts

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Talk Design

November 15, 2021

Christopher K. Travis is the founder and lead designer for Truehome Design.Build. He designed and built a broad variety of residential and historic projects in Texas from 1995 to 2014, including high-end new homes, ranches and estates, major remodeling, historic restoration and adaptive re-use of historic structures, historic and light commercial projects.

From 1995 until 2013, Travis was the founder, lead designer and Managing Partner of Sentient Architecture, LLC, (Formerly Round Top Architecture). He partnered with commercial architect, Robert Brett Pitt, in that enterprise serving the rural areas of South Central Texas and the Austin, Texas environs. In 2013, the partners formed individual enterprises and Travis moved his design practice into Truehome Design.Build.

Travis is an expert on the adaptive re-use of period materials and artifacts, as well as human factors based architectural programming for residential projects. He is the author of the Truehome Workshop and the originator of that systematic process which he has used with clients for over eighteen years.

One of his projects was awarded a T. C. Jester award for excellence in historic design in the historic Houston Heights. Mr. Travis’ company was named Remodeler of the Year by the Greater Houston Builder’s Association. He is also an expert on designing and building projects on remote sites and in rural areas.

His projects have appeared in the New York TimesBuilder magazine, Country LivingCowboys and IndiansHome CompanionSun Coast MagazineGo Magazine (Airtran Airways flight magazine), Hommes Magazine in Greece; the San Antonio Express News, the Marin County Independent Journal, The Providence Sunday Journal, in Texas Highways and before employee groups at Microsoft and Google. Major stories on his approach have appeared twice in German publications and in the Netherlands and Australia.

Mr. Travis is also a writer and theorist who has a multi-disciplinary interest in how psychological techniques, and human factors findings, can be applied to architecture and residential design to more effectively create homes and living environments that “fit the psychological nature of people” .He studies and applies the possibility of therapeutic architecture in his design practice. It is this long term study that inspired both the last twenty years of his design practice and the Truehome Workshop. He believes the psychological and emotional needs of the inhabitants of a home should guide the work of designers, and has used his systematic method for that purpose with his clients since 1998, and exclusively since 2002.

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Talk Design

November 5, 2021

During thirty years of architectural practice Jeff has acquired extensive experience in all aspects of the building process, from design through project management and construction administration. He has designed, detailed and managed numerous commercial, residential, and institutional projects throughout the United States and abroad.

Prior to founding the firm in 1992, Jeff worked for several well-known architectural firms, most recently with Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates in Philadelphia. He has been a registered architect since 1985, has taught architectural design studios at Drexel University for thirty years, and has been active on many non-profit organizations' boards. A Pittsburgh native, Jeff found the architecture of the iconic steel mills an early influence.

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Talk Design

October 22, 2021

D U S T is an alliance of architects, craftspeople, artists, designers, and builders with practices rooted in the master-builder tradition: a collective of people grounded firmly in the tactile, in pursuit of the intangible.

The studio explores ideas and ethics rooted in a reverent intimacy with craft and place. Ideas unfold in the creative space of intersections and find form through a respect for material and an unwavering attention to craft by skilled hands.

The seeds of this practice were planted in the late 1990s on the vast plains of the Llano Estacado in West Texas; the studio was born in Tucson, Arizona in 2007 as a collaboration between Cade Hayes and Jesús Robles who join Adrian in this episode of TALKdesign.

Cade has been one of the founding/managing principals of D U S T ® since its establishment in 2007. Each of the works shows a heightened sensitivity to place and the environment, expanding the discourse on lifestyle in harmony with the environment. 

In addition to practice, Cade has served on national design juries, has been a visiting instructor at Texas Tech University, and has taught Land Ethics design studios and Material Fabrication courses at the University of Arizona.

Jesús has been one of the founding/managing principals of D U S T ® since its establishment in 2007. Each of the works shows an investigation into sustainable material development, articulation of craft throughout the design and build processes, and contributes to the discourse of phenomenology and place in architecture.

In addition to practice, Jesus has contributed to Platform, a publication of the University of Texas at Austin, and is an instructor at the University of Arizona teaching design studios and Material Fabrication.

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Talk Design

October 15, 2021

Cavin Costello is the Principal Architect of The Ranch Mine, an architecture firm he co-founded with his wife Claire in 2010 at the young age of 24 in Phoenix, Arizona. Originally from the northeastern part of the United States, Cavin moved site unseen to Phoenix after earning his undergraduate and Master's Degree in Architecture, inspired by the inventive work being done by Will Bruder, Wendell Burnette and Rick Joy, as well as the opportunities in a growing, young city in a powerful natural environment. Cavin and Claire started The Ranch Mine during the peak of the Great Recession, slowly building their practice from designing bathrooms locally to now designing homes across Arizona, the United States and globally. Specializing in designing homes for people with the pioneer spirit, their unique design approach and mission of honoring the past, challenging the norm, and inspiring the future has won them multiple national and local awards, including HGTV’s Designer of the Year in 2019 and the American Institute of Architects naming them the “Future of Architecture” in 2015.

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Talk Design

Sam Gosling seeks the future of human study of architectural data.

The purpose of this survey is to inventory, prioritize, and understand the ambiances and emotions people desire in the different spaces of their ideal building environment. It should take around 20 minutes to complete. The research is being conducted by the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin in collaboration with Cushing Terrell, a multi-disciplinary design firm. 

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Talk Design

October 8, 2021

Colin Healy's mission is to help homeowners reinvent their homes to fit their evolving lifestyles.

Colin specializes in home transformations to allow his clients to live in their homes comfortably, safely and creatively as they grow older in their communities. Colin has developed a methodology called Next Step Home Design to assist clients with long term planning for resilient and healthy homes that meet the needs of the youngest to the oldest.

Colin also has a deep commitment to climate-conscious design. His first residential design projects in the 1980's were designing and building solar greenhouses integrated into houses for living space, supplemental heat and food production. Later, he began doing solar houses and more conventional houses with enhanced energy conservation measures. Colin helps his clients consider appropriate solutions for conservation and energy production for their homes from the very beginning of the design process.

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Talk Design

October 1, 2021

Paula Baker-Laporte FAIA, BBNC, BBEC is an architect, Building Biologist, author, healthy building consultant and educator. Graduating from the University of Toronto School of Architecture in 1978 and from the Institute of Building Biology and Ecology in 1994. She founded her own award-winning architectural practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1986-2009. She was honored for her work in healthy architecture and made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2007. She is currently the president of EcoNest Architecture Inc. based in Ashland Oregon est. 2010.

Paula's first-hand experience with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities in the 1980’s was the impetus behind her search for healthier ways to build that has resulted in her unique architectural practice with a specialty in construction for health based on the principles of Building Biology. She has designed, specified and administered the construction of many projects for the sublimely sensitive and has worked in various alternative building envelop systems including, light straw clay, adobe, pumice-crete, rammed earth, Aerated Autoclaved Concrete,and Wood Insulated Concrete Forms

In addition Paula and her team consult widely, throughout North America and beyond, working with Owners, Architects and Builders to achieve construction that is optimal for health.

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Talk Design

September 24, 2021

Christine has been growing businesses through executive coaching, organisational design, planning and strategy for more than 20 years. She now speaks on global stages and most recently published her book Grow Your People Grow Your Business. 

Having commenced her career in global corporations and big 4 firms, Christine now specialises in mindset and business growth utilising specialist NLP and traditional business coaching methods; taking leaders and entrepreneurs from where they are, to where they want to be. When Christine isn’t coaching her clients to success, she is to be found working with her global team, running her own online platforms, kickboxing or being ‘just’ mum.

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Talk Design

September 15, 2021

Simon Devitt is a photographer with a strong practice focus in Photography of Architecture, currently based in Auckland, New Zealand, with an established international practice throughout Australasia and further afield.

Simon has both a strong sense of home and a wanderlust which goes right back to when he was born in a sandstorm beside a sleeping camel in 1973. Working in many different settings across cultures around the world has had a great impact on his professional practice, which has been greatly enriched by Simon's experience of each particular context: Shanghai and its people, the fruitful silence of a Japanese bamboo forest, the light in Los Angeles, so different to the harsh, more direct light in New Zealand. Simon Devitt loves people in my photos as their appearance adds a sense of scale and a place in time.

Simon is an author of the award-winning photo-book Rannoch and the All Things Considered series. Photo-books bring together his passion for image, place and language, which started in 2013 with the launch of Portrait of a House, his first self- published photo-book on the Athfield residence in Wellington. Since then, Simon has started publishing the Ripe Fruit series.

His images feature in many books and collaborations including Long Live the Modern(2009), Group Architects: Towards a New Zealand Architecture (2010), Athfield Architects (2012) and Summer Houses (2011); as well as in numerous national and international magazines such as Elle Decor (Italy, UK, Japan and South Africa), Architectural Digest (Germany), Dwell (USA), HabitusInDesign (Australia), Architecture NZHome New ZealandUrbisInterior (NZ).

Simon lectures in Photography of Architecture at the University of Auckland, where he has also had the pleasure of offering the annual Simon Devitt Prize for Photography since 2008.

Currently, he is represented by PhotoFoyer in Milan, Italy and Simon's work has been exhibited in both group and solo shows.

Simon is available for commissions, collaborations and guest lectures in New Zealand and worldwide.

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Talk Design

September 7, 2021

As the Founder & Director of KWD, Kate Walker heads up the custom design studio she launched in 2013. Having worked in the tile industry for over 15 years, she identified the need for a streamlined solution for busy people who require support with their complete hard-finish requirements.

With entrepreneurial skills in her DNA, the business grew quickly and organically. KWD now has an extensive network of manufacturers, importers and trades. Kate recently expanded her portfolio to include KWD & Co, an online hard finishes portal, and KWD Access - a platform that makes interior design accessible to anyone, on any budget.

Kate's dynamic team has grown exponentially over the last 12 months. The 20 incredible women she employs are project managers, interior designers and design professionals who manage more than 70 design projects each year.

Having established a strong and genuine reputation in the design community, Kate has gained respect for her innate talent to translate a design vision from concept

to reality - to match any client’s budget and across any aesthetic. Her ever-growing social media following is testament to the genuine sharing of design advice and inspiration she offers on her Instagram and Facebook pages. And her loyal tribe not only love the designs she creates, they love to know all about her lifestyle, her passions, her family and her wardrobe!

Kate Walker has been profiled in many leading magazines and blogs, and KWD’s work has been featured in Australia’s leading interior magazines including Belle, Home Beautiful, Inside Out, Grand Designs Australia and House & Garden (including four front cover stories). Her work has also been published in Homes & Gardens UK.

With many years of design experience across every design aesthetic, Kate can appreciate what it takes to make a home successful in terms of livability and functionality. She understands space planning, joinery, hard finishes, textures, lighting, furniture, flooring and soft furnishings, colour palettes, art and the decorative touches that make a house a home. Kate's experience and knowledge as a design expert and her authentic and engaging personality will offer TV viewers a fresh, authentic and inspiring insight into the world of design.

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