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Talk Design

March 1, 2021

Cory is a wellness design Architect in Venice Beach, California who is focused on designing the healthiest homes and offices. He is a California licensed Architect with 10 years experience and is the founder of WALKS studio. Find him on the beach playing 2-man beach volleyball on the weekends. 

 A number of our projects incorporate biophilic design principles into the design. Especially locally in LA, there is a lot of daylight to be captured by new skylights or big rollup doors to bring in the fresh air and allow plants to thrive.

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Talk Design

February 22, 2021

Thad Reeves received his Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1997. During this time, he studied in Spain and traveled extensively in Europe. His interest in historic European architecture’s influence on contemporary design has led him on numerous architectural pilgrimages throughout Western and Central Europe, Australia, and the United States. 

Upon graduation, Thad worked for RTKL Associates in Dallas, where he worked on both local and International award winning projects. After a short time he had the opportunity to participate in the legacy of Oglesby Greene Architects where he honed his skills on well-crafted, smaller scale projects.

In 2003, Thad helped form the offices of Thomas Krahenbuhl and Truett Roberts Architects where, as a senior associate, he continued to work on commercial and residential projects at all phases of the design process.

Thad co-founded IPB LLC in 2005 as a way to purchase and develop projects. He undertook the restoration of an historic 1920’s residential complex where he acted as developer, designer and contractor.

In 2005, Thad began teaching at the University of Texas in Arlington and co-founded A.GRUPPO Architects. He is a registered architect in the state of Texas and is the recipient of the McDermott traveling fellowship.

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Talk Design

February 15, 2021

Scott Specht is founder and principal of internationally acclaimed Specht Architects, inventor of the self-sufficient zeroHouse™, and a frequent speaker on where things are headed (and where they’ve been) in the world of architecture, design, and engineering. He has been featured at conferences and on video presentations sponsored by such hosts as TEDx Talks, Dyson, Indeed, the American Institute of Architects, and The University of Texas at Austin. 

Scott has received numerous awards for his work from organizations such as the American Institute of Architects, The Architectural League of New York, and Architectural Record. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesThe New Yorker, Architectural Digest, and hundreds of other publications. His firm was listed frequently in the “Top 100” architects by New York magazine, and his most recent book, Coffee Lids, has received acclaim for its unusual take on the design of “unseen objects” that populate our daily lives.

Specht Architects’ work includes residential, commercial and university-based projects, including the The Carpenter, an environmentally sustainable adaptive re-use of a former Carpenter’s Union complex, and Casa Xixim, a completely off-the-grid bio-resort in Tulum. The zeroHouse™, a high-performance, self-sufficient house established Specht as an international design leader in the micro-dwelling movement. Prior to his work at Specht Architects, Scott was a consulting designer for Studio Daniel Libeskind in Berlin, and worked with that firm on its winning New York World Trade Center planning competition scheme. Scott was also a designer with Deborah Berke Architect, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, both in New York.

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Talk Design

February 8, 2021

Peter received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame in 1988.

In 1991 he moved to Germany, learned enough German to work as the lead designers of a German firm, Diniaware Architects in Königstein.

Peter then moved to Baltimore in 1995 and worked for 10 years for the premier residential architects in the area. There he honed his craft of designing beautiful and practical client-focused homes.

He opened 2e Architects in 2005. A couple of years later he changed residential architecture by offering Unlimited 3D Renderings to all of his clients. Then in 2016, he began innovating again - this time pioneering the use of Virtual Reality. In addition to offering this absolutely stunning preview of their homes to all of his clients, Peter is also teaching architects all over America (and the world) how to transform their practices into Virtual Reality practices. 

After 16 years of accolades, awards, articles, amazing homes, ecstatic clients, and innovation after innovation 2e Architects is now the premiere residential architecture firm in Baltimore.

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Talk Design

February 1, 2021

Ken is a passionate member of the entrepreneurial community in Portland,  Oregon committed to making work meaningful. He is CEO and Co-founder of Grovemade, a product design and manufacturing company specializing in the home workspace.

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Talk Design

January 18, 2021

RDA Architects Ltd. Founder and Director. Starting with a team of just 3 people and £2,000 funding from The Prince's Trust, RDA now employs a team of 10-15 people and is now turning over more than £1,000,000. The practice works on projects worth around £20 million. RDA are purveyors of BIM and are exploring the use of virtual reality in the Architectural Profession. The practice has a commitment to working with new technologies, off-site construction and Passivhaus design. At least 20% of time is spent working with R&D in the industry exploring new sustainable ideas. To date RDA have built eight certified Passivhaus’s and are striving to meet London’s 2050 Net Zero commitment. As “ LETI Pioneers” Richard and his team are experts in this field.

Richard comes from a second-generation immigrant Polish speaking family, born in London. He has travelled extensively in search of his family’s epic refugee and 2nd world war tale.

His undergraduate Architecture degree was gained in Liverpool, whilst gaining a distinction for his post-graduate qualification in London using Film as a base for studying Architecture. He has been a lecturer for some ten years at Chelsea College of Art, Greenwich and Southbank University. He has had a column in Building Design, written in other publication and appeared on the BBC.

He has worked in Hong Kong and Mumbai as an Architect. Though the longing of his motorcycle explorations beckoned for him to carry on exploring the world on two wheels. From Nepal to India to the States on a Harley. He still prefers two wheels to four, though now cycling.

His firm RDA are an internationally experienced, multi-award-winning studio, celebrating 25 years in practice. Their core work is the design and delivery of innovative, ecologically sensitive buildings that encourage a better, cleaner way of living and working. They are highly regarded by clients and industry for delivering certified Passivhaus schemes, embracing modular and offsite construction, achieving planning on awkward or sensitive sites, and designing beautiful bespoke interiors.

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Talk Design

January 11, 2021

Ms. Saheb is the founding architect of the firm Saheb Architecture in New York city. She has over 20 years of experience altering buildings in large urban cities. She offers design solutions to townhouse and building owners to raise the value of their property through redevelopment and/or passive rental income. She is an expert in Conversions of residential buildings. 

Ms. Saheb was born in India, and grew up in the large city of Mumbai. She graduated from University of Mumbai and was licensed as an architect at the age of 24. She then set up her own architectural practice in Mumbai. Soon after, she took the bold decision to move to America, and arrived in New York as a tourist at 25. She started her life from the bottom of the society to build it up to the current flourishing design-development business, with many twists and turns along the way.

Ms. Saheb volunteers at Open House New York, an initiative to promote appreciation of architecture in New York and the international business networking organization of BNI. She gives back by mentoring young professionals in the AEC industry, and hosting classes for realtors and property owners on property redevelopment. She lives on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, NY.

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Talk Design

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 debuted a new name: Ludlow Blunt. Located on 85 N 3rd Street in Brooklyn, NY, Ludlow Blunt offers the atmosphere of a true traditional barbershop. "Our interior has authentic 1885 Cuban mahogany pharmacy cabinets and original 1930's barber chairs," Manley says. "Every detail—from the fans to the light switches and cash register—is all original."

Even though Manley credits some of the shop's popularity to its authentic barbershop feel, it's not only a place for men. "The atmosphere is that of a high-end barbershop, but our staff is comprised of all senior stylists and trained hairdressers," Manley says. "In fact, 50 percent of our clients are women. We offer everything a woman could get at a regular salon, but we cater to guys for shaves and cuts, too."

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Talk Design

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 Waters), Focus, Neil Murray (Whitesnake), Harry James (Thunder), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Ozbourne) and more.

His passion for audio, combined with his love of teaching also led him to launch – a platform built for musicians, businesses and hobbyists and to learn how to produce music and audio.


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Talk Design

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 York since 1981. Her early role as associate with prominent design firms included a leading creative role with retail and residential projects across the United States and the world. This continued when she opened her company where she has worked with a wide array of clients. Always finding new and creative solutions often where others feared to tread or did not succeed, usually exceeding expectations.

Always up for a challenge, and “never the same solution” she is passionate about the timelessness and elevation of each and every client that her team selects to work with. Her work currently includes work for clients from Holland, Norway, South Africa, the United Kingdom and China and projects lie in New York, London, Costa Rica, across the Hamptons, Los Angeles, Chicago and Florida.

Any free time, when there is no tennis, is spent on the design and execution of her chandeliers and furniture line and exploring lighting and ever new technologies.

Her marriage to the South African ambassador to the United Nations was at the time of Mandelas inauguration and her “front row seat” to all that transpired brought a new depth of understanding and inspiration to her work. After successfully combating the onset of cancer with diet and acupuncture, she adopted her daughter from China, thus adding another chapter to her always interesting stories.

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