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Talk Design

September 16, 2022

Rebecca Hay is CEO of Rebecca Hay Designs, host of the Resilient by Design podcast, international speaker and business coach. She’s the creator of the revolutionary online course, Power of Process, helping time-strapped and frustrated Interior Designers eliminate the chaos of running a business so they can achieve focus and clarity. She helps designers build confidence and streamline their business, taking them from chaos to coordinated. Her methods and experience prove that anyone can up-level their business & make more money without working around the clock. Rebecca believes in collaboration over competition and given the right tools, anyone can be successful.

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Talk Design

August 22, 2022

Michael Malone, FAIA is the founding principal of Malone Maxwell Dennehy Architects, a full service architectural firm based in Dallas, Texas. Since 1992, the firm has specialized in the design of retail and commercial interiors, single and multifamily residential, facilities for worship, and corporate marketing centers. The award-winning practice is frequently published in professional and shelter publications and is widely recognized for its thoughtful and considered designs. In 2013 the firm was selected as the Firm of the Year by the Dallas Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Michael is a frequent contributor to professional journals and is a Contributing Editor for Texas Architect magazine. He is the author of “The Architects Guide to Residential Design” published in 2010 by McGraw Hill. Active in the Texas Society of Architects, he was the 2015 President. Previously he served as President Elect, Vice President for Outreach, Chairman of the Publications Committee, Chairman of the Texas Society of Architects Design Committee, and Chairman of the Honors and Awards committee. He initiated and chaired the first three Texas Society of Architects Design Conferences in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He currently serves as the President of the Texas Architectural Foundation and chairs the AIA Dallas Community Honors Committee.

He is a frequent speaker at professional meetings and conventions, with his programs focused primarily on the importance of design, the role of drawing in design and issues affecting the architectural profession. He was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2017.

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Talk Design

August 16, 2022

Steve Melvin spent his formative years working on a number of residential and health developments. He learnt here the importance of understanding the physical, social and cultural context of a building. Steve then worked in London on a number of commercial projects for high profile banks. This was followed by a period working on projects in the Spa & Leisure fields. He started work at Atelier Architecture & Design, Tring in May 1999, Steve became a Director in 2005 and Principal Director in 2009. Here his work has concentrated on all stages of the design & procurement of bespoke residential, commercial and community projects and in some legal expert witness work.

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Talk Design

August 8, 2022

Having been at the forefront of the property development industry for many years, Andrew's passionate and innovative approach to design principles combined with his vision and entrepreneurial flair has resulted in the exponential growth of his property portfolio.

As Managing Director of property development group Bennett Williams, Andrew is central to the company's strategic direction and operations. He has successively delivered a number of key developments throughout Victoria, NSW and QLD in high density, medium density and land subdivision housing real estate projects.

Bennett William's recent expansion with a registered property trust and private finance opportunities has seen Andrew grow his team of knowledgeable professionals with the capacity to expand and diversify the companies land portfolio to fully service the property industry. Bennett Williams' investment activities will forge ahead with an array of strong investment syndicates and business relationships with leading banks, finance brokers, financial advisors and institutional investors.

Andrew is focused on expanding his portfolio both personally and professionally. His natural affinity with the camera, his confidence and humour, and his passion for the media combined with his property prowess provide the perfect foundation for increasing his profile on the media stage.

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Talk Design

August 1, 2022

I was born as the 3rd child of an Artist Painter in northern Germany. In 1960, when I was 5, my father escaped with his family from the melancholic teutonic grey to the brilliant light of the Mediterranean island Ibiza, “Eivissa” in Catalan. For the first time, I saw the white cubes of the peasant houses, built by their inhabitants with simple means and following a Phenician pattern. I felt fascinated and attracted by the Mediterranean architecture, please mastery into the landscape of rocks and Pine trees.

As a young boy, I was playing and drawing in the studio of Erwin Broner, a German Jew, Artist Painter, and Architect, who had known Ibiza during his first exile in the late 1930ies. After a long journey of almost 17 years, first to London and later to California, he turned back to his beloved mythic Island in 1957. In the following 20 years, Broner designed a series of contemporary houses for international clients. Conceived in the tradition of European rationalism, the uncompromising buildings yet merge at perfection with the Mediterranean landscape. Nowadays, to live in a Broner-House is still considered a privilege.

Another famous Master Architect, Barcelona born Josep Lluis Sert, Dean of the Harvard Graduate Design School from 1953 to 1969, turned back to Ibiza in 1970. As did Broner, his first act in the Island was to build his own studio house, situated in the historic “Dalt Vila” District. Sert and my father have been known each other. During five years, he lived and painted in the Sert Studio, before the family settled in the “Can Pep Simó” condominium, a design from Sert and other Catalán architects friends.

Born and educated in a medieval town in Westphalia, I undertook my architectural studies at the Technical University of Berlin. Once finished my career, I undertook a useful journey through Europe, serving as an architectural apprentice in several studios in Belgium and Spain. I was happy to learn with the renaissance like Master architect Bruno Albert in Liège, where I learned that beauty and proportions are our finest tools. My first professional steps in Barcelona a link to the PSP Studio. Ferran de los Santos and Joan Maria Pascual were so patient to explain the secrets of Catalán craftsmanship to the young German architect.

The next steps were the association with Guillermo Bañares, a practice, which lasted 20 years. I own Guillermo the knowledge of Spanish society and uncountable conversations about architecture and design, scouting together our projects, a broad range of residential, hospitality, corporate and industrial buildings.

Finally, at the beginning of the severe financial and Economic crisis, in 2007 I created my own practice, Wortmann Architects.

Although I consider myself, aware of my German roots, as a “Mediterranean Prussian”, I feel at home under the Mediterranean sun in the ancient “Marca Hispanica” of Catalonia. Since more than 30 years, I enjoy living and working as an Architect, with my family, in Barcelona. 

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Talk Design

July 26, 2022

Chris has always sought to make the urban environment a richer place through his architecture and interiors practice. 

Chris studied at University College’s Bartlett in London. From there he received a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh and went on to work for Skidmore Owings and Merrill Architects, better known as SOM, in the London, Washington DC, and New York offices. Chris soon set his sights on opening his own practice, Fogarty Finger, in 2003 with just two employees.

In the nearly 20 years since, Chris’s firm has flourished, playing a pioneering role in the multifamily housing realm, joining forces with the Interiors Division to create top-to-bottom residential and commercial transformations, and recently expanding into the Boston and Atlanta markets, while counting a total of 127 diverse employees among its ranks.

Two of the firm’s major projects—141 Willoughby, an office tower in downtown Brooklyn, and Astoria West, the largest residential development ever built along Astoria’s burgeoning waterfront, both topped out in recent months. While construction is underway on The Nova, a striking residential tower in Long Island City completing in September. Meanwhile, The Lively, which adds 180 luxury residential units to Jersey City’s growing downtown district, as well as ground-level commercial space and a new performing arts center, nabbed an AIA NJ award for its impressive design. 

Earlier in 2021, The Dime, a live-work-play building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn opened its doors. And on the boards, in the borough’s Gowanus neighborhood, are projects, including the 600,000-square-foot building at 300 Nevins, that reflect the new zoning legislation that recently occurred in the city. Collectively, these projects capture Fogarty Finger’s dominance in the outer-boroughs of New York City as an architecture and interior design firm shaping the cityscape. 

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Talk Design

July 19, 2022

Andrew Mumford is Managing Director of Sub-Zero Group Australia. With over 20 years experience in the major kitchen appliances industry, Andrew has been working with the Sub-Zero and Wolf brands since their launch in the Australian market in 2009 and was appointed Managing Director in 2016. Andrew is passionate about Sub-Zero and Wolf and has been instrumental in the ongoing growth and development of the brands in Australia.

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Talk Design

July 5, 2022

Jason Boyer’s work redefines what’s possible through the eyes of the client - rethinking the norms of architectural practice to drive performance-based design solutions that result in elegant, simple, and compelling project outcomes. A graduate from the University of Illinois and Arizona State University, Boyer was recognized among the top three graduates in his Master of Architecture class and has since served in an Adjunct Faculty position with the ASU School of Architecture. 

At age 35 Boyer was named Design Principal and Director of Architecture for the Phoenix office of OWP/P, a notable accomplishment in a profession where the average principal age is 52. In 2009 OWP/P merged with Cannon Design where he served as Design Principal for Cannon Design’s Phoenix based Western Mountain Region office. A firm-wide design leader, he collaborated across offices with projects in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Francisco. His design leadership was recognized by the General Services Administration in 2009 with the selection of his portfolio for the Region 9 Land Port of Entry Design Excellence IDIQ program.

In 2012 Boyer founded Jason Boyer Architects, adding real estate development to his skillset with the completion of artHAUS, a nationally recognized residential infill project. He has since transformed his practice to include design-led real estate development, re-establishing it as Boyer Vertical in 2020. Boyer Vertical integrates architecture, development, and design|build construction under a single real estate platform focused on creating sustainable architecturally significant projects. artHAUS, the first project completed under the Boyer Vertical umbrella, is a 25-unit smart, modern transit-oriented development that serves as a model for missing-middle infill housing and has been featured in the Urban Land Institute case study library. 

In February 2022, Jason Boyer joined the three percent of AIA members who have been honored for making significant contributions to the profession by being elevated to the AIA College of Fellows.

Boyer’s strength is balance – possessing an entrepreneurial skillset that is both design and business savvy. He is a mentor of talent with a legacy for identifying and developing promising young professionals. He values the “total architect” skillset above a singular focused design or practice management path and shares that perspective in the design studios he teaches at ASU.

This accumulated experience informs a compelling practice trajectory, moving Boyer outside the norms of architectural practice and into the role of real estate developer where his work will continue to add societal value with elegant, simple, and compelling self-directed architecture.

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Talk Design

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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Talk Design

June 14, 2022

@KadilakHomes is a design build firm run by Susan & Paul Kadilak in the Greater Boston area. Together they have made it their mission to help their clients turn an ordinary house into a haven that they love coming home to! The Kadilak’s have grown by connecting directly with their audience through their social media channels and are excited to announce that they just launched a brand-new app, “Renovation Rekindle”, featuring their new show with 10 half hour episodes. In each episode you can follow along with the Kadilak’s and their clients on a complete home renovation journey from beginning to end.

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