TALKdesign Podcasts

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Talk Design

June 7, 2021

David Barrett founded the practice in 1977 with the intent of inventing a studio that brings creativity to projects of varying size, from large-scale master planning to the architecture of singular buildings, to the interiors with which we come into intimate contact. This love of design has always been coupled with an ethic of environmental stewardship. Over the years Barrett Studio has been recognized as just such a practice, establishing a legacy of sustainable, meaningful, and beautiful design.

In 1997, David chaired the AIA Colorado Design Conference where he framed the theme, “Toward an Architecture of Compassion,” bringing humanistic architects from around the world together with theologians, philosophers and artists to consider the emerging ethical role of the architect in contributing to a sustainable culture. This merger of poetics within a hopeful design vision has continued to inform his studio’s work.

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Talk Design

May 31, 2021

Deborah is a seasoned leader and consultant with experience working in a range of business operations. Having partnered in the foundation of Fantastic Furniture from concept to a multimillion dollar organization, Deborah knows the importance of putting people before numbers to build a successful enterprise.

As an interior designer for over twenty years the combination of retail experience and interior psychology have allowed her to become a successful adviser and designer to residential, retail and commercial sectors.

Deborah is passionate about assisting organizations unlock the power of behavioural understanding to successfully accomplish business goals. She works with leaders to further develop their organizational goals and to build collaborative teams that can execute.

In partnership with DNA Behavior International™ Deborah provides a suite of behavioural management solutions to help businesses "know, engage and grow" their executives, departmental and team leaders, employees and clients.

Human behavioural issues hidden deep below the surface are connected to 87% of business performance challenges which are quantifiable in terms of lost revenues and productivity.

• 40%+ increase in personal productivity

• 70%+ increase in team productivity

• 23%+ increase in revenue

Deborah works with organizations to focus on putting behavioural intelligence at the fingertips of business leaders, sales teams, customer service and operations teams together with their marketing service providers to help them navigate the human differences in their business for unlocking performance potential.

Using a hub of online human behaviour solutions powered by DNA Behavior Discovery Systems™, together with her own practical hands-on experience.

Because it can be easier to connect with others when you know what their communication preferences and desires are, Deborah has built her network using Communication DNA Discovery Process. 

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Talk Design

May 24, 2021

Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, is an owner and design principal of Olson Kundig. Kundig has received some of the world’s highest design honors, including a National Design Award in Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and an election to the National Academy as an Academician in Architecture. Most recently, Kundig was awarded the AIA Seattle Medal of Honor as well as a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Washington. Known for his contextual approach to design, Kundig emphasizes the primacy of the site. His buildings are a direct response to place, often serving as a backdrop to the built, cultural or natural landscapes that surround them. Tom’s current projects include homes across North America, Asia, Europe and New Zealand; adaptive reuse projects for a host of different functions; and hospitality projects in the United States, Austria, China, Costa Rica, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea and more.

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Talk Design

May 17, 2021

Pete Trimble is a bespoke clothier working from his humble Coolum Beach studio. He creates unique, custom clothing for customers around the Sunshine Coast and interstate. His pieces are bold, colourful and reflect the statement his clients truly wish to make. Each piece that Pete creates is absolutely unique, what he makes for you is only for you. Pete’s signature pieces are Bespoke Heirlooms; handcrafted bespoke garments that celebrate your memories and heritage by featuring sentimental items of yours. Perhaps the collar of your shirt is grandma’s old table cloth or your pockets are lined with your child’s first school uniform. Pete’s passion for design and unique clothing is available to you so you too can wear your statement.

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Talk Design

May 10, 2021

My guest this episode is former professional New Zealander Cricketer Richard Petrie. After a successful career in sports, Richard has since established himself as the world’s leading marketer for architects.

He's helped grow dozens of small and medium sized businesses with his powerful marketing systems, including his first architect client who tripled her new architecture practice year over year.

Previously Richard and I sat down to discuss how to communicate value to clients, how to get the clients you want and how to market as a generalist, check out part 1 of Richards chat...

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Talk Design

May 2, 2021

Samantha Wills has been in the spotlight as one of Australia's most dynamic speakers and creative personalities since launching her self-titled jewellery brand at Australian Fashion Week in 2004, at just 21 years of age. Samantha has spent the last decade in New York City. Having just returned home to Australia, she now resides in NSW as a creative director and keynote speaker.

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Talk Design

April 26, 2021

Michael Pinkus achieved a Bachelor of Industrial Design at Syracuse University, 1980 – 1985, being an outstanding ID student.

He worked for Dallara Automobili Competizione (Industrial Design) in Parma, Italy in 1986.

Dallara Automobili Competizione is an Italian company involved in the design and manufacture of high performance sports and racing cars 

In 1987, he worked for Matteo Thun & Partners, Milano, Italy. Matteo Thun & Partners is a multicultural architecture and design studio headquartered in Milan. The company operates internationally and develops hospitality, residential, headquarters, retail and urban and product design projects.  

Michael then established Pinkus Design, running from 1989 - 1993. Being a freelance Industrial Designer involved in product and exhibit design.

Since 1993 Michael is the President of Sussman Automatic Corporation. A New York City based design and manufacturing company of Industrial Boilers and Steam bathing equipment.

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Talk Design

April 19, 2021

Originally from north Idaho where Liz attended the University of Idaho graduating with a major in clothing design and a minor in interior design.  The years after college were spent traveling to different parts of the country and the world which is how she met her Aussie husband Tim. 

They spent 3 years in Portland OR where they bought our first home. You can see a home tour of their space in Portland at The Jungalow, a story about how they renovated the dining room at Design Sponge, and a write up of when it was an airbnb at Lonny Mag or listen to a podcast interview with Little Yellow Couch where they talk more about their home, design and DIY.

Portland is where Liz truly developed her love and professional desire for design as a home stager with OnStage.

A before and after of a home Liz staged in Portland OR featured on the DIY channel show First Time Flippers

In 2017 Tim and Liz, with their two dogs Cudi and Bo, spent 5 months traveling across the USA in our renovated 1982 Winnebago. 

Liz is currently living in New Orleans. Offering brand collaborations.

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Talk Design

April 5, 2021

Upon graduating from Grove City College in Pennsylvania with a degree in Industrial Management, Matt began his construction career at NVR in Washington DC. In 2005 Matt and his growing family relocated to Austin where he started Risinger & Company. Matt is dedicated to Building Science and is a recognized expert & thought leader in the industry.

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Talk Design

March 29, 2021

Cinda K. Lester is an architectural storyteller, and comes to storytelling through both sides of her family tree. Though she considers herself a Chicagoan, Cinda has travelled and lived all over the US and Italy.  She and her husband Henri LamBeau met in architecture school at the University of Idaho, where they both received a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch). Cinda returned home from the great American West, bringing Henri along with her, and received her Master of Urban Planning and Policy (M.UPP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Cinda and Henri currently live in suburban Chicago with their 17-year-old son Cooper and 15-year-old daughter Kellar, both architectural storytellers in their own right, with pencil, computer and LEGO. Cinda is first and foremost a Lake Girl, and treasures every minute that she can get in southern Wisconsin on her water.

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