Episodes

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#54. Hometown Inspiration | Devin McIntyre of REDIST

Today, I’m joined by the Product Manager at REDIST, Devin McIntyre. Devin grew up in the suburbs of Detroit and has always been inspired by the city. We discuss how Detroit has transformed into a hub for creativity and technology in the past few years, and how the hustle culture of his hometown motivated him to pursue entrepreneurship from a young age.

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#53: Pioneering Sustainable Architecture | Tommy Craig of Hines & Rick Cook of COOKFOX

Today, I’m joined by Tommy Craig, Senior Managing Director at Hines, and Rick Cook, Founding Partner at COOKFOX. Tommy and Rick are both pioneers of the sustainable architecture movement and have joined forces for the 555 Greenwich and 345 Hudson Street project. They pull back the curtain on the 1.2 million square foot space and explain some of the green tech and design decisions. We also discuss the importance of mentorship, trends in making buildings better for the planet and its occupants, and how to balance the quality and speed of construction.

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#52: Trends in PropTech | Chok Lei of Clear Mountain Capital

Today, I’m joined by real estate executive Chok Lei to discuss his work with The Cedarview, a multiphase rental apartment development near the University of Connecticut. We also touch on what inspired him to pursue a career in real estate, his teaching career at Columbia University, and how technology can improve the process of developing for small to medium sized developers. He highlights startups in the proptech space that are making waves in the homebuilding space, and shares his predictions for the future of real estate development.

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#51: The Perfect New York Street | Ifeoma Ebo of Creative Urban Alchemy

Today, I’m joined by the Founding Principal at Creative Urban Alchemy, Ifeoma Ebo. Ifeoma is a Brooklyn native with a background in architecture, urban planning, real estate development, and environmental sustainability. In our conversation, we dive into the details of her latest project, The Perfect New York Street, which is a modern take on the streetscape of Third Avenue between 33rd and 34th Street. She walks us through what people might see, hear and feel when walking through this re-crafted space, and highlights the ripple effect it can have on the local economy and neighborhood safety.

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#50: The Role of Mentors in Design | Apoorva Rao of Michael Graves Architecture & Design

Today, I’m joined by senior architectural designer at Michael Graves Architecture & Design, Apoorva Rao. Apoorva shares what originally drew her to the field of architecture and how her passion for her family, Indian-American culture, theology, and philosophy ultimately inspired her thesis. She highlights the coaches and mentors who have helped shape her as a person and designer. She also touches on the role that Indian classical dance plays in her approach to architecture, and her dedication to always work from a place of boldness and courage.

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#49: Limiting Noise Distraction | Ryan Graye of Eremos

I’m joined by Ryan Graye, the founder and principal of Eremos, an acoustic design firm based in New York City and Miami. We get into how he got his start in this field, his design experience with major fitness facilities, and his current project with the NOBULL headquarters in Boston. Ryan shares what he learned during his time at Cerami & Associates and how he decided to leave the corporate world to start Eremos. Ryan also provides advice for how people can improve the sound of workspaces at home and simple recommendations for limiting noise distraction in small spaces.

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#48: Choosing the Right Location | Matt Giammanco of AvalonBay Communities

Matt Giammanco is a Senior Director of Development at AvalonBay Communities. He’s based in their New Jersey office and is part of the development team focused on north and central New Jersey. On today’s episode, Matt brings us behind-the-scenes on the Thanet Circle project in Princeton, New Jersey and how they’re changing the landscape of suburban rental housing. We also discuss more broadly how major developers like AvalonBay choose where to develop, and then how they go about building.

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#47: Suburbanism | Kenneth Namkung of Monument Office

Today, I’m joined by Associate, Senior Project Architect, and Designer with NBBJ, Kenneth Namkung. When he’s not working in the NBBJ Healthcare+ Studio, he’s running Monument Office, his research and design firm. I invited Kenneth on to discuss Suburbanism, a concept design proposal for a civic installation in the Herald Square area of Manhattan. We get into the logistics behind the project, the history of the American suburb, and the ripple effects of the pandemic on suburbia.

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#46: The Next Generation of Sustainable Architecture with Jack Whalen of MGAD

Today, I’m chatting with another next-gen architectural designer at Michael Graves Architecture and Design, Jack Whalen. We discuss the ACE Mentor Program, how his internships helped prepare him for his role at Michael Graves, and his vision for sustainable architecture. He also shares the spectrum of what his days look like and what he enjoys most about working at Michael Graves. Listen in to hear more about Jack’s journey and his innovative ideas for making sustainability more mainstream.

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#45: The Westside Pavilion with Louis Schump of Gensler

Today, I’m joined by the creative director at Gensler, Louis Schump. His design philosophy is rooted in defining problems and creating unique solutions. He is currently working on the Westside Pavilion project, which Gensler is repurposing into an office complex for Google. Louis breaks down what makes this project particularly unique and how both malls and technology companies have changed over time. We also talk more broadly about the downfall of shopping centers and the future of brick-and-mortar retail.

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#44: Claremont Hall with Melissa Román Burch of Lendlease Development

Today, I’m joined by Head of the New York City office for Lendlease Development, Melissa Román Burch. Melissa is a leading property Executive and Developer in New York with twenty years of public-company real estate experience. In our conversation, we talk about what influences her outlook on real estate, her work on the Pacific Park and Atlantic Yards project, details of Lendlease’s Claremont Hall project, and what the future of housing access in New York City looks like. Melissa also explains the core purpose of Lendlease and what they’re doing to move the needle on their goal to be at absolute carbon zero by 2040.

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#43: A Day in the Life of an Architect with Austin Crowley of Michael Graves Architecture & Design

Today, I’m joined by Austin Crowley, a design architect at Michael Graves Architecture & Design. We’re giving listeners a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to build your career at such an iconic firm and share our advice for listeners who are looking to break out into the field. Austin shares what drew him to working at Michael Graves Architecture & Design and gives us a peek into what his daily life is like at the office. We also discuss his career aspirations, Michael Graves’ legacy, and what the future of architecture looks like.

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#42: Wild Walk with Ting Chin of Linearscape

Ting Chin is the founding principal of Linearscape, an award-winning New York city-based design firm focused on the interplay between landscapes and buildings. Linearscape was awarded the prestigious 2012 AIA ENYA Award for their submission “Sym’bio’pia” to the Harlem Edge Competition. Today, we discuss the firm’s project Wild Walk, an interactive nature walk at the Wild Center. More broadly, we also talk about the ways that buildings and landscapes can be integrated effectively and efficiently with thoughtful designs.

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#41: 3322 Nile Street with Coby Lefkowitz of Backyard

I am joined by my guest Coby Lefkowitz, the co-founder of Backyard — a real estate development company focusing on infill development in Southern California. We discuss Coby’s 3322 Nile Street project in San Diego. More broadly, we talk about accessory dwelling units, also known as ADUs, and how they can be one answer to our country’s challenge of producing housing that all Americans can afford.

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#40: Durham Public Schools New Elementary School with Edwin Harris of EVOKE Studio Architecture

Today, I am joined by Edwin Harris, AIA, LEED AP, NOMA, Co-Founder and Design Principal at EVOKE Studio Architecture and design firm based in Durham, North Carolina. Today we will discuss the new elementary school that his firm has been focusing on designing for Durham public schools. More broadly, we will be talking about the extreme challenges in getting quality schools built and operating. Join us as we discuss these topics and how his design will help to build a school system that is diverse, unique, inclusive and responsive to the needs of Americans.

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#39: The Gateway Project with Andrew Regenstreich of HANDS

Today’s guest is Andrew Regenstreich, the Director of Real Estate and Economic Development at Housing and Neighborhood Development Services (HANDS). HANDS, Inc. is a developer of affordable housing in New Jersey. We will be discussing the “Gateway Project” at 523 Freeman Street, a new construction project for mixed-use housing in Orange, New Jersey. With 1,479 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, this project is planned to be a four-story development with nine residential units. More broadly, we will talk about the role that public incentives play in housing production today.

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#38: The Elm with Nick Falker of Cambridge Realty Partners

Nick Falker is the Managing Partner at Cambridge Realty Partners based in New Haven, Connecticut. His firm has been investing and developing in real estate opportunistically since 1978. Beginning in 2015, the company pivoted to focus on the New Haven multifamily residential market. We will be discussing with him about The Elm, a new construction multi-family building in downtown New Haven. More broadly, we will discuss the rise of the second city during COVID and what other cities may learn from it.

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#37: Tia San Francisco with Alda Ly of Alda Ly Architecture

We are joined by our guest Alda Ly, the founder and principal of Alda Ly Architecture (ALA), a New York City firm that focuses on interiors with a specialty in tech-driven commercial projects. Join us as we discuss her work across the country for Tia, a women’s health network and, in particular, their location in San Francisco. More broadly, we will be talking about the future of commercial design in a post-pandemic world.

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#36: The Peekskill Brewery with Sam Dickinson of Keeler Markwood Group

Today we are joined by our guest Sam Dickinson, principal at Keeler Markwood Group, a Westchester-based development company focused on ground-up and value-add opportunities in the Greater New York area. We discuss the Peekskill Brewery, a major renovation, and redevelopment project that Sam’s firm had been working on in the Hudson Valley. More broadly, we will talk about how a good development strategy and design can make the difference between foodservice venues that survive and those that fail to make the cut.

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#35: The Princeton Residential Colleges with Arthi Krishnamoorthy of Deborah Berke Partners

Today we are joined by Arthi Krishnamoorthy, a partner at Deborah Berke Partners, the renowned architectural design firm. We discuss the two new Residential Colleges that her team has designed at Princeton University, including the strategies she uses to make university buildings feel more homely for students. Join us today as we discuss Arthi’s journey from Southeast Asia to the cornfields of Urbana Champaign to West Philadelphia as well as how she brings to her designs to transform architectural spaces.

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#34: Carnegie Mellon University Residence & Academic Hub with Paul Lewis of LTL Architects

In today’s episode, Paul Lewis, Principal at LTL Architects based in New York City, shares his experience of working on projects for universities across the United States, from NYU to the University of Wyoming. As the Professor and Associate Dean at Princeton University School of Architecture, he works with students to develop environmentally sensitive and sustainable projects. Listen to this week’s episode to learn more about Paul’s experience as a designer as well as his most recent project working on the Carnegie Mellon University Residence & Academic Hub.

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#33: One Beverly Hills with Lauren Eckhart Smith of Alagem Capital Group

We are joined today by our guest Lauren Eckhart Smith, the Head of Design at Alagem Capital Group in Beverly Hills, California. She speaks to us about One Beverly Hills, a mixed-use project that includes residential, retail, hotel and both new construction and renovation components. More broadly, we discuss how this particular 17.5-acre site is one of the largest projects incorporating sustainable design and architecture in California, far beyond the hand-waving that we see in our industry.

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#32: Cleveland Foundation Headquarters with Pascale Sablan of Adjaye Associates Part 2

Today, we are speaking to architect, activist, and Associate at Adjaye Associates, Pascale Sablan, about her work on a variety of mixed-use, commercial, cultural & residential projects. She shares with us her experience working on the Cleveland Foundation Headquarters as a designer at S9 ARCHITECTURE in New York. More broadly, we discuss the topic of design justice, her advocacy platform, Built Environment, and how that aims to challenge structural inequalities by centering marginalized individuals in community-led design practices.

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#31: Cleveland Foundation Headquarters with Pascale Sablan of Adjaye Associates Part 1

Today, we are speaking to architect, activist, and Associate at Adjaye Associates, Pascale Sablan, about her work on a variety of mixed-use, commercial, cultural & residential projects. She shares with us her experience working on the Cleveland Foundation Headquarters as a designer at S9 ARCHITECTURE in New York. More broadly, we discuss the topic of design justice, her advocacy platform, Built Environment, and how that aims to challenge structural inequalities by centering marginalized individuals in community-led design practices.

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#30: Bushwick Townhouse with Lea Cloud of CDR Studio Architects

In this week’s episode, we will be speaking to Lea Cloud about her experience working at PKSB Architects and co-founding CDR Studio Architects with Victoria Rospond in 1995. She shares with us her experience working in Passive House, sustainable design, architectural design, interiors and comprehensive planning. We also learn more about her project in Brooklyn where the Bushwick townhouse is located, a project where she incorporates the concepts of connectivity and openness to allow growth and change for the client.

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#29: Eastbound with Clayton Taylor and JR Gideon

Today we will be talking to Clayton Taylor and JR Gideon who are jointly working on the Eastbound project, a new mixed-use development in East Austin. This project is designed for open-air business-ready gatherings on a large scale, and incorporates the current trend of destination mixed-use. Additionally, we will be speaking about how real estate professionals are already transforming where we work and how this has changed during the pandemic.

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#28: Chatham on Main with Peter Brosens

In today’s episode, we will be speaking with Peter (Pete) Brosens, the co-founder of Stolar Capital, a real estate investment firm with offices in Hoboken and Philadelphia. Since 2012, the firm’s focus has been on developing large mixed-use projects in transit-oriented downtown locations in New Jersey.

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#27: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum with Vishaan Chakrabarti | Part 2

Today we will be speaking with Vishaan Chakrabarti, a licensed architect and the founder of the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU). His professional portfolio is diverse, expanding from creating a master plan for the surrounding area of Michigan Central Station in Detroit to creating a social housing neighborhood in East New York. In this week’s episode, we will be speaking to Vishaan about his latest project for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, originally designed by I.M. Pei.

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#26: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum with Vishaan Chakrabarti | Part 1

Today we will be speaking with Vishaan Chakrabarti, a licensed architect and the founder of the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU). His professional portfolio is diverse, expanding from creating a master plan for the surrounding area of Michigan Central Station in Detroit to creating a social housing neighborhood in East New York. In this week’s episode, we will be speaking to Vishaan about his latest project for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, originally designed by I.M. Pei.

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#25: Cowboy Heaven with Faith Rose

Today we will be speaking with Faith Rose, a founding partner of O’Neill Rose Architects, a design firm based in Brooklyn. Her firm builds projects that have distinct physical, cultural, and historical conditions that create rich and meaningful spaces. She shares how her projects use a versatile approach to creating space that reflects and frames her client’s aspirations. One such project is Cowboy Heaven, a vacation home project in Big Sky.

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#24: Founders Way with Johanna Anderson

In today’s episode, we will be speaking with Johanna Anderson, Executive Director of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services. We will be speaking about Founder’s Way, a major mixed-use project in downtown Ithaca, New York on the site of a former Catholic school. This project was purchased by INHS from the Immaculate Conception School at 320 West Buffalo St. in Ithaca from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester.

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#23: The Hudson’s Site with Yasmin Rehmanjee

In today’s episode, we will be speaking with Yasmin Rehmanjee, partner and Co-Director of the New York office of Buro Happold. She has had two decades of structural engineering design experience, leading large-scale, multidisciplinary projects such as the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Today we will be speaking to Yasmin about the Hudson’s Site in downtown Detroit, a 680-foot mixed-use project that will pay homage to the late department store and tallest retail building in the world.

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#21: Wilderness Drive with Jenny Peysin

This week we will be speaking with Jenny Peysin, a licensed architect based in Brooklyn, NYC, about her current passive house project, Wilderness Drive in the Catskills region of upstate New York. As the founder of Jenny Peysin Architecture, her approach to design is rooted in a modernist philosophy, one that incorporates people with the spaces in which they live and work.

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#20: 7Seventy House with Chris Mazzola

Today we will be speaking with Chris Mazzola, the Director of Development at Bijou Properties. We will hear more about the 7Seventy House, a new major mixed-use development in Hoboken, New Jersey, and dive into Chris’s personal experience working on this development. At a broader level, we will also touch on the impact of climate change on urban real estate portfolios and how this has led to evident shifts in urban development projects.

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#19: Central Park West with Camila Crazut

Today we speak with Camila Crazut, an architect and interior designer working as a Project Manager at Spivak Architects in New York City. After training and becoming licensed as an architect in Venezuela, Camila came to the US to extend her training with a degree in interior design. Regardless of the title, Camila identifies as a designer capable of a wide range of creative projects, including the project we focus on today, a Central Park West residential apartment.

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#18: The Port Authority Bus Terminal with Rob Menendez

Today we will be talking to Rob Menendez, a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. We will be discussing a major intermodal transit hub in Manhattan’s Times Square, serving 65M people per year, known as the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

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#17: Modernist 4 with Alicia Hylton-Daniel

In today’s episode, we will be speaking with Alicia Hylton-Daniel who is the founder of Hylton Daniel, a design and construction company in Durham, North Carolina. Today we will be speaking with her about Modernist 4, a new single-family home project currently in development.

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#16: 75 Park Lane with Phillip Gesue

This week we’ll be talking to Phillip Gesue, the Chief Development Officer at Strategic Capital, a Jersey City-based development company that is a subsidiary of China Construction America.

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#13: The Philadelphia Art Alliance with Galia Solomonoff

This week we’ll be talking with Galia Solomonoff, founder and creative director of SAS/Solomona Architecture Studio, in New York City. We will be speaking to her about the Philadelphia Art Alliance, which Galia completed in collaboration with JacobsWyper Architects in 2019.

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#12: Bronx Point with Rachel Loeb

Today, our guest is Rachel Loeb. Rachel is the President and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. NYCEDC is a mission-driven non-profit organization that works on behalf of New York City to invest in neighborhoods to address long-standing community needs. We’ll chat about the Bronx Point project, which broke ground earlier this year.

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#11: 432 Woodland with Kirk Mitchell

Today, our guest is architect Kirk Mitchell. Kirk is the founder and principal at AKT Designs, an architecture and interior design firm based in Bergen County, New Jersey. We will be talking about 432 Woodland, a spectacular renovation of a single-family home in the Palisades, a stunning cliffside area of northern New Jersey.

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#10: Hotel Peter & Paul with Anthony Pellegrino

Today we’re talking with Anthony Pellegrino, Head of Hotels for ASH NYC, about the Hotel Peter & Paul in New Orleans. ASH NYC reimagined a campus of buildings once owned by the Catholic Diocese into a 71 room hotel with 3 F&B outlets, an event space and courtyard.

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#09: Milgard Hall with Kim Yao

Today we welcome Kim Yao to the podcast, partner at Architecture Research Office, ARO, in New York City. We will be talking about Milgard Hall, the 55,000 square foot Interdisciplinary STEM building at the University of Washington – Tacoma campus.

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#08: Brookfield Place with Rafael Pelli

On 9/11, images of Brookfield Place were seen around the world. Its gorgeous glass barrel-vaulted roof collapsed, its entrance blocked by a mountain of debris. Recently, Pelli Clarke Pelli reimagined what the building entrance could be, restoring key parts and changing others, to deliver a more innovative, sustainable building at this iconic location.

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#07: 241 West 28th Street with MaryAnne Gilmartin

One of the most well-known and well-respected professionals in the real estate business joins us on the podcast today for a highly insightful and motivating chat. Listen in as MaryAnne Gilmartin, founder and CEO of MAG Partners, walks us through the process of their latest project, 241 West 28th St, a new-construction, residential building in Chelsea, Manhattan.

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#06: Hunter’s Point Campus with Ann Rolland

In today’s episode, we welcome esteemed architect and partner at FXCollaborative, Ann Rolland, to discuss her most recent project, Q404, or The Academy for Careers in TV and Film located in Hunters Point, Queens.

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#05: 1776 On The Green with Megan Luce

Today we’re joined by Megan Luce, Senior Director of Interior Design at Michael Graves. Join us as we discuss what it was like to work alongside Michael Graves, himself, and take a look behind the scenes of Megan’s latest project, 1776 On The Green in Morristown, New Jersey.

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#04: OSLOadmo with Martin Ditto

Our fourth guest of the American Building series is Martin Ditto. Martin is the founder and CEO of Ditto Residential, an award-winning development firm based in Washington, DC. We are talking about OSLOadmo, an 8-unit residential development in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of DC.

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#03: 2+U with Jon Pickard

Our third guest in the American Building series is Jon Pickard. Jon is a Co-founder and Principal at Pickard Chilton, an award-winning architectural design firm based in Connecticut. We are talking about 2+U (also known as the Qualtrics Tower), the studio’s recently completed 690,000-square foot next-generation office complex in the heart of downtown Seattle. 2+U consists of 2 separate towers of 38 stories and 18 stories joined atop a common podium.

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#02: Peoples Bank Building with Samer Hanini

The second guest on the American Building series is Samer Hanini. Samer is the founder and managing partner of the Hanini Group, a development company with an affiliated architecture firm, Brick Design, and a construction management firm, Hanini Construction.

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#01: 25 Kent with Matthias Hollwich

The first guest in the American Building series is Matthias Hollwich, Founder and Partner of the architecture firm HWKN (“Hawk-in”). This episode takes a deep dive into 25 Kent, HWKN’s recently completed commercial building on the Williamsburg waterfront in Brooklyn.