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A platform to bring together Colorado architects and tell the stories behind their images. With Adam Wagoner
Sep 8, 2021
Adam Harding, principal of Roth Sheppard Architects, joins the show to talk about his uniquely Colorado career and the new path he has been plotting since taking over leadership at Roth Sheppard. We talk about his art-influenced background through his education at the University of Colorado. Out of school, Adam started at Roth Sheppard and has never left, becoming a principal in 2016. Adam creates goals and relentlessly drives towards them. He was awarded the AIA Colorado and AIA Western Mountain Region Young Architect of the Year Awards in 2015 and the AIA National Young Architect of the Year in 2021. He is heavily involved in creating a better community and giving architects a stronger voice in his multiple roles at AIA Colorado. He navigated the pandemic as the president in 2020. This episode also includes a bonus segment where we talk about the larger goals Adam has for Roth Sheppard, the office’s Department of Curiosities, and the development of their Denver Rabbit House. This episode is sponsored by Modern In Denver.
1 hr 26 min
Aug 24, 2021
Colorado Landscape Architect Panel
Laurel Raines of Dig Studio and Ransom Beegles of R Design Landscape join the show for a special Landscape Architect discussion, inspired by the Modern in Denver article “In Praise of Place” (https://view.publitas.com/modern-in-denver/modern-in-denver-summer-2021/page/122-123). With ten slides in ten minutes, each architect introduces who they are, how they got here and what excites them. From there, we join to discuss the state of Colorado landscape design, its past and where they see the profession going. Ashley Stevens of Evoke was scheduled to join as well but unfortunately had to drop out because of technical issues. This episode also includes an extended conversation, after the end credits, about “archi-gawking” and both architect’s educational backgrounds at Harvard and Colorado State University. This episode is sponsored by Modern In Denver.
1 hr 19 min
Jun 30, 2021
Renée del Gaudio
Renée del Gaudio, sole employee of Renée del Gaudio Architecture, joins the show to talk about her vision for an authentic Colorado architecture. We talk through her journey from Michigan to Washington to California to Peru and finally to Colorado where she has formed her own firm, literally out of the ashes of a forest fire. She purposefully works on few projects but all at an extremely high quality, gaining her many AIA Design and Firm of the Year Awards as well as write ups in Dwell, Modern in Denver, 5280 and the Wall Street Journal. Renée has had a clear vision for her life and career with the inspiring directness and energy to get her there. Her mission is to create architecture that belongs in Colorado, the same way her mentors were designing projects rooted in the Pacific Northwest. Beyond this work, she has also completed design build projects around the world in places like Cuba, Mexico, and Kenya. If all that doesn’t excite you (somehow) then listen in for her story about being smuggled out of Peru under a blanket in the back of a jeep! This episode is sponsored by Modern In Denver.
1 hr 17 min
Jun 16, 2021
Rich Carr and John Cottle
Rich Carr and John Cottle, two of the partners at CCY Architects, join the show to talk about their roots and what brought them to architecture and to their Aspen based firm. CCY is an architectural giant in our state being founded some 50 years ago. They constantly produce work of high quality that is critically rooted in its place, whether that be in the mountain environments of Colorado or spread out in other areas of the world. On top of our conversations about their careers and design process, we dig into their new monograph, Connection which is full of photographs, plans and drawings not seen on their website before. Check it out once it hits the bookshelves. This episode is sponsored by Modern In Denver.
1 hr 19 min
May 26, 2021
Kitty Yuen, Principal and Denver Studio Leader at Ratio Design, joins the show to give a low down on the Colorado design scene. Kitty has been a mainstay in the Denver for the last two decades, moving up the ranks at firms like Klipp Colussy Jenks Dubois, Oz, Gensler, Burkett Design, EUA and now to the Studio Leader position at Ratio Design which was previously Humphries Poli. Beyond all this work, raising her twin daughters and being married to another architect, Kitty is also very active in the AIA where she was the Denver president in 2011. In this episode we get into her childhood growing up in Hong Kong and then moving to Minnesota before becoming the rebel in her family and attending architecture school in Arizona. Kitty has a great approach to design and leadership, pushing for the profession to be positive force in our community and inspiring other young architects as a role model. After the credits we have an extended conversation about why she doesn’t go after awards, how she collects selfies from famous architects and what I am going to do with all the blackmail I have been collecting. This episode is sponsored by Modern In Denver.
1 hr 23 min
May 12, 2021
Julian Lineham and Chris O'Hara
Julian Lineham and Chris O’Hara, founders of the structural engineering and façade design group Studio NYL join the show to share their great wealth of experiences and stories working with international architects like Michel Rojkind, Peter Bohlin, Sasaki and Studio Gang as well as local architects like Brad Tomecek, Joseph Montalbano, Rob Pyatt and Rick Sommerfeld. Chris and Julian are from two different parts of the world, NY and London but were brought together by their extreme passion for design and architecture. They are active in the AIA and other engineering associations and speak widely at conferences and events pushing for more innovative and sustainable developments within architecture. And after the credits, this episode also includes our extended conversation about their early Bjarke Ingles experience and stories about hanging out with Mexican presidents. This episode is sponsored by Modern In Denver.
1 hr 30 min
Apr 27, 2021
Katie Donahue, co-founder of K Works Studio, associate architect at Handel Architects, instructor at The University of Colorado Denver and at Parsons School of Design in New York, joins the show to talk about her passions and exploits within her busy architectural life. Beyond all her professional roles, Katie is also busy pushing for sustainable practices like Passive House and reuse of different materials. She lends her talents to organizations like Architecture for Humanity and the Open Architecture Collaborative and consistently and powerfully advocates for underrepresented groups of designers. Katie has also won a number of awards, most notably AIA Colorado’s Young Architect of the Year in 2013. After the credits, this episode includes bonus recordings of us hanging out and talking about work life balance, adventures in Nepal, and designing shoes and candles and then were interrupted by both my kids while we were talking about parenthood and the profession. This episode is sponsored by Modern In Denver.
1 hr 30 min
Apr 14, 2021
Adam Steinbach and Jim Pfeiffer
Adam Steinbach and Jim Pfieffer, founders of UNUM: collaborative, join the show to talk about the struggles and triumphs of starting a young, progressive design firm. We talk about their shared origins in Philadelphia and their eventual move to Denver. Here they created UNUM, a four year old firm of eight people which is having a visible impact on our Denver fabric. Creating projects that have branched off from Liv Studios innovative hospitality interiors, UNUM has been crafting interior spaces for restaurants, markets, bars, and other retail that have been getting themselves and their clients notice and praise. Beyond these interiors they are branching into residential and resort projects and have created two side projects, UNUM home and UNUM shop, diversifying the typical business model of an architecture firm. After the credits, this episode includes an extended conversation where they reveal what was actually in their coffee cups and other stories about the struggles of our profession, the design community in Denver and their attempts to bend PVC pipe with hot water. This episode is sponsored by Modern In Denver.
1 hr 22 min
Mar 29, 2021
Kaci Taylor, founder of THE5WH and architect at Page Southerland Page, joins the show for a frank conversation about her career and experiences as the only black female architect in the state of Colorado. We talk about her beginnings in LA to her education at the University of San Francisco and Tulane and then her move to Denver. In Colorado, she worked through multiple firms, struggling with hostile work environments, until she landed at Page and started THE5WH as a way to better implement her design philosophies. She gives us a frank and powerful story of navigating the built environment and the profession as a black woman all with her inspiring passion for helping people and improving lives with design. This episode also includes an extended conversation, after the end credits, about race and the profession as well as what Kaci is currently pushing forward with AIA Colorado. This episode is sponsored by Modern In Denver.
1 hr 25 min
Mar 22, 2021
Brandon and Tana Anderson
Brandon and Tana Anderson, founders of LIVstudio join the show to talk about their shared backgrounds in Texas before finding each other and igniting their partnership during a semester abroad in Italy. The couple went on to work for many of the top Denver architecture firms as well as Lake Flato before forming LIV and crafted some of the best restaurant interiors in Denver such as Il Posto, Super Mega Bien, Sushi Rama and Denver Central Market. This conversation could have gone much longer than the hour and twenty minutes that it did and there is actually bonus material after the end crits. This episode is sponsored by Modern In Denver.
1 hr 30 min
Mar 15, 2021
Nicole McIntosh and Jonathan Louie
Nicole McIntosh and Jonathan Louie, founders of Architecture Office and faculty members at Texas AM's Department of Architecture, join the show as a brief interlude from Colorado designers. However this episode is seen as a continuation of their recent lecture at the University of Colorado Denver. They talk through their unique origins (Nicole's at 7:30 and Jonathan's at 35:33), educational backgrounds, how they came together and the work they are creating now. This episode also contains a bonus clip after the credits where they talk about winning the Architectural League Prize and their experience with Kevin Hirth (1:11:30). This episode is sponsored by Modern In Denver.
1 hr 16 min
Mar 7, 2021
Heidi Mendoza, owner of the interior design firm re.dezine, joins to talk about her rich and diverse path that brought her to design. Growing up in Finland Heidi studied Marketing and Accounting before switching to Broadcasting which led her to TV voiceovers and singing in a band. While pregnant with her second child she completed a degree at the Interior Designers Institute in Newport Beach California and moved to Colorado. Heidi formed re.dezine after founding the Creative Co-Lab and has crafted immersive interior projects throughout Colorado.
Feb 22, 2021
Rick Sommerfeld, Founder of the UC Denver CAP Colorado Building Workshop and Director of the Design-Build Certificate Program, joins the show to talk about his deep architectural background and connection to our state. He tells the story of the beginnings of the award winning Building Workshop and dives into some of its many trials, tribulations and successes.
1 hr 2 min
Feb 8, 2021
Chris Shears, founder of Shears Adkins + Rockmore Architects and instructor at the University of Colorado Denver, joins the show to talk about our shared beginnings growing up in the neighboring, Kansas towns of Hutchinson and McPherson. He talks about the series of "interventions" that took him from studying medicine to discovering architecture at the University of Minnesota, Walter Gropius' Architects Collaborative, Harvard's Graduate School of Design and then Colorado where he and his firm have had a profound impact on our urban fabric.
1 hr 15 min
Jan 25, 2021
Rachael Johnson, 2021 AIA Colorado President and architect at SmithGroup, joined to talk about her strong Colorado background and interactions with healthcare environments that inspired her work with this typology and inspired her to develop a story-focused means of design at Davis Partnership and SmithGroup. We discuss her many volunteer roles and talk about her vision for AIA Colorado and the community at large.
1 hr 6 min
Jan 17, 2021
Rick Petersen, Principal at OZ Architecture, joined the show for a live session to talk about his distinguished and varied background from Berkeley, to Harvard to Zurich before settling in Denver at OZ almost 30 years ago.
1 hr 3 min
Jan 10, 2021
Julianne Scherer, Managing Principal for HDR Denver, joined the show for an Instagram Live session as the first new guest of 2021. We talked about her formative years in Pennsylvania and persevering through Penn State before moving to Chicago for a long stint as a principal at Nagle Hartray Architecture. She then talked about her big move to Denver four years ago and her involvement with this community. Check out the full conversation on iTunes, Google, Spotify, Anchor or wherever you get your podcasts and visit www.architect-ing.com for images of her work.
Dec 21, 2020
Joseph Montalbano, co-founder of studiotrope Design Collective, joined the show for an Instagram Live session. We fought through some technical issues to hear about his beginnings outside of Chicago and education at the University of Illinois, Arizona State and Versailles before moving to Colorado. We then dove into his experiences and influences that formed his theories and understandings of what architecture is, and how he now tries to implement it at studiotrope.
1 hr 12 min
Dec 14, 2020
Chad Mitchell, founder of Meridian 105 Architecture, joins the show to talk about his beginnings and connections growing up in Florida, before moving to Chicago and working for the German-American architect Helmet Jahn. He then relocated to the 105th Meridian in Denver and worked for Oz Architecture. We then spend most of the time talking about the formation of his firm during an economic downturn and the buildings that his team has created since. Check out the full conversation on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
Dec 4, 2020
Nan Anderson, founder of Anderson Hallas Architects and Freight91, joins the show to talk about all of her different educational backgrounds that finally got her to the point of starting a woman led architecture firm. She talks about then leading this firm with her husband, Dave Anderson and working on a variety of projects with the majority being preservation projects with the Parks Department. Nan is joined by her daughter Elsa to talk about their newest venture Freight in Leadville, CO. Check out the full conversation on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
1 hr 6 min
Nov 20, 2020
Annicia Streete, Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver, joined via Zoom for a conversation about growing up in the complex community of Trinidad, her jarring move to South Dakota. Annicia discusses her involvement in different communities within Denver: architecture, academia, dance, modeling and mentorship. Check out the full conversation on iTunes, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
1 hr 24 min
Nov 15, 2020
Brad Tomecek founder of Tomecek Studio joined for an Instagram Live conversation about growing up next to the architectural encyclopedia that is Disney World, attending the University of Florida, starting out in Colorado, and bringing curiosity and fun to his projects and clients.
Nov 6, 2020
From the "vaults" of this young show comes a late night interview with Brian Dale back in the days before COVID at the office of Open Studio. Brian talks about his deep architectural family roots, his times at the AA and Zaha Hadid's office in London, and the formation of Sort Studio with his wife Meredith Dale.
1 hr 33 min
Nov 5, 2020
Blake Mourer founder of @openstudioarchitecture joins as the first live guest of the show. We talk through his childhood and growth in Arkansas, his experience with Thom Mayne and Morphosis in LA, through his time as Design Director with Gensler and onto the foundation of his own firm.
Nov 4, 2020
Stephen Dynia founder of Dynia Architects joined for our second live conversation to talk through growing up in New Haven, CT, crazy times at RISD and NYC, and starting his own firm in two different cities. We ran up against Instagram’s 60 minute limit but kept the conversation going.
1 hr 7 min
Nov 2, 2020
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