DesignIntelligence Articles


The Transactive Network: Supporting New Building Paradigm

The Transactive Network: Supporting New Building Paradigm

by Dr. Nora Wang
Senior Director for Research,  (ACEEE)
May 12, 2021 | 8 min read

In 2015, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research facility, conducted a study...

The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

by Karen L. Nelson & Bethany I. Lundell Garver
Deans and Faculty, Boston Architectural College School of Architecture
May 5, 2021 | 13 min read

The Boston Architectural College School of Architecture Dean Karen Nelson and Practice Dean Beth Lundell Garver share an integrated approach to professional interaction.

Leading Collaboration

Leading Collaboration

by Francisco Rodríguez-Suárez
FAIA, Director, University of Illinois School of Architecture
April 26, 2021 | 7 min read

University of Illinois School of Architecture Director Francisco Rodríguez-Suárez discusses international perspectives, synergy, bias, translation and regaining a place at the table.

Can You Hear A Pin Drop?

Can You Hear A Pin Drop?

by Scott Simpson
Senior Fellow, Design Futures Council
April 19, 2021 | 6 min read

Seeking Clarity Amidst Cacophony

Designing the Future: Priorities in Technology Investment

Designing the Future: Priorities in Technology Investment

by Roberta Kowalishin
Chief Information and Technology Officer, DIALOG
April 14, 2021 | 7 min read

Our clients hire us for creativity and ideas that improve the way people work, live, and interact. 

Multidimensional Change

Multidimensional Change

by Scott LaMont and Eric Propes
CEO and COO, EDSA
March 29, 2021 | 7 min read

Scott LaMont and Eric Propes discuss EDSA’s leadership transition, structure and next-generation aspirational strategies.

Looking In. Looking Out. Within You. Without You.

Looking In. Looking Out. Within You. Without You.

by Michael LeFevre
Managing Editor, DesignIntelligence
March 25, 2021 | 11 min read

DI’s Managing Editor, Michael LeFevre, examines the relationship of introspection and self-awareness to perspective and offers tools for plotting personal and professional journeys.

A Culture Unsure

A Culture Unsure

by Dave Gilmore
CEO, DesignIntelligence
March 18, 2021 | 4 min read

DI’s Dave Gilmore posits a new lingua franca for professionals in their quest for action, relevance, and reinvention.

The 30-Year Gut

The 30-Year Gut

by Steve Jones
Senior Director, Industry Insights Research Dodge Data
March 11, 2021 | 16 min read

Reflecting on successes and failures, Dodge Data’s Steve Jones recounts the re-tooling of an industry – for people.

The View from Here: “Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man.”

The View from Here: “Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man.”

by Paul Hyett
RIBA, Hon FAIA,
Vickery Hyett Architects, Founder-partner

March 2, 2021 | 9 min read

From the United Kingdom, Paul Hyett reflects on three challenges facing RIBA’s new president and Britain’s architectural profession: Brexit, The Grenfell Disaster’s Insurance ... 

Seeking Clarity

Seeking Clarity

by Stevi McCoy
Director of Organizational Development, HKS
February 25, 2021 | 15 min read

HKS’ Director of Organizational Development, Stevi McCoy, discusses control, emotional intelligence, acedia, punctuated equilibrium, segmenting, the human spirit, and hope

Regaining Respect

Regaining Respect

by Barbara Heller
Founder, Heller & Metzger PC | Founder, CEO, Design + Construction Strategies LLC
February 17, 2021 | 15 min read

In this candid conversation, Barbara Heller reflects on the profession and speaks the truth about risk, reward, and default behaviors

Connecting Creatives

Connecting Creatives

by Jason Schupbach
Dean, Drexel University’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Feb 11, 2021 | 16 min read

In this candid conversation, Jason Schupbach, new Dean of Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, reflects on transcending disciplines and generations, and embracing...

Looking Back, Going Forward

Looking Back, Going Forward

by James Miner
CEO, Sasaki
Feb 5, 2021 | 19 min Read

Sasaki CEO James Miner reflects on a 100-year firm evolution, a 10-year transformation, understanding history, expanding disciplines, the quest for diversity, and next-generation leadership

Inflection Points

Inflection Points

by Kelly Farrell
Corporate and Commercial Practice Director, NBBJ
January 22, 2021 | 15 min read

NBBJ’s Kelly Farrell discusses bold moves, timing, inclusion, leadership, and priorities — during challenging times

Talking About Transformation

Talking About Transformation

by Dave Gilmore, Bob Fischer, & Michael LeFevre
December 30, 2020 | 16 min read

A discussion on the "5 Tiers of Change" and the principles of reinventing businesses.

Pace and Place, Planet and Purpose: Reinvention Required

Pace and Place, Planet and Purpose: Reinvention Required

by Paul Hyett
PPRIBA and Honorary Fellow of AIA
December 23, 2020 | 5 min read

Paul Hyett’s perspective on the pace of change gives pause for thought.

A Conversation with A Global Citizen

A Conversation with A Global Citizen

by Calvin Kam
FAIA, PhD, PE, LEED AP, Founder/CEO Strategic Building Innovation, bimSCORE, BIM Supporters Group, and PlanMeetDone.com
December 17, 2020 | 19 min read

Dr. Calvin Kam talks about his journey in technology evangelism: to reinvent and integrate the industry.

Economic Review: Reinventing in 2021

Economic Review: Reinventing in 2021

by Bob Hughes
Senior Economist at DesignIntelligence
December 15, 2020 | 9 min read

Historic. Unprecedented. Catastrophic. Disastrous.

Technology Transformation: Are We There Yet?

Technology Transformation: Are We There Yet?

by Dennis Shelden
Director, Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) & Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
December 8, 2020 | 20 min read

In this wide-ranging discussion, RPI’s CASE Director Dennis Shelden shares his journey and vision...

Reinventing Communication

Reinventing Communication

by Hamish Caldwell
Partner, Wireless Insiders Network
November 25, 2020 | 17 min read

Hamish Caldwell discusses the evolution of wireless networks, careers, agility, and communications – and their implications on strategy and practice.

Ripe for Reinvention

Ripe for Reinvention

by Scott Simpson
FAIA & Senior Fellow in the Design Futures Council
November 17, 2020 | 6 min read

Scott Simpson posits “life cycle value” and service as new mindsets for design thinking in an industry ripe for change.

Reinventing Leadership

Reinventing Leadership

by Michael LeFevre
FAIA, Managing Editor DI Media Group Publications
November 3, 2020 | 15 min read

In changing contexts, we need new models and skills for an old role.

Reinventing Design Process

Reinventing Design Process

by Kirsten Lees
Managing Partner, Grimshaw
October 27, 2020 | 19 min read

Interrogating the Brief, Exploring, and Embracing Differences A Conversation with Grimshaw’s Managing Partner, Kirsten Lees

Reinventing the Firm

Reinventing the Firm

by Dan Noble
President, CEO, HKS
October 13, 2020 - 12 min read

Dan Noble reflects on HKS’s firm transformation using a values-based approach. An inside look.

Simulation for Sustainability: A Conversation with Dr. Dru Crawley

Simulation for Sustainability: A Conversation with Dr. Dru Crawley

by Dr. Dru Crawley
Ph.d., FASHRAE, BEMP, FIBPSA, AIA, Bentley Fellow & Director, Building Performance, Bentley Systems Inc.
19 min read


Data modeling can change behavior. In this discussion

Getting Back to the Truth

Getting Back to the Truth

by Dave Gilmore
President and CEO of DesignIntelligence
4 min read


Dave Gilmore reminds us that understanding and collective good are parts of a sound social contract. Independence requires dependence and respect.

Redefining Professional Practice Education: Speculations and Challenges

Redefining Professional Practice Education: Speculations and Challenges

by Irene Hwang
Assistant Chair of Architecture at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
16 min read


Irene Hwang shares anecdotes that provoke speculation and challenges...

What Won't Change

What Won't Change

by Scott Simpson
FAIA, Contributor to DesignIntelligence, Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council
5 min read


Scott Simpson shares reasons for optimism by design thinkers.

Redefining Crowds, Space, Time - and Buildings?

Redefining Crowds, Space, Time - and Buildings?

by Paul Hyett
RIBA and Honorary Fellow of AIA
5 min read

Paul Hyett shares musings on life, togetherness and technology in the United Kingdom.