DesignIntelligence Articles


On Influence: A New Reality for the Profession

On Influence: A New Reality for the Profession

by Michael LeFevre
Managing Editor, DesignIntelligence
January 12, 2022 | 8 min read


Despite its challenges over the past 150 years, architecture has largely been practiced in a state of toujours perdrix (French for “always partridge,” or too much of a good thing).

2022 Editorial Roadmap: Influence

2022 Editorial Roadmap: Influence

by Michael LeFevre,
Managing Editor DesignIntelligence
January 5, 2022 | 3 min read

This year DesignIntelligence Quarterly will reach across the planet in search of voices who not only care about these topics, but who have something to say - and do - about them.

The Future's Just Not That Into You

The Future's Just Not That Into You

by David Zach
Futurist
December 29, 2021 | 10 min read

A few ideas on how to meet the future on your own terms.
Previously published on October 9, 2012

In Search of Radical Innovation

In Search of Radical Innovation

by Dave Gilmore
President and CEO, DesignIntelligence
December 22, 2021 | 4 min read

DesignIntelligence CEO David Gilmore defines terms and suggests essential change via other’s perspectives

Into the New

Into the New

by Michael LeFevre
FAIA Emeritus Managing Editor, DesignIntelligence
December 15, 2021 | 16 min read

DI Managing Editor Michael LeFevre considers radical innovation’s sources

Risky Business

Risky Business

by Pankaj Duggal
President & COO, Jensen Hughes
December 8, 2021 | 10 min read

Jensen Hughes President and COO Pankaj Duggal discusses his firm’s innovative initiatives to manage and mitigate risk — and transform customers’ mindsets.

Radical Innovation at Geopolitical Scale

Radical Innovation at Geopolitical Scale

by Paul Hyett
PPRIBA, Hon FAIA, Vickery Hyett Architects, Founder—Partner
December 1, 2021 | 8 min read

From cell phones and cities to corporations and climates, we have the knowledge to effect sustainable change, but our geopolitical systems limit us

Innovation with Community in Mind

Innovation with Community in Mind

by Anton Germishuizen
Senior VP, Buildings, of Stantec
& Nancy MacDonald

VP, Urban Planning Lead, of Stantec
November 24, 2021 | 6 min read

Designers, planners and engineers will tell you we stand at the cusp of a new era in city building.

Technology Laggards?

Technology Laggards?

by Louis Coletti
President & CEO New York Building Trades Employers’ Association
& Reid Rubinstein
CEO, FCR, Field Control Analytics
November 17, 2021 | 4 min read

Why is the construction industry lagging in labor force analytics?

Radical Integration

Radical Integration

by Gary Lapera
Global Solutions Director, Jacobs
November 10, 2021 | 8 min read

Jacobs’ Gary Lapera discusses innovation at global scale

Wildly Uncomfortable

Wildly Uncomfortable

by Deborah Wingler
VP & Health Research Lead, HKS
November 3, 2021 | 11 min read

HKS’ global director of healthcare research & strategy discusses connections between research, experience, strategy and design

Paths Unknown

Paths Unknown

by Sabrina Kanner
EVP, Brookfield Properties
October 27, 2021 | 6 min read

Brookfield Properties’ Executive Vice President Sabrina Kanner explores innovation, value creation, mentors and the costs of not investing

Red Zone to End Zone

Red Zone to End Zone

by Anne Ellis
P.E., Hon.M.ACI, F.ASCE, NAC Executive Director, Charles Pankow Foundation
October 20, 2021 | 18 min read

Charles Pankow Foundation Executive Director Anne Ellis discusses industry transformation

Small Ideas, Radical Results

Small Ideas, Radical Results

by Scott Simpson
Senior Fellow, Design Futures Council
October 13, 2021 | 6 min read

Often Simple Things Matter Most

Knowing Our Worth: Architecture’s True Value Proposition

Knowing Our Worth: Architecture’s True Value Proposition

by Rosa T. Sheng
AIA, Principal, Smith Group, and Founder, Equity by Design
October 6, 2021 | 5 min read

Building value and challenging conventional wisdom with actionable solutions

Inescapable Interdependence: ‘No Man Is An Island’

Inescapable Interdependence: ‘No Man Is An Island’

by Paul Hyett
RIBA, Hon FAIA, Vickery Hyett Architects, Founder—Partner
September 29, 2021 | 9 min read

Re-examining the tenets of interpersonal responsibility

Interdependent Relationships

Interdependent Relationships

by Dave Gilmore
President and CEO, DesignIntelligence
September 23, 2021 | 5 min read

DI’s Dave Gilmore examines the essence of mutual dependence in sustained social and business contexts.

Threading the Needle of Opportunity

Threading the Needle of Opportunity

by Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton
FAIA
September 20, 2021 | 9 min read

In this eight-decade personal reflection, Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA, recounts the interplay of obstacles and opportunities she experienced — and offers advice for professional inclusion

Learning to Listen

Learning to Listen

by Jeff Kuhnhenn
AIA, LEED AP
September 13, 2021 | 8 min read

Multiple Perspectives Enhance the Design Process

Diversity of Thought, with a Common Purpose

Diversity of Thought, with a Common Purpose

by Jim Anderson
Principal and Chair of DIALOG
September 8, 2021 | 6 min read

DIALOG is a design practice that is rooted in and works across Canada where there is a diverse and wide-ranging perspective.

Inclusive Interdependence in the Health Care Context

Inclusive Interdependence in the Health Care Context

by Kim Montague
Executive Director of Research & Partnerships, Health, Kimball International
August 31, 2021 | 9 min read

What exactly does inclusive interdependence mean?

The Future of Urban Change

The Future of Urban Change

by Valarie Jacobs
Chief Growth Officer, LPK
August 26, 2021 | 7 min read

Consumer trends shaping the cities of tomorrow.

Equity by Design

Equity by Design

by Paul VanDuyne, Adam McMillen,
& Mike Lawless

IMEG Corp.
August 20, 2021 | 10 min read

Overcoming bias and capitalizing on data to reach broader outcomes.

The Power of Many

The Power of Many

by Rick Archer
Founding Principal and CEO, Overland Partners Architecture + Urban Design
August 16, 2021 | 12 min read

Overland Partners’ Rick Archer shares his firm’s journey toward diversity, equity and inclusion

Design Thinking for a Better World

Design Thinking for a Better World

by Mitchell Joachim
Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, Co-Founder of Terreform ONE, and Associate Professor of Practice at NYU.
August 11, 2021 | 6 min read

DesignIntelligence talked with Mitchell Joachim, co-founder of Terreform ONE, about living in balance with nature

The Role of Private Enterprise in Creating a More Sustainable World

The Role of Private Enterprise in Creating a More Sustainable World

by Glen Murray
Former Canadian Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
August 4, 2021 | 3 min read
Glen Murry talks about how roles are changing between governments, private enterprise and NPO's in creating a more sustainable world.

A Declaration of Interdependence

A Declaration of Interdependence

by Michael LeFevre
FAIA Emeritus, Managing Editor, DesignIntelligence
July 26, 2021 | 11 min read

In an appreciation of teamwork and diversity, DI Managing Editor Michael LeFevre calls for empathy and connectors, inclusion and revolution.

Life in a Bowl of Jell-O

Life in a Bowl of Jell-O

by Scott Simpson
Senior Fellow, Design Futures Council
July 19, 2021 | 4 min read

Connections across space and time

Global Climate Conditions and Natural Resources

Global Climate Conditions and Natural Resources

by DesignIntelligence
July 14, 2021 | 15 min read

DesignIntelligence perspectives on sustainable design have significantly contributed to the positive shifts we’ve seen across the North American built environment.

The Future of American Healthcare Delivery

The Future of American Healthcare Delivery

In the fall of 2020, Kimball International commissioned DesignIntelligence to conduct research to try to understand what the future of healthcare delivery might look like as we put the pandemic behind us…