DesignIntelligence Articles


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.

Reframing the Value Propositions of Building

Reframing the Value Propositions of Building

by Phil Bernstein
Associate Dean & Professor Adjunct at the Yale School of Architecture
12 min read


Phil Bernstein investigates agency, project delivery, and building performance as future value proposition paths

On Redefining: New Rules

On Redefining: New Rules

by Michael LeFevre
FAIA Emeritus, Managing Editor of DesignIntelligence
5 min read


To spring forward from concurrent crises, DI’s Managing Editor issues a call for new rules—and the courage to break the old ones.

Redefining Sustainability Through The Triple Bottom Line

Redefining Sustainability Through The Triple Bottom Line

by Liz York
Senior Architect and Design Strategist for Healthy Design Collaborative, LLC a healthy design consultancy
8 min read


Can we find a new word for Sustainability? Do we need to? Liz York, FAIA shares three case studies that achieve ...

Redefining the Profession

Redefining the Profession

by George Johnston
Professor of Architecture at Georgia Tech and Principal of Johnston+Dumais
11 min read


In his new book, “Assembling the Architect”, author, historian, and professor George Johnston draws from the past to suggest future directions. An interview.

Design Education Resilience: CORONAVIRUS’s Impact and Beyond

Design Education Resilience: CORONAVIRUS’s Impact and Beyond

by Ashley Steffens
Associate Professor & Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, University of Georgia, College of Environment + Design
6 min read

How to cope with largely-studio-based design education in a new world order?

Reframing Communications

Reframing Communications

by Chyenne Pastrana
Director of Marketing, DesignIntelligence
3 min read

Words are more than words – they represent the dynamic shift from empathy to action.

Business as Unusual: Reframing Firm Strategies

Business as Unusual: Reframing Firm Strategies

by Steven McKay
RIBA, LEED AP Global Design Leader, Managing Principal, DLR Group
7 min read

Reframing Firm Strategies for Transformation and Resilience

Digital Thrivers & The Digitally Unequipped

Digital Thrivers & The Digitally Unequipped

by Roberta Kowalishin
Director of Technology (CTO), DIALOG
12 min read

COVID-19 is going to sort design practices into two categories – the Digital Thrivers and the Digitally Unequipped. Where will you land? Observations about this massive disruption...

On Reframing… and The Digital Campfire

On Reframing… and The Digital Campfire

by Michael LeFevre
FAIA Emeritus, Managing Editor, DesignIntelligence 10 min read

Looking in new ways informs perspective. Can virtual tools and virtuous thinking lead us in our Kairos moment?

Does Strategy Matter?

Does Strategy Matter?

by Scott Simpson
FAIA and Senior Fellow, Design Futures Council 7 min read

A perspective on post-Covid recovery with actionable steps for firm leaders.