DesignIntelligence Articles


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…

Professional Interaction: A Higher Calling

Professional Interaction: A Higher Calling

by Paul Hyett
RIBA, Hon FAIA, Vickery Hyett Architects, Founder—Partner
July 7, 2021 | 5 min read

Re-examining the tenets of interpersonal responsibility.

Effective Interaction: Essential Enablers

Effective Interaction: Essential Enablers

by Dave Gilmore
President and CEO, DesignIntelligence
June 30, 2021 | 4 min read

I’ve been pondering the theme of human interaction for the past several months, trying to understand the heart of it. Like so many words in our vocabulary...

Cracking Culture by Elaine Molinar

Cracking Culture by Elaine Molinar

by Elaine Molinar
Partner, Snøhetta New York
June 24, 2021 | 14 min read

Snøhetta Managing Partner Elaine Molinar discusses her firm’s attitudes toward structure, respect and food in scaling collaboration.

Adopting the “J.E.D.I.” Mindset

Adopting the “J.E.D.I.” Mindset

by Yiselle Santos Rivera
Global Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (J.E.D.I.), HKS
June 18, 2021 | 20 min read

In pursuit of justice, diversity, equity and inclusion in architecture, Rivera discusses her background, research agenda, elevating voices and “connectors”

Places of Purpose

Places of Purpose

by Marco Larrea
Principal, EDSA
June 14, 2021 | 10 min read

EDSA’s Marco Larrea shares his secrets to international collaboration

Big Teaming for Audacious Innovation

Big Teaming for Audacious Innovation

by Amy Edmondson
Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School.
June 8, 2021 | 4 min read

Teaming is difficult. But it is essential for success in the future operating environment.

Technology Shifts from Design Process to Design Product

Technology Shifts from Design Process to Design Product

by Aaron Lapsley
VP of Engineering Services with Switch Automation
June 2, 2021 | 4 min read

What does “technology” mean for design over the next decade?

Creating Competitive Advantage

Creating Competitive Advantage

by Scott Simpson
Senior Fellow, Design Futures Council
May 26, 2021 | 5 min read

Every design firm suffers from the illusion that it is unique. While each one certainly has distinguishing characteristics, there are far more similarities than differences.

Connecting: The Power of Others

Connecting: The Power of Others

by Michael LeFevre
Managing Editor, DesignIntelligence
May 19, 2021 | 14 min read

DI Managing Editor Michael LeFevre suggests new skills for connecting teams

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.