DesignIntelligence Articles


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…

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.