DesignIntelligence Quarterly

DesignIntelligence Quarterly is a publication of DesignIntelligence LLC which is comprised of the Design Futures Council, DesignIntelligence Media, DesignIntelligence Research and DesignIntelligence Strategic Advisors.

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.

“Together Distantly” and Other Oxymorons

“Together Distantly” and Other Oxymorons

by John SanGiovanni
CEO, Visual Vocal

In this impromptu conversation with DI’s Michael LeFevre, technology entrepreneur John SanGiovanni offers a glimpse into the future and present of post-Pandemic collaboration and ways of working, via Minecraft, “Sculptural Sketching”, “Magic Windows”, and “Holo-portation.”

Cultural Connections

Cultural Connections

by Caroline Braga
Chair, Firm Culture, Sasaki

A look inside a culture-rich firm offers insight into the power of people, connection, obstacles overcome, and pleasant surprises.

Upside-Down Thinking, Inside-Out Expression

Upside-Down Thinking, Inside-Out Expression

by Dave Gilmore
President and CEO, DesignIntelligence

Can “right” be “wrong”? Can we upend legacy thinking?

Workplace Safety, Tactics, and Strategies

Workplace Safety, Tactics, and Strategies

by Peter Beck
Executive Chairman, Managing Director, Beck Group

In this candid discussion, Beck CEO Peter Beck shares rapid-response measures implemented in office and jobsite workplaces, as well as future-focused implications – and responses to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Financial Structuring & Management

Financial Structuring & Management

by George Temple
President & COO, LS3P

LS3P President & COO George Temple shares advice for financial reframing and monitoring post-Covid-19.

Scale: Supply Chain Thinking in the Circular Economy

Scale: Supply Chain Thinking in the Circular Economy

by Federico Negro
Founder and CEO of The Canoa Supply Co.

An Interview with Federico Negro, Founder, Canoa Supply PBC

Disintermediation and Risk in a Post Covid-19 A/E/C Industry

Disintermediation and Risk in a Post Covid-19 A/E/C Industry

by Jamie Frankel
Senior Partner, Schiff Hardin, LLP

Jamie Frankel offers perspective on prior calamitous events. Relationships, supply chains, working capital, experience, and wisdom will be key for survivors.

Connecting and Communicating with a Distributed Workforce

Connecting and Communicating with a Distributed Workforce

by Alan Lamonica
VP Human Resources, HMC Architects

Caring for people in a post-Covid-19 future. An interview with HMC’s Alan Lamonica.

Coronavirus: Impact on Campus Planning

Coronavirus: Impact on Campus Planning

by Barbara White Bryson
College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona
and Leila R. Kamal
Principal & VP,  DSK Architects + Planners

What does the Covid-19 pandemic mean to the future of higher education...

Self Perform on Steroids

Self Perform on Steroids

by Stacy Scopano
Chief Technology Officer, Skender

A systematic approach to integrated design, construction, manufacturing and strategic partnerships. An interview with Skender’s Stacy Scopano.

A Dialogue  With Katerra

A Dialogue With Katerra

by Craig Curtis
FAIA, Design Director, Katerra

Craig Curtis speaks on supply chains, scale, platforms and mass customization in a design-quality-focused organization.

Market Expectations in a New Normal

Market Expectations in a New Normal

by Ken Sanders, Managing Principal, DesignIntelligence Strategic Advisors

Rapid-response and long-term strategies require granular, client focus. Opportunities abound. Ken Sanders shares post-pandemic market thinking.

Closing Loops Cross-Discipline Research:  Wicked Problems and Valued Futures

Closing Loops Cross-Discipline Research: Wicked Problems and Valued Futures

by Renée Cheng, Dean, College of Built Environments, University of Washington

Renée Cheng spoke with DesignIntelligence about AEC industry challenges, research adoption, knowledge loops, transdisciplinary work, and...

A Conversation with Jacobs

A Conversation with Jacobs

by Nancy Siefert, Ellen Sisle and Natasha Luthra

Where does the push for data-driven projects come from? How does a global firm collaborate, innovate and use data?? In this discussion, three leaders of Jacobs’ global initiatives share their experience.

On Research

On Research

by Michael LeFevre, Managing Editor, DesignIntelligence

In a world full of data, designers, owners and builders can no longer rely solely on intuition: we need to know what has come before — and use the wisdom of others.

Towards A Resilient Way

Towards A Resilient Way

by Dave Gilmore, President and CEO, DesignIntelligence

In challenging times, being connected is more important than ever. Relationally, we bounce back. Resilience is a matter of time in the recovery and functional relevance of an organization.

Research Directions For the Built Environment

Research Directions For the Built Environment

by Blaine Wishart and Taylor Hahn

In this menu of strategic responses to IT-related challenges, two global experts offer opportunities for action by data-enabled firms.

Research A Culture of Inquiry

Research A Culture of Inquiry

by Billie Faircloth, Partner, KieranTimberlake

Billie Faircloth leads a transdisciplinary research team to better understand questions around the built environment. She spoke with DesignIntelligence about the integral role a culture of research and the power of inquiry play in design process.

What We Don't Know About Buildings

What We Don't Know About Buildings

by Scott Simpson, Senior Fellow, DesignIntelligence

The design, construction and ownership communities are overdue for adoption of data-informed processes. When will we join the rest of the business and scientific fields?

Design Thinking Goes Viral

Design Thinking Goes Viral

by Scott Simpson, Senior Fellow, DesignIntelligence

What do Black Swans and viruses have to do with design? The rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus is a true “black swan” event. It was entirely unexpected, there is no effective treatment or cure yet, and nobody knows what will happen next...

Why Should Architects Be Any Different?

Why Should Architects Be Any Different?

by Paul Hyett, Past President of the RIBA, Architect and Principal, HKS Architects

In this personal retrospective of applied research in United Kingdom design firms, Paul Hyett cites ground-breaking work resulting from research — and challenges current practitioners.

Workplace Safety: Learning Across Cultures

Workplace Safety: Learning Across Cultures

by Michael LeFevre, Managing Editor, DesignIntelligence

To cope with newfound safety risks, we need only look outside of our own cultures. And perhaps expand and adapt systems we already have. Technology and humans will be required...

Crises Drive Innovation in Higher Education

Crises Drive Innovation in Higher Education

by Barbara White Bryson, Associate Dean for Research, College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona

In a call to create opportunity from crisis, Barbara Bryson challenges academic leaders...

Working From Home: The New Normal?

Working From Home: The New Normal?

by Ken Sanders, Managing Principal, DesignIntelligence Strategic Advisors

What are the consequences - unanticipated, physical and psychological - of working remotely? Among many dramatic impacts of COVID-19, working from home (WFH) is a new and disruptive reality for design professionals globally.

Economic Implications of COVID-19

Economic Implications of COVID-19

by Bob Hughes, Senior Economic Fellow, DesignIntelligence

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, DI Economist Bob Hughes outlines the economic reaction sequence and offers perspective. 

The Post-Virus World of Design Coronavirus Foundations

The Post-Virus World of Design Coronavirus Foundations

by Blaine Wishart, Software Architect based in Berkeley, Ca. and Hainan, China

In this rapid response, DI’s technology expert Blaine Wishart shares email stream-of-thought data and links on the virus with our internal team. We include his tips on...

Design in a Post-Virus World DesignIntelligence Foresight Perspectives

Design in a Post-Virus World DesignIntelligence Foresight Perspectives

In response to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, we share our thoughts and reactions with the greater DesignIntelligence community. We are focused on...