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.

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.

“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.