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American Building

55 EpisodesProduced by Michael GravesWebsite

American Building, hosted by Atif Z. Qadir, Sponsored by Michael Graves & REDIST, shares how iconic buildings came to be from the perspective of their developers, investors, and designers. These innovators discuss on a deeply personal level what they faced over the course of the entire building proc… read more

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53: Pioneering Sustainable Architecture | Tommy Craig of Hines & Rick Cook of COOKFOX

May 24th, 2022

1:10:16

Today, I’m joined by Tommy Craig, Senior Managing Director at Hines, and Rick Cook, Founding Partner at COOKFOX. Tommy and Rick are both pioneers of the sustainable architecture movement and have joined forces for the …

52. Trends in PropTech | Chok Lei of Clear Mountain Capital

May 17th, 2022

43:21

Today, I’m joined by real estate executive Chok Lei to discuss his work with The Cedarview, a multiphase rental apartment development near the …

51. The Perfect New York Street | Ifeoma Ebo of Creative Urban Alchemy

May 12th, 2022

59:15

Today, I’m joined by the Founding Principal at Creative Urban Alchemy, Ifeoma Ebo. Ifeoma is a Brooklyn native with a background in architecture, urban planning, real estate development, and environmental …

50. The Role of Mentors in Design | Apoorva Rao of Michael Graves Architecture & Design

May 2nd, 2022

21:44

Today, I’m joined by senior architectural designer at Michael Graves Architecture & Design, Apoorva Rao. Apoorva shares what originally drew her to the field of architecture and how her passion for her family, …

49. Limiting Noise Distraction | Ryan Graye of Eremos

April 26th, 2022

44:49

I’m joined by Ryan Graye, the founder and principal of Eremos, an acoustic design firm based in New York City and Miami. We get into how he got his start in this field, his design experience with major fitness …

48. Choosing the Right Location | Matt Giammanco of AvalonBay Communities

April 19th, 2022

58:36

Matt Giammanco is a Senior Director of Development at AvalonBay Communities, the real estate investment trust that acquires, develops, redevelops, and manages apartment communities across the nation. He’s based in their …

47. The American Suburb | Kenneth Namkung of Monument Office

April 13th, 2022

53:49

Today, I’m joined by Associate, Senior Project Architect, and Designer with NBBJ, Kenneth Namkung. When he’s not working in the NBBJ Healthcare+ Studio, he’s running Monument Office, his research and design firm. I …

46. The Next Generation of Sustainable Architecture | Jack Whalen of Michael Graves Architecture & Design

April 5th, 2022

18:09

Today, I’m chatting with another next-gen architectural designer at Michael Graves Architecture and Design, Jack Whalen. We discuss his time as a mentee in the ACE Mentor Program, how his work at dRemodeling in …

45. The Future of Retail | Louis Schump of Gensler

March 29th, 2022

52:30

Today, I’m joined by the creative director at Gensler, Louis Schump. Louis has spent his career making progress in proving, demonstrating, and advocating for interiors to be on equal footing as exterior design. His …

44. Creating Successful Partnerships | Melissa Román Burch of Lendlease Development

March 22nd, 2022

59:36

Today, I’m joined by Head of the New York City office for Lendlease Development, Melissa Román Burch. Melissa is a leading property executive and developer in New York with twenty years of public-company real estate …

43. A Day in the Life of an Architect | Austin Crowley of Michael Graves Architecture & Design

March 15th, 2022

14:54

Today, I’m joined by Austin Crowley, a design architect at Michael Graves Architecture & Design. We’re giving listeners a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to build your career at such an iconic firm and …

42. Connecting Buildings and Landscapes| Ting Chin of Linearscape

March 8th, 2022

33:53

I am joined by Ting Chin, founding principal of Linearscape, an award-winning New York City-based design firm. Linearscape was awarded the prestigious 2012 AIA ENYA Award for their submission “Sym’bio’pia” to the Harlem …

41. Accessory Dwelling Units | Coby Lefkowitz of Backyard

March 1st, 2022

54:01

Coby Lefkowitz, the co-founder of Backyard, a real estate development company focusing on infill development in Southern California, joins us to discuss the topic of Accessory Dwelling Units — also known as ADUs. These …

40. Building Quality Schools | Edwin Harris of EVOKE Studio Architecture

February 22nd, 2022

51:25

I am joined by Edwin Harris, AIA, LEED AP, NOMA, Co-Founder and Design Principal at EVOKE Studio Architecture and design firm based in Durham, North …

39. The Role of Public Incentives | Andrew Regenstreich of HANDS

February 15th, 2022

50:12

In today’s episode, I speak with Andrew Regenstreich, the Director of Real Estate and Economic Development at Housing and Neighborhood Development Services (HANDS). HANDS, Inc. is a developer of affordable housing in …

38. Second Cities | Nick Falker of Cambridge Realty Partners

February 8th, 2022

48:48

In this week’s episode, I speak with Nick Falker, the Managing Partner at Cambridge Realty Partners based in New Haven, Connecticut. His firm has been investing and developing in real estate opportunistically since …

37. Designing for Women | Alda Ly of Alda Ly Architecture

February 1st, 2022

55:44

Today I am joined by our guest Alda Ly, the founder and principal of Alda Ly Architecture (ALA), a New York City firm that focuses on interiors with a specialty in tech-driven commercial projects. Join us as we discuss …

36. Development Strategies That Survive | Sam Dickinson of Keeler Markwood Group

January 25th, 2022

54:12

This week, I am joined by our guest Sam Dickinson, principal at Keeler Markwood Group, a Westchester-based development company focused on ground-up and value-add opportunities in the Greater New York area. We discuss …

35. In-Between Space | Arthi Krishnamoorthy of Deborah Berke Partners

January 18th, 2022

51:24

I am joined today by our guest Arthi Krishnamoorthy and we discuss topics of the two new Residential Colleges that her team has designed at Princeton …

34. Designing for Education | Paul Lewis of LTL Architects

January 11th, 2022

40:43

In today’s episode, I am joined by Paul Lewis, FIAI, Principal at LTL Architects based in New York City. He shares with us his experience of working …

33. Large-Scale Sustainable Design | Lauren Eckhart Smith of Alagem Capital Group

January 4th, 2022

44:33

In today’s episode, I discuss the topic of sustainability with my guest Lauren Eckhart Smith, the Head of Design at Alagem Capital Group in Beverly Hills, California. I also speak with her about One Beverly Hills, a …

32. Design Justice | Pascale Sablan of Adjaye Associates | Part 2

December 28th, 2021

37:31

In today’s episode, I speak with architect and Founder of Beyond the Built Environment, Pascale Sablan. She shares with us her experience working on the Cleveland Foundation Headquarters as a Senior Associate at S9 …

31. Design Justice | Pascale Sablan of Adjaye Associates | Part 1

December 21st, 2021

36:11

In today’s episode, I speak with architect, activist, and Associate at Adjaye Associates, Pascale Sablan. She shares with us her experience working on the Cleveland Foundation Headquarters as a designer at S9 …

Designing Connectivity | Lea Cloud of CDR Studio Architects

December 14th, 2021

46:42

In this week’s episode, I met with Lea Cloud who is a co-founder and partner of CDR Studio with Victoria Rospond. She shared with me her experience working on several projects, including working on the Bushwick …

Austin Design Week | JR Gideon & Clayton Taylor

December 7th, 2021

1:08:25

Today we will be talking to Clayton Taylor and JR Gideon who are jointly working on the Eastbound project, a new mixed-use development in East Austin. This project is designed for open-air business-ready gatherings on a …

Building a Career in Development | Peter Brosens

November 30th, 2021

43:55

In today’s episode, we will be speaking with Peter (Pete) Brosens, the co-founder of Stolar Capital, a real estate investment firm with offices in …

Improving the Work of a Legend | Vishaan Chakrabarti | Part 2

November 23rd, 2021

44:01

Today we will be speaking with Vishaan Chakrabarti, a licensed architect and the founder of the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU). His …

Improving the Work of a Legend | Vishaan Chakrabarti | Part 1

November 16th, 2021

40:40

Today we will be speaking with Vishaan Chakrabarti, a licensed architect and the founder of the Practice for Architecture and Urbanism (PAU). His …

Redefining Residential | Faith Rose

November 9th, 2021

51:53

Today we will be speaking with Faith Rose, a founding partner of O’Neill Rose Architects, a design firm based in Brooklyn. Her firm builds projects …

Affordable Housing Development | Johanna Anderson

November 2nd, 2021

38:13

On this week’s episode, we will be speaking with Johanna Anderson, Executive Director of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services. We will be speaking about Founder’s Way, a major mixed-use project in downtown Ithaca, New …

Urban Redevelopment | Yasmin Rehmanjee

October 26th, 2021

40:50

In today’s episode, we will be speaking with Yasmin Rehmanjee, partner and Co-Director of the New York office of Buro Happold. She has had two …

Collaboration Is Key | Jon Pickard

October 12th, 2021

1:01:05

Jon Pickard is a Co-founder and Principal at Pickard Chilton, an award-winning architectural design firm based in Connecticut. We are talking about 2+U (also known as the Qualtrics Tower), the studio’s recently …

Passive House Design | Jenny Peysin

October 5th, 2021

34:56

This week we will be speaking with Jenny Peysin, a licensed architect based in Brooklyn, NYC, about her current passive house project, Wilderness Drive in the Catskills region of upstate New York. As the founder of …

Mitigating Environmental Hazards | Chris Mazzola

September 28th, 2021

36:21

Today we will be speaking with Chris Mazzola, the Director of Development at Bijou Properties and a developer who focuses on residential anchored, …

Client Chemistry | Camila Crazut

September 21st, 2021

36:23

Today we speak with Camila Crazut, an architect and interior designer working as a Project Manager at Spivak Architects in New York City. After training and becoming licensed as an architect in Venezuela, Camila came to …

Resilient City Transit | Rob Menendez

September 14th, 2021

44:05

Today we will be talking to Rob Menendez, a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. We will be discussing a major intermodal transit hub in Manhattan’s Times Square, …

Durham Does Modern | Alicia Hylton-Daniel

September 7th, 2021

52:47

In today’s episode, we will be speaking with Alicia Hylton-Daniel who is the founder of Hylton Daniel, a design and construction company in Durham, …

A Home for Newcomers | Phillip Gesue

August 31st, 2021

36:15

This week we'll be talking to Phillip Gesue, the Chief Development Officer at Strategic Capital, a Jersey City-based development company that is a subsidiary of China Construction America. Previously, he held senior …

Preserving History | Samer Hanini

August 24th, 2021

57:13

For this episode, we welcome Samer Hanini. Samer is the founder and managing partner of the Hanini Group, a development company with an affiliated architecture firm, Brick Design, and a construction management firm, …

Finding the Right Partner | Matthias Hollwich

August 17th, 2021

46:41

For this episode, we welcome Matthias Hollwich, Founder and Partner of the architecture firm HWKN (“Hawk-in”). This episode takes a deep dive into 25 …

Art Is Everywhere | Galia Solomonoff

August 10th, 2021

45:56

This week we'll be talking with Galia Solomonoff, founder and creative director of SAS/Solomona Architecture Studio, in New York City. We will be …

Building with Integrity | Rachel Loeb

August 2nd, 2021

42:56

Today, our guest is Rachel Loeb. Rachel is the President and CEO of the New York City Economic Development Corporation. NYCEDC is a mission-driven non-profit organization that works on behalf of New York City to invest …

The Client’s Desire | Kirk Mitchell

July 26th, 2021

44:03

Today, our guest is architect Kirk Mitchell. Kirk is the founder and principal at AKT Designs, an architecture and interior design firm based in Bergen County, New Jersey. We will be talking about 432 Woodland, a …

Embracing the Community | Anthony Pellegrino

July 19th, 2021

41:09

Today we’re talking with Anthony Pellegrino, Head of Hotels for ASH NYC, about the Hotel Peter & Paul in New Orleans. In this $20M project, ASH …

A Place For Everyone | Kim Yao

July 12th, 2021

46:34

Today we welcome Kim Yao to the podcast, partner at Architecture Research Office, ARO, in New York City. We will be talking about Milgard Hall, the 55,000 square foot Interdisciplinary STEM building at the University of …

From the Ashes | Rafael Pelli

July 6th, 2021

45:24

On 9/11, images of Brookfield Place were seen around the world. Its gorgeous glass barrel-vaulted roof collapsed, its entrance blocked by a mountain …

Building Beauty | MaryAnne Gilmartin

June 28th, 2021

47:28

One of the most well-known and well-respected professionals in the real estate business joins us on the podcast today for a highly insightful and …

Schools as a Sanctuary | Ann Rolland

June 21st, 2021

57:41

In today’s episode, we welcome esteemed architect and partner at FXCollaborative, Ann Rolland, to discuss her most recent project, Q404, or The …

Design With the Client in Mind | Megan Luce

June 14th, 2021

34:43

Today we’re joined by Megan Luce, Senior Director of Interior Design at Michael Graves. Join us as we discuss what it was like to work alongside Michael Graves, himself, and take a look behind the scenes of Megan’s …

Season 2 Trailer: What are we building now?

June 14th, 2021

1:07

What goes into making an iconic building in America? What are the stories and who are the people behind the next generation of architecture? In season two of American Building Podcast, we aim to answer these questions …

American Building Podcast: Jon Pickard | Hosted by Michael Graves Architecture

October 27th, 2020

1:00:09

Our third guest in the American Building series is Jon Pickard. Jon is a Co-founder and Principal at Pickard Chilton, an award-winning architectural design firm based in Connecticut. We will be talking about 2+U (also …

American Building Podcast: Samer Hanini | Hosted by Michael Graves Architecture

October 27th, 2020

56:20

The second guest on the American Building series is Samer Hanini. Samer is the founder and managing partner of the Hanini Group, a development company with an affiliated architecture firm, Brick Design, and a …

American Building Podcast: Matthias Hollwich | Hosted by Michael Graves Architecture

October 27th, 2020

45:45

The first guest in the American Building series is Matthias Hollwich, Founder and Partner of the architecture firm HWKN (“Hawk-in”). This episode …

American Building Podcast: Martin Ditto | Hosted by Michael Graves Architecture

October 27th, 2020

50:48

Our fourth guest of the American Building series is Martin Ditto. Martin is the founder and CEO of Ditto Residential, an award-winning development firm based in Washington, DC. We are talking about OSLOadmo, an 8-unit …

American Building Podcast: Trailer

October 11th, 2020

2:10

American Building is a podcast series sponsored by Michael Graves Architecture & Design, headlined by Atif Z. Qadir, AIA, and hosted at the Warehouse, the home of the late Michael Graves in Princeton, New Jersey.

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