3 episodes

In the Design for an Agile World Podcast, we discuss a specific approach to architecture that focuses on what building occupants and users need and how to produce solutions that will satisfy those needs. A compelling collection of stories and perspectives from project owners, design professionals, and construction partners, Design for an Agile World will help you apply an agile mindset to your organization and facilities. We’re here to support project owners, design professionals, and construction partners in their quest to challenge the status quo to bring better value to their stakeholders through an agile design lens.

Design for an Agile World Walker Architects, Inc.

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In the Design for an Agile World Podcast, we discuss a specific approach to architecture that focuses on what building occupants and users need and how to produce solutions that will satisfy those needs. A compelling collection of stories and perspectives from project owners, design professionals, and construction partners, Design for an Agile World will help you apply an agile mindset to your organization and facilities. We’re here to support project owners, design professionals, and construction partners in their quest to challenge the status quo to bring better value to their stakeholders through an agile design lens.

    Empowering People and Organizations for Greater Success with Roland Lemke AIA, LEED AP

    Empowering People and Organizations for Greater Success with Roland Lemke AIA, LEED AP

    Join host Joe Walker on this episode of "Design for an Agile World" as he sits down with Roland Lemke AIA, LEED AP, Principal at CannonDesign - an architectural firm on a mission to make a positive impact on people, business, society, and the planet. 

     In this conversation, Roland discusses letting go of preconceptions in design and focusing on creating buildings that speak to the unique culture and story of every client we serve. 
     Listeners will hear about the evolution of Roland’s perception of architecture, the impact of buildings on people, and the significance of an agile mindset in design. They also talk about the importance of mentoring the next generation of architects and giving space for people to thrive, so that organizations as a whole can go bigger and do better. 
      
    Highlights:
    0:02:13 A Conversation on Architecture and Design Thinking
     0:04:12 Designing for Better People, Business, Society, and the Planet
     0:08:05 The Importance of an Agile Mindset in Designing for Clients
     0:11:34 Cultivating Talent and Building Successful Design Solutions
     0:17:19 Mindset of a Design Professional
     0:21:54 The Importance of Design and Expertise in Architecture Projects
     0:23:48 Designing a Building Rooted in User Needs
     0:27:29 Designing a Flexible Building to Accommodate Future Changes
     
     Connect with Roland Lemke, AIA, LEED AP
    Everything can be viewed as a design problem. Whether you’re engaging with a client team, building internal teams or strategizing a new opportunity, the optimal solution will likely be discovered through the design-thinking process. That’s Roland’s approach as a design principal and the leader of our D.C. office.

    Roland joined CannonDesign 23 years ago, bringing a budding passion for student life. With expertise spanning athletic facilities, recreation centers, student unions and wellness hubs, Roland is an expert at designing spaces driven by programming. He has a passion for collaborating with clients to understand their needs and design drivers, then building a physical space that prioritizes functionality and looks great from the outside in and the inside out. Leveraging his knowledge of designing spaces integral to the student experience, Roland challenges his teams to be strong partners to clients eager to shape the campus of the future.


     LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/roland-lemke-3119057 
     CannonDesign: https://www.cannondesign.com/
     
    Connect with Joe Walker

    Walker Architects: https://walker-arch.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/walker-arch

    • 31 min
    Bringing Work to Life with Dr. Tracy Brower, PhD, MM, MCRW

    Bringing Work to Life with Dr. Tracy Brower, PhD, MM, MCRW

    In this episode of Design for an Agile World, host Joe Walker sits down with Dr. Tracy Brower, PhD, MM, MCRW,  VP of Workplace Insights. Steelcase is known for its innovative workplace design ideas that go beyond furniture and focus on how the environment can move the needle.
     
    Dr. Brower emphasizes the significance of designing places that create the conditions for people to do their best. Her research highlights the importance of work in people's lives and how the work environment can affect and influence them. 
     
    Joe and Dr. Brower discuss the importance of providing employees with choice and control over their workspaces to increase engagement and discretionary effort. They suggest that adaptable spaces can help remove friction and make it easier for employees to flow between collaborative and individual work. The conversation also touches on the importance of creating a culture of choice that allows employees to work in a variety of spaces that suit their needs. 
    Highlights:
    2:49 – Designing workplaces for people
    11:23 – Importance of dimensionality, identity, and well-being in workplace design
    12:58 – Exploring agile design in a post-Covid era
    16:32 – The relationship between workplace design and employee well-being
    20:21 – Workspaces for psychological safety and innovation
    25:48 – Stress and learning in the work community
    32:55 – Create a culture of empathy in the workplace
    34:33 – Work/Life blending
     
    Connect with Dr. Tracy Brower
     Dr. Tracy Brower is a Ph.D. sociologist and vice president of workplace insights for Steelcase. She is the author of The Secrets to Happiness at Work and Bring Work to Life, as well as a contributor to Forbes and Fast Company. Her work has been translated into 18 languages, and you can find her at tracybrower.com, LinkedIn, or any of the usual social channels.
     
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tracybrowerphd/
    Steelcase - https://www.steelcase.com/
    Tracy’s Website: https://tracybrower.com/

    Connect with Joe Walker 
    Walker Architects: https://walker-arch.com/
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/walker_architects_/

    • 38 min
    Introducing Design for an Agile World

    Introducing Design for an Agile World

    Welcome to the Design for an Agile World podcast, where we discuss a specific approach to architecture that focuses on what building occupants and users need and how to produce solutions that will satisfy those needs. 

    Your host,  Walker Architects President and Managing Principal, Joe Walker will guide you through a compelling collection of stories and perspectives from project owners, design professionals, and construction partners, to help you apply an agile mindset to your organization and facilities.

    • 6 min

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