"I've never met a woman architect before..." The trials and tribulations of being a woman, a lover, a friend, a mother and last but not least, an architect...If you've never met a woman architect before... here SHE is!!! Join Michele Grace Hottel, owner of her namesake architecture and design firm, as she takes you on an exploration into the lives of today's Architects: their first recollections of experiencing architecture, their inspiration, their favorite buildings and what they would like to say about the future of the profession. #architecture #architect #womenarchitects #archimom
Episode 50: Interview with Lisa Raynes, RIBA of Pride Road Architecture Franchise
Interview with Lisa Raynes, architect and creator and owner of the Pride Road Architecture Franchise.
Lisa is an architect that specialises in the domestic sector which, she discovered, is perfect for getting her "work-life balance just right." After being made redundant twice due to maternity leave, she decided, in 2010, to set up Raynes Architecture, , out of necessity, as there were no architecture employment opportunities at the time. However, the gender inequality within architecture continued to frustrate her, so recently she created the franchise Pride Road in June 2016, which has been a Chartered Practice for only six months (as of January 2018),  yet is a "game changer for women in architecture," as it allows her to give her flexible business model to other architects, so they too could enjoy their families, as well as their work. Raynes argues that "On entering the architecture school, there is 50/50 split across genders but once you get into practice, the numbers fall to 20-30% of all architects being women,"  so despite women being equally interested in architecture, they "fall prey to economic cycles far more than men and once [they] decide to have a family."
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Episode 48: Interview w/ Elizabeth Carmichael, AIA of ecohousegreen: #SDDW INSPIRATION
This is the fifth of a series on local Architects and Urbanists for the San Diego Design Week theme of:
Elizabeth Carmichael founded ECOhouse as a source for ecologically responsible architecture and development. ECOhouse's concern for a building’s impact on the environment and the positive benefits for occupants, community, and developers at the forefront of their practice.
She conducts ECOL.A.B.s(TM), "Learn, Apply, Build" as a hands-on approach to educating the public on implementing sustainable practices, serves on the Board of Directors for San Diego Green Building Council as Vice President, interviewed in articles and podcasts and honored as a San Diego Woman of Influence in Construction, Commercial, Real Estate and Design.
ECOhouse = ECOlogical Habitats of Urban Sustainable Experiences(TM).
Link to the website: https://www.ecohousegreen.com/
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Episode 47: Interview w/ Howard Blackson of AVRP: #SDDW INSPIRATION
This is the fourth of a series on local Architects and Urbanists for the San Diego Design Week theme of:
Howard M. Blackson III, is a practicing urban designer, author, and lecturer. Working with AVRP Studios in downtown San Diego, he manages the design and entitlement of urban mixed-use projects and development codes for municipalities across North America. A native San Diegan and member of the Balboa Park Committee, Howard was educated at the University of Westminster, London (MA-Urban Design) and University of Texas at Austin (BA-Geography) and he teaches San Diego State University’s urban design studio. Read about his work here: https://howardblackson.com
Episode 46: Interview w/ Pamela Magnus of Magnus Architects: #SDDW INSPIRATION
This is the third of a series on local Architects and Urbanists for the San Diego Design Week theme of:
Pamela Magnus didn’t plan on having her own firm, but priorities change when you have children. With her husband, Hector, they created Architects Magnus to watch their children grow and make their own hours. Both being architects, they designed their home to function for their lifestyle of both family and business. Twenty years and two sons later, they are still passionate about designing for the lifestyle of each client.
On the side, Pamela currently enjoys volunteering with her son on everything from Bingo with Seniors to making burritos for the homeless. Her women’s land use group keeps her involved in civic responsibility. Her support system includes the online architect community, her long-standing book club, family time, and morning walks with her husband. Gratitude is on top of her list every day.
Episode 45: Interview w/ Kevin deFreitas, FAIA of KdA Architecture: #SDDW INSPIRATION
This is the second of a series on local Architects and Urbanists for the San Diego Design Week theme of:
The interview was done we sat in the upper floors by the rare books collection of the San Diego Central Library designed by one of Kevin deFreitas' mentors: Rob Wellington Quigley, FAIA.
Kevin deFreitas, FAIA Founding Principal Kevin deFreitas
As the principal of Kevin deFreitas Architects, Kevin has had the
good fortune of many exceptional collaborations resulting in a
diverse portfolio of recognized projects, a public restroom on the
sand in Ocean Beach, a rammed earth chapel on the Rincon
Indian Reservation, urban infill rowhomes made of tilt-up concrete,
wonderfully personal single family residences, and numerous
commissions on the UC San Diego campus including the iconic
Kevin’s innovative and thoughtful design work have been widely
published and recognized for being rooted in a meaningful
connection to place, the optimal selection of materials, common-
sense sustainability, and a strong visual presence. Kevin was
honored with the national Young Architect Award by the American
Institute and later inducted as a Fellow.
Kevin greatly enjoys live music, a meal with just about anybody,
laughing out loud, and sharing stories; true or otherwise.
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Episode 44: Interview w/ Kristi Byers, AIA of Kristi Byers, Architect: #SDDW INSPIRATION
This is the first of a series on local Architects and Urbanists for the San Diego Design Week theme of:
The first part of this interview was done during the Pandemic shutdown and I wanted to replay this interview to remind us of this part of our history and the effects that it has on the creative community and their Inspiration. The second part of the interview was done recently outside the amphitheater space at the Mingei Museum on a beautiful Saturday afternoon
Kristi Byers, Architect and Founder AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Kristi’s design eye, technical expertise and consensus-building leadership skills have been honed over her 22 years of project and community leadership experience on commercial, industrial, civic, university, K-12, mid- and high-rise, mixed use, residential and master planning projects throughout Southern California and across the United States.
Sustainable design and healthy buildings have always been a passion for Kristi. She became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2007 and has served as LEED Coordinator or LEED Project Manager on several notable, sustainably-designed projects around the country. Government and corporate clients have sought her expertise for educating their staff about sustainability, greening their building operations, strategizing for building and site purchases and planning for future sustainable renovations.
An active member of the architectural community, Kristi has served on the American Institute of Architecture San Diego Chapter’s Board of Directors in roles that ranged from Public Advocacy Commissioner to President; and the American Institute of Architects California Council Board of Directors, Council Repositioning Committee and Advocacy Advisory Committee. She has been a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Downtown San Diego Partnership, United States Green Building Council (USGBC)
and Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW). She is a LEAD San Diego Core Curriculum Graduate and has served as a subject matter expert for the writing of the LEED Exam and the California Architects Supplemental Exam. She enjoys staying connected to San Diego’s academic institutions and has taught as a visiting professor at San Diego State University (2014) and adjunct professor at Woodbury University.
AIA LEED AP BD&C
Kristi Byers, Architect APC
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Real Stories from Real Architects
Looking for a unique take on an architectural podcast, then give Michele Grace Hottel’s show a listen. She talks with architects about practicing architecture, but also everything that it involves and the personal stories that shape our world. Highly recommended!
Michele finds interesting people who are active and engaged in the architectural profession and lets them have a moment of frank and candid conversations. Listening is an easy way to spend my commute to work.
What’s being an architect really like?
Thanks to Michele for creating this podcast. It goes into the day-to-day of different architects as she interviews them and exposes what being a practicing architect is like from many angles. The list of people that have shared on the pod is impressive, basically a who’s who of residential architects and beyond. Highly recommended.