13 episodes

A podcast for Architects and Engineers.

Join Scott Zurn, Professional Engineer with over 3 decades of experience and Founder of Level Design Partners, in exploring the in’s and outs of the design industry, bringing new thinking to outdated systems, and restoring value and honor to the unique people who choose to be designers, engineers, and architects.

We’ll be discussing how Architects and Engineers can thrive in this industry by creating more freedom, flexibility, and financial security as a design professional, regardless of their current situation.

Level Design Podcast Scott Zurn

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A podcast for Architects and Engineers.

Join Scott Zurn, Professional Engineer with over 3 decades of experience and Founder of Level Design Partners, in exploring the in’s and outs of the design industry, bringing new thinking to outdated systems, and restoring value and honor to the unique people who choose to be designers, engineers, and architects.

We’ll be discussing how Architects and Engineers can thrive in this industry by creating more freedom, flexibility, and financial security as a design professional, regardless of their current situation.

    Long-term care of our built environment (most important + least celebrated)

    Long-term care of our built environment (most important + least celebrated)

    In this episode, Scott & Murray discuss:


    Environmental consciousness
    Half of our environment impact is just “building stuff”
    Let’s take a conscious look at what we’re doing
    Is money always the driver for the design community
    Free, independent & flexible thinking
    Picking up where we left off in the early 1500s
    Climate change
    Greed and power, taking the land vs existing with the land


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    • 52 min
    Are Architects & Engineers going extinct?

    Are Architects & Engineers going extinct?

    Can we maintain our human conveniences and have less adverse impact on our planet?

    Are Architects & Engineers going extinct?

    What do we need to revive in our industry?

    Join Scott Zurn and Murray McBride as they discuss

    In this episode, they discuss:


    The human convenience
    Cost of infrastructure
    Communication challenges today
    Why we need more Architects & Engineers.
    How we can improve the way we pay for and build our infrastructure
    Getting involved locally
    How Engineering, Architecture, and construction relates to your tax dollar
    57% of our Engineering community quits, why and how to change that
    The one activity in our infrastructure that produces 7% of carbon emissions into our atmosphere
    What the hell happened in Texas

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    • 51 min
    Brilliant Infrastructure of the Indigenous people

    Brilliant Infrastructure of the Indigenous people

    Sixty million Indigenous People lived throughout the Americas before European expansion. In a short amount of time, 90% of those people were lost to European disease and violence. An estimated loss of 55 million people; a 10% reduction of the world's population at that time.

    What happened to the infrastructure of each of these ancient people and what can we learn from it?

    Join Scott Zurn and Murray McBride as they discuss what went wrong when the Europeans settled the Americas. Instead of learning from the Indigenous People and their way of sustainable living, old European ideas were brought here and repeated the same mistakes.

    Also, enjoy a new segment where Scott and Murray discuss current events, like the Texas storms that left dozens dead and millions without power over several days.

    In this episode, they discuss:


    an LDPI update

    Continued: The history of infrastructure

    the importance of the A&E community's knowledge and our planet’s future

    the struggle between political forces and the public interest on infrastructure


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    • 40 min
    Our current infrastructure was shaped by deer

    Our current infrastructure was shaped by deer

    There is an impact to our world for every human convenience. Those conveniences are built around our infrastructure, but it’s not in the public’s consciousness.

    Why should we care?

    Because infrastructure is the most important thing in our world. Our economy, quality of life, and the future of humanity and our planet is intricately tied to infrastructure.

    Join Scott Zurn and Murray McBride as they discuss how we arrived at our current infrastructure and why throwing it away for a new one will be devastating for our planet.

    They discuss:


    Who planned our first roads

    Think of our world:  We must be respectful of the fact that this planet has a finite amount of energy we can use and how we manage our infrastructure knowing that

    Is there an alternative or a better way moving forward


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    • 42 min
    Empowering A&E Women with LDPI Owners Anya Zurn & Karen Ashworth (Women’s History month)

    Empowering A&E Women with LDPI Owners Anya Zurn & Karen Ashworth (Women’s History month)

    Engineers are traditionally men. Why?


    30% of women who have left the engineering profession cite organizational climate as the reason.
    Only 30% of women who earn bachelor’s degrees in engineering are still working in engineering 20 years later. Source

    We need to empower A&E women if we want to build a thriving industry and future. We must evolve our organizational climate.

    To celebrate Women’s History Month, we’ve brought on two amazing women, Anya Zurn & Karen Ashworth, co-owners of Level Design Partners.

    Our motto: LDPI is freedom of independence; power of organization.

    We give our independent design professionals the business education and support to overcome their fear of leaving a traditional firm behind.

    Join Scott Zurn and guests Karen Ashworth and Anya Zurn as they discuss why every design professional is welcomed and can thrive in LDPI's unique business model

    They discuss…

    ✅ Their business backgrounds

    ✅ The gig economy

    ✅ LDPI’s culture of communication with clients and how it’s leading a front-line change to help the environment through the A&E industry

    ✅ The need for mentorship for design professionals

    ✅ How A&E women can thrive in LDPI’s model


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    • 54 min
    Engineers are fleeing the industry at record numbers

    Engineers are fleeing the industry at record numbers

    Engineers are fleeing the industry at record numbers, unhappy with the status quo...so what? Why should we, and everyone else care?

    The bulk of human convenience relies on the intellect of the A&E community.

    But there’s a gap. A gap between the unique genius that goes into our infrastructure by A&E professionals, and the general public.

    In this fascinating episode, join hosts Scott Zurn and Murray McBride as they discuss why this is happening and what we’re doing about it.

    They discuss...

    ✅ how design professionals can thrive outside of the traditional corporate model

    ✅ character qualities needed to succeed as an entrepreneurial A&E professional

    ✅ the three founding articles of LDPI as a for-benefit company

    ✅ environmental impacts of our throw-away culture

    ✅ how we can create prosperity for design professionals, the industry, and the world.

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    • 48 min

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