Welcome to The Anti-Architect Podcast. I’m your host Christian Giordano. As the president and owner of design firm Mancini Duffy, I’m driven by a quest for learning and radically changing the industry through tech-first innovation. With this podcast, I’m hoping to improve the industry that I’m so passionate about by taking a critical look at how architects work with their clients and, in turn, how our clients view us.
It’s my goal to showcase all of these experiences - good and bad. Was it the architect or the client - or somewhere in between? I aim to bring my audience new voices from our industry, interesting people with diverse backgrounds. Through shared experiences, stories, and projects my hope is that we can improve our profession.
Episode 53: K.P. Reddy of Shadow Ventures
In this episode, Christian sits down with K.P. Reddy, Founder and CEO of Shadow Ventures. As a prominent figure in the world of technology and innovation, K.P. has become a global authority in AEC environments, AI, robotics, automation, mobile applications, and cloud computing. He is the author of the definitive guide to Building Information Modeling, “BIM for Building Owners and Developers.” K.P.’s extensive experience includes founding and exiting three technology companies to NASDAQ, NYSE, and privately held futures, running Enterprise Transformation at Gehry Technologies, and being the General Manager of ATDC at Georgia Tech, one of the oldest technology incubators in the country. He’s a frequent lecturer at universities, including NYU’s Stern School of Business, Georgia Tech, Columbia University, and Harvard GSD.
Episode 52: Special Episode: 31st Annual CANstruction NYC Design and Build Competition
In this special episode highlighting the 31st Annual CANstruction New York Design and Build Competition, Christian sits down with four leaders behind the incredible cause, including Jennifer Greene, Director of Marketing at Ronnette Riley Architect, Elysa Marden, Senior Vice President of Arts and Events for Brookfield Properties, Jenna Harris, City Harvest’s Associate Director as well as Jessica Sheridan, Principal at Mancini Duffy.
The 2023 CANstruction New York exhibit, located at Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan, is open to the public November 2-13. In partnership with City Harvest, New York City’s largest food rescue organization, CANstruction is a unique global charity that hosts a Design and Build competition where teams - consisting of architects, engineers, and their vendors - construct structures solely from unopened cans of food, fitting within an 8x8x8 foot square.
Originating in Seattle in 1992 as a simple food drive, the Society for Design Administration (SDA) has transformed it into a global initiative. Today, CANstruction events span 150 cities in 8 countries, contributing over 50 million cans of food to combat hunger.
Episode 51: Jeff Echols of Shadow Partners
In this episode, Christian sits down with Jeff Echols, Senior Advisor and the Head of Marketing at Shadow Partners. Jeff is on a mission to change the way AEC firms do business. He leverages 30 years of experience working in, starting, and managing firms to help drive innovation in the business of architecture and AEC adjacent industries.
Jeff hosts the Build Your Brand podcast, the live-stream show Context & Clarity LIVE, and the daily short-form podcast Shadow Shorts.
A prolific speaker, Jeff has shared his experience and thought leadership. Jeff’s speaking clients have included private companies, local governments, colleges and universities, and industry organizations like, the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), American Institute of Architects (AIA), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Professional Services Management Journal (PSMJ), and Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS).
Episode 50: Stephen Perkins of HotelStudio
In this episode, Christian sits down with Stephen Perkins, Partner at HotelStudio. Stephen is an American Architect and Designer, leading the way in creating story-driven, experiential hospitality and entertainment spaces. His design prowess is exemplified in the hundreds of luxury hotels, resorts, cultural, leisure, and retail destinations that he has designed over the course of his 45-year career. His innovation and leadership in the field has been recognized by Hospitality Design Magazine’s Platinum Circle Award and his elevation to the International Society of Hospitality Consultants, a global society of the world's leading hospitality authorities.
Episode 49: Marc Spector of SPECTOR Companies
In this episode, Christian sits down with Marc Spector, FAIA, CEO and Owner of SPECTOR Companies. Marc applies his core cultural principles to the business of architecture, creating value for design excellence and the profession. Marc’s influential business model is built on creating impactful life spaces regardless of project constraints and typology, cultivation of client and team relationships into friendships, growth in new markets and services, and continual advancement of design innovation hand-in-hand with profitable business practices.
Leading a diverse team of professionals in the various practices in the country and worldwide, Marc advances creative and technical strategies in the various practices over the firm’s 57-year lifespan. Sustainability, carbon neutrality, and passive and net zero design and construction principles are now indigenous in the firm’s cultural DNA.
Marc is an Emmy Award Winner for NBC's hit show "George To The Rescue" and has appeared on The Daily Show with John Stewart.
Episode 48: Bradford Perkins of Perkins Eastman
In this episode, Christian sits down with Bradford Perkins, FAIA, co-founder of Perkins Eastman with Mary-Jean Eastman, FAIA. He has built a career that spans 50 years and includes projects in more than 30 countries. Brad’s grandfather Dwight Heald Perkins, FAIA, who founded Perkins, Fellows and Hamilton in 1894, and Brad’s father, Lawrence Bradford Perkins, FAIA, who co-founded Perkins + Will in 1935, inspired Brad to focus on design that enhances the quality of life.
Throughout his career, Brad has directed major projects in all of Perkins Eastman’s key practice areas, serving as Principal in Charge of work around the world ranging from small projects for non-profit organizations and senior living communities to major healthcare facilities, large-scale mixed-use developments, education and research campuses, and even master plans for new cities. Author of nine books and more than 100 articles covering all aspects of architecture and design, Brad has lectured at more than 20 colleges and universities and currently serves on the faculty of Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. Brad deeply believes that the built environment can improve people’s lives, wherever they are in the world.
Best Architecture Pod!!
Christian’s take on how to propel the architecture and design industry is awesome! He has top-tier guests and I enjoy their insights!
Great conversation with Christian and Jean!
Christian is peeling the onion back !!