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Each week join your host, award winning designer Adrian Ramsay for a step into the expansive world of design, architecture and more. Adrian sits down with some of the bignamesand those who are lesser knownfrom across the
8/2/2022

Johannes Wortmann

I was born as the 3rd child of an Artist Painter in northern Germany. In 1960, when I was 5, my father escaped with his family from the melancholic teutonic grey to the brilliant light of the Mediterranean island Ibiza, “Eivissa” in Catalan. For the first time, I saw the white cubes of the peasant houses, built by their inhabitants with simple means and following a Phenician pattern. I felt fascinated and attracted by the Mediterranean architecture, please mastery into the landscape of rocks and Pine trees.As a young boy, I was playing and drawing in the studio of Erwin Broner, a German Jew, Artist Painter, and Architect, who had known Ibiza during his first exile in the late 1930ies. After a long journey of almost 17 years, first to London and later to California, he turned back to his beloved mythic Island in 1957. In the following 20 years, Broner designed a series of contemporary houses for international clients. Conceived in the tradition of European rationalism, the uncompromising buildings yet merge at perfection with the Mediterranean landscape. Nowadays, to live in a Broner-House is still considered a privilege.Another famous Master Architect, Barcelona born Josep Lluis Sert, Dean of the Harvard Graduate Design School from 1953 to 1969, turned back to Ibiza in 1970. As did Broner, his first act in the Island was to build his own studio house, situated in the historic “Dalt Vila” District. Sert and my father have been known each other. During five years, he lived and painted in the Sert Studio, before the family settled in the “Can Pep Simó” condominium, a design from Sert and other Catalán architects friends.Born and educated in a medieval town in Westphalia, I undertook my architectural studies at the Technical University of Berlin. Once finished my career, I undertook a useful journey through Europe, serving as an architectural apprentice in several studios in Belgium and Spain. I was happy to learn with the renaissance like Master architect Bruno Albert in Liège, where I learned that beauty and proportions are our finest tools. My first professional steps in Barcelona a link to the PSP Studio. Ferran de los Santos and Joan Maria Pascual were so patient to explain the secrets of Catalán craftsmanship to the young German architect.The next steps were the association with Guillermo Bañares, a practice, which lasted 20 years. I own Guillermo the knowledge of Spanish society and uncountable conversations about architecture and design, scouting together our projects, a broad range of residential, hospitality, corporate and industrial buildings.Finally, at the beginning of the severe financial and Economic crisis, in 2007 I created my own practice, Wortmann Architects.Although I consider myself, aware of my German roots, as a “Mediterranean Prussian”, I feel at home under the Mediterranean sun in the ancient “Marca Hispanica” of Catalonia. Since more than 30 years, I enjoy living and working as an Architect, with my family, in Barcelona.
7/26/2022

Chris Fogarty

Chris has always soughtto make the urban environment a richer place through his architecture and interiors practice.Chris studied at University College’s Bartlett in London. From there he received a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Edinburgh and went on to work for Skidmore Owings and Merrill Architects, better known as SOM, in the London, Washington DC, and New York offices. Chris soon set his sights on opening his own practice, Fogarty Finger, in 2003 with just two employees.In the nearly 20 years since, Chris’s firm has flourished, playing a pioneering role in the multifamily housing realm, joining forces with the Interiors Division to create top-to-bottom residential and commercial transformations, and recently expanding into the Boston and Atlanta markets, while counting a total of 127 diverse employees among its ranks.Two of the firm’s major projects—141 Willoughby, an office tower in downtown Brooklyn, and Astoria West, the largest residential development ever built along Astoria’s burgeoning waterfront, both topped out in recent months. While construction is underway on The Nova, a striking residential tower in Long Island City completing in September. Meanwhile, The Lively, which adds 180 luxury residential units to Jersey City’s growing downtown district, as well as ground-level commercial space and a new performing arts center, nabbed an AIA NJ award for its impressive design.Earlier in 2021, The Dime, a live-work-play building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn opened its doors. And on the boards, in the borough’s Gowanus neighborhood, are projects, including the 600,000-square-foot building at 300 Nevins, that reflect the new zoning legislation that recently occurred in the city. Collectively, these projects capture Fogarty Finger’s dominance in the outer-boroughs of New York Cityas an architecture and interior design firm shaping the cityscape.
7/12/2022

Jason Boyer Part 2

Jason Boyer’s work redefines what’s possible through the eyes of the client - rethinking the norms of architectural practice to drive performance-based design solutions that result in elegant, simple, and compelling project outcomes. A graduate from the University of Illinois and Arizona State University, Boyer was recognized among the top three graduates in his Master of Architecture class and has since served in an Adjunct Faculty position with the ASU School of Architecture.At age 35 Boyer was named Design Principal and Director of Architecture for the Phoenix office of OWP/P, a notable accomplishment in a profession where the average principal age is 52. In 2009 OWP/P merged with Cannon Design where he served as Design Principal for Cannon Design’s Phoenix based Western Mountain Region office. A firm-wide design leader, he collaborated across offices with projects in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Francisco. His design leadership was recognized by the General Services Administration in 2009 with the selection of his portfolio for the Region 9 Land Port of Entry Design Excellence IDIQ program.In 2012 Boyer founded Jason Boyer Architects, adding real estate development to his skillset with the completion of artHAUS, a nationally recognized residential infill project. He has since transformed his practice to include design-led real estate development, re-establishing it as Boyer Vertical in 2020. Boyer Vertical integrates architecture, development, and design|build construction under a single real estate platform focused on creating sustainable architecturally significant projects. artHAUS, the first project completed under the Boyer Vertical umbrella, is a 25-unit smart, modern transit-oriented development that serves as a model for missing-middle infill housing and has been featured in the Urban Land Institute case study library.In February 2022, Jason Boyer joined the three percent of AIA members who have been honored for making significant contributions to the profession by being elevated to the AIA College of Fellows.Boyer’s strength is balance – possessing an entrepreneurial skillset that is both design and business savvy. He is a mentor of talent with a legacy for identifying and developing promising young professionals. He values the “total architect” skillset above a singular focused design or practice management path and shares that perspective in the design studios he teaches at ASU.This accumulated experience informs a compelling practice trajectory, moving Boyer outside the norms of architectural practice and into the role of real estate developer where his work will continue to add societal value with elegant, simple, and compelling self-directed architecture.
7/5/2022

Jason Boyer Part 1

Jason Boyer’s work redefines what’s possible through the eyes of the client - rethinking the norms of architectural practice to drive performance-based design solutions that result in elegant, simple, and compelling project outcomes. A graduate from the University of Illinois and Arizona State University, Boyer was recognized among the top three graduates in his Master of Architecture class and has since served in an Adjunct Faculty position with the ASU School of Architecture.At age 35 Boyer was named Design Principal and Director of Architecture for the Phoenix office of OWP/P, a notable accomplishment in a profession where the average principal age is 52. In 2009 OWP/P merged with Cannon Design where he served as Design Principal for Cannon Design’s Phoenix based Western Mountain Region office. A firm-wide design leader, he collaborated across offices with projects in Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Francisco. His design leadership was recognized by the General Services Administration in 2009 with the selection of his portfolio for the Region 9 Land Port of Entry Design Excellence IDIQ program. In 2012 Boyer founded Jason Boyer Architects, adding real estate development to his skillset with the completion of artHAUS, a nationally recognized residential infill project. He has since transformed his practice to include design-led real estate development, re-establishing it as Boyer Vertical in 2020. Boyer Vertical integrates architecture, development, and design|build construction under a single real estate platform focused on creating sustainable architecturally significant projects. artHAUS, the first project completed under the Boyer Vertical umbrella, is a 25-unit smart, modern transit-oriented development that serves as a model for missing-middle infill housing and has been featured in the Urban Land Institute case study library.In February 2022, Jason Boyer joined the three percent of AIA members who have been honored for making significant contributions to the profession by being elevated to the AIA College of Fellows.Boyer’s strength is balance – possessing an entrepreneurial skillset that is both design and business savvy. He is a mentor of talent with a legacy for identifying and developing promising young professionals. He values the “total architect” skillset above a singular focused design or practice management path and shares that perspective in the design studios he teaches at ASU.This accumulated experience informs a compelling practice trajectory, moving Boyer outside the norms of architectural practice and into the role of real estate developer where his work will continue to add societal value with elegant, simple, and compelling self-directed architecture.
6/21/2022

Perspectives With Heather Faulding

Heather grew up in South Africa where she studied Architecture at ‘Wits’ University in Johannesburg and immigrated during the Soweto riots to complete her degrees at Ball State University in Indiana.Prior to studying Architecture Heather attended the National School of the Arts and the Italian Dressmaking School in Johannesburg.She has lived and worked in New York since 1981. Her early role as associate withprominent design firms included a leading creative role with retail and residential projects across the United States and the world. This continued when she opened her company where she has worked with a wide array of clients. Always finding new and creative solutions often where others feared to tread or did not succeed, usually exceeding expectations.Always up for a challenge, and “never the same solution” she is passionate about the timelessness and elevation of each and every client that her team selects to work with. Her work currently includes work for clients from Holland, Norway, South Africa, the United Kingdom and China and projects lie in New York, London, Costa Rica, across the Hamptons, Los Angeles, Chicago and Florida.Any free time, when there is no tennis, is spent on the design and execution of her chandeliers and furniture line and exploring lighting and ever new technologies.Her marriage to the South African ambassador to the United Nations was at the time of Mandelas inauguration and her “front row seat” to all that transpired brought a new depth of understanding and inspiration to her work. After successfully combating the onset of cancer with diet and acupuncture, she adopted her daughter from China, thus adding another chapter to her always interesting stories.