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Join Adrian Ramsay each week for a step into the world of design, architecture and more...

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
Latest Episode1/5/2022

Tommy + Patricia Chen Suchart

Chen + Suchart Studio works at a variety of scales ranging from small well crafted projects and single family residences to larger scale urban design.The practice is not interested in style.The common thread between all projects undertaken in our studio is the integrity of design that transcends style.The work of the studio is focused on the reinvention of known ideas, spatial experience, and the quality and craft of construction in all of our projects.Thamarit Suchart and Patricia Szu-Ping Chen Suchart completed their studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture 1997) and Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (Master of Architecture in Urban Design 1999).Thamarit was born and raised in Arizona.Having left Arizona for 13 years of education on the east coast of the United States, he chose to return to Arizona to raise his family and to start a design practice with Patricia in 2002.Patricia is a native of Taipei, Taiwan.After working for numerous award winning architecture firms in both Boston and Phoenix, the pair officially established their own architecture firm in 2010.In 2012, the firm was identified as “15 Young Firms to Watch: Chen + Suchart Studio” by Residential Architect Magazine.Since 2015, the firm has been the recipient of a total of nine AIA design awards, from both the AIA Arizona Chapter as well as from the AIA Western Mountain Region Chapter.2015 also included an award from Residential Architect Magazine, where The Staab Residence was awarded the Design Award for a Custom Home over 3,000 SF.Thamarit is a registered architect in the State of Arizona, Georgia, and New Jersey.Thamarit has also served as a faculty associate and adjunct lecturer, teaching undergraduate and graduate design studios at both Arizona State University and the University of Arizona from 2010-2016.He is committed to sharing his knowledge with the future generations of architects when the practice allows for the dedication of time for design education.
1/5/2022

Tommy + Patricia Chen Suchart

Chen + Suchart Studio works at a variety of scales ranging from small well crafted projects and single family residences to larger scale urban design.The practice is not interested in style.The common thread between all projects undertaken in our studio is the integrity of design that transcends style.The work of the studio is focused on the reinvention of known ideas, spatial experience, and the quality and craft of construction in all of our projects.Thamarit Suchart and Patricia Szu-Ping Chen Suchart completed their studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture 1997) and Harvard University's Graduate School of Design (Master of Architecture in Urban Design 1999).Thamarit was born and raised in Arizona.Having left Arizona for 13 years of education on the east coast of the United States, he chose to return to Arizona to raise his family and to start a design practice with Patricia in 2002.Patricia is a native of Taipei, Taiwan.After working for numerous award winning architecture firms in both Boston and Phoenix, the pair officially established their own architecture firm in 2010.In 2012, the firm was identified as “15 Young Firms to Watch: Chen + Suchart Studio” by Residential Architect Magazine.Since 2015, the firm has been the recipient of a total of nine AIA design awards, from both the AIA Arizona Chapter as well as from the AIA Western Mountain Region Chapter.2015 also included an award from Residential Architect Magazine, where The Staab Residence was awarded the Design Award for a Custom Home over 3,000 SF.Thamarit is a registered architect in the State of Arizona, Georgia, and New Jersey.Thamarit has also served as a faculty associate and adjunct lecturer, teaching undergraduate and graduate design studios at both Arizona State University and the University of Arizona from 2010-2016.He is committed to sharing his knowledge with the future generations of architects when the practice allows for the dedication of time for design education.
12/21/2021

Aimee Ralfini

Since 2012 Aimée Ralfini has curated arts activation platform Art Ache.Art Ache communicates fine art and creative thought to a wide and varied audience through events, social media, digital billboard campaigns, 100’s of radio podcasts, regular editorial art coverage and other bespoke activations. Through it Ralfini aims to strengthen New Zealand’s creative muscle and make art part of everyday conversation.“Artists are the litmus paper of society” – AM RalfiniConsidered a ‘holy goddess of creative fecundity’ by her peers, Ralfini is credited with paving the way for New Zealand artists on social and in mainstream media, forging a path for a new wave of entry to medium level clientele after the 2009 financial crisis.Born and bred in Auckland, Ralfini gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts in intermedia and has spent most of her adult life working at media networks, design studios and advertising agencies.NZ DEAD AHEADnz_dead_ahead is Ralfini’s latest creative offering. Inspired by the interior design of deceased estates being sold in New Zealand.Propelled by rising house prices with cheap upgrades, Aimee felt it was time to document the last of these outstanding monuments to a culture in rapid decline.nz_dead_ahead presents like a view finder of a period of idealism and “quality living” in the nation’s history.The collection of interior and exterior photographs are all for sale at the time of selection, with many of them containing elements that will resonate with anyone who grew up in 19th century New Zealand.To jog memories and manifest her own, Aimee comments about the nature of the contents through several lenses; that of a realtor, a romantic novelist and an interior designer.Ralfini works alongside sometimes collaborator Kate van der Fluit to capture as many of these quintessential relics as she can, and will continue to do so until they are no more.
12/17/2021

Sara Kolata

Sara Kolata was always a humanitarian at heart and dreamt of making the world a better place.Sara studied in London submerged in the world of prestigious Architecture. She was inspired by the glorious career paths of celebrity architects and believed for this to be the only path to success within the industry. She did however question the humanitarian, environmental and socio-economic impact of many of their projects and felt uneasy with what she saw.Sara longed to see more meaning and contribution in their work.Sara also began to realise how difficult it is for young architects to get the full experience of project delivery and building, and she didn’t want to be a drafter.She wanted to get my hands dirty, building.At the age of 23, Sara went to a conference at TU Berlin dedicated to architects doing humanitarian aid. They looked different to all the pale, overworked architects she had met before. They looked happy, had tones of travel stories and fascinating career paths. They also were building like crazy. Delivering countless projects around the world, building much more than the architects she studied. They were building projects that were needed and quick to implement, and in this, Sara saw an opportunity of being able to become an architect in the full essence."That’s what I want my life as an architect to look like."- Sara thought.Sara went on a search looking around the world to find where she could make an impact like that.Listen to this episode to hear where Sara's inspiring journey led her to.
11/28/2021

Janine De Waal

Janine is an internationally experienced architect. Working in remote locations is her forte. After having lived + worked in the UK, Namibia, Australia, Zambia and the Bahamas over the last two decades, she’s now often found in her soul home, Southern Africa.Sixty-one weeks into her architectural education Janine nearly quit her studies. Thank heavens she was assigned to evaluate the finest architect home in South Africa. Gawie Fagan conceived the design for his family home during a flight and drew it on the back of a cigarette box, thereafter he built it as an owner/builder. On the spot Janine realised that she had to continue with her studies. When she walked up the suspended timber staircase, connecting the public spaces to the private bedrooms, she got butterflies… she had never experienced such a beautiful undulating ceiling moulding space and framing views... From that moment onwards she dedicated her life to creating incredible spaces to touch the soul and take the breath away.With her mom being an art teacher and her dad an avid part-time woodworker and owner/builder, design and creating was a part of everyday life. At the age of ten, Janine opted for woodwork instead of needlework. In later years she dabbled in jewellery design, ceramics and bronze casting, resulting in her built environment designs being complemented by bespoke, handcrafted components.She believes that your home symbolizes the life you want to be living. Her designs are shelters for your physical body, mind and soul.
11/15/2021

Christopher Travis

Christopher K. Travis is the founder and lead designer for Truehome Design.Build. He designed and built a broad variety of residential and historic projects in Texasfrom 1995 to 2014, including high-end new homes, ranches and estates, major remodeling, historic restoration and adaptive re-use of historic structures, historic and light commercial projects. From 1995 until 2013, Travis was the founder, lead designer and Managing Partner of Sentient Architecture, LLC, (Formerly Round Top Architecture). He partnered with commercial architect, Robert Brett Pitt, in that enterprise serving the rural areas of South Central Texas and the Austin, Texas environs. In 2013, the partners formed individual enterprises and Travis moved his design practice into Truehome Design.Build.Travisis an expert on the adaptive re-use of period materials and artifacts, as well as human factors based architectural programming for residential projects. He is the author of the Truehome Workshop and the originator of that systematic process which he has used with clients for over eighteen years.One of his projects was awarded a T. C. Jester award for excellence in historic design in the historic Houston Heights. Mr. Travis’ company was namedRemodeler of the Yearby the Greater Houston Builder’s Association. He is also an expert on designing and building projects on remote sites and in rural areas.His projects have appeared in theNew York Times,Buildermagazine,Country Living,Cowboys and Indians,Home Companion,Sun Coast Magazine,Go Magazine(Airtran Airways flight magazine),HommesMagazine in Greece; theSan Antonio Express News, theMarin County Independent Journal, TheProvidence Sunday Journal, inTexas Highwaysand before employee groups atMicrosoftandGoogle. Major stories on his approach have appeared twice in German publications and in the Netherlands and Australia.Mr. Travis is also a writer and theorist who has amulti-disciplinary interest in how psychological techniques, and human factors findings, can be applied to architecture and residential design to more effectively create homes and living environments that “fit the psychological nature of people” .He studies and applies the possibility of therapeutic architecture in his design practice. It is this long term study that inspired both the last twenty years of his design practice and the Truehome Workshop. He believes the psychological and emotional needs of the inhabitants of a home should guide the work of designers, and has used hissystematic method for that purpose with his clients since 1998, and exclusively since 2002.