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Ana Maria Torres

Ana Maria Torres establishedatarchitects in New York City in 2000. Ms. Torres is a licensed as an urban planner as well as anarchitect in both Spain and New York State. Before arriving in the United States, Ana Maria Torres was Associate Professor of Architectural Design at E. T. S. Architecture in Madrid.As a partner at Balmori Associates in New Haven, CT, where she was a principal prior to establishingatarchitects, Ana Maria Torres was responsible for the landscape and urban design of Abandoibarra in Bilbao, Spain; the Performing Arts Center of Greater Miami, Florida; the Museum of Modern Art in Osaka, Japan; and the Petronas Towers Plaza, Kuala Lumpur. She was also a finalist in the World War II Memorial Competition in Washington, DC.NYC-based female architectAna Maria Torresand her firm, at architects, collaborated with FBMI (an initiativeto empower underprivilegedcommunities inDubai) and put on a carpet installation at this past year'sDubaiDesignWeek,titled "A Dream of Few"."This project is, above all, a collaboration formed by merging the weaving tradition and a subjective understanding ofdesignand aesthetics. A conversation bloomed between a foundation and an architect; between foundation and weaver; between weaver and architect.Each carpet represents a story told through the rich tradition of the weaver, of the loom, of the instrument of weaving, of personal hand-weaving methods interwoven with the intentions, desires, and vision of the designer. This combination presents the ideal medium for an artist who wishes to cross boundaries and present a unique process of collaboration as her chosen practice."

James LaRue + Emily Haydon

LaRue Architects Reimagines an Historic Austin Home While Paying Homage to its NeighborhoodThis 107 year old house was among the few remaining in a historic Austin neighborhood.LaRue Architects took on a giant process to keep its historic preservation with 21stcentury luxury. This is one of the few residential homes in Austin with this downtown view.ArchitectsJamesLaRue and associate Emily Hayden used three-dimensional architectural modeling to create a virtual walk-through that allowed the homeowners to evaluate the exact views from each room by specific time of day.The homeowners purchased their new home in the historic and highly desirable Clarksville neighborhood which flanks the west side of Austin’s downtown. Built in 1915, the house was among the few remaining that had not been scooped up and demolished thanks to its previous owner -- who had lived in the house for over half a century and didn’t want to see it torn down. Austin basedLaRue Architectsspent time researching the home’s history and consulted with a historic restoration expert to help inform their work.The house is perched on a hill with one-of-a kind views of the Texas State Capitol and the expanding Austin skyline -- uniquely located at the threshold between the sparkling new downtown hi-rises and the historic fabric of one of Austin’s oldest and most storied neighborhoods.LaRue and Foursquare Builders took great time and care to hold on to the home’s historic character. The team set out to painstakingly restore and rebuild -- as old and new now seamlessly meld in the new 3,900 SF home.Listen to hear how James LaRue and associate Emily Haydon transformed this historic home into a wonder with uninterrupted views. Project Images will be seen on @adrianramsay and @talkdesignwith instagram

Kate Walker + Fern Santini

Kate Walker and Fern Santini have joined me on TALKdesign, two amazing business women and designers.We dive into the world of Interior Design, from two different countries, Australia and America, and talk about how the design industry is today.As the Founder & Director of KWD, Kate Walker heads up the custom design studio she launched in 2013. Having worked in the tile industry for over 15 years, she identified the need for a streamlined solution for busy people who require support with their complete hard-finish requirements. Kate Walker has been profiled in many leading magazines and blogs, and KWD’s work has been featured in Australia’s leading interior magazines including Belle, Home Beautiful, Inside Out, Grand Designs Australia and House & Garden (including four front cover stories). Her work has also been published in Homes & Gardens UK.Fern Santini designs one-of-a-kind residences for a diverse group of clients across the U.S. The style of each home she helps create is driven by the unique site, the architectural style and her client’s vision. Rather than apply a specific look across projects, Fern thrives on learning about each client’s tastes and personal style to tailor a unique environment perfectly suited to them. She builds upon her client’s affinity for art, reflects their history of travel and sometimes expresses their sense of humor. Her process involves listening to carefully reflect her client’s tastes, and encouraging them to be open minded and think outside the box. This results in a completely distinctive expression true to each client.

Michele Dempsey

Michele Dempsey, AIA, LEED AP is an award-winning Architect, Speaker and Professor who is the leading designer and creator the Strategic Branded Experience Framework--a proprietary system that results in eye-catching, sustainable, research-based projects that communicate a purpose, tell a story and produce a Return on Design Investment (RODI). The distinctive, award-winning work of her firm, DxDempsey Architecture, has been published in several national and international trade magazines and media outlets and can be seen in most of the major casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, a growing number of international airports and was featured on an episode of "Modern Family".Michele is an engaging speaker who has spoken at an international conference about how Strategic Branded Experiences produce Return on Design Investment, given two TEDx talks, Keynote lectures, and is frequently asked to present as an expert in the fields of architecture, planning, sustainability, branding and design. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Lafayette College where she teaches a course called Planning the Built Environment.Michele is highly involved in her community where she was the co-founder of The Office Convention and The Office Wrap Party, two large scale events that brought the writers and actors of the hit show "The Office" to Scranton to interact with fans and highlight the city, and the co-founder of Friends of Lackawanna, a grass roots non-profit committed to protecting the health and safety of the local community, as well as the regional image and the environment.

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.