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October 20, 2016

The Smartest Office Space – Interview with Janne Orava of Smartblock

A few weeks ago, I was a speaker at a seminar on the future of office work. At the venue, I noted a cube-like object with two gentlemen sitting inside. I stepped in, and I was immediately sold on the concept. It was a Smartblock, an idea and product that I’m sure will stick. / continue reading

strategy for architects
October 11, 2016

Strategy and Communication for Architects – Interview with Kasmir Jolma

I met with Kasmir Jolma, a newly graduated Finnish architect, in Helsinki. We discuss his master’s thesis on strategy and communication for architects and how clients see the architect’s role.  / continue reading

October 3, 2016

REDI: High-rise Housing and Service Hacking

When you come to Helsinki by boat, the most prominent buildings on the skyline are a few churches. In fact, the city of Helsinki has not favored high-rise buildings, until now. Several projects that will reach unprecedented heights are under construction, and I visited one of them, REDI. / continue reading

September 27, 2016

Rhumbix: A Productivity Platform for Construction – Interview with Guy Skillett

I had the pleasure of interviewing Guy Skillett, head of construction at Rhumbix, a construction industry IT startup. In addition to the audio interview, here’s a summary of our conversation.

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September 19, 2016

How to Evaluate Sustainability Innovations in Construction

I attended a doctoral dissertation defense at Aalto University in Otaniemi on Friday, September 15, 2016. The candidate, Juho-Kusti Kajander, M.Sc. (Econ.), presented his thesis on how construction industry companies can evaluate their sustainability innovations and the economic benefits of innovation investments. / continue reading

September 13, 2016

Forerunners Connect with Startups at ReCoTech – Interview with Anssi Salonen

ReCoTech is a SLUSH side event that will bring together real estate and construction forerunners and startups on November 30. I had the pleasure of meeting with Anssi Salonen, Project Manager at RAKLI, and learning more about the event. / continue reading

September 6, 2016

How BIM Lives After the Handover – Interview with Hans Kristian Grani

I had the pleasure of meeting with Hans Kristian Grani, CEO of Areo, a software startup from Oslo, Norway. We discussed their solution to make building information models and other building data usable and useful after the construction phase. / continue reading

your next vision book
September 2, 2016

Your Next Vision – A Guide for Creating a Compelling Vision for Your Company

Does your company need a compelling vision to take you to the next level? To help you on the journey, we wrote a guidebook, Your Next Vision. / continue reading

August 23, 2016

Branding AEC Services – Interview with Tobias Dahlberg

In this podcast interview Tobias Dahlberg, CEO of Wonder Agency, talks about branding. You’ll learn what a brand means, how to develop a brand, and why branding is a strategic question. / continue reading

The Bloc
August 18, 2016

BREEAM USA – Interview with Barry Giles

In this episode 52 of the AEC Business podcast I interview Barry Giles, CEO of BREEAM USA. We talk about BREEAM In-Use, a sustainability rating system for existing buildings. It has entered the American marketplace as a localized version, BREAAM USA In-Use. / continue reading

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