Episode 452

Boldly Innovating in Construction with Dan Sullivan

Jackie SageFeb 2, 2023

Today I will be speaking with KOVA Vice President Dan Sullivan, AIA, NCARB––a licensed architect who has never really practiced “traditional” architecture––has set out to develop circularity-driven building solutions to enhance building performance and longevity from the inside out.

His initial experience lay with whimsical designs in China and Israel, Burning Man’s Catacomb of Veils, and progressive, geometric architecture practice. As Head of Design for Google Architecture’s R+D Lab, Dan discovered his passion for building solutions that lend to a healthier built environment, enhance end-user outcomes, and improve neuroaesthetics.

It was through his professional experience that he realized just how wasteful architecture and construction can be and he has set out to remedy this conundrum. At KOVA, he is constantly challenging the status quo while addressing climate change, the psychology of space, and the material waste produced by the industry.

On today’s episode we will be discussing:

  • The emergence of new collaborative business models closing the gap between construction, products, software and design
  • How KOVA operates across numerous domains
  • Skunk works, Google R&D labs and the importance of play and experimentation

To learn more about Dan visit his:

Website: https://kovaproducts.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/kovaproducts/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kovaproducts/

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