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Episode 316

Building a Global Design Practice with Tom Kundig

Enoch SearsMar 3, 2020

Today's guest has won some of architecture's highest honors, including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture in 2008; the Academy Award in Architecture from The American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2007; and many others.

He has also received eleven National American Institute of Architects awards.

In 2011, he was included in The Wallpaper* 150, Wallpaper (magazine)’s list of the 150 people who have most influenced, inspired and improved the way we live, work and travel over the last 15 years.

Our guest today is none other than Tom Kundig, a principal and owner of the Seattle-based firm Olson Kundig Architects.

Today's interview was conducted by Rion Willard, and previously aired on the Business of Architecture UK podcast. To get all Business of Architecture UK content and episodes, subscribe to the podcast on your podcast app of choice.

In this conversation you'll discover:

  • how a practice of 200 people produces some of world’s most extraordinary private residences and the importance of residential work within the practice
  • what is a good client and how to find them, in his words ‘The whole industry is about finding good clients'
  • the complexity of branding a cross generational design practice with multiple distinct architectural voices

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Enoch Bartlett Sears is the founder of the Architect Business Institute, Business of Architecture and co-founder of the Architect Marketing Institute. He helps architects become category leaders in their market. Enoch hosts the #1 rated interview podcast for architects, the Business of Architecture Show where prominent guests like M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. and Thom Mayne share tips and strategies for success in architecture.


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