Monthly Archives: May 2020

091: Passion & Participation, Bob Borson, FAIA, “Life of an Architect”, BOKA Powell

This week’s podcast is with Bob Borson. Bob is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, the AIA’s highest membership honor.

In 2009 he was recognised by the American Institute of Architects as “Young Architect of the Year” and received the Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Architecture through the Media from the Texas Society of Architects in 2015.

Since 2010, he has authored “Life of an Architect,” one of the most popular architectural blog sites in the world. Prior to becoming an Associate Principal at BOKA Powell, Bob was a Principal with Malone Maxwell Borson Architects where his work focused on designing single-family residential and light commercial projects.

In this conversation you will discover:

  • How Bob grew his blog “Life of an Architect
  • How BOKA Powell and Bob have adapted their working practices whilst in lockdown
  • The key skills architects should be focusing on to develop the profession


Discovery Call with Rion…

Life of an Architect

BOKA Powell



090: Marketing & Comms During Lockdown & Beyond, Celeste Bolte, Bowerbird

This week I’m joined by Celeste Bolte who is a media specialist and design enthusiast from Melbourne, Australia.

Now based in London, Celeste is the Head of BowerBird UK, a platform that connects designers and journalists to see more great design projects published.

With 8 years of communications consulting experience in architecture and design, Celeste is a strategic thinker adept at conceiving, planning and implementing marketing strategies for single practitioners and global studios alike.

In this episode Celeste discusses:

– Why marketing isn’t just sales

– The importance of exploring your company ethos

– How Architecture Practices can be communicating during lockdown and beyond


This week’s resources




089: Furloughing & the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Schemes with Annette Ferguson

Very important podcast this week, as I speak with Annette Ferguson, a chartered accountant and a certified profit first professional about furloughing and the coronavirus business interruption schemes.

Annette typically helps 6/7/8 figure service based entrepreneurs find clarity in their numbers, increase their wealth, and take more money home from their business.

As a former Financial Controller for Goldman Sachs who was responsible for one of their biggest managed funds combined with 10+ years running an online business, Annette’s programs and consulting encompass robust financial strategies combined with speed and agility to make a real and lasting difference quickly within businesses that she works with.

In this episode Annette discusses her own entrepreneurial journey and the content marketing she utilises in her own business as well as giving us a deep dive into furloughing practices and business loans.


In this episode you will learn

– What is furloughing and what it means for your practice

– What are the coronavirus business interruption loan schemes and how they can be utilised

– How to be preparing and planning your finances for the remainder of the year



Annette and Co


088: The Future of Architectural Practice with Jaimie Johnston, Bryden Wood

The future of architectural practice is emerging in pockets all across the industry. In one such pocket is Bryden Wood, a technology-led design company of architects, computational designers, engineers, analysts, software coders and industrial designers, collaborating with a shared passion for improving outcomes.

I was blown away by my visit to their offices a few months ago, pre corona, to see how this design organisation was bringing together a broad range of specialisms, working across a broad range of sectors with a single purpose – to transform the global design and construction industry.

Bryden Wood is leading a vision to bridge the gap between design, construction and manufacturing to create a highly productive, digitally-led industry which improves the sustainability, efficiency and aesthetic quality of all aspects of the built environment, lowering the financial and carbon cost of assets to business and society.

I sat down with Jaimie Johnston, Director and Head of Global Systems at Bryden Wood who took me through the evolution of the practice and their pioneering work.

What I found most powerful in this discussion was Bryden Wood’s ability to understand their client’s problems with such deep clarity and analysis and their open source culture. Before any design solutions are proposed, and through relinquishing the need to solve all problems with a building, Bryden Wood encourages client’s to produce problem statements, which can be interrogated through an architectural lens.


In this episode you will discover:

– The unique way Bryden Wood develops long lasting working relationships with multi-headed global clients

– How their problem statements have allowed them to enter into new sectors

– Why open source culture for architecture speeds up efficiency and improves design


This week’s resources

Discovery Call with Rion


Bryden Wood