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096: Creating an Inclusive Business Culture, Danei Cesario, SOM & Founder of WALLEN + daub (part 2)

Welcome to part two of my conversation with Danei Cesario, architect and project manager at SOM and founder of WALLEN + daub.

Danei is the 333rd black female architect in American history. Hailing from Manchester, England, she became enamored at an early age with New York City’s intricacies + architectural prestige. She is an internationally licensed architect, project manager, + public speaker. Equipped with exceptional communication and organizational skills, she thrives in both team-oriented and self-directed environments, diligently managing design from parti to post-occupancy. She is currently an Associate at SOM, leading dynamic mixed-use development, healthcare + wellness projects.

Danei served as Chair of AIA New York’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee for over five years. Currently, she serves on the AIA New York State Board, representing nearly 10,000 members across 13 chapters. She is a contributor/ambassador to organizations such as the United Nations, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, Parlour, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and nycobaNOMA Executive Board. As a core member of these groups, Danei is dedicated to fostering Mentorship, Sponsorship and Leadership among the diverse design community as they navigate their careers within architecture and beyond. She founded WALLEN + daub to expand on these principles.

In this episode you will learn:

  • How businesses can create a working environment that includes and welcomes
  • What to do when you feel like quitting and how being a ‘career cinderella' can craft a fulfilling long lasting career
  • The career benefits of working in larger practices

 

THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES

Discovery Call with Rion

https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/discoverycall

WALLEN + daub

https://www.wallendaub.com

Skidmore Owings and Merrill

https://www.som.com

 

 

095: Keeping Projects Profitable, Danei Cesario, SOM & Founder of WALLEN + daub (part 1)

Welcome to part one of my conversation with Danei Cesario, architect and project manager at SOM and founder of WALLEN + daub.

Danei is the 333rd black female architect in American history. Hailing from Manchester, England, she became enamored at an early age with New York City’s intricacies + architectural prestige. She is an internationally licensed architect, project manager, + public speaker. Equipped with exceptional communication and organizational skills, she thrives in both team-oriented and self-directed environments, diligently managing design from parti to post-occupancy. She is currently an Associate at SOM, leading dynamic mixed-use development, healthcare + wellness projects.

Danei served as Chair of AIA New York’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee for over five years. Currently, she serves on the AIA New York State Board, representing nearly 10,000 members across 13 chapters. She is a contributor/ambassador to organizations such as the United Nations, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, Parlour, Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and nycobaNOMA Executive Board. As a core member of these groups, Danei is dedicated to fostering Mentorship, Sponsorship and Leadership among the diverse design community as they navigate their careers within architecture and beyond. She founded WALLEN + daub to expand on these principles.

In this episode you will learn:

  • How Danei's career has evolved from project architect to project manager
  • The key elements of successful project management to ensure high profile, complex projects remain profitable and deliver great design
  • How to successfully resource a team

 

THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES

Discovery Call with Rion

https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/discoverycall

WALLEN + daub

https://www.wallendaub.com

Skidmore Owings and Merrill

https://www.som.com

 

 

094: Software Created for Architects by Architects with Tom Gresford and Joe Thompson of briq.works

An innovative story this week on Business of Architecture UK, as I discuss a piece of software created specifically for architects by architects. briq.works was born from a shared vision to provide architects with an easy to use software tool designed specifically to meet the needs of a project team collaborating on a building design and construction project.

Architect Tom Gresford met software engineer Joe Thompson when they were introduced through friends and Tom was appointed by Joe to design his home extension. Working together they found they were both driven to find a way of improving how an architectural project could be planned up front, how progress could be tracked and communicated and generally how the process could be easier for all involved.

In this episode you will learn

  • How Joe and Tom developed their software and raised finance
  • Why construction is the ‘final frontier' for software
  • How technology can empower great communication between client and consultant team

 

THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES

Discovery Call with Rion

https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/discoverycall

briq.works

https://briq.works

Contact Vicki Goodwin for a free demonstration of Briq.works here vicki@briq.works

093: The Power of Brand, Jeff Echols, CSO echoEngagement & host Build Your Brand Podcast

This week on BOAUK I speak with Jeff Echols.

Jeff is on a mission to change the way you do business by helping you communicate Empathy (not ego) so clients and employees see Value (not commodity).

He's the President and Chief Strategy Officer of echoEngagement and the Host of the Build Your Brand podcast. Jeff works with architecture and engineering firms on branding, communication, leadership, marketing, and business development strategies.

In this week's episode you will learn

  • What is Brand
  • Why Brand and Branding is Important for your Architecture Practice
  • The difference between ‘Ego vs Empathy' and why it's essential in your practice communications.

 

THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES

Discovery Call with Rion

https://www.businessofarchitecture.co.uk/discoverycall

Build Your Brand Podcast

https://entrearchitect.com/podcast/byb/the-characters/

echoEngagement

https://www.echoengage.com

092: Leadership in Lockdown, Business & Beyond with Mark Wood, Explorer

In this week's episode I discuss leadership, living in isolation and raising finance with Mark Wood, an established polar explorer and adventurer who operates within the extremes of our planet.

After serving in the British Army and then as a Firefighter in the Fire and Rescue Service Mark went on to train and lead teams for major polar and mountain expeditions.

Operating in areas such as the Arctic circle, the Himalayas, Antarctica, Alaska – along with the Norwegian and Canadian high Arctic Mark developed a passion for exploration.

He has completed over 30 major expeditions around the world including a solo expedition to the South Geographic Pole followed directly by a 200 mile solo crossing of the Arctic ocean to the Geographic North Pole which became part of a Channel 5 documentary.

Additionally, he has crossed the horizontal Everest of the Canadian high arctic to the Geomagnetic Pole, twice, and supported the BBC Top gear team to the Magnetic North Pole.

In this episode you will learn

  • How Mark raises finance for his expeditions
  • The keys to successful leadership in extreme conditions
  • His advice for businesses as we re-emerge from lockdown

 

THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES

Discovery Call with Rion

https://www.businessofarchitecture.co…

Mark Wood Explorer

http://www.markwoodexplorer.com

Mark's books

https://www.wordsbydesign.online/news

 

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