Spaces Podcast

Society is changing, as is the way we design, build and use our spaces. Join the conversation to hear about the evolution and future of the spaces around you

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S01_ep21: Fitness Gym

Record Date: 2018-10-08

Almost 75% of Millennials and Generation Z are willing to pay extra for sustainable offerings! This willingness will play a major role in the future of gym design and operations, especially if your workout can generate electricity. Yes, you read that right...generate your own electricity! Matt Thorsen, Product Manager at Sportsart joins the show to highlight the ECO POWR fitness line and discuss current and future trends in gym design and construction.

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Matt Thorsen

Product Manager at SportsArt. Matt uses his experience as a collegiate athlete, personal trainer and his Master’s Degree in Exercise Science to bring new insights and approaches to the fitness industry. He currently leads the development of new products worldwide that follow the highest standards for biomechanics excellence while maximizing the usage for members and club owners alike.

Sportsart | ECO-POWR

Green Microgym | Portland Oregon

Show Music:
Intro - "Funky Suspense" from
History - "Enigmatic" from
Audio Clips: Digital Diogenes (Youtube) Athletics & Sport - Ancient Greek Society 05 | John F. Kennedy Message on Physical Fitness | Robert Preston "Chicken Fat" | Adam Boesel, Founder of Green Microgym
Outro - "Man Alone Chimes the Hour" by Nihilore

S01_ep20: Tech Revolution

Record Date: 2018-10-02

In 10 short years, tech investments in the building industry have increased from $4.5 million to $1.38 billion annually! In this episode we discuss products and technologies that are changing the industry today and in the near future. 
We highlight wearable technology, management software, robots & drones, blockchain, social media marketing, VR & AR, and the implications of design software advancements. Google and Tesla and Amazon, oh my!

S01_ep19: leed + well

Record Date: 2018-09-11

Buildings today cause 39% of CO2 emissions in the US. If you have not heard of LEED and or WELL, today's episode is a great intro into these industry design standards that are shifting buildings to healthier and more human-centric spaces. We discuss environmental and green building history, LEED and WELL basics, industry perception, issues and potential value.

For more information on LEED and WELL

Project Spotlights:
Operation Smile Global Headquarters by Clark Nexsen | Virginia Beach, VA 

Network (1976) - Howard Beale Rant

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The chart to the left is fairly characteristic of LEED rating system growth from 2006 to 2013, by certification level (Certified, Silver, Gold, Platinum). The average design efficiency stays remarkably consistent at around 27 percent better than would have been required in the absence of LEED. Over the years, the industry produced more green buildings at all levels, not just at the minimum specification. — via GreenBiz

Articles, as heard on the show:

Show Music:
Intro - "Funky Suspense" from
History - "Enigmatic" from
Audio Clips: Zager and Evans "In the Year 2525" | Network (1976) | Nixon's Message to Congress on the Environment | Randy Fiser, CEO American Society of Interior Designers
Game Show Music by Otho Molina
Outro - "Man Alone Chimes the Hour" by Nihilore

S01_ep18: CAreer planning in the building industry

Record Date: 2018-08-27

Ever wonder what it's like to be an architect, engineer, developer or contractor? In today's episode we welcome our guest Puneet Comar, Director of Land Development, US West of IBI Group to join our discussion on career planning in the building industry. Through this discussion we'll discuss what attracted us to the industry, salary expectations, educational requirements, critical business issues to be addressed in the near future, licensing tips and what to consider when evaluating career growth progress.

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puneet comar

Director of Land Development, US West for IBI Group, Puneet is described as "an exacting, energetic and seasoned professional, Puneet is renowned for his exceptional engineering design skills as well as strong organizational acumen......Puneet’s exceptional expertise, responsiveness and sensitivity to client needs reinforce and enhance his leadership role in providing master planning solutions."

Puneet started working in the Civil Engineering field after freshman year of college. Since, he’s worked on and manage a variety of Land Development and Capital Improvement projects in several cities and counties throughout Southern California, from single lot custom home sites to a 2000 home master plan development with major infrastructure design. He’s participated in design efforts for development projects oversees in Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

Dimitrius’ wife’s mosquito bites as heard on the show - skeeter syndrome is no joke!

Skeeter syndrome is the result of an allergic reaction to proteins in mosquito saliva

Articles, as heard on the show:

Show Music:
Intro - "Funky Suspense" from
Outro - "Man Alone Chimes the Hour" by Nihilore

S01_ep17: housing

Record Date: 2018-08-14

A national conversation about housing is coming to the forefront. In this episode we explore how we may have gotten here. We discuss current issues of affordability, potential causes - labor shortage, raising land and material costs, immigration - and potential solutions now and in the future.

The Feudal System

"Redlining" in America

Articles, as heard on the show:

Show Music:
Intro - "Funky Suspense" from
History - "Enigmatic" from
Audio Clips: "The Feudal System and the Domesday Book," by ClickView and "The Disturbing History of the Suburbs," from Adam Ruins Everything
Outro - "Man Alone Chimes the Hour" by Nihilore

S01_ep16: Skyscraper

Record Date: 2018-07-30

Humans, throughout history, have had an innate desire to reach for the sky. Today we explored the avenue to do so via skyscrapers. 
We highlight the history, explore the economics of their development, and discuss trends of safety and innovation that have allowed these buildings to reach new heights! We pose the question, "How relevant are skyscrapers to Millennials?"... and find out Dimitrius' Top 5 movies with skyscrapers.

Then there's this gem Dimitrius found - Skyscraper (1996) trailer

Project Spotlights:
Home Insurance Building by William Le Baron Jenney | Chicago, IL 

The Chrysler Building by William Van Alen | Manhattan, NY

The Empire State Building by Shreve, Lamb & Harmon Associates | Manhattan, NY

Shanghai Tower by Marshall Strabala + Gensler | Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai

For more details and additional information, check out Modern Marvels - History of Skyscrapers

Articles, as heard on the show:

Show Music:
Intro - "Funky Suspense" from
History - "Enigmatic" from
Audio Clips: Skyscraper (1996)trailer | "Ghostbusters" theme song by Ray Parker Jr. | Mission: Impossible theme song by Lalo Schifrin | Skyscraper (2018)trailer
Outro - "Man Alone Chimes the Hour" by Nihilore

S01_ep15: amusement parks

Record Date: 2018-07-09

It's summertime! Today's episode dives into the history, development and currents trends of amusement parks. We chat a bit about popular parks such as Disneyland and Six Flags, features like the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and test Jason and Michelle's knowledge about Amusement Parks.

Project Spotlights:
Gardens of Sallust | Rome, Italy

The World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 | Chicago, IL

Coney Island | New York

Action Park | Vernon, NJ

Articles, as heard on the show:

Show Music:
Intro - "Funky Suspense" from
History - "Enigmatic" from
Game Show Music by Otho Molina
Outro - "Man Alone Chimes the Hour" by Nihilore

S01_ep14: The new girl

Record Date: 2018-07-09

Spaces Podcast welcomes in a new team member! Michelle Thrakulchavee, Vice President of Land Acquisition at City Ventures, joins the show and highlights her background.

Show Music:
Intro - Funky Suspense from
Outro - The Ants Built A City On His Chest by Doctor Turtle

S01_ep13: prisons

Record Date: 2018-06-18

The incarcerated population has ballooned over the last 50 years and public attitudes have slowly shifted towards active pursuit of criminal justice reform. However, we can't forget about prison design itself.

In today's episode the guys highlight key points of criminal justice reform and discuss the evolution of prison design and potential improvements for the future.

Project Spotlights:
Medievil Prison Design 

Bridewell House of Corrections | London

Panopticon Design Concept, by Jeremy Bentham

Direct Supervision Prison Design

Mas d'Enric Penitentiary, by AiB estudi d'arquitectes + Estudi PSP Arquitectura | Tarragona, Spain

The Sounds of Solitary Confinement

Stanford Prison Experiment

S01_ep12: schools

Record Date: 2018-05-21

Education and school safety are some of the most polarizing topics in our society today. In this episode, Todd Ferking, an architect and principal of DLR Group, joins the show to discuss school design, how to promote a good educational environment, and achieving a balance in design that will encourage a safe space for students.


todd ferking, aia

As a Principal at DLR Group, Todd has become recognized as an expert in forming spaces that enable student-focused learning and take advantage of new and emerging technologies in the learning process. Passionate about collaborating with educators and students in thinking critically about educational practices, he is adept at identifying what's working at a school, what could be working better, and how spaces and architecture can better support current practices. Find out more about Todd and DLR Group at

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

Project Spotlights:
Voorlezer's House (one-room schoolhouse) | Staten Island, NY

Crow Island School, by Perkins + Will | Winnetka, IL

Compton High School, by DLR Group | Compton, CA

Articles, as heard on the show:

Show Music:
Intro - "Funky Suspense" from
History - "Enigmatic" from
Outro - "Man Alone Chimes the Hour" by Nihilore

S01_ep11: home renovation

Record Date: 2018-05-14

In today's episode we welcome our guest, Sara Bendrick, landscape designer and host of DIY Network's "I Hate My Yard" and "Lawn & Order", to explore the home renovation industry, DIY vs. hiring a professional, tips and highlighting the process of renovation.


Sara bendrick

A landscape designer by trade. Sara was born & raised in San Diego, California, and started at a young age with a passion for art, nature and an appreciation for anything living. She studied at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received her Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture.

Sara is the principal designer for Sarita Lanscape Design, a contractor, she's published a book, "Big Impact Landscaping," and is a host on DIY Network's "I Hate My Yard" and "Lawn & Order"

Find out more information on Sara at

In other news, the group gives professional and personal updates and Ali has major news...

Articles, as heard on the show:

Show Music:
Intro - "Funky Suspense" from
History - "Enigmatic" from
Outro - "Man Alone Chimes the Hour" by Nihilore

S01_ep10: tiny homes

Record Date: 2018-04-23

In today's episode, our guest, Davis Richardson, shares his first hand experience of designing, building and living in his own Tiny Home. We discuss the feasibility, pitfalls in the process of design and construction, life in a tiny home community, and if you could have a party in a tiny house...


davis richardson

M.Arch I candidate at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, pursuing a career as an architect. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Harding University.

Richardson is most notable in the design community for building his innovative Tiny House on Wheels, known as "Kinetohaus," right out of college before moving to Austin for graduate studies. A hands-on experiment with design-build and affordable, alternative housing, the tiny house would be featured on HGTV's show, "Tiny House, Big Living," and as part of UT Live at SXSW Interactive 2017. Moving forward, he intends to explore the overlap of high design and affordable housing by offering alternatives to the status quo.

Find out more information on Davis at Follow Davis on Instagram

Project Spotlight:
Tumbleweed (89 SQ. FT.), by Jay Shafer | Iowa City, Iowa

Kinetohaus (240 SQ. FT.), by Davis Richardson | Austin, Texas...currently

Show Music:
Intro - "Funky Suspense" from and "Hope for Change" by Nihilore
Outro - "Man Alone Chimes the Hour" by Nihilore

S01_ep09: restaurants

Record Date: 2018-04-09

Warning...this episode may make you hungry. In today's mouth watering episode you'll hear about apple fritters, western bacon cheeseburgers, and seasoned fries from the "roach coach". We explore the evolution of restaurants and the types of restaurants that exist today.

We discuss the importance of instagram to restaurants, but if you get annoyed with your foodie friends instagraming at dinner...this is how you ruin their photo...

Project Spotlight:
ATX Cocina, by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture | Austin, Texas

Mendocino Farms | California

S01_ep08: HOTELS

Record Date: 2018-03-19

Reunited and it feels so good...The group is back together to take a closer look at hotels. We explore the evolution of hotels, discuss some of our hotel experiences, and take a look at trends going forward.

In other news, Jason has a heavy foot, Ali has a addition to the family, and Dimitrius gives an update on Bloo.

Project Spotlight:
Yoshino Cedar House, co-created by architect Go Hasegawa and Airbnb co-founder Joe Gebbia | Yoshino, Japan

Future of the Hotel Industry

Hotels, and the hospitality industry in general, are evolving into more experience based businesses, even becoming an extension of the entertainment industry, as shown in MGM resorts new ad campaign "Welcome to the Show"

Articles, as heard on the show:

Show Music:
Intro - "Funky Suspense" from and "Hope for Change" by Nihilore
Outro - "Man Alone Chimes the Hour" by Nihilore

S01_ep07: end homelessness

Record Date: 2018-03-03

In today's episode we welcome our guest, David Gillanders Jr., Executive Director of Pathways of Hope, to discuss homelessness and explore potential housing solutions to combat the issue. This fascinating and insightful episode may change or add clarity to your understanding of homelessness and motivate you to get involved in the effort of ending homelessness.


David gillanders jr.

Executive Director of Pathways of Hope. As a lifelong Northern Orange County resident, David has committed his career to ending homelessness and hunger in his community. A Brea-Olinda High School, CSUF (and DePaul) graduate, he now resides in Old Towne Orange with his wife and partner Sarah and their young children, Maxwell and Sophie. David enjoys cycling, collecting records, books and tattoos, running around after the kids, and being on the search for the perfect espresso, beer, and vegan food.

Twitter: @PathwaysDavid

Project Spotlight:
Tiny Home Villages | Nationwide

Eva's Phoenix by LGA Architectural Partners | Toronto, Canada


Potter's Lane by SVA Architects | Santa Ana, CA

Hope on Alvarado by KTGY | Los Angeles, CA

S01_ep06: hospitals

Record Date: 2018-02-24

Have you been to a hospital lately? The design & construction of that space may be more complex than you know. In this episode we explore the history, construction delivery methods, issues, advancements, and trends in hospital design & construction. 
In other news, Dimitrius shares his medical background, Jason goes to the Barre, and we received our first hate post!

Project Spotlights:
Bellevue Hospital | New York, NY

  • Additional details on the story of Alexander Anderson, the first physician at Bellevue, and other crazy Bellevue stories can be found here.

Johns Hopkins Hospitals | Baltimore, MD

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) | Boston, MA

  • Additional information on BIDMC renovation as discussed on the show can be found here.

Fifth XiangYa Hospital | Changsha, China

  • Architect: PAYETTE - additional project details and images can be viewed here.

New Segment Alert: Straight Truth with Jason
Segment Music: A Different World by Night by Nihilore
Audio clip from: A Few Good Men (1992)

Show Music:
Intro - Funky Suspense from and Hope for Change by Nihilore
Outro - Man Alone Chimes the Hour by Nihilore

S01_ep05: millennials & spaces

Record Date: 2018-02-05

In this highly anticipated episode, things get a little heated in the studio as we debate the Millennial experience and discuss the Millennial effect on design of various spaces such as housing, offices and retail.

In other news, Ali's under surveillance, Jason nearly starts a riot, and Dimitrius announces a major career move!

Article: Communication Technology and Inclusion Will Shape the Future of Remote Work

Millennial Statistics (Source: Pew Research)

  • 50 percent of Millennials consider themselves politically unaffiliated.

  • 29 percent consider themselves religiously unaffiliated.

  • They have the highest average number of Facebook friends, with an average of 250 friends vs. Generations X's 200.

  • 55 percent have posted a selfie or more to social media sites versus 20 percent of Generation X.

  • As of 2012, only 19 percent of Millennials said that, generally, others can be trusted.

  • There are about 76 million Millennials in the United States (based on research using the years 1978-2000).

  • Millennials are the last generation born in the 20th century.

  • Twenty percent have at least one immigrant parent.

Show Music:
Intro - "Funky Suspense" from and "Hope for Change" by Nihilore
Outro - "Man Alone Chimes the Hour" by Nihilore

S01_ep04: COMPAny culture

Record Date: 2018-01-20

In today's episode we welcome our guest, Lawrence Armstrong, Ware Malcomb CEO, to explore what goes into developing company culture and how space can foster that culture. Is the fun and open space office still relevant and applicable today? Catch up on what we've been up to during the holiday break. We even chat about art as we discuss Larry's "weekend job" as an artist...and who did it better?  

Top 5: Find out our top 5 projections for 2018.


Lawrence R. Armstrong

CEO of Ware Malcomb, a leading international design firm, accomplished architect and business leader. Strategic, visionary approach to company’s management and growth. Strong design ability and focus on creativity and innovation. 2008 Winner of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, Orange County/Desert Cities Region and a national finalist.
Licensed Architect in over 45 states and general Canadian provinces. Received Bachelor of Science in Architecture (1979) and Bachelor of Architecture Degree (1980) from Kent State University. Member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). LEED Accredited Professional. Guest lecturer for USC Lusk Center for Real Estate, Chapman University and UCI.
Lawrence is also an accomplished artist, specializing in modern art. In addition to his current series, he offers art commissioning for pieces tailored to your specific requirements. Please visit

Follow Larry on: Twitter,


Instagram, Facebook

The 8 Types of Company Culture, by the Harvard Business Review

Show Music:
Intro - "Funky Suspense" from and "Hope for Change" by Nihilore
Outro - "Man Alone Chimes the Hour" by Nihilore

S01_ep03: smart cities

Record Date: 2017-12-09

On the heels of Bill Gates' Arizona land purchase and goals to build a smart city, we tackle the subject to clarify what a "smart city" is. We discuss the benefits, the disadvantages and who from the group would want to live in one...We also explore other planning concepts as a comparison to a smart city. 

We introduce a new segment - Dimitrius' Top 5: Find out his top 5 movies with a smart city setting. What are yours?

Project Spotlights:
Concepts: Le Corbusier's 1925 City of Tomorrow /Garden City Movement /Urban Sprawl

Singapore commitment to become a "smart nation"

Arcosanti: An urban laboratory | Mayer, AZ

Hudson Yards | Manhattan, New York

Show Music:
Intro - "Funky Suspense" from and "Hope for Change" by Nihilore
Outro - "Man Alone Chimes the Hour" by Nihilore

S01_ep02: off-site construction

Record Date: 2017-11-12

Today's episode is all about off-site construction. We discuss prefabricated, modular and panelized construction - the differences, benefits, and disadvantages of the methods. In addition to current trends, the team highlights a couple of historical references that displayed these concepts early on.

Project Spotlights: 
The Crystal Palace | Hyde Park, London

The Case Study Homes (commissioned by the Arts & Architecture Magazine) | Southern California

See the Case Study House program full announcement as read on the show

Show Music:
Intro - "Funky Suspense" from and "Hope for Change" by Nihilore
Outro - "Man Alone Chimes the Hour" by Nihilore

S01_ep01: Maiden Voyage

Record Date: 2017-11-12

Meet the crew! In this, the first episode of Spaces, we describe the concept of the show and highlight the hosts Jason, Ali and Dimitrius' individual professional and personal backgrounds.

Show Music:
Intro - "Funky Suspense" from and "Hope for Change" by Nihilore
Outro - "Man Alone Chimes the Hour" by Nihilore