Connected by Design

Connected by Design

People are inherently connected to the built environment. The restaurants we dine in, the places we work, and the venues we frequent for entertainment all elicit a unique sentiment. This season on Connected by Design, architectural expert Jeff Gears interviews influential thought leaders from the commercial real estate industry to explore how and why physical spaces impact human emotions and behaviors, and how good design fosters that connection.

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October 20, 2021 22 min

On this episode of Connected by Design, we dive into multi-housing development with Brent Rogers, owner of Saturday Properties. Tune in to hear Brent's professional take on how perceptions of renting have evolved, reasons behind the shift to suburban markets, and the importance of fostering a sense of community in apartment buildings.

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On this episode of Connected by Design, architectural expert Jeff Gears is joined by Abigail Heimel Peterson, Healthcare Team Lead at Gardner Builders. Tune in to hear Abigail's expert insight into how COVID-19 has redefined healthcare. From patient expectations to the delivery of care, the healthcare experience will never be the same again.

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Tune into episode three to hear commercial real estate broker and office expert Jim Damiani discuss Newmark’s 5-star ranking system for evaluating the user experience, his predictions for the future of downtown office space, and the importance of flexible work environments and lease deals. 

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Architectural expert Jeff Gears talks to Branton Smith, Director of Preconstruction at Bauer Design Build, about how material shortages and price volatility are impacting the construction industry. Take a listen to hear about the creative measures designers and contractors are taking to keep projects moving forward.

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Last season on Connected By Design, we had authentic conversations about how the COVID-19 pandemic brought the inherent connection to the built environment to light. Now, as we kick off season two, COVID-19 is loosening its grip and we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Many organizations are transitioning back to their offices, but employee expectations for remote work have inflated. Join architectural expert Jeff Gears a...

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December 1, 2020 21 min

In the final episode of the first season of Connected by Design, architectural expert Jeff Gears talks to Lisa Christianson, President and Owner of Christianson & Company Commercial Real Estate Services. Jeff and Lisa have an in-depth conversation about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted various sectors of real estate, caused a reset in office design, building management and lease negotiations, and their predictions for the...

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November 17, 2020 28 min

Architectural expert Jeff Gears has a lively conversation with local artist and muralist Adam Turman about how art impacts a person's emotional connection to the built environment. As a talented artist with a bold style, Adam provides insight into how art inspires hope and allows people to momentarily escape reality.

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November 10, 2020 23 min

Jeff has an intellectual conversation with healthcare expert Angela Moore about how the healthcare industry responded to the pandemic, the importance of adaptable space, and ways to maximize the patient and staff experience.

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November 2, 2020 20 min

Architectural expert Jeff Gears has a candid conversation with Nate Erickson, Vice President of Brokerage Services at Transwestern, about the resilience of the industrial market, and the importance of creating workplaces that generate excitement in the users.

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October 26, 2020 20 min

Architectural expert Jeff Gears talks to David Wellington, co-owner of St.Paul-based Wellington Management, a property management company with more than 100 properties in its Twin Cities portfolio. As a commercial real estate expert, David provides valuable insight from a building owner's perspective on how the pandemic has impacted the housing and office sectors.

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October 19, 2020 23 min

Jeff talks to Greg Anderson, the owner and president of Anderson Companies, a commercial construction company based in St. Louis Park, MN. Greg provides expert insight on how the construction industry has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how the built environment is predicted to change.

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October 13, 2020 26 min

In this episode of Connected by Design, Jeff talks with Dr. Chad Lorenz, a licensed Family Psychologist and the founder of Lorenz Clinic, about the psychological reasons behind why people have an emotional connection to the built environment and how external factors impact the human mind.

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October 7, 2020 23 min

In this week's episode, Jeff talks to Brett Beaudette, the founder of Ideal Productions & Design. As a retail expert, Brett shares valuable insight into the ways COVID-19 has impacted the retail industry, and how to elevate consumer confidence and adapt the retail experience to align with the new now.

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September 29, 2020 21 min

In this episode of Connected by Design, architectural expert Jeff Gears talks to Sara Joy Proppe, the founder of Proximity Project. With a background in creative placemaking and real estate development, Sara shares insight on the distinction between space and place, the human connection to third places, and the value of placemaking in the wake of COVID-19.

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September 18, 2020 19 min

In our inaugural episode, architectural expert Jeff Gears talks to BDH President/Partner Joyce Stupnik about her emotional connection to the Grand Ely Lodge and how the housing sector has been impacted by COVID-19.

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