Connected by Design

Connected by Design

While sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, we yearned for our favorite places. We realized that restaurants, coffee shops, concert venues, and even retailers mean more to us than their face value: we have an emotional connection to these spaces. Is this discovery inherent to human nature and if so why? Join architectural expert Jeff Gears as he interviews thought leaders from various industries to uncover the emotional connection to the built environment.

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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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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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