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#91 - Marie Kondo's Netflix Show & The Social Pressures of Gift Giving

This week David and Marina have a light conversation about adults who over celebrate their birthdays, baby showers, gift giving and Marie Kondo's new Netflix show (more specifically, the first couple in episode one--put that boob away!). Enjoy! Midnight Charette


#90 - Doug Jackson, Architect & Professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

This week David and Marina are joined by Doug Jackson, Architect and professor of architecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, to discuss his recent stay in Japan, his take on sustainable architecture and the SOUPERgreen! Project and Book, being a partner at Jones, Partners: Architecture office, networked societies and their architecture, how architecture can maintain relevancy in contemporary culture, teaching at thesis at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and more. Enjoy! Cal Poly Architecture...


TMC Movie-Talk #01 - Killing Eve

On our first episode of Midnight Charette Movie-Talk, with new co-host and cinema buff Ling Li, we review season one of Killing Eve starring Sandra Oh as Eve and Jodie Comer as Villanelle. Warning, this episode contains spoilers! Villanelle (Comer) is a psychopathic assassin, and Eve (Oh) is the woman charged with hunting her down; the two fiercely intelligent women, equally obsessed with each other, go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse. Killing Eve on HuluKilling Eve on...


#89 - The Retro Architecture of Palm Springs & New Development

This week David and Marina discuss their trip to Palm Springs and its lovably weird architecture, the survival of retro styles, new development in urban design, landscapes, old people who do nothing but lecture, cowboys in diners and more. Enjoy! The weird architecture of Palm SpringsMidnight Charette


#87 - The Walt Disney Concert Hall & Arturo Sandoval's Christmas Concert

This week David and Marina describe what it's like going to Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Broad Museum and discuss Arturo Sandoval's Christmas concert, the joy of high notes, trumpet playing, crazy audience members, offensive holiday cards and more. Enjoy! Disney Concert HallMidnight Charette


#88 - Design Review: Elon Musk's Tunnel Transportation Proposal

In response to the LA Times article "Is Elon Musk's Tunnel Vision the Right Way to Fix Southern California's Traffic?" we answer with our design critique of Musk's proposal (initially from from Episode #47). Image credit: LA Times. Enjoy! LA Times ArticleMidnight CharetteInstagram


#86 - Takashi Yanai, Architect, Partner & Residential Studio Director at EYRC Architects

This week David and Marina are joined by Architect Takashi Yanai, Partner at Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney Architects, to discuss architectural styles, office lineage, becoming a partner, dropping out of architecture school to become an architect, translating interviews of starchitects for GA Houses in Tokyo, clients from the tech-industry, philosophies in housing design, virtual reality and more. Enjoy! EYRC ArchitectsMidnight CharetteInstagram


#85 - Six Career Questions for Fresh Graduates - The Issue of Reputation in Architecture

This week David and Marina answer six key questions for fresh graduates from the Archinect forum thread "The Issue of Reputation in Architecture." NAADArchinectMidnight CharetteInstagram


#84 - Having a Successful Architecture Firm with CEO & CFO of IR Architects, Ignacio & Lauren Rodriguez

This week David and Marina are joined by Ignacio and Lauren Rodriguez, the CEO and CFO of IR Architects to discuss key tips to running a successful architecture practice, how real estate can empower architects, their journey from starting their firm six years ago to now, how to work with clients and consultants and more. If you have a small firm or are interested in starting your own firm, then this episode is for you! Enjoy! IR ArchitectsMidnight CharetteInstagram


#83 - David Brodie, Architect and Emeritus Professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo & UC Berkeley

This week David and Marina are joined by Architect and Emeritus Professor of Architecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, David Brodie to discuss the iPhone, the education of design and architecture, David's journey from Cape Town South Africa to London, then Berkeley and San Luis Obispo, corruption in building development, how technology shapes creative thinking, keys to success, his friendships with Christopher Alexander & Denise Scott Brown and more....


#82 - Dean of Architecture at Woodbury University, Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter

This week David and Marina are joined by Ingalill Wahlroos-Ritter, Dean of Architecture at Woodbury University, to discuss the importance of diversity in design education, why the title of 'Architect' should become more inclusive, her upcoming paper on real estate development as a agent of social good, her experience at Venturi Scott Brown Architects and much more. Enjoy! Architecture at Woodbury


#081 - Why People (Not You) Shouldn't Vote and How Mobile Photography Shapes Our Identities

This week we have a ridiculous conversation about politics and voting, running in neighborhoods, drinking an excess of MCT oil instead of eating vegetables, the chaos of Apple stores and how technology has impacted photography, artifacts and how we identify ourselves. Enjoy!


#80 - Marc J Neveu, Head of Architecture at Arizona State University and Executive Editor of the Journal of Architectural Education

This week we are joined by Marc J. Neveu, Architecture Program Head at Arizona State University and Executive Editor of the Journal of Architectural Education to discuss how architectural education can be improved, the role of the JAE today, timeless versus timely architecture, his journey to becoming a teacher, moving states and more. Enjoy! ASU Design SchoolThe Journal of Architectural


#79 - Ling Li, Financial Analyst at Lionsgate on All Things Movie-Related

This week we are joined by Lionsgate Financial Analyst, Ling Li to take a break from design and discuss all things movie-related: how actors are paid, weird interviews, embarrassing work stories, critiques of SNL, Ariana Grande, Bojack Horseman, Archer, Christopher Nolan and more. Enjoy!


#78 - How Women & Minorities Can Receive Fair Treatment in the Workplace with Architect Elise McCurley

This week we are joined by Architect Elise McCurley to discuss how equality and fair treatment of minorities and females can be achieved in architecture, what women and minorities can do in their offices to better ensure they receive opportunities deserved, 3d-printing, designing schools, the homeless problems of Los Angeles and SoCal culture. Elise is a Senior Job Captain at NAC Architecture. Enjoy!


#77 - Building Stuff, Dwayne Johnson's Skyscraper Movie and Eating Meat

This week David and Marina question if building / fabricating / construction experience is necessary to do good design, using SawStops and dado blades sets, Dwayne Johnson's Skyscraper movie, poodles in the wind, how chickens are made and being vegan (we are not vegan) and more. Enjoy!


#76 - The Fontainebleau School of Music and Architecture with Nicholas Stanos, VP of Fine Arts

This week we are joined by Nicholas Stanos, Architect and Vice President of Fine Arts of the Ecoles d'Art Americaines de Fontainebleau (The Fontainebleau School of Music and Architecture in France) to discuss the history of the study abroad program, what makes it unique, what students learn during their four weeks, what it was like for David and Nicholas who attended the school, and studying in the Fontainebleau Chateau and more. Enjoy! Learn more about the program and apply through the link...


#75 - Talking With Elderly Relatives & Why Design Schools Are Cults

This week things get weird as David and Marina talk about millennials vs baby boomers, the challenges of talking with old relatives, why design schools are actually cults, using BIM programs and more. Enjoy!


#74 - Angel Li, CPO & Partner of Nattitude (Zhiguan) A High Performance Personal Care Brand

This week we depart from architecture and are joined by Angel Li, CPO and Partner of Nattitude (Zhiguan), a high performance amino acids personal care brand. Angel shares with us her journey from Southern California to Beijing and now Hong Kong, managing business life with parenting, long-distance relationships, her love for hot Cheetos and all things Disney, superheroes and more. Enjoy!


#73 - Wid Chapman, Architect & Former Chair of the Interior Design Department of Parsons The New School for Design

This week we are joined by Architect Wid Chapman, Founding Principal of Wid Chapman Architects, Interior Design & Architecture teacher and Former Chair of the Interior Design Department at Parsons, The New School for Design. We discuss the differences between interior design and architecture (are there any?), teaching philosophies and pedagogies, strategies for learning design and how education has changed with recent technological advancements. Wid has had his work featured in publications...