BUILD SMART with Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA

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BUILD SMART is a narrative podcast that features Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, architect, and former CEO of global firm HOK. With host Mark R. LePage, AIA, NCARB, MacLeamy shares stories and lessons from his 50-year career, rising from an HOK junior designer to the company CEO, a tenure that parallels HOK’s growth from 150 employees in St. Louis to a staff of more than 1,900 in 27 offices on three continents. MacLeamy highlights innovative solutions and tough decisions that sustained HOK through multiple economic swings, culminating in it becoming one of the world’s Top 10 architecture and engineering firms. HOK was structured for long-term success — BUILD SMART will share these lessons to help architects and creative-services firms build for long-term success as they design a world-class firm. read less
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Season 2 Wrap-up
Dec 5 2022
Season 2 Wrap-up
Thank you for joining us for this season of Build Smart! In this bonus wrap-up episode, Mark and Patrick have a candid conversation discussing this season, additional insights that we weren’t able to get to, and so much more!Make sure you stay subscribed to be the first to hear about season three of Build Smart!Thank you to our Sponsors:MonographMonograph is the cloud-based practice operations solution built for architects by architects. It is easy to use, beautifully designed, and helped firms streamline operations by empowering them to see project-based and firm-wide financial health in a single tool.  Plan your projects with schedules, budgets, roles, and team members. Track a project’s financial health with their unique MoneyGantt which takes timesheet data and makes it simple to see whether you are on track or not.  Use firm-wide revenue forecasts to make strategic decisions. With Monograph, you never have to make a decision in the dark again. Visit Monograph now.buildingSMART InternationalbuildingSMART is the worldwide industry body driving the digital transformation of the built asset industry. buildingSMART is committed to delivering improvement by the creation and adoption of open, international standards and solutions for infrastructure and buildings. buildingSMART is the community for visionaries working to transform the design, construction, operation and maintenance of built assets. buildingSMART is an open, neutral and international not-for-profit organization. For additional information visit buildingsmart.orgIf you enjoy this show and want more content like this, visit gablmedia.comMentioned in this episode:She Builds S11Gabl MembershipSpaces
10: Design Takes Center Stage | Liberating the Architect
Nov 28 2022
10: Design Takes Center Stage | Liberating the Architect
In this season, Patrick has, in great detail, analyzed each aspect of the building industry – design, construction, operation, maintenance, and collaboration – discussing the challenges that we face, illuminating how those challenges arose, and ultimately outlining how adoption and investment in technology can help us overcome them. Patrick has also shared the story of buildingSMART International, from its start as a private consortium in 1994 – supported by Autodesk - to becoming an independent full-fledged international organization. In this episode, Patrick pulls together everything we’ve learned and highlights how design can take center stage!This episode also features conversations with several individuals developing software to improve the design process:Kyle Bernhardt, Chief Revenue Officer at TestFit, a Real Estate Feasibility software with real-time insights to design, constructability, and cost for developers, architects, and general contractors.Paul O’Carroll, CEO and Founder of Arcol, a company that is developing a web-based BIM tool intended to simplify the use of BIM technology and collaboration through the design process. Patrick Chopson, Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder of Cove.Tool, a tech firm that aims to fight climate change by using automation to help architects, engineers, contractors and developers leverage data-driven design.Patrick shares his lessons for listeners to take away from this episode:BIM software begins to manage the complexity of coordination,BIM software becomes the architect's assistant, providing feedback during design,The contractor supports the architect during design,Design becomes the central to the work of the architect again--as it should be,Design done well reestablishes the architect to an honorable place in society.Thank you to our Sponsors:MonographMonograph is the cloud-based practice operations solution built for architects by architects. It is easy to use, beautifully designed, and helped firms streamline operations by empowering them to see project-based and firm-wide financial health in a single tool.  Plan your projects with schedules, budgets, roles, and team members. Track a project’s financial health with their unique MoneyGantt which takes timesheet data and makes it simple to see whether you are on track or not.  Use firm-wide revenue forecasts to make strategic decisions. With Monograph, you never have to make a decision in the dark again. Visit Monograph now.buildingSMART InternationalbuildingSMART is the worldwide industry body driving the digital transformation of the built asset industry. buildingSMART is committed to delivering improvement by the creation and adoption of open, international standards and solutions for infrastructure and buildings. buildingSMART is the community for visionaries working to transform the design, construction, operation and maintenance of built assets. buildingSMART is an open, neutral and international not-for-profit organization. For additional information visit buildingsmart.orgIf you enjoy this show and want more content like this, visit gablmedia.comMentioned in this episode:She Builds S11
Richard Petrie Tribute
Nov 21 2022
Richard Petrie Tribute
Richard Petrie 1959-2022 | CEO, buildingSMART InternationalRichard’s substantial career focused on performance improvement challenges for clients or contractors involved in the procurement and operation of high value physical assets.Richard’s industry sector experience was grounded in main stream engineering & construction contracting and as a construction client. He had broad experience across a range of capital intensive sectors including; oil & gas equipment and services, marine charter services and ship construction, airport infrastructure, building services, civil engineering and most recently the provision of independent assurance and expert advice to companies operating high-risk, capital intensive assets.He was an international businessman who respected and enjoyed working across cultures. Richard worked in Algeria, China, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Norway, Singapore, UK, Ukraine and USA.Richard was a Chartered Engineer and had an MBA from INSEAD, France.Previous RolesChief Operating Officer, Lloyds RegisterChief Executive roles in Marine and Oil Service companiesTechnical Director, BAA plcHe is remembered by his family - his wife, Jane, and their three children, Michael, Charlotte, and Madelaine - friends, and colleagues for his honesty, generosity, and love of life. His laugh was unique and will be missed by all.Credits:Narration by Aidan Mercer, Marketing Director buildingSMART InternationalAdditional Interviews (In order of appearance): Ian Howell, Interim CEO, principle consultant at Built Environment Strategies, and US Representative for buildingSMART InternationalPatrick MacLeamy, FAIA, LEED® AP Chairman, buildingSMART InternationalRasso Steinmann, Chairman buildingSMART GermanyBjørn Stangeland, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Planning & Design Division at Nemetschek GroupAlain Maury, Senior Consultant for buildingSMART, FranceKazumi Yajima, Building Management Division, General Manager and BIM Director at Kajima Corporation, Director and Vice President at Global BIM Inc., Board member at buildingSMART and International Council Vice Chair of buildingSMART JapanRichard Kelly, Operations Director, buildingSMART InternationalMentioned in this episode:SpacesGabl MembershipShe Builds S11
09: The UK Challenge | buildingSMART Grows UP
Nov 21 2022
09: The UK Challenge | buildingSMART Grows UP
At this point in the story of buildingSMART International, the group that started as a private consortium in 1994 – behind the support of Autodesk – has become an independent international team, making solid contributions to the technological evolution of the building industry. However, something was lacking. In today’s episode, Patrick shares the moment that changed the entire trajectory of the organization!  Patrick shares his lessons for listeners to take away from this episode:Take advantage of challenges,Aim high: Don't be afraid to DREAM,Be bold about asking for support for BIG ideas,The UK Challenge spurred buildingSMART to greater accomplishment,The UK Challenge positioned buildingSMART to help the infrastructure industry.Thank you to our Sponsors:MonographMonograph is the cloud-based practice operations solution built for architects by architects. It is easy to use, beautifully designed, and helped firms streamline operations by empowering them to see project-based and firm-wide financial health in a single tool.  Plan your projects with schedules, budgets, roles, and team members. Track a project’s financial health with their unique MoneyGantt which takes timesheet data and makes it simple to see whether you are on track or not.  Use firm-wide revenue forecasts to make strategic decisions. With Monograph, you never have to make a decision in the dark again. Visit Monograph now.buildingSMART InternationalbuildingSMART is the worldwide industry body driving the digital transformation of the built asset industry. buildingSMART is committed to delivering improvement by the creation and adoption of open, international standards and solutions for infrastructure and buildings. buildingSMART is the community for visionaries working to transform the design, construction, operation and maintenance of built assets. buildingSMART is an open, neutral and international not-for-profit organization. For additional information visit buildingsmart.orgIf you enjoy this show and want more content like this, visit gablmedia.comMentioned in this episode:SpacesGabl MembershipShe Builds S11
08: The True Value of Design | BIM BAM BOOM
Nov 14 2022
08: The True Value of Design | BIM BAM BOOM
If you’ve been following along with Patrick, you know his Effort Curve presentation, which came to be known as the “MacLeamy Curve.” But, have you heard of his BIM BAM BOOM talk? In today’s episode, Patrick shares his concept of “BIM BAM BOOM” to highlight the true value of design. He breaks down the total cost of a building - design, construction, and operations - and explains how early effort and commitment actually reduces the total cost of the building. Patrick shares his lessons for listeners to take away from this episode:Construction savings pay for design,Operation savings pay for construction,Architects are best positioned to create real future value for owners through thoughtful design, open BIM tools, and working with the contractor as a partnerThank you to our Sponsors:MonographMonograph is the cloud-based practice operations solution built for architects by architects. It is easy to use, beautifully designed, and helped firms streamline operations by empowering them to see project-based and firm-wide financial health in a single tool.  Plan your projects with schedules, budgets, roles, and team members. Track a project’s financial health with their unique MoneyGantt which takes timesheet data and makes it simple to see whether you are on track or not.  Use firm-wide revenue forecasts to make strategic decisions. With Monograph, you never have to make a decision in the dark again. Visit Monograph now.buildingSMART InternationalbuildingSMART is the worldwide industry body driving the digital transformation of the built asset industry. buildingSMART is committed to delivering improvement by the creation and adoption of open, international standards and solutions for infrastructure and buildings. buildingSMART is the community for visionaries working to transform the design, construction, operation and maintenance of built assets. buildingSMART is an open, neutral and international not-for-profit organization. For additional information visit buildingsmart.orgIf you enjoy this show and want more content like this, visit gablmedia.comMentioned in this episode:Gabl MembershipSpacesShe Builds S11
07: Our Shared BIM Future | Like Our Mothers Taught Us
Nov 7 2022
07: Our Shared BIM Future | Like Our Mothers Taught Us
In this episode, Patrick discusses today's processes and typical use of BIM. He highlights the limitations of these processes, proposes a new way to think about BIM, and explores some advantages in store for the industry if it shifts its approach. Thank you to our Sponsors:MonographMonograph is the cloud-based practice operations solution built for architects by architects. It is easy to use, beautifully designed, and helped firms streamline operations by empowering them to see project-based and firm-wide financial health in a single tool.  Plan your projects with schedules, budgets, roles, and team members. Track a project’s financial health with their unique MoneyGantt which takes timesheet data and makes it simple to see whether you are on track or not.  Use firm-wide revenue forecasts to make strategic decisions. With Monograph, you never have to make a decision in the dark again. Visit Monograph now.buildingSMART InternationalbuildingSMART is the worldwide industry body driving the digital transformation of the built asset industry. buildingSMART is committed to delivering improvement by the creation and adoption of open, international standards and solutions for infrastructure and buildings. buildingSMART is the community for visionaries working to transform the design, construction, operation and maintenance of built assets. buildingSMART is an open, neutral and international not-for-profit organization. For additional information visit buildingsmart.orgIf you enjoy this show and want more content like this, visit gablmedia.comMentioned in this episode:She Builds S11SpacesGabl Membership
06: My Contractor Friend | Shared Risk and Shared Reward
Oct 31 2022
06: My Contractor Friend | Shared Risk and Shared Reward
In this episode, Patrick highlights the addition of Kajima Corporation, one of the oldest and largest construction companies in Japan, to buildingSMART's chapters, their increased participation, and contributions to the organization as a contractor. He also explores the relationship of designers and builders - their separation, the need to collaborate, and benefits of sharing risk. This episode also features conversations with key contributors to the early development of bSI:Kazumi Yajima, Building Management Division, General Manager and BIM Director at Kajima Corporation, Director and Vice President at Global BIM Inc., Board member at buildingSMART and International Council Vice Chair of buildingSMART Japan.Ken Endo, Information Technology Project Manager at Kajima Corporation and Chairman of buildingSMART's Construction Room, an open group of specialists who work together to improve the built environment through the development of open solutions and standards. Thank you to our Sponsors:MonographMonograph is the cloud-based practice operations solution built for architects by architects. It is easy to use, beautifully designed, and helped firms streamline operations by empowering them to see project-based and firm-wide financial health in a single tool.  Plan your projects with schedules, budgets, roles, and team members. Track a project’s financial health with their unique MoneyGantt which takes timesheet data and makes it simple to see whether you are on track or not.  Use firm-wide revenue forecasts to make strategic decisions. With Monograph, you never have to make a decision in the dark again. Visit Monograph now.buildingSMART InternationalbuildingSMART is the worldwide industry body driving the digital transformation of the built asset industry. buildingSMART is committed to delivering improvement by the creation and adoption of open, international standards and solutions for infrastructure and buildings. buildingSMART is the community for visionaries working to transform the design, construction, operation and maintenance of built assets. buildingSMART is an open, neutral and international not-for-profit organization. For additional information visit buildingsmart.orgIf you enjoy this show and want more content like this, visit gablmedia.comMentioned in this episode:Gabl MembershipShe Builds S11Spaces
05: The IFC Standard | Coordination Solution
Oct 24 2022
05: The IFC Standard | Coordination Solution
In this episode, Patrick details the nuances of their coordination solution and its development. If you recall, the 12-company consortium was left with audacious goals, but far less influence and very little funding. It was time to sell the concept globally, and find ways to expand. This episode also features conversations with several key contributors to the early development of bSI:Ian Howell is an Australian architect, and principal consultant at Built Environment Strategies. He is engaged as the US Representative for buildingSMART International, tasked with re-establishing the US Chapter. At the time of this recording, Ian has stepped in as Interim CEO, at the request of the bSI Board, to manage operations until appointment of a replacement full-time CEO. Ken Harold is Co-Founder of the Startup Within, a company that focuses on bringing the tactics used in the lean startup methods to corporations, universities, and new entrepreneurs. At the time, Ken was the Chief Knowledge Officer at HOK. Alain Maury, a retired architect and senior consultant for buildingSMART, France. At the time, he oversaw computer systems for a large engineering company, GTM Group.Rasso Steinmann, a professor, consultant for building informatics and BIM, and Chairman of buildingSMART Germany. Rasso received a degree in Civil Engineering at TU-Munich in 1985. After graduating, he worked for The Nemetschek Group, one of the leading software companies driving digital transformation in the AEC/O industry. He was a software developer and development manager for Nemetschek.Viktor Várkonyi, Chief Division Officer, Planning & Design Division of the Nemetschek Group. In this role, he is responsible for the division’s global strategic alignment as well as for positioning the Nemetschek Group as an BIM market leader for connected end-to-end AEC/O workflows. Bjorn Stangeland, who at the time was CEO of Data Design System (DDS), a company that developed innovative software solutions under the brand of their Open BIM product family DDS-CAD for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering professionals. Today, Bjorn is Head of Strategic Partnerships, Planning & Design Division at Nemetschek Group.Thank you to our Sponsors:MonographMonograph is the cloud-based practice operations solution built for architects by architects. It is easy to use, beautifully designed, and helped firms streamline operations by empowering them to see project-based and firm-wide financial health in a single tool.  Plan your projects with schedules, budgets, roles, and team members. Track a project’s financial health with their unique MoneyGantt which takes timesheet data and makes it simple to see whether you are on track or not.  Use firm-wide revenue forecasts to make strategic decisions. With Monograph, you never have to make a decision in the dark again. Visit Monograph now.buildingSMART InternationalbuildingSMART is the worldwide industry body driving the digital transformation of the built asset industry. buildingSMART is committed to delivering improvement by the creation and adoption of open, international standards and solutions for infrastructure and buildings. buildingSMART is the community for visionaries working to transform the design, construction, operation and maintenance of built assets. buildingSMART is an open, neutral and international not-for-profit organization. For additional information visit buildingsmart.orgIf you enjoy this show and want more content like this, visit gablmedia.comMentioned in this episode:
04: Coordination Solution | buildingSMART and openBIM
Oct 17 2022
04: Coordination Solution | buildingSMART and openBIM
So far this season, Patrick has outlined the challenges that we are facing in the building industry. In this episode, the conversation turns to solutions, and Patrick shares insight into the early days of buildingSMART International's inception. This episode also features conversations with Ian Howell and Ken Harold, two key contributors the the launch and early development of bSI.Ian Howell is an Australian architect, and principal consultant at Built Environment Strategies. He is engaged as the US Representative for buildingSMART International, tasked with re-establishing the US Chapter. At the time of this recording, Ian has stepped in as Interim CEO, at the request of the bSI Board, to manage operations until appointment of a replacement full-time CEO. Ken Harold is Co-Founder of the Startup Within, a company that focuses on bringing the tactics used in the lean startup methods to corporations, universities, and new entrepreneurs. At the time, Ken was the Chief Knowledge Officer at HOK. Thank you to our Sponsors:MonographMonograph is the cloud-based practice operations solution built for architects by architects. It is easy to use, beautifully designed, and helped firms streamline operations by empowering them to see project-based and firm-wide financial health in a single tool.  Plan your projects with schedules, budgets, roles, and team members. Track a project’s financial health with their unique MoneyGantt which takes timesheet data and makes it simple to see whether you are on track or not.  Use firm-wide revenue forecasts to make strategic decisions. With Monograph, you never have to make a decision in the dark again. Visit Monograph now.buildingSMART InternationalbuildingSMART is the worldwide industry body driving the digital transformation of the built asset industry. buildingSMART is committed to delivering improvement by the creation and adoption of open, international standards and solutions for infrastructure and buildings. buildingSMART is the community for visionaries working to transform the design, construction, operation and maintenance of built assets. buildingSMART is an open, neutral and international not-for-profit organization. For additional information visit buildingsmart.orgIf you enjoy this show and want more content like this, visit gablmedia.comMentioned in this episode:She Builds S11Gabl MembershipSpaces
03: From Drawings to BIM | The Communication Challenge
Oct 10 2022
03: From Drawings to BIM | The Communication Challenge
One key revelation from the previous episode is that complexity and conflict have overwhelmed communication in the building industry. In this episode, Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, dives a bit deeper to break down how our communication techniques have evolved, why, and for who. However, even with the technological advancements, the industry issues have yet to be solved, and Patrick explains why. Thank you to our Sponsors:MonographMonograph is the cloud-based practice operations solution built for architects by architects. It is easy to use, beautifully designed, and helped firms streamline operations by empowering them to see project-based and firm-wide financial health in a single tool.  Plan your projects with schedules, budgets, roles, and team members. Track a project’s financial health with their unique MoneyGantt which takes timesheet data and makes it simple to see whether you are on track or not.  Use firm-wide revenue forecasts to make strategic decisions. With Monograph, you never have to make a decision in the dark again. Visit Monograph now.buildingSMART InternationalbuildingSMART is the worldwide industry body driving the digital transformation of the built asset industry. buildingSMART is committed to delivering improvement by the creation and adoption of open, international standards and solutions for infrastructure and buildings. buildingSMART is the community for visionaries working to transform the design, construction, operation and maintenance of built assets. buildingSMART is an open, neutral and international not-for-profit organization. For additional information visit buildingsmart.orgIf you enjoy this show and want more content like this, visit gablmedia.comMentioned in this episode:She Builds S11SpacesGabl Membership
02: The Three C's | How We Lost Our Way
Oct 3 2022
02: The Three C's | How We Lost Our Way
In this episode, Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, shares the three major issues - complexity, conflict, and communication - that he sees plague the building industry. He provides context on how we got here, which sheds light on why buildingSMART International would eventually come into existence. Patrick shares his lessons for listeners to take away from this episode:Ever increasing complexity makes it even more important for the designers and builders to address conflict and communication issues,Conflict between designers and builders has to be resolved and turned into collaboration,Communication between all teams members needs to evolve.Thank you to our Sponsors:MonographMonograph is the cloud-based practice operations solution built for architects by architects. It is easy to use, beautifully designed, and helped firms streamline operations by empowering them to see project-based and firm-wide financial health in a single tool.  Plan your projects with schedules, budgets, roles, and team members. Track a project’s financial health with their unique MoneyGantt which takes timesheet data and makes it simple to see whether you are on track or not.  Use firm-wide revenue forecasts to make strategic decisions. With Monograph, you never have to make a decision in the dark again. Visit Monograph now.buildingSMART InternationalbuildingSMART is the worldwide industry body driving the digital transformation of the built asset industry. buildingSMART is committed to delivering improvement by the creation and adoption of open, international standards and solutions for infrastructure and buildings. buildingSMART is the community for visionaries working to transform the design, construction, operation and maintenance of built assets. buildingSMART is an open, neutral and international not-for-profit organization. For additional information visit buildingsmart.orgIf you enjoy this show and want more content like this, visit gablmedia.comMentioned in this episode:She Builds S11SpacesGabl Membership
14: Dreams
Jul 12 2021
14: Dreams
This is it!...the culmination of season one of Build Smart, where Patrick has shared his story and the lessons he has learned over his 50-year career with HOK, from junior designer to CEO! Overcoming financial struggles, HOK has climbed each level of Patrick’s pyramid strategy – strong board of directors, great operations, and true collaboration – now reaching the peak, and the right to dream. In this episode, Patrick highlights some of the dreams that HOK pursued, including sustainability, product design, and the return of HOK's sports architecture. Lastly, Patrick identifies his successor and steps aside for the next generation of HOK leaders to the helm. Patrick shares his lessons for listeners to take away from this episode:Firms can reinvent themselves with determined leadership,Firms earn the right to dream TOGETHER,Sustainable design is an example of a dream made real,Step down from leadership when your successor is established.To read along and see illustrations and personal photos that accompany this series, get Patrick’s book, Designing a World-Class Architecture Firm. You can buy the book at gablmedia.com/buildsmartbook/ and find out more information at macleamy.com Thank you to our sponsor Twinmotion! Twinmotion is a real-time rendering solution used by architecture, engineering, and construction professionals to create high-quality imagery, client presentations, and interactive experiences that help communicate your BIM data and design ideas, fast. Visit twinmotion.link/buildsmart and try Twinmotion for free.Mentioned in this episode:She Builds S11Gabl MembershipSpaces
10: Turning Strategy into Reality
Jun 14 2021
10: Turning Strategy into Reality
We are now on the heels of what was probably the pinnacle of danger for HOK as a business. Patrick was able to buy some time to develop a strategy to solve the problem, but quickly found himself thrusted further into the storm… now into the role of CEO! In today’s episode, Patrick, with the full responsibility of leading the firm out of a Triple crisis, has to turn his strategy into reality. Step one was to rejuvenate upper management.Riccardo Mascia AIA, OAA, LEED AP BD+C, Managing Principal of HOK’s Chicago studio, details his story of joining HOK and his role as, "the fixer" for Patrick.Carl Galioto FAIA, President of HOK, shares how he was recruited to join HOK as the technical leader of the firm, and discusses his perspective on the technical aspect of the architecture profession.Patrick shares his lessons for listeners to take away from this episode:Share financial reports openly with your board; ask for their helpUse positive peer pressure to motivate firm leadershipDon't just talk about problems. Agree on solutions. Then assign to a leader to solve by a deadlineReplace key leaders if they do not fit your strategy or cultureWhen recruiting leaders ask yourself: Can they do the job? Do they have integrity? Will they work well as part of a team? To read along and see illustrations and personal photos that accompany this series, get Patrick’s book, Designing a World-Class Architecture Firm. You can buy the book at gablmedia.com/buildsmartbook/ and find out more information at macleamy.com Mentioned in this episode:SpacesShe Builds S11