Twenty episodes. One year. That’s a lot of content.
We’ve been incredibly privileged to have so many guests willing to be generous with their time and insights, and we packed everything we could into the first season of Side of Design.
We didn’t exactly know what we were taking on when we started. We had high hopes, but the past year has exceeded all of them. We were able to have in-depth conversations about everything from fire code to equitable design, and research practices to design for mental health care.
In case you didn’t catch all 20 episodes, you’re in luck. For episode 21, Matt Gerstner (technical producer for the podcast) and Jarett Anderson (project manager and architect at BWBR) sat down to reflect on a year’s worth of content – listen in, or check out the highlights below.
Our Top Three Podcast Episodes of 2021
With so many great stories, Matt and Jarett had a hard time picking their top episodes. And yet, three episodes had a lasting impact. In no particular order, here are Matt and Jarett’s top three episodes of season one:
Matt and Jarett loved that, during this episode talking about the firm’s past and future, there was a dog barking in the background. “It’s very emblematic of where we are today,” says Jarett, “there was a quick moment of a pause but then it just moved right on.” The moment ended up perfectly complementing the discussion between outgoing CEO Pete Smith and incoming CEO Stephanie McDaniel about the importance of authenticity when taking on a leadership role and prioritizing the firm’s culture and people (even when their dogs are barking!) while still championing design excellence.
“Equity is a theme we’ve been exploring for years here at BWBR,” says Jarett. “There’s always room for improvement from any one of us, and that episode comes to mind when I think about the lenses we’re looking through.” Matt notes that it was “such a wonderful episode to record, because we got to speak with people who are newer to the field. It’s so much less about imposing your idea of what design should be, and rather just listening – really listening – and seeing what’s going to fit.”
In this episode, the client came on to share their experience seeking an improved space for people needing support for mental health issues. The innovative result freed up beds and created an intentional space to enhance the patient experience and support healing. Says Jarett, “[That project is] something that really showcased what moving the needle is like for the client, freeing up beds and improving patient outcomes, and how the space can inform and support the practice that in turn can affect the patient.”
Of course, there are many more episodes to explore. You can go back and listen to any of them, any time on our website. Perhaps you’re interested in Human-Centered Safety® and seeing mental health through a different lens. If so, don’t miss episode 3. Fascinated by issues of sustainability in design? Check out episode 6 and episode 7. Want to hear about fire safety and performance-based egress solutions? Episode 11 is right up your alley. Focused on inclusive design? Listen to episode 19.
We’re grateful for all the support we had in season one. We shared a lot of knowledge, raised a lot of questions, and had a lot of laughs. Season two is coming your way soon, so get ready for more exciting design insights on Side of Design!