N' Studio Podcast

The N'Studio Podcast was created by AIAS Nebraska as a platform to empower the voices, ideas, and actions of students and professionals within the local, regional, and national design community. Join N'Studio each week, as they take you on an audio tour of some of the biggest topics in architecture. Quinn, Mason, and Geneva interview students, professors, and professional designers to get a deeper understanding of the issues facing architectural education and the profession.  

Welcome back to a very special episode of N'Studio, today Quinn closes out our 2020 Vision Series with Tim Hawk, FAIA. As an AIA leader and innovative practitioner, Tim has increased design awareness and advanced knowledge exchange among architects and allied professionals through improved digital access, collaborative models, and educational programming. Tim currently serves as the chair of the government advocacy committee at the National level for AIA and is one of the authors of the 2020 Architect's Policy Platform. In today's episode, Tim discusses the role architects play in improving the built environment by addressing economic, climate, and community needs in the U.S..  

Across the country, not just in urban areas, America has a multi-generation affordable housing problem. Unfortunately, it is one of the biggest issues with public policy implications that Congress has largely left unaddressed. Thankfully, the same cannot be said for architects, who, like Wayne Mortensen, have been working overtime to solve this problem. Geneva and Quinn sat down this week with Wayne, a Nebraska native, former AIAS Nebraska President, and former AIAS National President, to discuss how he is bridging the gap between architecture, urban design, and social work. He has made unprecedented strides in his career and community-oriented leadership roles. He is a champion for urban communities and their recovery, and his spirit and human-centered practice lends a voice to those who, unfortunately, lack one. Earlier this year, Wayne was awarded the AIA Young Architects Award and has moved back to Lincoln to step into the role of CEO for Neighbor Works Lincoln. When many people have lost hope of ever finding a job or owning their own home again, it is good to know that AIAS played a central role in cultivating Wayne’s career as an architect of communities..