Episode Description

We are flipping the script and showing respect for perspective. It’s time to look at ConTech through an architect’s eyes. Join host Todd and guest Maya Leigh as they discuss common myths about architects, how to utilize self-reflection after you’re done with a project, what a project might look like in an ideal world, the need for curiosity, and asking others for help. 

Maya Leigh is a senior architect and team leader at Moshe Zur Architects and Town Planners, one of the leading architecture firms in Israel. Over the last 13 years she has gained extensive experience using Revit and BIM, planning projects ranging from high rise residences and hotels to office buildings. She is interested in the intersection of architecture and technology and is deeply curious and excited about what the future holds for the AEC industry.

Todd Takes

1. It is so important to take the time to see things from other perspectives. My friend and past guest Nathan Wood of Construction Progress Coalition always talks about “respect for perspective”. No matter the stakeholder – architects, GCs, subs, owners, etc. – everyone is on the same team trying to accomplish the same goal at the end of the day. Everyone wants to build the best building possible. It is ok to give the benefit of the doubt to others. 

2. I am a big believer in taking time on the front end of a project to plan. Maya had a great line when she said, “planning out what you are going to do will give you a much better outcome than if you just go and do it.” Part of planning is the necessity for reviewing the process afterwards as well. We talked about the power in crowdsourcing your learnings from different vantage points across the project and team. When you pull together different perspectives you are able to gain better insights that will set you up for future success. 

3. Finally, stay curious and keep driving to find a better workflow. This is something I really appreciate and respect about Maya. She is on a mission to learn and grow more from setting aside time to research new technologies each month, to not being afraid to ask others a question when she needs help. It is ok to not have all the answers. Most people are willing to share if you ask them. What do you have to lose? 

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