Dig Beneath Design Podcast



Essential communication tips to help designers get more great ideas off the ground.


  • John O’Callaghan designs interactive and fun ways to engage with urban planning.

    14/05/2024 Duração: 35min

    As a young planner, John O’Callaghan created a buzz in the industry. Instead of rules, regulations and tedious town hall meetings, he kickstarted initiatives like Idea Bombing Sydney, online blogs and social media to get his peers engaged with cities. Now, after ten years leading strategic planning and engagement company JOC Consulting, John shares how he learnt to slow down, find his voice and focus his energy in order to have the greatest impact. Find out how to disrupt a highly regulated industry and harness the latest tech for powerful engagement, plus what John really thinks about planning jargon.

  • Nicole Larkin taps into beauty, love and memory to spark conversations.

    18/11/2023 Duração: 29min

    Nicole Larkin is an architect, artist and an expert on ocean pools. Her Byera Hadley Travelling Scholarship canvassed all 59 pools along the NSW coast, allowing Nicole to create opportunities, forge connections and bring a fresh perspective to coastal design, planning and policy. Find out what it takes to go from recent graduate to respected expert, ways to supercharge your career and even generate dream projects, plus what needs to go up front in your next presentation. Links www.nicolelarkin.com @thewildedge @nlarkin_design

  • Chris Moller says the language of architecture isn’t images or words, it’s making.

    13/07/2023 Duração: 31min

    Host of Grand Designs New Zealand for six years, Chris Moller is a charismatic TV star. But behind the camera is an erudite architect urbanist who challenges the way we live, build and think. Chris has taught at prestigious architecture schools, run practices in the UK, the Netherlands and New Zealand, and invented a prefab building product called Click-Raft. His latest project is a community centre in Christchurch inspired by a giant shellfish. Find out why architects don’t need project managers, how the power of communication lies in our hands, and what really went on behind the camera of Grand Designs.   Links http://cma-u.com https://thelocalproject.com.au/articles/rebuilding-mt-pleasant-community-centre-quick-on-the-rise-feature-article-the-local-project/ https://www.archify.com/au/archifynow/tight-knit-mt-pleasant-community-centre https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64YjQI65PRk   Acknowledgements City on a Roof and City in a Room were collaborative projects between Chris Moller and Pavlov MediaLab (Nathal

  • Helen Lochhead believes authentic communicators make strong leaders.

    11/12/2019 Duração: 29min

    Helen Lochhead sends a refreshing jolt of energy through the architecture profession. As the first female dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment at UNSW Sydney, national president of the Australian Institute of Architects and one of the Australian Financial Review’s top 100 women of influence, she’s ambitious, resilient and inspiring. Helen shares insights on communicating ideas within private practice, the public sector and academia. Find out how to impress a design review panel, how to beat imposter syndrome and embrace your own leadership style, plus essential tips for student presentations.

  • Greg Grabasch empowers people to have a say in designing their own places.

    09/10/2019 Duração: 24min

    Greg Grabasch models a new role for landscape architects - as design facilitators. In 2006 he founded UDLA design studio in Fremantle, Western Australia on strong principles of social and environmental justice. Greg talks about holding the middle ground - building and maintaining trust with communities while delivering outcomes for developer and government clients. Find out how Greg became the go-to landscape architect for the trickiest projects in the toughest towns and why he thinks designers need to listen more than they speak.

  • Indira Naidoo always seeks ways to connect with her audience.

    25/07/2019 Duração: 30min

    Indira Naidoo is an expert communicator. You might have seen her on TV, heard her on radio or read her books The Edible Balcony and its sequel The Edible City. Indira knows how to hook you into a story, from a spelling bee that nearly spelled the end of her TV career to a real-life bee that’s become a symbol of hope for climate resilience. Find out Indira’s top tips from 30 years in the communications industry: how to grab people’s attention in an era of fake news, why never to watch yourself on film, what she really wants to hear from designers and how to deal with sexism in the workplace. theediblebalcony.com.au @dearindira #theediblecity #theediblebalcony

  • Jennie Officer wants architects to justify their language, not dumb it down.

    03/05/2019 Duração: 29min

    Jennie Officer’s life is immersed in architecture. She practices as co-director of Officer Woods Architects, teaches at the University of Western Australia and writes about architecture in the dead of night. From tongue-tied recent graduate to award-winning architect, Jennie reveals how she learnt to stand up, speak up and back up her opinions. Find out how open, honest collaboration can produce unbelievable results, how to call out gender bias and key communication tips that will save you hours of time. www.officerwoods.com.au

  • Damian Thompson stays humble, humorous and human.

    09/03/2019 Duração: 28min

    Ever had someone screaming at you in a community meeting? You need a few minutes with Damian Thompson, director of multidisciplinary design studio Lat27. He talks about being the eye of the storm and having stillness of mind...but who learnt those jedi skills at uni? Damian shares his refreshing take on the design industry - he’s successful yet humble. Hear about the botched presentation that’s etched into his memory, why everyone loves a volcano and how to reach every member of your audience. The Lat27 boardroom table   lat27.com.au

  • Georgina Reid wants designers to become storytellers.

    21/01/2019 Duração: 26min

    Georgina Reid never dreamed her online magazine The Planthunter would go viral. So when her heartfelt stories about people and plants connected with thousands of fans almost instantly, she was terrified. Five years, a book and many deep breaths later, she’s a confident, authentic voice in the design community. Georgina takes us behind the lush images, revealing the impacts of sudden fame and self doubt. How she’s learnt to let go of her head to write from the heart. What she’ll never forget about working for Jamie Durie. And essential advice for anyone who wants to put their ideas out into the world. The Planthunter – Life. With Plants Buy the book: shop.theplanthunter.com.au Australia's most popular design blog: The Design Files jamiedurie.com

  • Harry Partridge says the first rule of communication is to give up something of yourself.

    11/10/2018 Duração: 23min

    Harry Partridge is a rare bird: a structural engineer with a creative soul. He ran his own firm Partridge Engineering for over 30 years, taking pride in delivering strong, safe buildings. But early on, Harry knew something was missing. So he went in search of inspiration, creativity and art in his life and in his work. Now with his firm Cultural Capital, Harry works with artists and developers to bring public art to new communities. And he wants to bring the arts into the education of young engineers. Find out why architects and engineers are set up to be arch-enemies. And what happens when you let 250 engineering students loose with coloured paints. culturalcapital.city

  • Tim Ross would rather listen to a drunken wedding toast than a TED talk.

    12/08/2018 Duração: 27min

    Tim Ross is a comedian and design nerd. He’s leapt from the entertainment industry into the design world with a fresh perspective, dry humour and a love for mid-century Australian design. Tim knows how to keep it real, put you at ease and make any talk feel like you’ve known him forever. Find out how to use memory and stories to communicate ideas plus Tim’s practical tips for public speaking, TV and radio. timross.com.au themanaboutthehouse.net #manaboutthehouse #themidcenturyproject #timrossoross @modernister1

  • Tiffany Beamer keeps it simple and people-focused.

    06/06/2018 Duração: 25min

    Tiffany Beamer is a self-confessed introvert - more of a lover than a fighter. She was the youngest partner ever made at OLIN and now leads their Los Angeles studio. Tiffany learnt how to stand her ground firmly but politely and put her case calmly, gaining authority and respect. Find out how she navigates boardrooms and construction sites as a young landscape architect and how her harshest design critic shaped her approach to communication. www.theolinstudio.com/philosophy/

  • Sacha Coles swears by the mantra: be yourself and know your work.

    07/02/2018 Duração: 27min

    At 23, Sacha Coles had just finished uni. He had zero clients and no work, but big plans for the future. Now he’s a successful landscape architect and director of Aspect Studios, responsible for multibillion dollar projects across Australia. He talks about pitching his way up, honing his message, owning his ideas, impressing clients and winning their trust. Find out how he amps himself up before a big pitch and what he thinks are the biggest mistakes designers make when communicating their ideas. www.aspect.net.au