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Peopleverse 005: Alex Gore

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Alex Gore is an architect, Principal and co-owner of the firm F9 Productions and the build firm F14 Productions. He also co-hosts the Inside the Firm podcast, is the author of the Creativity Code, and teaches at CU Boulder in the Architectural Engineering department.

In this episode, we discuss:
  • Alex’s origin story and what led to him becoming an architect
  • how F9 Productions began during the 2009 recession and what baggage they left behind when starting his own firm
  • F9’s beginnings and figuring out how to find work 
  • F9’s foray into design/build and construction 
  • F9’s 9 principles 
  • how F9 has grown over the last few years
  • why F9 pivoted the firm after developing their own projects
  • the idea of a feedback loop informing one’s trajectory
  • what Alex’s main role at F9 is today
  • the definition of leadership
  • how Alex created a culture of permission through mentorship
  • why Alex said, “The most I know is about architecture and construction, and I’m finding out I know less and less about that every day.”
  • what to do when you don’t know what you don’t know
  • what exists between what architects draw (design intent) and making the building into reality
  • the importance of real world experience in design and construction
  • what’s missing from almost all technology solutions in AEC
  • why architects can’t prescribe means and methods for contractors
  • Alex’s advice for the best way to get the information you need when you need it
  • how to communicate to your team for the best outcomes during an iterative process
  • why human-to-human connections are underrated
  • how technology can help the most in AEC by mimicking reality
  • what kind of lunch and learns bring the most value to architectural firms
  • Alex’s message to the building industry regarding government bureaucracy that affects an architects ability to offer their services
  • a peek into the life of an architect to help building product reps understand their day-to-day

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