Episode 020 - Ashley Reed

Ashley Reed

Ashley Reed, Facade Designer at BuroHappold, stops by the studio and talks Gatorade, Cooper Union, Thornton Tomasetti, and awkward glances with Gustav Fagerstrom between monitors.


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Show Notes:

  1. Ashley was a leashed child

  2. Ashley worked under Jonatan at TT ACM (now CORE studio) prior to joining The Big Happs

    1. No one calls it that

    2. Actually, Brian took so long to finish these show notes that she now works for Vidaris

  3. Ashley eventually found a solid wifi signal and connected with both Zach and Brian on LinkedIn

  4. Ashley studied biomedical engineering doing Glaucoma research and had actually started pursuing a PhD at Tulane prior to pursuing architecture at Cornell

    1. She probably should not have switched

  5. Are we Millennials?

  6. The Designalyze podcast has low to medium listenership

  7. Designalyze is a passion project

  8. Gatorade flavors (colors?) best to worst:

    1. Yellow

    2. Orange

    3. Blue

    4. Red

  9. Gatorade is for hangovers and colds

  10. Brian craves electrolytes

  11. Ashley also went to ‘da Coop

    1. No one calls it that

    2. Colin McCrone also went to Cornell

      1. He snuck into our Dynamo podcast, the podcast version of a stowaway

    3. ‘da Coop’s Morphosis building

  12. Mr. Cooper was a basketball coach but at the end of the day he was really a life coach

  13. How to summon Captain Planet

    1. Anyone notice how Captain Planet wore a dickey?

  14. One of Ashley's sisters majored in a sorority and now earns twice as much as Ashley

  15. Please turn off your ad blockers

    1. Or don’t

    2. Or send us personal checks

      1. Sorry, No COD’s

    3. Or deliver us some beers

  16. Ashley also studied civil engineering prior to architecture

    1. Again, the switch was a poor choice

    2. She’d always wanted to be an architect but a family friend told her she should study civil if she really wanted to know how to build

      1. Sick burn

  17. Ashley's father was a developer

  18. Ashley is from a small island

  19. Zach started in physics his freshman year then transferred to architecture like an idiot

  20. Brian did the summer architecture program for high schoolers at UK/CoD

  21. LOL who would ever need to do this

    1. Although there's something about calibration and datems

    2. Now Maylines are just used to keep pens and laptops from sliding off desks

  22. When Ashley started at what is now the CORE studio, it was just her, Jonatan, Ben Howes, Nick, and Matt Naugle.

  23. Ashley organized the first AEC Technology Symposium in 2013 as an intern, then organized the second one in 2014 as a member of the CORE studio

  24. At AEC Hackathon 2.0 in NYC hosted at the FieldLens HQ, Brian cheated and left the premises to get Python help from Zach

    1. The second AEC Hackathon in NYC is slated for January 30, 2015

  25. Hacker League used to be the best place to organize teams for hackathons and archive the winners - now the preferred platform is Devpost

  26. Starting in 2014, the AEC Technology Symposium included a hackathon

    1. Hackathon champions get a better event t-shirt

    2. DynaRobo, an ABB robot controller library for Dynamo, emerged out of the 2014 hackathon

      1. This has led to other Dynamo-robotics hacks, most recently the HIVE project at AU2015

    3. vA3C also emerged out of the 2014 event

    4. Jonatan wrote a great blog post on the value of intensive hackathons for the industry following the inaugural event

  27. Brian uses Twitter and Slack as his Stack Overflow

  28. Gustave and Ashley, despite working across from each other, have never made direct eye contact

  29. Gustave once put a fake cockroach on her monitor

    1. Such a prankster

    2. Maybe Gustave is the cockroach

  30. Has anyone seen Phil he promised to be our free intern and now he won't return our calls

  31. Quit drinking that Haterade

  32. Ashley recently worked on a tower design with Richard Meier & Partners

  33. The grass is already dead on top of SHoP’s Barclay Center

    1. Zach did Navisworks and iOS panel tracking for the Barclays, and did the initial scale model that won the job

  34. There is precedent for a bathroom break in the middle of the podcast

  35. We are intentionally delaying getting Erik on the show to piss him off

  36. SHoP’s Botswana Innovation Hub had sustainability consulting from Buro’s Matthew Herman

  37. Never confuse Buro with Arup

  38. Tussin'

  39. Never podcast sober

  40. Who wins the throne game?

  41. Is the Tetris song the same as Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy?

    1. The block thump from Tetris is so satisfying

  42. Gummy Bears had one of the greatest theme songs of all time

  43. Headphones are like ear pacifiers

  44. Rear view mirrors on a monitor

  45. A bell that summons Erik Verboon

  46. Ashley lives in Lefferts Gardens

    1. Ahem, sorry, “Heights Park,” didn’t mean to scare you away

  47. Brian used to live nearby in a bed and breakfast in Ditmas Park

  48. Crotch in the face on the subway

  49. Zach just had the 10 year NYC anniversary

    1. Or maybe it was his wedding anniversary - Brian doesn’t remember

    2. It’s the tin year

    3. Contemporary anniversary appliance gifts are even worse

    4. They should move up the diamond anniversary year since everyone gets divorced so quickly

      1. Or maybe they don’t

  50. Zach tans hides in his Park Slope apartment

  51. Ashley gave OKCupid a try

  52. You can still meet people in the meatspace

  53. Brian and Erik are both Bearcats

  54. Cincy was one of the first cooperative education programs and is now one of the trial programs to offer early licensure


Lightning round:

  1. What book(s) are you reading right now?

  2. What music are you listening to right now?

    • Mooches off of other people's playlists. Like a mooch.

  3. What’s your favorite sci-fi film?

    • Not a scifi fan

  4. What’s your favorite retro-game?

  5. What’s your favorite childhood cartoon?

  6. What’s your favorite coffee shop?

  7. If you could have a tea party with any three people, dead or alive, who would they be?

    • Ashley's sisters and her mom

  8. Describe your productivity ritual.

    • Coffee

    • Music

    • Solitude

  9. What’s something that recently blew your mind?

  10. What is the most irritating part of your day? The most enjoyable?

  11. What piece of advice would you give to someone studying architecture?

  12. Who is behind Banksy?

    • No theories

  13. WHAT IS ARCHITECTURE???!!! In one sentence.

    • Shelter


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