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June 6, 2017, by Lauren Della Bella

DSSS: A Framework for Successful, Lifelong Learning

It’s no secret I left SXSWedu inspired and energized by the conversations I had, people I met and best practices I learned. One of the sessions I most enjoyed was the Day 3 keynote address with entrepreneur, best-selling author and lifelong learner, Tim Ferriss. I was intrigued by the framework he suggested for successful, lifelong […]

July 11, 2013, by Lauren Della Bella

The Secret To Great Partnerships Is Really No Secret

Recently, I was asked to speak at AIA Minnesota’s Innovative Practice Forum on the topic of Owner’s Advocates and Partnerships.  When I was preparing my talk, I wanted the audience to have a light bulb moment about how to create lasting and meaningful partnerships with clients.  In truth, it’s not that complicated.  Creating solid partnerships […]

October 30, 2012, by Lauren Della Bella

Is the Safe Choice the Right Choice?

Recently, I attended a conference at the University of Cincinnati on Surfaces.  The conference was put together to honor Jay Chatterjee the former dean of the College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP) and the orchestrator of UC’s Campus Master Plan and building renaissance (not to mention one of my own planning professors).  Many […]

August 14, 2012, by Lauren Della Bella

What’s In Your Folder?

Recently, a friend of mine mentioned that he was going to buy each of his grandchildren a clear plastic project folder for a holiday gift.  He knew they would be confused about getting a plastic box instead of one of the more exciting items on their “list”, but he wanted them to think bigger.  He […]

May 29, 2012, by Lauren Della Bella

Autos vs. Architecture

For weeks now the Obama campaign has been running an ad about 1M auto industry jobs saved.  It’s an effective ad, but every time I see it I can’t help but think about the struggles in the building design and construction industry.  One million jobs saved, but how many jobs lost?  The ad also says […]