Live Inspired Podcast with John O'Leary
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S7 | Episode 70 Marcus Adrian
3 days ago
"It turns out, sometimes you have to start by asking a really stupid question." Marcus Adrian has spent nearly 20 years at Mackey Mitchell Architects in St. Louis, MO; however, Marcus isn't your typical architect. He aims to design buildings to "speak to the human experience." He is nationally recognized for designing spaces for people with special needs and an expert in classroom acoustics. His great-grandfather was an architect, one grandfather was a woodworker, while another mined stone in the Ozarks. So, building and creating is in his blood. From his mother, a nurse, he developed a strong sense of empathy. Marcus shares how his career, his passion, is much like his mother's, grandmother's, and great-grandmother's tradition of making quilts. How they would pray as they stitched in thoughtful reflection of the creation they were making. He challenges us to "count the stitches in a quilt" in order to see the effort and thought that goes into creating something with meaningful purpose. Marcus shares his story of how a stupid question taught him more than he could have imagined and how the way we shape our spaces continue to shape us. He is an expert in creating spaces where you maximize human potential. Today, Marcus teaches us how it is possible to build empathy into our creations and our lives. He also shares how sometimes, it all starts by asking a really "stupid" question. SHOW NOTES: Marcus's parents would often tell him to "do something meaningful." By the age of 9, he knew he wanted to be an architect. His designs consider "from birth to everything." Empathy is something we can build into an institution. The solutions are going to have to be found at the intersection science and public policy. "Empathy ignites because it starts with curiosity. You could do it because of altruism, but you won't be doing it for long." Buildings need to speak to the human experience. Taking into consideration: Physical Ability, Sensory Ability, Social Ability, Cognitive & Empathy. "It can be difficult to differentiate signal and noise. The way we design schools today is very different than 20 years ago." "The word is "balance." You have to put up those reminders. Am I owning this or is it owning me?