The series, hosted by Interface’s Head of Sustainability EAAA, Jon Khoo, was launched in June last year while the country was in lockdown. It focuses on exploring how sustainable design and purposeful business can align to inspire a green and inclusive recovery. It also gives listeners a chance to find out more about the people behind some of the most inspirational ideas, projects and movements around sustainability.
The first season, available on all major podcast directories, features a range of leading figures from the worlds of design, retail, sustainability and the built environment – each one sharing their unique perspective on how to create a more responsible future.
Commenting on the close of the first season, Jon said: “For me, this has been a remarkable and wonderful journey exploring some of the most important issues and solutions we face as a society in the midst of an environmental crisis. From talking about our innate connection to nature, to exploring the best methods of ensuring a green recovery, to creating workplaces that address the climate emergency, the guests we’ve had on the show have provided listeners with some invaluable and fascinating insights to take away.”
In the final episode of the first season, Jon was joined by Adam Strudwick, who is Principal at architectural firm Perkins & Will. Adam has built his career in the commercial workplace industry, supporting landmark projects across a range of locations around the world. In 2020, Adam was pivotal in the launch of the Net-Zero Now report by Perkins & Will and Penoyre & Prasad, which set out an industry-leading net-zero carbon plan for interiors.
Other episodes in the series feature Oliver Heath, expert in biophilic design and sustainable architecture; eco-innovator Mark Shayler; climate scientist Dr Ella Gilbert; circular economy designer Claire Potter; Munish Datta from the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC); co-founder of sustainable fashion brand Elvis & Kresse, Kress Wesling MBE; Michael Pawlyn, founder of Exploration Architecture and co-founder of Architects Declare; explorer and broadcaster Paul Rose; and Richard Walker, Managing Director of Iceland Foods.
Each episode of Designing with Climate in Mind provides food for thought when it comes to approaching design in a sustainable way.