As a new year begins, businesses across sectors are facing familiar challenges: COVID-19, experimental workplace models, economic uncertainty, climate change, and social inequity. Addressing these overarching issues in meaningful ways often falls off the everyday to-do list of architects, but for company executives, strategic, big-picture thinking is their priority, their task. In this podcast episode, two experienced leaders well versed in the business of architecture share their agenda for the future, lessons from their experiences and observations, and insight into the executive suite of architectural practice.

Angela Watson
courtesy Shepley Bulfinch Angela Watson
Carole Wedge, FAIA
David Salafia/courtesy Shepley Bulfinch Carole Wedge, FAIA

In September 2021, the 144-year-old firm Shepley Bulfinch appointed Angela Watson, FAIA, as its new president and CEO. A long-time firm principal, design leader, and board chair based in Phoenix, Watson replaced Carole Wedge, FAIA, who had held the firm's top executive role since 2004. Wedge, who is based in the Shepley Bulfinch Boston office and now holds the title of principal, talked about speaking up in the profession in ARCHITECT podcast episode 32.

This podcast episode was produced by Wanda Lau and Bonnie Breuner.