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“I firmly believe there’s no more critical role aviation plays than connecting the world.” – Matt Dubbe
For this episode, I had the pleasure of sitting down with Matt Dubbe with Mead & Hunt, an architecture firm focused on aviation. Matt is their national design/market leader for aviation architecture. He specializes in sustainable projects that reflect a practical sensibility, joining performance and beauty.
In this robust, heart-filled conversation, we talk about Matt’s background and love of aviation architecture, the role aviation spaces play in a community, trends in the aviation market, and how people need to feel comfortable while traveling. I loved this conversation, and I look forward to hearing your thoughts as well!
- Mead & Hunt
- 5 Innovative Examples of Modern Airport Design
- Eastern Iowa Airport (from Mead & Hunt and from Agati)
- “Buildings can tell stories, and there are embodied stories in every material that’s reused.”
“I firmly believe there’s no more critical role aviation plays than connecting the world.”
“The marketplace will force planes to have better fuel from an environmental standpoint.”
“Airports truly are the face of their community.”
“Sustainability used to be seen as an expense burden, and we’re starting to see that turn the corner and become an expense benefit.”
“We need to recognize the climate impact of everything we do.”
Our Key Takeaways:
1) We have to be prepared for what’s next. Interestingly, the aviation market has seen a major disruptor around every ten years. Matt says he sees this as a really healthy thing for the market, but it requires their team (and each of us) to constantly be looking at what’s coming in order to continue to be successful.
2) The marketplace will force sustainability. We talk quite a bit about sustainability and energy efficiency in this episode. Matt says, “The marketplace will force planes to have better fuel from an environmental standpoint.” We both are very hopeful that we’ll continue to see airports and airlines seriously consider how they can become more energy efficient.
3) The last year has helped us move into valuing innate human behavior even more. People want to feel comfortable and safe. This influences the flow of our spaces, our furniture options, the convenience of the amenities we offer, and so much more.
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