032 – Ross Guttler of Delos – How Space Can Make Better People


Health and wellness at the center of the real estate industry …

DelosRoss Guttler, Vice President – Strategic Partnerships for Delos (transforming homes, offices, schools and other indoor environments by placing health and wellness at the center of design, construction, facilities and operations decisions), joins Thomas Kutzman in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. Presented by Prevu.

In this episode:

  • How wellness is quite big now and where Delos comes in
  • Approaching wellness and real estate from hard core science and medicine perspective
  • What space is doing to our bodies
  • Light quality and impact on standard of living
  • How wearables will allow us to measure how space will impact our bodies, and react to what our bodies need
  • Vetting materials
  • Construction industries are waking up to “red list” materials
  • Practices during construction to protect those building the pace as well
  • At the crossroads being a real estate or a technology companyDelos
  • Helping groups figure out things
  • Help co-develop products and technologies
  • “Darwin” – technology, the wellness brains for your home
  • Physical and social environment is 70% of what affects health
  • The best of North Carolina, and the origin of NASCAR
  • Why space can make us better, smarter, healthier people

Guttler has spent 15 years in investment, development and advisory roles across multiple product sectors. At Delos, Ross manages strategic relationships among Fortune 100 clients as well as institutional investors, owners and landlords. Having joined Delos in the early stages, he has led the growth of several business lines. In addition, Ross serves in an advisory capacity to a NY-based startup focused on developing spectral sensors for the built environment.

Prior to joining Delos, Ross founded and managed the commercial division of ROI Properties, a brokerage and asset management firm that caters to distressed portfolios. He advised financial institutions, fiduciaries and receiverships on risk allocation and exit strategies for office, industrial and retail assets. Previously, he worked for the ViaWest Group, a commercial investment, development and services firm with a primary focus on value-add and opportunistic office, industrial and multi-family properties.

Ross is a former board member of the Urban Land Institute and has held leadership roles in numerous other industry and non-profit organizations. He received a B.S. in Economics from Duke University and an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

014 – Dani Arps – Startup Space, The Design Frontier

Startup office design

Designing office spaces for startup companies, with Dani Arps…

Startup office designWhat comes first, does culture drive design, or does design foster culture? Danielle (Dani) Arps, a design expert, reveals how startups can approach a new office space, curate functional, supporting productivity, retention, and community in the workplace, work surfaces vs. desks, creating spaces people can work in where they will be the most productive, the nature of tertiary spaces, and aesthetics vs. personality when one doesn’t make sense for a business model. Plus, what math and music have to do with office design. Arps joins Thomas Kutzman and Scott Pollack in the MouthMedia Network studios powered by Sennheiser. Presented by Prevu.

In this episode:Startup office design

  • How Arps designed spaces for Venmo, SeatGeek, and others, how she begins the inspiration process to design for a startup, and having a certain sense or vibe vs. traditional design.
  • Thinking about the design for a startup since it is a corporate office space,
  • Considering how are different spaces consumed
  • Why open offices may not work for a lot of companies, looking at the growth of tertiary spaces (i.e. living rooms within offices), quiet nooks, phone booths
  • Where the trends came from, the idea of open and tertiary spaces, what’s driving thoughtfulness in space usage, the impact of freelance workers
  • How employees can be more productive because they like where they work and want to be in a space where they like being, and looking at it all starting with Google
  • Startup office designHow company culture and ethos impacts design
  • A well-designed space is a perk, and helps recruit and retain employees
  • Why companies that are not startups want the look and feel of startups in their spaces
  • The nature of how generational expectations are changing
  • Does culture drive design? Or design drive culture?
  • What the point of the company is matters in the design, including how the company is aligned with the industry, and where you want company brand and culture to go
  • Phases of the design process: conceptual, programming, construction documentation/purchasing, installation