The Power of Design


Airdate: March 14, 2018

Jack Ossa helps people create impactful experiences through the power of design. He is the founder of and principal architect at Ossa Studios, an architecture, branding and web design firm. He previously worked as a senior project architect at Gensler, an international integrated architecture, design, planning and consulting firm. Jack has worked on dozens of commercial, mixed-use and residential projects, and provided principal design for the worldwide corporate headquarters for SPX Corporation and the offices of The Duke Endowment. He also previously worked at DMR Architecture and at McClure Nicholson Montgomery Architects. Jack earned his bachelor's degree in architecture from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Bogota, Columbia. 

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in architecture, design, a journey of immigration, risk and achievement.    


  • Jack explains what he does as an architect and what he means by 'the power of design.'

  • He discusses how design principles can help someone live their life and the connection he sees between design and relationships.

  • Jack discusses a manifesto he wrote and how he goes about 'mapping his mind.'

  • He talks about growing up in Medellin and Bogota, playing music in a heavy metal rock band, and his introduction to architecture.

  • Jack describes his journey to the United States, the power that directs him, and a place he visited that he decided to never leave.

  • He tells the story of the moment he met his future wife, cleaning windows and mopping floors, and what he was certain about at the time.

  • He talks about how he got his first job as an architect, the craziest week of his life, and the phone call that changed everything.

  • He reveals what his experience as an immigrant taught him, the dream that has driven him, the vision he has for his company, and what he wants his children to know.

plus Mark's Personal Word Essay: Overcoming Resistance

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts. 

Further support is provided by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America’s leading urban public libraries, delivering exceptional services and programs, with a mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. 

And by the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.

Additional support is provided by the UNC College of Arts + Architecture, celebrating a decade of creative education in the arts and design.