Interview with Friedl Bohm, White Oak Partners

In this 5th edition of “Sound Advice with Joan Capelin,” Friedl Bohm, chairman of White Oak Partners and former chairman of NBBJ, provides perspective and advice on the following topics:

  • The importance of delivering high-quality service, especially now
  • How to manage your time effectively
  • Why it’s easier to be responsive to clients today, compared to 10 years ago
  • How to be cash-rich

Click on the media player below to listen to Friedl’s podcast.  Scroll down to read Friedl’s bio.

Interview with Friedl Bohm, NBBJ

Friedl Bohm, NBBJ

Friedl Bohm, NBBJ

Friedl serves as Senior Partner and Chairman of the Operating Committee for White Oak Partners. Prior to joining White Oak Partners, he was Chairman of NBBJ. Under his leadership the firm grew into the world’s third largest architecture practice, which last year designed projects exceeding $3 billion in total construction cost.

In addition to his defining contributions to large projects in Beijing, Taipei, London, Istanbul and Moscow, Friedl has been credited with helping shape the modern character of downtown Columbus, Ohio, through projects like One Columbus, The Vern Riffe State Office Tower, Three Nationwide Plaza, and Nationwide Arena.

As a diplomat, he has served on the Special Advisory Committee to the Austrian Chancellor, was named Honorary Consul for Austria in 1993, and in 1995 received the Grand Decoration of Honors in Silver for Services to the Republic of Austria. His other recognitions include Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year, American Institute of Architects Fellowship, Design Futures Council Fellowship, and in 2002, the AIA Ohio Gold Medal Award.

He currently serves on the boards of M.I. Schottenstein Homes, TRC Companies, and NBBJ. Mr. Böhm is also a founding Partner of Transmap, The Daimler Group of Developers, and Travel Partners. He has been a Board Member of Huntington Banks for 15 years and many community organizations such as The Wellington School, Muskingum College, The Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and The Columbus Museum of Art.

A Fulbright Scholar, Mr. Böhm received his undergraduate degree from Technische Universitat Wien in Vienna, and holds a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University, where he has served as adjunct professor, lecturer, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the School of Architecture. Mr. Böhm and his wife reside in Columbus.

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