Meet Our Speakers Series: Amy Albert


Amy Albert is the editor-in-chief of Professional Builder. She has more than two decades of journalism
experience, including as chief editor of Custom
, senior editor at Builder
and kitchen design editor at Bon Appetit.
Amy will participate in several programs at the
2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS), including a panel discussion, “Plan
Makeovers: Using a Regional Perspective to Make Your Home Stand Out.”

We recently caught up with Amy to ask a few questions. 

NAHB: What are
you are looking forward to the most at IBS?
AMY: Professional Builder is the media
sponsor of The New American Home (TNAH). I can’t wait to see it lit up at
night, full of people and in party mode!

NAHB: What’s
the best hangout spot at IBS?
area. This year, I am moderating a design trends panel with Daniel
Gehman of Humphreys & Partners, Seth Hart of DTJ Design and Nick Lehnert of
KTGY Architecture & Planning. It’s a lunchtime chat on Wednesday, January
11, featuring three innovative and smart people who will talk about 2017

NAHB: Do you
have a favorite podcast that you listen to regularly?
AMY: I love
NPR’s podcasts of Fresh
Terry Gross is the best interviewer in journalism. 

NAHB: Where
are you located, and do you have a “must see” spot you’d recommend to
out-of-town visitors?
AMY: Professional Builder’s offices are
outside Chicago. There, I’d recommend a visit to Oak Park to see Frank Lloyd
Wright’s home and studio and stroll those lovely streets. I’m based in LA,
which also has several Frank Lloyd Wright homes, not to mention a slew of
houses by modernist greats. 

NAHB: What
industry trends are you noticing?
AMY: Shifts
are happening at both ends of the spectrum: we’re figuring out how to deliver
affordable homes for first-time buyers and also how to house elders in a way
that offers the best possible quality of life.

NAHB: Best
book read in the last year?
AMY: It’s hard
to choose; I read a lot. I’d say Stewart O’Nan’s West of Sunset, a
novel about the last three years of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life, because it is well

NAHB: Success
AMY: Could be more.

You can view Amy’s sessions here

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across 8 different building industry topic tracks. Register
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