What I’m passionate about:
#HumanDesign #Nature #Wonder #SearchForKnowledge
Materials that excite me:
Natural materials, wood and stone in particular. I am someone who will run up and touch a wall. I think a key indicator of a building’s success is how much you want to engage with it.
I chose Vancouver because:
It’s perfect. It meets all my requirements for a city: culture, music and theatre, architecture, access to the ocean and outdoors. Where else can you go snowboarding for part of the day, then grab a beer on the beach?
Go-to unit of measurement:
Metric. It is the only unit that make sense. Also, I’m terrible at fractions.
Go-to morning drink:
Coffee. Lots of it. Moderation is boring.
All of the vegetables. And yes, pineapple does belong on pizza.
The Dollop, The Daily, Canadaland, My Favourite Murder
I grew up:
On a cattle ranch in North Queensland, Australia.
Master of Architecture, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Bachelor of Design (Honours) – Architectural Studies Major, Project Collaboration Minor, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
Subject Prize for Honours
I chose JDa because:
I wanted to be part of a firm that engages in municipal and community minded projects, and be part of projects that are technically challenging but ultimately serving communities.
I bring to JDa:
A terrible Australian sense of humour, a love of teamwork, positivity, Revit skills, and a relentless desire to figure things out (with the help of Google).
Path to architecture:
I studied sociology and political science, but soon realized that I wasn’t cut out to be a politician. Architecture seemed to meet a number of desires I have for my professional life: community engagement, creativity and art, research and technical expertise. Architecture demands continuous progress and learning. And I never want to stop learning.
I’m drawn to design because:
Of the challenge of balancing myriad interests and goals for a design, while also making it beautiful and functional. It is the ultimate challenge, and no outcome is ever the same as the variables always differ.
I’m most excited in architecture today about:
The ways in which architecture is improving our environment and society. I think in a world where change is the only constant, it is interesting to see how buildings are ceasing to be these static moments and becoming flexible arenas for human and environmental engagement.
Architect I admire the most:
Wang Shu. His incorporation of natural and locally sourced materials, and use of traditional workmanship, makes his architecture one of place. I enjoy the tactility and warmth of his designs. It is a humane architecture.
Preferred era in architecture:
Post-modernism. I feel it is something that is acutely connected to place, history and culture. Architecture is “art” that is a part of a greater whole – it’s a physical representation of connectivity.
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