Challenge is really important to me.
The only way to be successful as an architect is to continually challenge the way you do things, and to challenge your team to push themselves too.
I enjoy projects which have a level of complexity beyond that of the built architecture. I lead Ignite’s Special Projects, which are typically jobs of a significant scale, complexity or value. They are often bespoke responses to a specific project that might push the boundaries of urban design, town planning, façade design and building science.
I like to know that every decision I make is properly resolved before I suggest it. I always approach my work with the mindset that I should have questioned and tested the solution more thoroughly than anyone, or the remaining process, ever will.
I think you can tell how successful a building is by the level of satisfaction of the people who use the space. Really, a building’s form should express the function while not being limited by it. To me, a perfect piece of architecture takes into consideration all of the important aspects – timeframe, budget, the site, client expectations and user requirements. It’s a holistic design process that takes into account the complete picture.
If there was any other career path I might have followed, it is probably professional golf. I’ve played golf since I was 13 and, up until recently, competed internationally in Longdrive golf. A real highlight was representing New Zealand at the World Longdrive Championship in Las Vegas three years in a row.
My favourite place in the world is probably the site of the home my wife and I are building in Whangaparaoa. It’s on a clifftop with a view of Rangitoto and Auckland City, which is pretty special. It’s a place where we are able to escape Auckland and clear the mind.