Everyone has something to teach you.
I believe it’s essential to work as a team and build good relationships, and I enjoy encouraging others through mentoring. You must really listen to people and show them you are considering their opinions and value their point of view, as everyone has something to teach you.
I’ve joked that my epitaph should say “Thanks Frank” due to the influence Frank Lloyd Wright has had on my work. He has inspired me in many different ways, particularly for his designs of the Guggenheim Museum and Fallingwater. And also for the fact that he was designing and building innovative, world-class buildings right up to his death at 92 years old.
I’ve worked as an architect for over 35 years and I have been involved in all phases of the architectural process – from developing a brief with the client through to design, documentation and then onto the construction process (up to when the keys are handed over and the champagne is being served). To me, that’s what architecture is about. I am also passionate about the quality of design and detailing; that it not only meets, but exceeds, expectations.
I developed an interest in traditional Japanese architecture during my studies and became fascinated with symbolism in art and architecture around the world. This evolved over the years into my practice of mindfulness, meditation, Tai Chi and philosophy. I enjoy sharing this knowledge with others, and regularly take classes for adults and children in philosophy and Tai Chi. I also give talks on mindfulness to architectural firms around Sydney.