I think the ability to create excellent design requires experience.
I knew I was going to be an architect from an early age. One of my favourite things to do when I was young was to design and build treehouses using old apple boxes. I’d get 20 boxes, create a structure and then pull it apart and rebuild it – I even created a two-storey version once.
Just like my apple-box treehouses improved with practice, I think that delivering great design requires experience. As an author, you need to have knowledge under your belt to understand the issues at play and solve the client’s problem. For example, my background in residential architecture has transferred well to aged-care work, because I have a good understanding of what to consider when designing spaces for people to live in.
As Design Manager, I’m focussed on leading Ignite's design management strategy. I get a kick out of a project running smoothly - this means managing the process, and ensuring design decisions are made in a timely fashion. Also essential is including the client throughout the entire journey.
Building Information Management (BIM) is something I’m quite passionate about too. I’ve been using 3D modelling since working in the UK in the late 1980s, and it’s amazing to see the BIM systems we’re using today create remarkable outcomes.
When I’m not at work, I love being around the water. I’ve been windsurfing for 25 years and, more recently, have taken up kitesurfing as well – I love the feeling you get when you’re 20 feet in the air.
Music has also been a big part of my life. Up until a few years ago my wife and I were both in a jazz funk band. I have so many great memories of band practices at home when my kids were young – my youngest used to fall asleep next to the drums!