I think there is inspiration everywhere, even in the mundane.
Watching my uncle studying architecture when I was a child was fascinating. I knew, from then on, that architecture was what I wanted to do.
My role requires an innate ability to draw out the client’s vision for a project – what they like and what they want to see. I then combine that with their personality, the functionality required and the space’s intended purpose to create something that is ideal for their needs.
I think great architecture comes from thinking outside the box, and the work of Daniel Liberskind and Bjarke Ingels are fantastic examples of this. Their designs tend to look outside conventional architecture, and are simultaneously playful and practical.
I am a very practical, hands-on person so I think it is important to consider the practical elements of a design. Your design must also complement the environment the building is in and take cues from nature.
I keep a Rubik’s Cube on my desk – I have never been able to solve one, but it reminds me that every problem has a solution. I try to be positive, and this attitude influences my work.
I am constantly looking at the design of things, and examining what works and what doesn’t.
Family is very important to me. I also love scuba diving – it is amazing to be under the water in the peace and quiet of an alien landscape. I am excited that I will be able to share this passion with my children soon, when they are old enough to begin lessons.