I always begin a design project with a process of discovery – pinpointing the needs of the building’s users and what makes them tick.
I am fascinated by people – how we think, react, feel and interpret things. A truly great design will improve the way people interact within a space and create a positive emotive response.
This was perfectly articulated by the famous Swiss-French architect, Le Corbusier: “You employ stone, wood and concrete, and with these materials you build houses and palaces. That is construction…But then you touch my heart, you make me feel good, I am happy and I say, ‘This is beautiful’. That is architecture.”
I’ve spent the last 16 years predominantly running my own architecture practices, specialising in residential design projects.
Finding out the story behind a building’s occupants means each project I work on has a unique perspective and a different source of inspiration.
I’ve always invented, designed and built things. Growing up, I’d quite happily spend hours creating things in our home workshop. My high school job was as a tracer at a naval architecture practice, so my involvement in the design world started early-on.
Obtaining my architecture degree was a test of fortitude. I studied full-time and juggled a full-time architectural role, along with trying to balance the needs of my family. Needless to say, I am exceptional at time management!
I design in urban landscapes, so I like the complete opposite when I’m away from work. You’ll normally find me out on the harbour. The ocean has always been a big part of my life and that’s continued on with my daughters. They sail dinghies and our eldest is a New Zealand age representative.