Architecture is like LEGO – every piece contributes to the final outcome.
I wanted to be an architect the moment my parents gave me my first LEGO set. I admire its simple, yet playful and bold design – it lets your creativity take control and the possibilities are endless.
I think creativity and happiness are integral to excellent design. To me, great architecture is a result which satisfies the client and end-users’ needs while also staying true to the design principles which the architect believes in.
It was while working in New York that I found my passion for skyscrapers. This sparked my interest in a new paradigm of vertical cities – like those depicted in sci-fi movies.
Architecture has the power to shape and influence the way we live. Many major cities in the world are now facing over-population and I believe the solution is to build upwards, not outwards – using skyscrapers as an urban connector between the city and its people. This would improve the city’s social dynamism and transform the conventional way of horizontal living, offering a new perspective on high-rise buildings.
At Ignite, I enjoy working across large-scale mixed-use projects as well as modern heritage buildings. Some of my key projects include Star Mountain Plaza in Papua New Guinea and the redevelopment of 1 Albert Street in Auckland, an iconic heritage building.