I’ve always wanted to be involved in this industry.
I particularly enjoy being involved with projects that have entered the construction stage. I like getting out on site and getting my hands dirty, which is probably a hangover from my early years. Dad was a builder and I started a carpentry apprenticeship before the harsh reality of being on-site during winter convinced me to pursue my current career instead.
During the course of my career, I’ve worked on a really wide range of projects – from healthcare and education to commercial and retail. While I was working in Australia, one of the firms I was with did some huge projects, such as the $350million Darwin Convention Centre.
Maintaining the design idea is paramount throughout every project – otherwise you can very quickly lose a building. I also think the use of locally sourced, natural materials is important in binding a building to its location.
Technology is having a big impact on architecture. The integration of design packages helps deliver dreams in a tangible format. Technology is also changing a lot in terms of what we deliver to the contractor. I think people are realising that integrated models should be industry standard now, and that they bring a lot of benefits – for example, much earlier identification of issues.
I’m a pretty social person, which I think is important in this profession. Architecture can be a tough industry, so having a workplace which people enjoy is really important. That’s one reason why Ignite suits me well – there is a real focus on ensuring people are happy in their work.