“Immersing yourself in another culture is a great way to learn and grow.”
TRISTAN COAKLEY ASSOCIATE TristanC@ignitearchitects.com

What I like about architecture is that you’re creating something from nothing.

Being an architect requires a wide range of knowledge and skills. This can make it an extremely challenging job at times, but also a rewarding one.

Integrity is very important to me. To be successful at what I do, I think it's critical to gain the respect of my colleagues, and to form good relationships with everyone I deal with. It's much easier to get the job done if you get on well with your team, clients and consultants. 

While I was studying architecture, I spent a semester in India. The whole experience was one that really shaped who I am today. Immersing yourself in another culture is a great way to learn and grow. I also had the opportunity to see some amazing architecture, including some of Le Corbusier's work in Ahmedabad.

When it comes to great examples of architecture, I don't have a particular favourite. Good buildings are ones that create a sense of place and relate to the context in which they are located.  

One building that does stick in my mind is the Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, Chile, which I was fortunate enough to visit a few years ago. It commemorates those that were persecuted under Pinochet's regime. I found it fascinating that this building had been dedicated solely to telling the story of such an important part of Chile's history. 

I've been fortunate to be able to travel - I think it is something that is extremely important as an architect. My favourite city would have to be Buenos Aires; I've been there twice. It's quite different to the rest of South America. It has a very European feel and a cool vibe.

Outside of architecture, my passion is my family and friends. I think it's important to switch off from work when I'm out of the office, and spending time with the people closest to me is my favourite way to do that.