I think great architecture has a certain clarity, or simplicity, which is often hard to achieve.
The interaction between buildings and people make it more than just a building; it becomes an urban concept when you consider how it is put together, how people move through it and use it, how it is experienced from the street, and how it impacts its environment and the public.
My first love is music and I have found connections between music and architecture. There is beauty in the proportions, and music coming off the architectural elements as they are put together.
I love that advancements in technology mean we can design more accurately, but it is important we retain our core skills and design abilities.
Growing up in Europe around very old buildings gave me a sense of the responsibility which an architect has. There is a stamp that you leave behind, which can endure long after your own lifetime.
Buildings are primarily created to provide shelter, but great architecture lifts them to something that brings joy.
Architecture is a profession where you may have the idea or vision, but someone else needs to build it, so that vision needs to be communicated clearly. You must be clear about your idea and what makes it strong, and you must maintain that clarity throughout the process.
I have a passion for languages. My mother tongue is Macedonian, I also speak Croatian, Serbian, English and understand Slovenian and Bulgarian. I studied Te Reo Maori for two years and am currently learning French.