To create excellent design, you must first listen and observe.
Great architecture requires more than just masterful design – it also stems from meaningful collaboration. It takes a combination of all skills and knowledge from different stakeholders to realise the vision of a building. It is a real team effort.
At Ignite, I lead the commercial division across a broad range of developments including commercial office, workplace and hospitality design. Collaboration, resilience and sustainability are all areas which I have engaged in extensively through my own practice, as well as via research. I find it very rewarding to exchange knowledge with teams in these important areas.
I am also a Green Star Accredited Professional and believe that the business case for sustainability in buildings is compelling. It is important, not only for achieving successful environmental engineering and a responsible carbon footprint, but also as a catalyst for increased productivity and wellbeing.
While technology offers so many advantages to the design team, I still enjoy drawing by hand. One of the benefits of putting pen to paper is that it encourages your train of thought. If there is a whiteboard in the room, you will usually find me using it!
I studied architecture in the UK, but started my career in Germany. It was there that I learned the importance of holistic thinking and integrated processes. I was seeking the challenge of learning a foreign language, but it also began an introduction to different languages of architecture.
My favourite object is my pre-war Rolleiflex camera. It embodies a compact form of precision engineering; not only does it look great, it is inherently user-friendly.