Andrew Ferris of Andrew Ferris Drafting & Design is a specialist in planning development applications. He brings 24 years of experience to the table with a passion for improvement to the planning system at local and State levels. He has served on the Committee of Management since October 2014. His focus on the BDAV Committee lies in the ‘nitty-gritty’ issues that affect the daily issues of designers and protecting our livelihood.
Q: What is/are your favourite project/s that you have worked on, and why? A: My favourite project thus far is a rural home under construction at the moment. The introduction with the client began with, “before you answer (to accept the job), I loved the thunderbirds when I was a kid and I have two helicopters, so I want a thunderbird themed house with an almost hidden door underneath so the helicopters can come out”. From that moment, that gentleman became a very good client. There was a lot of obstacles with respect to engineering, topography and geotechnical issues on the site, but these challenges added to the interest to the project. Q: To date, my biggest business/design challenge has been? A: Our firm specializes in planning applications for units, apartments and townhouses. The million dollar question for my clients is how much the project is going to cost so they can work out the viability of the project. Without a full set of architecturals, engineering, energy, soil, etc, a builder can really only provide an estimate based on square metre rates. By this time, they have committed to the project, and the hidden surprises that come with it. The wide range of builders’ quotes can compound the problem.
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Q: My favourite finish is? A: I don’t think anything beats natural stone and timbers. Q: The architectural style of the home I grew up in? A: A western red cedar cabin, which was quickly built up around, so looked out of character. Q: I joined the BDAV because? A: I wanted to be part of the discussion for the voices of building designers to be heard within the building industry. When it comes to building regulation and planning in particular, I believe discussion and opinion that drives change is too insular and political. It often starts with well-intended conversation and ideas, but leading to negative flow on affect and poor outcomes due to oversight. I think with some balanced opinion and discussion, we can swing the pendulum back toward giving designers the credit they deserve for improving our built form environment.
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