Q: My favourite Australian building is?
Q: When I was a child I wanted to be?
A: I am not sure I can narrow down to one building in particular, although there are a good number which stand out in my mind. What makes a building stand out for me is not necessarily its architectural detail per say, is the context, views and environment in which it sits and how it makes me feel while occupying it. I also like to be practical, so if something looks good, but doesn’t work for the use its intended, it’s not good design in my view. There are a number of industrial inspired wineries through the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula that stand out for me that combine a lot of my interests.
A: An architect! I went through a latter deviation to a helicopter pilot, then industrial designer, but came back to my original goal!
Q: My favourite international building is?
Q: My life in 4 words?
A: In light of the above comments, there can be really no surprise that Frank Lloyd Wrights’, ‘Falling Water’ takes the mantle as a building that sits within its environment, combining stone and timber! Designed in 1935, it could have been built today. Could we argue how we always go back to nature, or how little we have come in design?
A: ‘Busy, balanced, equitable, taxed.
Q: Outside of work, I am passionate about? A: I love motorsport, AFL (Hawthorn), and getting outdoors. Q: At the moment I am reading? A: ‘The subtle art of not giving a f@ck’ – well we need to find our inner peace when dealing with planning don’t we?
Q: My words of wisdom for a student building designer are? A: Try to get onto sites and learn how buildings are put together, what issues happen on site and how problems are solved. Taking on an attitude that everything you draw matters, and every project needs to be better than your last will drive you in the right direction. Every mark you put on a piece of paper is a message and has an intended meaning. Understand why a note or detail is put on a drawing, and think about what you are trying to convey to a trade/person, and this will make you a better designer and communicator.
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