THE BUILDERS CHOICE profile
Up Close + Personal with Architect
David Barr What made you decide to go into architecture as a career? Even as a child I was fascinated with creating, building and solving problems. By the time I was in year 10 at high school, I had decided to undertake my mandatory work experience at Brian Klopper's architectural studio in North Fremantle. After working on a large A0 drawing board tracing floor plans of the restoration work to the old Salvation Army Building, followed by working on site as a labourer, I was well and truly hooked. From that moment forward, I decided to pursue the path of becoming an architect. Why did you decide to start your own business? After studying for five years, I developed a strong passion for architecture, beyond it being merely work. For me, it also became a hobby and a constant pursuit of learning. I felt that in such a creative industry I needed to pursue my
own ideas and aspirations, and the way to achieve this was through the commencement of my own practice. Before embarking on this journey, I had worked for three design-focused practices â€“ two in Western Australia and one in Barcelona in Spain. As well as day-to-day practice, I took on sessional teaching positions at Curtin University and at the University of Western Australia. The diverse roles of practice and teaching provided me with varying insights as to how to procure work, manage clients and practice architecture. After several years of gaining
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Concurrently, we analyse the site and context for existing conditions such as topography and climate responses, while also gaining an understanding of local materials and recognising authority constraints, examining benchmark projects, and liaising with clients, builders and consultants â€“ all in an attempt to create and develop the most appropriate solutions for a project.
experience, I decided in 2011 to take a few projects that I had been moonlighting with in the How would you describe more recent years of working for your signature style? others, and formulate my own The practice does not have a style practice as 'David Barr Architect'. as such, but rather a methodology for approaching each project. What is your approach to We have strong aspirations or your projects? threads that consider the quality Each and every project is unique, of light in a space, and the with each one having a client, a manner in which the light project brief, program, budget and interacts with the material that site. These aspects are all tackled has been rigorously selected and through a series of methodical composed for a space. The processes and research that combination of the manipulation provides us with enough of the light quality and the information to make carefully material sensibility formulate considered decisions that enable spatial atmospheres that evoke the design to flourish. feelings within the occupants.