What sparked your interest in architecture?
As a child growing up in a small countryside village and spending family holidays between the rugged hills of Cumbria – with Hadrian’s wall – and the medieval castles of the South of France, I became acutely aware of the landscape around me and the architectural fragments that we leave in these places. It is these visible (and intangible) fragments of history within which we live and interact that provides my inspiration to create and design buildings, with an aim to contribute my own historic fragment, to tell a story, much as those ancient buildings do.
What advice would you give anyone starting in the profession today?
Get out while you can… No, seriously, it’s a daunting and long process from day one as a fresher to finally becoming a registered Architect. It requires a lot of discipline and determination to get there. However, during the process you develop a lot of transferrable skills and make a lot of friends, it’s not all hard work! If I had to give one piece of advice it would be this: manage your time, plan and work within your limits and target key tasks, you can’t do everything. Finally, have conviction in your ideas.
How do you see the industry evolve in the next 3-5 years?
As it was with Autocad, it is with BIM: it has been a slow process, but the adoption of BIM across the profession is gaining momentum. With the key consultants in the design team now utilising BIM software for most projects, this is becoming a much more unified tool, which is already showing benefits in terms of efficiencies. As with Autocad, this won’t be the final iteration as our industry is developing incredibly fast. It’s exciting to see tools such as the 3D printing of construction components and VR visualisation becoming available. Beyond five years from now, it is hard to see how technology will continue to transform the profession.
What do you enjoy most in your work?
Every day brings a new challenge, it is this problem solving aspect alongside the ability to be creative that keeps me excited about my work. The contrast between the everyday nuts and bolts tasks of running a project in comparison with the design and conceptualisation of inhabited space provides constant variety.