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Master of Architecture
Bachelor of Design (Architectural Studies)
"I’ve started to draw a lot more inspiration from local architects that design with a strong emphasis on climatic response and context."
Where did you study?
How long have you been with Red Door Architecture?
I’ve been working with Peter Willis on and off for over 4 years now
What made you want to do architecture?
I enjoyed Graphics at school and I’ve always had a spatial and visual mind. Plus I had a horrible Math B teacher in year 11, so that turned me off Engineering
Who/what is your design inspiration?
Louis Kahn’s monumental design style influenced a lot of university projects. As I’ve aged, I’ve started to draw a lot more inspiration from local architects that design with a strong emphasis on climatic response and context.
What are you excited about for the future of architecture and design?
Re-use and refurbishment of urban buildings, creating new spaces out of space/material/planning/structural constraints that often lead to more interesting outcomes than a fresh build. As well as the challenge of creating high density urban architecture that helps to foster better communities
What is your favourite part of the Red Door studio?
Our office is always a pleasure to work in. Both the people, fit out and the culture that has been created combine to make an inspiring and enjoyable work environment
Best hot tip for Brisbanites? Place/restaurant/cool park?
Lefty's Old Time Music Hall on Caxton Street is definitely the best place to have fun on a night out these days. Best local beer goes to Newstead Brewing Co.'s Golden Ale, that stuff is ridiculously tasty
Your favourite building?
It’s not a building, but the High Line public park on the west side of Manhattan is probably the most inspired piece of public architecture of recent times. It was an absolute experience to wander through the built environment of New York at an elevated level, as the park has been created on top of a historic rail line. It is a must see if you ever visit New York. And when you arrive at the park’s end, you can enjoy an apple pie thickshake at the Chelsea markets
All-time favourite film?
Aliens. It’s a flawless action/sci-fi/horror movie, my older brother even recorded it on cassette tape so we could listen to it on long car trips