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Val Kopeva
Master of Architecture
Bachelor of Design 
(Architectural Studies)

 

"I believe Architectural practice as we know it will experience a radical change. "

Val Kopeva

Val Kopeva

Where did you study?

QUT 

What made youwant to do architecture?

I have always had a passion for Art. Architecture appears to me as an artistic playground on a grand scale. 

Who/what is your design inspiration?

There are many. However, Roy Grounds would probably be on the top of the list. I just admire how raw, simple and at the same time sublime his designs are. 

What are you excited about for the future of architecture and design?

New digital software developments, as long as we are able to keep up with their rapid growth. I would like to see where the BIM and Rendering software’s will get to in next 20 years. I believe Architectural practice as we know it will experience a radical change. 

 

What is your favourite part of the Red Door studio?

We have a great, open minded and friendly team. I have no trouble expressing myself, when at work, which I believe is crucial in any creative environment. 

All-time favourite film?

Nostalghia by Andrei Tarkovsky. This film pioneered in photomontage but it is not the best part of it. The way the director plays with time, scale and human perception of space is incredible. 

Best hot tip for Brisbanites? Place/restaurant/cool park?

Tippler’s Tap in Newstead.

Your favourite building?

Reichstag Dome by Norman Foster. It is not a building per say, it is more of a retrofit. However, I like Foster’s idea of combining history and innovation instead of avoiding that mixture of styles. I believe it is a great way to prevent demolition of heritage buildings and still allow space for innovation. 

The Reichstag dome, Berlin  Image from: http://sankaart.blogspot.com.au/2010/09/berlin-norman-foster-reichstag.html

The Reichstag dome, Berlin 

Image from: http://sankaart.blogspot.com.au/2010/09/berlin-norman-foster-reichstag.html