When you run out of inspiration, what do you do?
Like all people, some days I feel less motivated; but I don’t have too much trouble with inspiration. I don’t believe that inspiration is the real fuel for creativity. Inspiration seems precious, like a non-renewable resource; but creativity is fueled less by inspiration and more by observation. Opening our eyes to the world around us is less daunting. When in doubt, I create something - a drawing, writing, a scale model. Then I observe it and decide what to do next.
How has technology changed your job?
The worst part is that I spend too much time with email and not enough time thinking and drawing. The best part is that we have access to all of these advanced tools and techniques. We can 3D print a chair and then evaluate an actual object. For spaces, we can create very life-like environments in photo-realistic renderings and in virtual reality. These tools help us work more quickly and are a tremendous asset when communicating our vision to our clients.
What does design mean to you?
Design is the creation of things that are beautiful, a narrative, and is good for business. Everything man-made is designed on some level - why not try to make them as best we can?