As a child I always loved the extremes of art and science, and being a typical boy taking things apart and trying to figure out how to put them back together again! Buildings fascinated me in this aspect. I lived opposite a very modern award winning church in East Kilbride, Scotland and was inspired by how a building could be different, functional yet unique and have a personality of its own. I was driven by a desire to know how you could create something like that; this led me to want to be an architect from a very young age. Eventually I was taught at the Macintosh School of Architecture by the architect that designed the church.
What I am passionate about is combining my practical technical side with creativity to design an environment for my clients, that not only serves their requirements but is pleasurable and appeals to the emotions as well. Being a successful architect is all about the close working relationship you have with your client - I really enjoy meeting new people and getting to understand their needs, dreams and desires and creating a building that will be enjoyed for many years to come.
When it comes to domestic projects, as a family man with two young boys to run around after, I completely understand what a modern family is looking for. It is important not only to have a lovely home in the right location, but with the space and design to meet your practical requirements. I work closely with my clients to fully understand how to combine their practical, creative and emotive needs to design the ideal environment that will be called ho me. Having turned my own home, a rundown 1930s house in West Wimbledon into a family home for my wife and children, what drives me is to see my clients gaining as much enjoyment from their homes as I do from mine.