As a designer, I truly believe great design can be the most beautiful and simplistic thing in the world, I think it has the power the change, improve and revolutionise space and behaviour all starting with the humble pencil and a simple idea.
I love the famous quote by Henry Ford – “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” To me this sums up that as designers we need to push boundaries and see beyond what we currently have. This is true of Battersea Power Station, Jubilee Square and One Nine Elms, projects I am leading on: they are all really pushing the boundaries of design.
When all that colouring in gets too much, I love nothing more than to pack up, jump on a boat and meander around the south coast powered by the occasional gin. The winter is a bit trickier but you will likely find me in a field pleading with the dog to do what its told.
Watching those around me grow and develop into exceptional designers with incredible skill sets whilst remaining level headed and focused on the end user.
War and Peace by Tolstoy, started it in 2003 and currently powering through on page 126, poor Bezukhov.
The Old Fort pub in Seaview on the Isle of Wight, looking back towards the mainland. It reminds me how important it is to take in the whole picture.