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ARCHITECT FOCUS


■ The design of The Standard has won awards including a National Design Award from the Society of American Registered Architects


allows the building to use less energy. With a nice tight wall construction, the mechanical equipment doesn’t have to work so hard to control the variations in temperature and humidity.


What reactions have you had to the museum’s design? It seems to be doing what we wanted. People get inspired when they see it.


Who do you admire in architecture? Mostly dead architects, I’m afraid! Eero Saarinen, who was a Finnish/American architect in the 1950s and 1960s, is a strong infl uence. He did some rather amazing buildings such as Dulles International Airport in the US and also designed the Gateway Arch in St Louis. He was extraordinarily talented – his architecture is very thoughtful and beautiful.


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What do you love about your job? I love to make things. You can think up an idea, and then make it. That’s very rewarding. Sometimes it doesn’t work out the way you want, and sometimes it does, but it’s a joy to try.


And what do you enjoy the least? Probably clients who don’t want to understand the bigger ideas. Small thinkers. I suffer fools badly.


Where do you get your inspiration? It comes from whatever context I’m working in. The context in the case of the Natural History Museum of Utah was complex, and was about the land and the people. If I’m working in New York, it’s about the city and how people engage with it. The inspiration always comes from people and the context.


Where is your favourite place? I love the sea. I have always sailed and it’s a fabulous thing. The ground is always moving and you can go anywhere you want in the world – it’s a highway to everywhere. There’s something upside down about it; everything takes place underneath the surface. ●


✪ ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Magali Robertson is managing editor of Leisure Management magazine. EMAIL:


magali@leisuremedia.com TEL: +44 (0)1462 431385


From Leisure Management Issue 3 2012, p36


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