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■ Outside, changing exhibits interface with the water to interpret the Bay


What’s your philosophy? I believe in powerful architecture that moves people beyond the building itself. I’m drawn to how humans engage with architecture and make it their own after the architect’s work is done. I believe in a timeless, elegant architecture that responds directly to specifi c needs that can easily adapt to changing times.


Where do you get your inspiration? From my fascination with history and love of popular culture – and what seems relevant to my time. I work closely with clients and I get my inspiration from drawing out the essence of their mission and project and developing ideas from that. I’m most proud when my design ideas come directly from the people that commission me and moved when they take ownership of something we’ve developed jointly. I’m moved by craft, quality, developments in modeling and fabrication, lasting materials and the nuance of design.


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Who do you admire in architecture? I admire my mentors, who have believed in me. One of my heroes is the architect Louis Kahn, whose buildings continue to inspire me 40 years after his death.


Where’s your favourite place on earth?


In the passenger car compartment of a speeding train, glass of wine in hand, seeing the scenery pass by and hearing the locomotive’s whistle call to far away places. This could be in any country, at any time of year, and I will never tire of it.


What do you love most about your job?


All of the fabulous people I have met over the years doing my work. I have a large staff of incredibly talented and passionate individuals who have taught me a great deal over the years and helped me develop ideas and realise the work.


I also love the variety of our projects and clients and how that has allowed me to travel to new places.


And the least?


The administrative duties of running a practice and needing to get the work that feeds the machine. I also hate deadlines, yet my life is ruled by them.


Is EHDD currently working on any other leisure projects? We’re involved in a new project to house the decommissioned Space Shuttle En- deavour at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. We are also currently renovating the historic Toledo Zoo Aquarium in Ohio which is due to reopen in 2015. ●


From Leisure Management Issue 3 2013, p28


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