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There is always something new to investigate, something to solve, and every time you finish a project you’re richer


emphases. I’m of course speaking from the point of view of an Italian in London, but it is very rare to find a practice here without people from another country.


WHAT WILL THE NEXT “BIG THING” BE IN THE INDUSTRY? Technology and automation will become more and more integrated into buildings. It’s already happening of course, and I see it picking up pace. This will create its own challenges, as I don’t think everyone is ready to fully embrace buildings with more and more automation yet. There aren’t a lot of people in the industry at the moment who have a full understanding of how to


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integrate all the different systems, like security, into a building, but we are definitely on our way there.


HOW CAN YOU SEE AN ARCHITECT’S ROLE CHANGING IN THE NEAR FUTURE? We’ll have to be more like magicians! In all seriousness, our job is increasingly to be the leader, to juggle, to combine and to oversee all the different elements and expertise coming together. It’s easy to say you want a certain look, but it's a different thing altogether to ensure that result is achieved. I think universities should focus on this


more, preparing the next generation for the practical challenges. Some courses are more technological than others depending on what you want to do as a professional. You may want to work more on interiors or concept, but having an understanding of construction is invaluable with the transition to the work environment.


HOW BIG AN EMPHASIS DO YOU PUT ON USING TECHNOLOGY WHEN DESIGNING BUILDINGS, OR DO YOU STILL USE A PENCIL?


It all started with pencils and it still goes on


with pencils. I of course now translate my sketches to CAD almost immediately because the detail is amazing, and otherwise you’d have to sit there for hours drawing. But for the initial thinking and coming up with a concept I still need a pencil in my hand.


DO YOU THINK THAT CLIENTS HAVE AN ACCURATE IDEA OF WHAT YOU DO? Commercial clients more so than private ones. There’s a lot more to what we do than just what the client sees. Behind each plan is hours of thinking, drawing, phone calls and meetings. We have to think of the building as an entity, effectively a machine, every part working with the rest. Occasionally a client can’t see how changing one thing has bigger knock-on effects.


WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR THIS YEAR AND BEYOND?


I hope to make the next step soon and take the lead on more projects in the not-too- distant future, but that all depends on how the firm reorganises around new projects. We’ll see, but hopefully soon! 


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