To understand how designers keep ahead of the pack, we asked four Buchan creatives to comment on the year ahead.
Anna Meszaros, masterplanner and Associate (Perth)
Simon Gregory, architect and Managing Principal (London)
Elisa Gagliardi, interior designer and Associate (Melbourne)
Anthony Rawson, experiential graphic designer and Senior Associate (Brisbane).
What’s in for 2018…
Anna: Bringing a fresh perspective to developments, unlocking their potential to enhance the environment, regenerating communities and increasing return on investment.
Simon: User immersion, flexible spaces and food, food, food!
Elisa: Creating a stronger customer experience and mix of different offers that work and complement each other.
Anthony: Creating experiences with inherent purpose, valuing the quality and contribution of the design over novelty.
How does sustainability fit in…
Anna: Having an informed and progressive technical understanding of sustainability principles and the effects on the built environment allows us to masterplan sustainable communities to improve wellbeing, the work place and urban lifestyles.
Simon: Researching and sourcing sustainable materials and finishes is paramount in the early stages of the project. Discussing it with the client and maintaining a consistent approach imbeds it into the project – rather than tacking something on at the last minute.
Elisa: Taking the green approach. Designing quality public spaces that maximise energy efficiency, specifying reclaimed or recycled materials, planning for energy-efficient lighting, and using non-toxic and non-polluting products.
Anthony: Many experiential pieces are digital in application, so they can take advantage of ever-more efficient computing and light sources. But, more recently the most notable experiential work has also added to built environment re-use projects, and created a more effective use of public space and sustainable infrastructure such as public transport.
What are your sources of inspiration…
Anna: Travelling and immersing myself in the local culture. Travel sparks the imagination and gives us greater perspective and empathy. It helps us understand the importance placemaking has in shaping our future.
Simon: Walking around cities and towns taking in the colours, sounds and shapes.
Elisa: Global travel – experiencing different cultures and fashion.
Anthony: People, art and design at every scale.
Best design tip…
Anna: Seeing the bigger picture also means looking ahead. We need to be deeply conscious of the impact that today’s decisions have on communities in the years to come. We need to ensure the future is always part of our design thinking which ultimately has extensive wider social and economic benefits.
Simon: Remaining flexible and adaptable as things change in the blink of an eye.
Elisa: Keeping it simple, well-detailed and relevant for the end user.
Anthony: New problems usually turn out to be old problems in disguise.
What should clients embrace?
Anna: The belief that the quality of our surroundings directly influences the quality of our lives and this should inform the whole project.
Simon: Going against what they would ‘normally do’.
Elisa: Being a little different and taking some risk with design- challenging and bending of the rules.
Anthony: The value of subjective experiences, big and small.
When I go to sleep I dream of…
Anna: Definitely my next travel experience. Dining at Sushi Jiro, Bilbao, or cycling! Its about seeking knowledge and inspiration to inform our lives.
Simon: Playing golf……oops, I mean architecture and design.
Elisa: My next holiday……. referring back to my source of inspiration.
Anthony: I try to dream of our current design challenges — but, often wind up dreaming of recent solutions.