The Workspace Of An Architect: The Foundation Of Design And Personality

The Workspace of an Architect: The Foundation of Design and Personality

The Workspace of an Architect: The Foundation of Design and Personality

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Is your workspace so organized that your CAD layout includes the exact number of pens you have and where they belong? Do large piles of carpet and tile samples serve as a replacement for indoor vegetation? Is your workspace so clean that if your X-Acto knife slipped, and a doctor happened to be in the MPA office, your workspace could be used as a sterile surface for surgery? Are family photos arranged by prominent pantone colors?

Sitting down with MPA’s own Nate Turner, LEED AP ID+C, Jane Sullivan, IIDA, LEED AP and Tim Bailey, AIA, LEED BD+C,  we got the break-down of what their workspace says about their personality and style as architects and designers.

Describe your workspace in one word – GO!

  • Nate: “Kempt.”
  • Jane: “Clean! (Pre-clean-up = archeological sample site)”
  • Tim: “Greige. (A mixture of grey and beige)”

What does your desk say about you as an architect or designer?

  • Nate: “My space says that I’m aware of all things and their relevance from micro to macro perspectives.”
  • Jane: “That I am someone who can navigate layers of design issues.”
  • Tim: “That life (and design) is always constantly evolving. Change is good!”

What inspired you in your workspace?

  • Nate: “The abundance of tools.”
  • Jane: “A handful of bright colorful images and visually interesting samples.  Oh! And of course, my ‘leg lamp’!”
  • Tim: “Photos of some of my favorite places on the wall next to my monitor. Also, the view of the Boston skyline from my desk chair is a great inspiration.”

Does your desk reflect your design personality and style accurately? What specifically does that trick?

  • Nate: “The plethora of information at my fingertips: binders, books, media, technology, PEOPLE.”
  • Jane: “My desk is a design surprise! You can always find something interesting … a cool sample tile, glass panel or a wood sample!  It is the desk where things are happening!”
  • Tim: “My desk changes with mood, and so does my design.”

Is there a method behind the design and construction of your workspace?

  • Nate: “Construction was handed TO me, organization(s) made BY me. Order, order, order!”
  • Jane: “My method is all about time and abundance of projects.  Keep samples that are interesting and that have ‘sparkle’ … if it doesn’t work for one project it may be appropriate for another.”
  • Tim: “When I originally was placed in this workspace it was facing the wall, and not the window that faces the city, so I had to change that. The view inspires me. “