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


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. “