I am a qualified Interior Architect .
To actively design intricate spaces with attention to detail and user reinterpretations on a larger scale - is something I look forward to within my career.
An opportunity as an external sales executive arose - allowing me to represent products and services to all professionals within the built-environment; who I am fortunate enough to meet. It became evident that the industry was (and is still) suffering. Be it the recession - making people more cautious about spending their money; or be it too many designers for too few clients? So many more questions, which I do not have the answers to.
The years spent at university are held dear to this day. What I did not know at the time, was that a burning desire to know more about design was being developed within my mind - more specifically towards Interior Architect's meaning and possibilities within life. A desire to exceed the norm, and become a part of something greater than what the world had expected.
Responsibilities occupy most of my time and money, leaving me broke and exhausted. Stuck within an ugly loop. Is this what it means to be alive; Disconnected pieces all mushed together?
Family (personal relationships you cherish)
Personal (knowledge, health, interest, music, aspirations)
There seems to be not enough time to sufficiently invest in either one of those categories. I am searching for the balance in which all categories are actively accommodated for, within daily living.
I am priviledged to be employed at an exciting company, indirectly assiting me to reach a better understanding about the building industry. I love what I do. However, I have depleted most online platforms for daily inspirations, as well as finding pleasant visual distractions from reality for sufficient dreaming. Frustration creeped in faster than expected - as design analysis was limited to only the visual ques I was able to assume from each carefully staged image.
Without stabilised funds, it is difficult becoming involved with any professional body for representation, support, and a community to feel a part of.
iid - The African Institute of Interior Design Professions
IFI - International Federation of Interior Architects / Designers ( representing idda on a global scale)
iida - International Interior Design Association
SACAPSA - South African Council for the Architectural Profession
PIA - Pretoria Institue of Architecture
GBCSA - Green Building Council of South Africa
SAIA - South African Institue of Architecture
The world needs change.
Even though money is a necessary commodity, it still does not mean you should be breathing for the sole purpose of earning more.
The concept is to inspire critical thinking, while keeping an Open Mind.
To share knowledge with one another, on an Open Source principle.
Nothing's potential can be fully understood, without honouring each individual's developing passion and input on the topic.
The concept is about understanding critical thinking within both practice and theory, while keeping a balanced lifestyle.
To inspire you to lead change within your immediate contexts.
Design is beautiful, with its roots in everything. From pen and paper, to our cultural and habitual routines. With its complexity, it is easy to feel left behind, lost, confused, and even irrelevant.
Here, is a virtual studio on which insight can be developed, shared and challenged.
As sharing of knowledge, allows for faster development and growth.
And who doesn't like making friends from across the globe?
Welcome to i n t e r p r i o r i t y .
All I know is that I cannot sit and do nothing while this unbalance keeps hindering the possibility of design vs. daily living. What is currently happening with the industry? Why did the deciding factor end up on cost instead of quality and value. Have they not figured out that it should not be about the money?
I believe, it should be about the quality and meaning of living; inspired through design. Of course, keeping the client's brief, identity and relevant budget and other restrictions in mind. Surely, transparency regarding limmitations and restrictions can lead to exciting innovation?
What was the concept behind each composition?
Why did the individual choose that angle/ filter/ focus/ perspective?
What had influenced their choice of colour and material palettes and moodboards?
What did their concept development drawings look like?
What had inspired their way of thinking?
What is the individual's personal opinion on life as a creative?
How long did it take to complete the project from design development to final installation and implementation?
If there were any implications - what were they, and how did you resolve them? and how would you do things differently in the future?
How did they want to influence the end user through that particular composition?
What did they want to inspire?
A particular experience.
Display a Narrative.
Fulfill a particular function or purpose only.
Attention to detail.
What I miss most, is the constructive, dinstinctive, and objective driven learning, exercised within a studio environment:
Theoretical challenges to inspire critical (problem solving) thinking.
Having a comfortable space to play, explore, analyse and develop design - individually as well as within a group (team.)
When you had an opinion - you had better made sure it could be substantiated : what had influenced and inspired that way of thinking?
Precedent studies analysis, providing valid reasoning for the particular placement of a design feature.
Displaying the correct critical reasoning required within a theoretical composition analysing the interior's significant other.
Doing feasibility studies about the dimensions within sustainability (social, economical, environmental and personal.)
The following platforms are only a few of the many I have been a part of and frequently observing :
Life of an Architect