Q. How long have you been working in design and where did you start?
A. I have been working in Hospitality Design for over 25 years. My design career started in London working on large international hotel projects and I have been both an in house and independent consultant working in the Europe, North America and Australasia.
Q. What design has made a lasting impression on you?
A. Budget is not always the greatest restriction, some of the most commercially successful projects I have been involved have had very small budgets but still managed to achieve significant benefit to business.
Q. Favourite project you have been part of?
A. My favourite project has to be the Forsyth Barr Stadium. Being the first covered stadium in New Zealand, the project has 35 F&B outlets, including a large production kitchen. The Dorchester, The Peninsula Hong Kong and the first Langham are up there too!
Q. Favourite design and why?
A. My favourite design has to be the old red telephone box (Sir Giles Gilbert Scott), its iconic and probably the most used interior space for all social architecture activities!
Q. Most influential designer to you?
A. Sir Terrence Conran would be the most influential designer to me, with businesses ranging from the Habitat, high street homewares chain to Conran Design Group to successful restauranteur. Using his skill of design to create business opportunities leading to his love of food and restaurant operation.
Q. What’s your best design lesson?
A. Two ears and one mouth, use them wisely