Shaun Lockyer, Director of the Australian architects Shaun Lockyer Architects talks about his key influencing elements in the Asia Pacific Region.
What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms?
Our design approach is underpinned by modernist values with a heavy focus on sustainability and lifestyle. We strive for our designs to be timeless such that they may transcend fashion and that the built outcome is ultimately a reflection of the clients’ personality.
What are the key influencing elements at present?
In the Asia Pacific region there is a very strong focus on the outdoor aspect of design, often informed by the qualities of resort architecture. This brings with it an attention to detail and sense of craft about how things are made. Our clients are focused on the intimate and sensitive aspects of design and want it to be more about lifestyle than pure aesthetics.
What sort of projects are you working on at the moment?
Our work is predominantly residential. Some of the projects we are busy with include:
• 2 x houses on Stradbroke Island (island off Queensland, Australia)
• Country estate in Kanungra (rural area in the Gold Coast hinterland)
• Brookfield House (modernist house in Brisbane)
• A number of inner city infill housing projects in Brisbane and surrounds
A designer’s work is so diverse – how do you manage to hold down a career and a life?
Apart from the obvious need to have regular downtime and exercise to refresh oneself, I annually travel abroad with my family where I combine relaxation and the study of architecture in areas of interest (Bali, Thailand, Japan, New Zealand and America).
Name 5 key essentials for 2012 and beyond.
Sustainability (social, environmental and financial)
Technology (in a production sense)
Social Media (how we keep informed on a global scale)
“Back to basics” (a focus on simplicity)
It’s all about people (clients, staff, builders, friends…)
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
How important do you feel Design Awards are as recognition of designers talents and achievements?
Irrespective of the quality of your work and the belief you have in what you do, everyone needs to know their work is appreciated. Awards are a great way of having your peers acknowledge what you have achieved.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
To continue to refine and improve on what we do and the way we do it.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
The car you drive?
Mazda CX7 Turbo Diesel
Your favourite place to travel to in the world?
Your favourite hotel/restaurant/bar?
Alila Villas, Ullawatu (Bali)
The place that gives you the most energy?
And the place that enables you to totally relax?
Your favourite food and drink?
Salmon & Chardonnay
Anything else interesting?