Name: Kobi karp
Company: Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design Inc.
Position within company: Principal in Charge
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I was in born in 1962. I graduated from Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota with two degrees a Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design.
How would you describe your personal design style?
“Our design philosophy is to create thoughtful and soul-reaching experiences that are inspirational through architecture psychologically, sociologically, environmentally and emotionally”
Where does your design inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from the surroundings and existing conditions of the site, the needs and affordability of the client, everything is considered when designing and each project is different. The ultimate goal is to provide and inspirational experience.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Design is going in the right direction. Architectural design is becoming broader, more open-minded, and is incorporating sustainable issues and technology comprehensively and functionally creating value to the community and society.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2019 and beyond.
History, environment, function, aesthetics, and how the project is experience.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
“Building green saves money over an extended period of time. Things like shadow boxes, deep terraces, solar protection, glazing systems for glass façades more than pay for themselves.” KK
How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
Design Awards are an amazing way for our work to be judged and recognized by the world’s most popular and influential architecture and design magazine. Additionally, it is important to recognize beautiful, functional, and innovative projects around the world. This platform is an opportunity for designers, to come together and inspired each other while recognizing the best of us.
What projects are you currently working on?
We are currently working on many exciting projects. One of them is Bahia Mar, a mixed-use project with residential buildings totalling 1 million -square-feet nestled into a waterfront village. Bahia Mar will also host the annual Fort Lauderdale boat show.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
Continue doing what I do. I love what I do with all its challenging’s and rewards.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:
Your most treasured possession?
My two sons
Your favourite holiday destination?
Anywhere with a nice beach.
Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?
Four Seasons Hotel at the SurfClub
Your favourite book, film & song?
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, Gone with the Wind, Forever Young
Your favourite food and drink?
Mediterranean Food and Grapefruit Juice
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
Watching the Sunset
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
Anything else interesting?