Congratulations on the green light for Ballarat GovHub! Tell us a bit about how your career has led you to this point.
I’ve been interested in the built environment from an early age. My family home had been designed based on good passive design principles – it was through a fascination with this that I knew I wanted to study architecture and learn about all that good design seeks to offer. After graduating from university, I realised that the skills I learned could be a powerful tool in helping people improve the conditions of their surroundings, and therefore the quality of their lives.
Living and working in London for 10 years (for multi-disciplinary firm Arup Associates) I’ve been fortunate to work on projects in many parts of the world – from the British Sky Broadcasting Headquarters in London to a new National Stadium for Saudi Arabia. But I’ve always had the aspiration to work on a significant project in my home town. The Ballarat GovHub is a remarkable opportunity to be involved with a project that is a great marker of civic value.