InterVIEW – Ingrid Hornung

BDAV Treasurer Interviewed

We profile, below, Ingrid Hornung, the BDAV’s current Treasurer. Ingrid is a building designer, and has been running Designs for You since 2002. She has served on the BDAV’s Committee of Management since October 2012.

We asked Ingrid:

Q: What is/are your favourite project/s that you have worked on, and why?
A: That’s like asking me to choose a favourite child! The most rewarding aspect of the projects I work on is making a positive difference in clients’ lives.

Q: To date, my biggest business/design challenge has been?
A: Walking the tight rope of growing a business that will last – there is always more to learn!

Q: My favourite finish is?
A: Timber – I can’t go past its beauty and versatility.

Q: The architectural style of the home I grew up in?
A: Brick veneer (it wasn’t as interesting as Howard Arkley made them look!)

Q: I joined the BDAV because?
A: As a sole trader embarking on my own business, I was looking for a professional organisation of designers to network with.

Q: My favourite Australian building is?
A: Here are two buildings that I find inspiring: Glenn Murcutt’s Australian Islamic Centre in Newport….. and Pholiota – an original (?) tiny house, that Marion Mahoney and Walter Burley Griffin built for themselves, in Eaglemont in 1920.

Q: My favourite international building is?
A: During my student years, I fell in love with Pierre Chareau’s Maison de Verre. It’s still hard to beat, for me.

Q: My words of wisdom for a student building designer are?
A: It will be worth everything you put into it (in other words, it’s up to you!)

Q: When I was a child I wanted to be?
A: A writer.

Q: Outside of work, I am passionate about?
A: Family, friends, coffee, reading…..

Q: At the moment I am reading?
A: I’m rediscovering The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie.

Q: My life in four words?
A: Only four!? – Okay: Caring, fortunate, design, laughter….

Ingrid Hornung
Ingrid Hornung