Mike has been the recipient of over 90 design awards including BDAV Building Design of the Year 2012, national and state awards in sustainable, residential, interior and commercial designs. A few pinnacles of his career to date have been the HIA-CSR Australian Home of the Year 2013 and his self-published book ‘Sustainable Clever Design’ www.cleverpublishing.com.au.
A: Batman House and our Clever Eco Series.
This project was for a builder’s own home. I always enjoy working with these projects as I enjoy stretching their skill sets beyond their horizons.
It was a great example of the client’s trust in our design and executing the build in strict accordance with our design details. I would love to live in this house myself; it’s contemporary, minimalist and oozes excitement.
The Clever Eco Series is something that we keep on fine tuning to optimise with what I phrase as “sustainable future-proofing contemporary, flexible residential design” encompassing what I have learned over the years. It is a project quite special to me and my team.
A: Probably the biggest challenge was when converted from pen to 3D cad in 1996!
Yep, that’s not 2D but all 3D back in ’96. Determined not to pick up the pen again and to stick it out with a mouse and computer.
A: There are many, but my favourite would have to be natural stone and timber used in contemporary forms. Natural materials simply do not date.
A: 70’s flat roofed rectangle with great views and lots of glazing – however all the glazing was southwards!
A: I met Sean Hamilton ex BDAV President back in 1996.
Sean was inspirational and it was an obvious choice to join a professional body with other like-minded persons. I was one of the first Tasmanians to join.
A: A residential building! ‘Berman House’ – Harry Seidler
A: Walt Disney Concert Hall – Frank Gehry
A: Never say or accept “you can’t do that” rather explore options and see where that may lead you.
Ask yourself, is there another way and keep an open mind together with respect for other views.
Chilled Form, Positive attitude, passion and good work ethics will take you where you wish to be – it’s up to you.
Why not take the vibe and give it no less than 100% (all in 3D BIMx mode I hope!)
A: A builder and a rock star.
Well I started playing guitar in pubs for various rock bands at 14 years old for 20+ years (aiding to my deafness). Early in my building career, it wasn’t long before I realised there must be an improved way to produce “better functioning buildings” that are responsive to suit our Australian climate zones and how I can make a difference on Australian soil.
A: Contemporary design of all forms.
A: My reading has recently switched to digital online architectural and design mediums.
A: Explore, chocolate, passion and design.