In 1974 I left Munich’s “technische universitat” with a degree in architecture. One day after graduation I left Germany: I wanted to find the “meaning of life” in Canada’s far North as a homesteader, fisherman, bush pilot and tourist guide. Of course, I haven’t found it. In 1993 I opened my first architecture practice in Whitehorse, where I designed the Tr’ondek Hwech’in Cultural Centre, and designed buildings better adapted to the conditions of Canada’s North than generic imports from the South. I have also practiced in Italy, Romania, and now in southern British Columbia, and Nepal. I am still looking for illumination, but my efforts are getting less spectacular. My painting is part of this search.
At a young age, I went to France to study painting. I heard meaning, a construct of culture, coded in language. In 2009, I won a fellowship to research earth construction techniques in the Middle East, Africa, and South America. I witnessed the scope of the challenge humanity faces. I studied architecture at UBC in Vancouver and designed buildings in California and BC's interior before founding f2a with Florian. I meditate on the relationship between form and culture: between skateboard wheels and sculpted concrete under the metropolitan bridge. I understand structures and mechanisms through body awareness, the basis for my architecture.
Born in Canada, I grew up in Indonesia, and have also lived in England, Italy, Japan and Malta before heading to interior BC to join f2a. Exposure to diverse cultures and places has expanded my imagination and motivates my design thinking. After graduating with my master's degree, I spent the next few years rounding out my education as a carpenter, interior designer and then a cabinet maker working with my hands to physically join materials together with adhesives, tenons, screws, and nails. Craft continues to inform the way I approach design thinking and drawing. I work to create beautiful spaces and objects derived from a sense of humility, practicality, and simplicity.
Quinn is an architecture student at Dalhousie University working with f2a as a student intern. her current area of design study is integration of building design with site to minimize site disturbance. her master’s of architecture thesis will study cave vernacular houses to understand how our ancestors adapted to landscapes and created dwellings with minimal technology.
I grew up amongst the drafting tables and construction sites of a family design and construction business. After completing a master's degree in architecture at Dalhousie University in Halifax, I worked in prominent offices in Berlin, Montreal, Vancouver and Penticton. I am currently registered as an architect in Alberta. In my spare time, I enjoy rock climbing and ski touring. In the winters I occasionally work as a backcountry ski guide.