For the Love of Design:
The Architects Behind the Work
The ability to bring a dream home to life, first on paper and then as a living breathing part of the landscape, is what defines greatness in the world of Architecture and Architectural design. A master at his craft, Architect Frank Lloyd Wright exemplified this philosophy with his world famous organic architecture. Wright’s Fallingwater, a perfect merging of art and nature, was designed in 1935 and has been labelled the best all-time work of American architecture. Fallingwater, located in Pennsylvania, continues to astound and awe to this day.
The journey to greatness often starts from humble beginnings and is paved with hard work, dedication and a passion for creating masterpieces that were first born in the imagination. Such is the case for multi-award winning Architect Bill Hicks who was encouraged to study Architecture by his supportive wife. At the University of Waterloo, he was inspired by fellow students who were studying Architecture and decided to make the switch from Biomedical Engineering in his second year. As he began his studies he recalls a professor expressing his passion for the profession by saying, “You don’t work in this field from 9-5. You live it every day and it is with you everywhere you go. If you aren’t prepared to do that, then Architecture isn’t for you.” Hicks agrees, “You have to love what you do to be in this profession, and to be successful – you have to love it every day.”
The heart of any project is the client and the client’s vision. Clients come to an Architect, or an Architectural Designer, with their dream in one hand and immense passion for seeing their dream home come to life in the other. Hicks divulges that his secret to success is, “My ability to really listen to my clients and to hear what it is they want from me. I play many roles through the duration of a project, such as business manager, project manager, legal advisor and even psychologist but the most important role is being an active listener. Delivering what the client wants is imperative to the success of the project, and the relationship.”
CLIENTS COME TO AN ARCHITECT, or an Architectural Designer, with their dream in one hand and immense passion for seeing their dream home come to life in the other.
A graduate of Mohawk College, celebrated local Architectural Designer David Carrothers knew he wanted to design homes from the time he was a young boy. Growing up in Winnipeg he witnessed the construction of his local Church and became enamoured with the way the Architect orchestrated the entire project. Through that experience, he knew he wanted to work in this exciting profession. Before starting his own company he worked for a large local builder. He spent 8 years gaining invaluable experience in all aspects of the business. When he started his own company, he grew slowly, starting with very small projects and eventually began taking on large residential and corporate clients. Similar to one of his greatest influencers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Carrothers aims to build homes that are in harmony with the site they sit on. He remarks, “My favourite part of the job is sitting down with my clients and seeing their faces light up when I reveal to them how we will bring their dream home to life. Watching my clients fall in love with something that I have created out of thin air, is magical.”
Similar to one of his greatest influencers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Carrothers aims to build homes that are in harmony with the site they sit on.
A DESIRE TO ACHIEVE GREATNESS IS NOT A PATH YOU CHOOSE, IT IS A PATH THAT CHOOSES YOU when an unbelievable sense of passion drives everything you do.
To really stand out in this business you have to anticipate market needs, and be able to deliver on those needs regardless of the presenting challenges.”
Changes in the industry are happening fast. The level of service provided is vital to both longevity and level of success you are able to achieve. In the future, to become a top Architect will require the ability to manage many aspects of the business such as finance, law, interior design and project management. Assisting clients through all stages of the process will be the differentiating factor between those who make it and those who don’t. There are also many advances when it comes to technology. Currently, the most significant advancement is the introduction of 3D models and printers. Having the ability to show your client a 3D model is rapidly becoming the expectation.
A desire to achieve greatness is not a path you choose, it is a path that chooses you
when an unbelievable sense of passion drives everything you do. Frank Lloyd Wright created his legacy with memorable homes and buildings from the beginning of his career to his final project, the incredible Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The legacy of Carrothers and Hicks is deeply routed in their dedication to their communities and creating inspiring structures that enhance modern life. The secret to success of this magnitude is simple – love what you do and to keep moving forward.