Architect and Senior Associate, Hon Diec, has worked at Scott Carver for three and a half years – all of which he confesses have been pretty ‘amazing’. For Hon, architecture is less about erecting buildings and more about the art of living, creativity, depth and integrity through architecture and design. Although Hon’s work is incredibly diverse – his ethos hasn’t changed since he first studied architecture, he’s constantly trying to solve the puzzle of bringing together aesthetics and functionality, so they sing beautifully together. Hon’s work is an ode to complex simplicity – he funnels his broad design knowledge and his imagination alongside his team of colleagues to create spaces we love to be in. We caught up with Hon to find out a bit more about what inspires him, what design really means to him and what first inspired him many years ago to study architecture and make it his lifelong passion.
1. Tell us about your time at Scott Carver?
Originally a Senior Design Architect when I first started at Scott Carver, I became Senior Associate two years ago. As a Senior Associate, my role is to lead design projects, interpret the design vision and translate our clients’ needs into architecture. Scott Carver gives me the opportunity to think creatively and work with an amazing team of colleagues while delivering our clients’ needs.
2. What are you passionate about?
In my work and in my personal life my passions are the same: Creativity. Originality. Depth. Integrity. And complex simplicity!
3. What does good design mean to you?
It’s not easy to define design as ‘good’ or ‘bad’. To me, good design brings positive energy into the lives of those who experience it. Good design is about more than appearance – it’s about purpose and meaning. In architecture, I believe good design is about ideas; ideas that originate from the context, culture and character of the location. Good architecture should meet the needs of the space in which it exists.
4. What inspires you the most?
Love. It defines everything I do. Life, art and architecture wouldn’t be much without love.
5. What projects are you most proud of at Scott Carver so far?
I am proud of all our projects. Each building in the Scott Carver portfolio is unique and responds well to its environment. Personally, I’m proud of the relationships I have formed with our clients over the years. Clients play a role in the outcome of every project and working with a diverse range of clients has given me valuable career experience.
6. What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like catching up with friends for coffee or a beer. If I have more spare time, I make my own clothes. And family is important. I spend a lot of time staying in touch with my family.
7. Your guilty pleasure?
Dancing like nobody is watching!
8. What values do you admire the most at Scott Carver?
Scott Carver is made up of a team of unique individuals and we are encouraged to think creatively and be ourselves. This open approach provides a platform for everyone to grow professionally. I learn something new at work every day.
9. What do you love most about what you do?
I love problem solving. Design is about solving problems. Good design is often complex and I enjoy the process of finding how to bring together the functionality and aesthetics of the building design. If architecture were easy, that would take away half the challenge.
10. And the best thing about working at Scott Carver?
I like the freedom of ideas that flows at Scott Carver. Architects are allowed to think outside the box. Creativity needs space and Scott Carver allows space for everyone to contribute. I enjoy the teamwork at Scott Carver. Specialised groups focus on specific tasks and work in parallel with the design team. As an architect – this is a great, dynamic experience.
11. What first inspired you to study architecture?
At school, I was always trying to create something. At university, I studied fashion and architecture. My father convinced me that architecture was the right way to go. He said that buildings last longer than clothes. He was right! Fashion changes. Good building design lasts forever.
12. How has working for Scott Carver had influence over your style as an architect?
While being at Scott Carver, my style has evolved. For me, consistency is important as an architect. The ideas that guide my work are solid but adaptable. I like design to be assertive, but not aggressive. Architecture is personal to everyone. Design should focus on action rather than argument. I want people to notice my work. People can love my buildings or hate them, but the worst thing is to be invisible.