Senior Landscape Architect Rohit Iyer has been part of the Scott Carver team for the last three years - a role while takes his design thinking and turns it into wonderful landscape environments. Rohit is responsible for the leading and management of projects at the company as being an active contributor to Business Development and Client Relations for the firm. For Rohit, landscape architecture design is more than just work - he is fascinated by the affects beautiful landscapes can have on the mental and physical health of people. We caught up with Rohit to find out what challenges him the most, how he loves to unwind and what success really means to him.
Hi Rohit, what are you most passionate about?
Landscape and people. The affect beautiful landscapes can have on the mental and physical health of people is something which provides me with the drive to continually aim for the ‘perfect’ design. A design which achieves a social benefit to the community, a beautiful aesthetic quality, and finally a design which provides an ecological benefit or offset to the local flora and fauna of the site and its context.
What does good design mean to you?
Good design for me contains three key elements: Aesthetics + beauty, promoting social activity and engagement and lastly providing an ecological benefit to the natural environment.
What inspires you the most?
People and projects that continually push the boundaries showing how we can design for human adaptation and evolution, whilst advocating beautiful design. There are three main sources within my realm of inspiration. The first is the design ethos of Japanese designers and architects, which results in stunning simplicity. The way they can design in a contemporary and flexible way, within such limited spaces, is something that inspires me daily. Secondly, from a Landscape Architectural point of view, the amazing work of James Corner and his ability to layer a design and its associated landscape processes to achieve the highest quality outcome for both people and nature (equally). By doing this he creates some of the most iconic public spaces in the world. Finally, the work of Creative Directors such as Virgil Abloh who has worked in a variety of fields from directing music videos, and fashion design through to furniture design. He’s someone who inspires me to constantly to think outside-the-box, and continue to ask questions of what is ‘conventional,’ as well as how we can turn it into something special.
What projects are you most proud of at Scott Carver for far?
I’m proud of all of the projects I’ve been involved with here at Scott Carver. The design firm has given me a role in which my design thinking can be expressed in all my projects. Some key projects include 100 Christie Street in St Leonards, which was a concept that included a new public park and the pedestrianisation of local laneways and streetscapes. South Village in Kirrawee is the largest mixed-use development I’ve ever been involved with and is currently in construction. Finally, the numerous design competitions I‘ve been involved with. I am proud to say I have been a part of each and every one of them.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy reading design, fashion and landscape magazines to see what is happening around the world, which helps me to wind down. My form of stress relief is going to a Parramatta footy game and venting my frustrations at the referee and opposing sides, especially when not justified… always works a treat!
Your guilty pleasure?
Biscuits - of any kind, anywhere. If there are biscuits… I’ll be there!
What brand values do you admire the most at Scott Carver? Why?
Collaboration is the key value which makes Scott Carver special to me. To be in an office working alongside Architects, Urban Designers and Interior Designers really furthers collaboration and understanding between disciplines.
What do you love most about what you do?
The freedom to work on different projects simultaneously, the freedom to manage my own projects and the freedom to showcase my design thinking in all aspects of the process. Landscape is the feel good story and it’s great to feel good about what you do.
And the best thing about working at Scott Carver?
The landscape team. It’s the greatest team to be involved with and definitely a bunch of people who I consider friends for life.
What first inspired you to study Landscape architecture?
Actually, I wanted to be an architect, but something changed when I did work experience in a landscape firm back in high school. The idea of designing space rather than the built form itself got me more excited about landscape and the natural world.
How has working at Scott Carver influenced your style as a Landscape architect?
It’s helped me branch out into other disciplines and learn about good architecture and urban design. This has influenced my design and I now consider built form much more.
What is your design approach?
When I approach a project, once I am happy with a design, I will revisit the scheme and start pushing certain areas from good and compliant design into thinking what would the project look like without any constraints at all. This helps me find the balance between the two whilst also making sure the projects I do work on are continually pushing beyond conventional design.
What does success mean to you?
Happiness. If you’re happy then you are more than likely successful in whatever it is you are doing in life.
What tool, object or ritual could you not live without in your work day?
My morning coffee, my 90’s Hip Hop playlist on Spotify and a beer and slice of pizza at Frankies Pizza after work!
Your favourite thing about your workspace?
The energy of our landscape bay in the office. We work hard and play hard and it results in an incredible energy and willingness to help each other out to make sure we all get over the line.
What’s the biggest overall lesson you’ve learnt since working at Scott Carver?
Never turn down an opportunity and never back away from a challenge, because the fear of failure is countered by the encouraging culture within the office. We are encouraged to push boundaries and in order to do that, you need to find out what works and what doesn’t. It’s the only way to get better as a designer.