Associate | Project Leader
Since joining Scott Carver’s architectural team in 2014, Joseph has brought enthusiasm and versatility to all of his projects. He thrives in a creative environment and enjoys solving the myriad of challenges presented by an engaging design project, particularly when resolved through the innovative use of design tools that promote collaboration, thought and experimentation.
Q. What would you say has been your biggest design achievement to date, and how did you overcome the challenges you faced?
A. The biggest and most exciting design achievement of my career to date was my involvement in the Sydney Opera House Accessibility Masterplan – producing the strategic plan to upgrade accessibility compliance in the Opera House. Although it is a design project outside of typical architectural practice, it was an exciting and humbling experience to study and investigate one of the world’s most significant buildings. Working with the design team and consultants to propose innovative and appropriate architectural interventions to improve access to the Opera House has been one of my most exciting learning experiences in architecture. Challenges of program, heritage and planning were addressed and overcome through a truly collaborative approach. Throughout this project I gained a greater understanding of the value of research, consultation, collaboration, respect and communication with clients, consultants and stakeholders.
Q. In your opinion, what do you believe to be the most significant contribution design can make to the prosperity and liveliness of communities?
A. Design fundamentally shapes the way we perceive and experience our environment and by extension, our lives. Considered, innovative, resilient and context sensitive design is key to delivering health, wellness and promoting inclusivity and quality of life to create prosperous lively communities. I truly believe every opportunity should be taken in design and architecture to inject health, excitement, interest, new experience and a general joie de vivre in all of our lives. Our spaces and the way we design and shape them ultimately shapes the way we perceive ourselves and our communities.
Q. What do you enjoy most about architecture?
A. Architecture is a great opportunity to learn and expand one’s consciousness. As a profession and in practice, it draws upon so many other sectors in knowledge, history and community.
Architecture also offers an amazing platform to participate, create and contribute to our world, community and its future.
In my experience, architecture and design requires learning from and sharing with our clients, which ultimately allows the opportunity to better understand and address the needs of our clients. Gaining diverse experience and knowledge that can then be shared with others, and used to create and provide a positive impact on our environment is the most satisfying and enjoyable aspect of architecture.