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Allan Corfield Architects. Meet the team – Calum
Our ‘meet the team’ series focuses on our company and the people who make it great! We know that entrusting someone with the task of building your dream home is a very difficult decision to make. Therefore, we believe that you should get to know each of us better and trust that our great service is not only due to our qualifications and experience – but is also our real passion. Today we are presenting an interview with Calum who joined our team last month.
Calum recently joined our team in July as a Part II Architects Assistant. Calum started and completed his studies in Edinburgh, first completing Construction Technology at Edinburgh Telford College. Following this he achieved a Bachelor degree of Architecture at the Edinburgh College of Art and finished with a Masters in Architecture at the University of Edinburgh.
Before he joined our team he gained experience in working at various Edinburgh practices such as Lynne Cranston Architectural Interiors, 3D Reid Architects, and Kettle Collective. In 2011 he moved to Switzerland where he was working for Penzel Architektur in Zurich, this helped him develop an understanding of design in a different architectural reality.
We would like to present his introduction followed by a short interview with Calum:
I strongly believe in the making of quality space and the value of interaction within these spaces. My research and interests have been to understand the effects that the manipulation of space, materials, sound, scent, touch, light and its shadows, can have on the user.
I feel good architecture will organically grow from this approach to making.
My work spans various mediums from classical illustration, abstract sculpture to contemporary architecture which collectively attempts to express good memories of space, moments and atmospheres.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN ARCHITECT?
I have had a passion for art, design and most significantly making all my life.
When I was younger I was fascinated by the adventure and excitement of finding new objects and places. This has not ceased; however, I now have the privilege of creating these moments for others to discover and enjoy. Inspired by a family of engineers to make and solve, I found architecture the inevitable path to happiness.
As a Part II Architects Assistant my role is to practice alongside the registered architects in ACA who will guide and refine my skills to ultimately allow me to charter my qualification to become a fully qualified architect.
COULD YOU GIVE US A QUICK SUMMARY OF YOUR CAREER AFTER YOU GRADUATED UNTIL YOU JOINED ACA ?
I am an architectural graduate of Edinburgh College of Art. From there I progressed to complete a Master of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh. Upon completion, I was awarded the Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporary Architect.
During this time, I have been practicing in a variety of award winning architectural studios working on projects in Europe and the Middle East. This included working and living in Switzerland for Penzel Architectur and Park Architecten. Some of my most influential training stems from this time; learning how to design following fundamental rules of purity, simplicity and order.
Over my career I have worked on a variety of projects stretching from educational and cultural to residential and commercial developments. This also included working on private commissions, sculptures, installations and designs in exhibitions and international competitions.
WHY DID YOU WANT TO WORK AT ACA?
I had been researching ACA for some time however had been waiting to have the relevant skills and the opportunity to arise to apply for a position with the team. As it is a small bespoke team, I was delighted to be offered this rare chance to be a part of it.
It has been a dream of mine to work on eco homes for individuals who believe in this sustainable approach to making.
I believe the purest form of architecture is the home. The best way to make thoughtful and intelligent spaces for individuals to live in; is to work with the thoughtful and intelligent people who help create them.
WHAT IN YOUR OPINION IS THE STRONGEST POINT OF ACA AS AN ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE?
Direct and intimate designing with clients to understand and achieve their aspirations and goals is key to great design. In addition, the combined experience and innovative knowledge to make sustainable and efficient spaces offer a true moral approach to architecture.
WHAT DO YOU DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
In my spare time I research some of Scotland’s most influential and historical architects. By investigating the work of these designers and builders of the early cities, I have gained a deeper knowledge and understanding of traditional architectural drafting styles and techniques. This is a growing collection as by studying a structure its historical story leads me on to the next.
The process begins by researching its history and learning the makeup and style. I begin to document the building by photographing and assessing its construction. With this information I draw the elevations to a level of detail not seen before. With modern techniques I create the images influenced by this historical style.
The completion of each drawing can take up to 2 months depending on the scale and level of detail. Although extremely labour intensive, they are a labour of love and have been recognised by the Royal Scottish Academy leading to be exhibited in a number of their annual shows.
I am also a keen kayaker and whenever I have time, travel the world to experience new cultures.
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