For the interview, I wanted to take a more substantial look into the idea of how architecture can affect human relationships, a topic I explored in my first blog post. I spoke to Architect and Interior Designer Kerry Fyfe, whom has more than 25 years in the industry, in interior design, residential, commercial, retail and institutional architecture.
For the discussion, I wanted to focus on the way in which architecture can have a influence on how people interact, and how this will both change and affect the future. We began by discussing why architectural design is so important to those whom use it. What she highlighted from this question is how versatile and fluid architecture can be. How different spaces will be created in different ways to allow for these interactions. An office space will generally have one communal kitchen, forcing people to get up and share a time and space with others. A house will be designed with large windows to allow the sun to enter the space, which will positively impact a person’s mood. Alternatively, a gaol is designed with security at the forefront of importance.
Yes, she explained, there were some negatives to this. Open plan offices do mean a lot more disruption, as people are taken away from their work to have a conversation with a college, but these encounters benefit the mental and physical health of workers, making the far more productive when they are working uninterrupted.
With these ideas expressed, we moved onto the future of architecture. She explained that “Generally people have a greater awareness of good design and good architecture. It’s is becoming quite fashionable to have a designed space, and we are seeing a lot more companies utilize their spaces more affectively now than ever in the past because of this.” As we continue, in the future she sees good architecture becoming more and more relevant and pivotal to societies. We spent a long time discussing displays of public displays of unique architecture, including the UTS Tower Building, the DR Chau Chak Wing Building and Central Park. My concern was that of architectural styles ageing, like that of the Tower Building. What was once seen as a symbol of innovation and design we now see as an eye sore. Is there potential for these newer buildings to eventually be viewed in the same light? She was optimistic about their survival. As she explained these buildings were created far more sensitively than those such as the Tower Building. Regardless of their outward appearance, the way they have used space to allow for light to enter, large numbers of people to feel comfortable within and the ergonomic flow of these people through the space is essential to their success. “This consideration of the end use of a space is becoming more and more prevalent”. Furthermore, the technologies that were created by the production of these building is incredibly innovative and will allow for so much more exciting design work within the industry. A lot of this is due to refinements to CAD technology, and as these develop further the complexity of designs will also increase. Creating a very exciting and limitless future of architecture. She went on to say that “in the future I expect buildings to focus evermore so on this flow of energy … People and culture have become very important in architecture. Even now in office design, which has been very conservative and restrictive. University design too. We realise and respond to the fact that we need to make people have, spaces that people want to be in.”