Inspirational Sydney architect passes
I was incredibly fortunate to be introduced to Paul through a family friend. And by introduced, I mean, I met the house he had designed for her. The spaces he created were formative in my consideration of architecture as a career, such were their sense of clarity and purpose. I later met him for a job interview, only to be told it wouldn't be fair on me to work for him, because he spent so much of his time out-of-office, in the remote outback.
You can watch his incredible TED talk about the big impact of small changes here.
Paul worked tirelessly in Australian aboriginal communities, as well as in earthquake torn Nepal, with his office HealthHabitat, seeking only to improve the quality of life for those in need, without the ego often attached to such endeavours. A unique inspiration indeed in our age.
As a man not needing to self-promote, he never permitted his residential work to be published, allowing new clients to come to him via word of mouth and always with an open mind, free of preconceptions about his "style".
This attitude of allowing the client's brief to be filtered through the architects design sensibilities has been a guiding principle for this practice.
Many people have said it better than me, so please feel free to read on and know that I was and will continue to be inspired by this man, even in his absence.
Elizabeth Farrelly, Sydney Morning Herald
Victoria Laurie, The Monthly