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gareth joHNSON

At happy-hour I order: A pint of Staropramen

 

Path to architecture: …a very, very long one!

 

I love working with clients because: Of the personal relationship and positive feedback received (most of the time)

 

Quote that guides me right now: It always seems impossible until it’s achieved. (Mandela)

 

I wish I’d designed: Barcelona Pavillion

 

I’m concerned about: Sustainable architecture (and the current state of MUFC).

 

A space that has affected me: Jewish Museum, Berlin (Daniel Libeskind)

 

The best gift I ever gave: Charlotte’s graduation present.

 

Dream commission: My house?!

 

Favourite place: Venice

 

Favourite holiday: South Africa (Lincolnshire Cricket Tour)

 

I grew up: in Keelby

 

Education: Keelby Primary, Caistor Grammar School and 6th Form, Sheffield Hallam University BSc (Hons) and MArch

 

Notable Accomplishments/awards: Professor’s Prize for Architecture (MArch 2nd Year – 2017/2018). Lincolnshire County Cricket Captain from age 11 to 16.

 

Why Hodson Architects: Mark offered me a job roughly aged 5 (pending relevant qualifications)! 

 

Favourite space: Therme Vals (Zumthor)

 

Architect I admire most: Shigeru Ban

 

Materials that excite me: Concrete / Timber

 

When I’m not working you can find me: Probably on a football or cricket pitch!

 

Favourite object: Signed football shirt - Sir Bobby Charlton, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney

 

Ball point or felt tip: Felt tip

 

Go-to morning drink: Orange juice

 

Something you might not know about me: Won competition to design/draw Keelby Primary School Logo (a Kestrel) aged 9.

 

I always look forward to: Football / Cricket season

 

I’m drawn to design because: It’s unavoidable – it’s everywhere!

 

Preferred era in architecture: Gothic

 

I’m inspired by: Mr Dobson (Old Design Technology teacher)

 

Go-to unit of measurement: mm

 

On my playlist: Bruceeeeee (Springsteen)

 

I’m surprisingly good at: Poetry

 

Earliest architectural memory: Pouring concrete with my Grandad

I’m my best self when I’m: Happy and smiling.