For the next In our occasional series, we talk to Kiwi Architectural Technician, Scott Fortune.
Tell us a little about your background and how you got into architecture originally.
From a young age, I had a keen interest in building and constructing. This led me to complete an apprenticeship in joinery during my teenage years. Throughout this time, my older brother was studying and working as an Architectural Technician and seeing what he produced inspired me to pursue this as a career myself. I found I could take a lot of practical knowledge from my joinery experience and transform this into a more conceptual and technical approach in architecture. I feel my practical background has definitely helped shape my approach to architectural projects and has given me an advantage.
Where do your particular passions, skills and interests lie?
I have a passion for heritage work and being able to preserve and restore the history of a dwelling or building. This stemmed from an opportunity I took during my university studies to study aboard at the University of North Carolina. I took papers in Architectural Preservation, where we worked on preserving old tobacco farms around North Carolina. This also inspired my move to the UK where I knew there would be plenty of buildings enriched in history.
I am also interested in ever-evolving systems and new materials being developed, and how we can implement these into designing new dwellings today.
What project are you most proud of?
There are two projects that come to mind: the first being a residential home in New Zealand’s Southern Lakes, one of New Zealand’s most prime regions, where I undertook and completed the technical drawings of an expansive dwelling. The second was a commercial building in Christchurch, New Zealand, where I was involved in the project from the early planning stages through to construction and completion. These projects allowed me to generate a good rapport with the client and contractors in order to achieve a fluid and ultimately successful build.
Do you have any interests outside of the office?
I enjoy travelling around the UK and Europe to experience different cultures, learn about the history and sightsee. I’m a sports enthusiast, interested in hockey, tennis and cricket, but I’ll give anything a go! I’m also a big rugby fan and supporter of the All Blacks, naturally, and the Canterbury Crusaders.
What are your plans for the future?
My ultimate plan for the future is to manage my own practice back in New Zealand, with the hope of producing a few of my own developments.