Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer OFGA ("OFGA") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
OFGA : I studied at Cornell Unversity during which I gained my first work experiences at Kohn Pederson and Fox. Upon graduating with a Bachelors of Architecture degree, I was fortunate enough to join Hillier where I worked essentially within a studio environment with the support and benefits of a large corporate practice. It was during my first few years with this studio that I got to work closely with Bob and Barbara Hillier, and in particular, Bradly Walters. It was under their guidance that I saw my first design, the Irving Convention Center realized. Subsequent to the merger I relocated to New York and began working with Peter Schubert on much larger international projects, eventually following the work to Shanghai before setting up OFGA in Hong Kong. All along the way i was fortunate enough to remain in contact with Nasrine Seraji who has remained a friend and mentor since my days at Cornell.
OFGA : I found my thoughts with drawing, and my freedom in my thoughts, so studying architecture or at least design was a natural progression. At first, I only thought I liked architecture, but then I really fell in love with it once I began my studies.
OFGA : I design experiences. I would really like to work on more Public works, parks, theatres, libraries, galleries. I think we really need more of these spaces. Spaces that are maybe free from the typical agendas of commerce.
OFGA : Keep drawing.
OFGA : For me, it would be the ability to change how one sees and engages the world.
OFGA : Design, especially in Architecture, tends to stick around for a while. We engage one another and with the world through design or the lack of, so naturally, we should take care of it.
OFGA : David Chipperfield, Caruso St. John, Carlo Scarpa, SANNA, Sou Fujimoto, Kenya Hara, Oki Sato
OFGA : a chief
OFGA : an opinion/s about a particular activity in a physical form
OFGA : let the work speak
OFGA : design sets the trend
OFGA : rationalization and documentation aid
OFGA : Archicad, Rhino, Sketchup, Adobe Suite,
OFGA : My partner. She sees my blind spots. I do believe in co-design, although it's often more painful and time-consuming, when done well, it often yields something more nuanced.
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