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10 design inc.

20 Bowater Drive

Toronto, Ontario M1T1T2

Canada

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Design Director - Middle East

RMJM Ltd

Project Architect

Cooper Cromar

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GORDON AFFLECK, DESIGN PARTNER AT 10 DESIGN
For the past 20 years, architect Gordon Affleck has worked leading international design teams in Asia, the Middle East, U.K. and the U.S. A firm believer in collaboration, Affleck employs sustainability as one of the core principles in his design. In order to understand the unique restraints at each site, he believes analyzing and comprehending the environmental, physical and social context are key. There is great diversity amongst the projects he has worked on. Some of them include: the Infinity Loop Bridge, Huawei R+D Headquarters in Nanjing and the Summer International Retail Centre. He has also worked on the high rise, Shizimen Tower in Zhuhai, not to mention the Beijing Olympic Games Multi-purpose Arena, now known as China National Convention Centre. In the past he has worked as International Design Principle RMJM as well as well as Project Manager at Cooper Cromar. Educated at Strathclyde University and now a design partner at 10 Design for almost four years, Affleck sits down with the Hong Kong Journal to discuss the state of architecture in China and overseas. Working for a firm with experience having worked in three continents, with designers from over 23 countries, Affleck discusses the challenges of being an international designer.
HKJ: How did you first get interested in architecture?
AFFLECK: I think I always had enjoyed drawing as a child but gradually found more of an interest in working in three dimensions as it was more challenging. I felt that when designing buildings you were actually making something that was truly useful. This seemed to give me a stronger sense of purpose than pure art.
HKJ: Tell us about your office and what projects you are working on now.
AFFLECK: We are an international office with some 23 nationalities working in our studios.
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AFFLECK: In the last four years a lot of our work has been in China but we also have had projects in Malaysia, India, the UAE, Turkey, Azerbeijan, Switzerland and the UK. We are now looking more seriously at projects in Europe as we expand our studio in Edinburgh. It is quite unusual I think for an architect studio to start in Asia and work westwards.
HKJ: Who is your favorite architect of all time?
AFFLECK: That's really quite a difficult question.
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AFFLECK: There has been a wide range of people I have learned from over the years.
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AFFLECK: It's a slightly over simplistic question as it generalizes a lot of what is produced in both regions. In saying that Western architecture is perhaps a little more process-driven while Chinese architecture can be a little more romantic in quest, to link form with a conceptual idea. Both these approaches can have drawbacks; I think there is a balance to be struck between both.
HKJ: Do you feel architects in China should do more work overseas?
AFFLECK: Absolutely, there are some very exciting architects working there, from the poetic like Wang Shu to the sculptural like MAD; both of them I believe are looking at work abroad already. When Wang Shu won the Pritzker Prize it opened a lot of people's eyes to the quality of work being produced in China. There are some truly beautiful smaller scale projects that are often overlooked by the press in lieu of the larger "iconic" pieces.
HKJ: What are the biggest challenges you face as an international architect?
AFFLECK: I think it is important that our studio works internationally to keep learning, looking at things afresh, drawing upon our experiences from the different cultural and environmental contexts we work. Travel and geographical barriers were an issue in the past; however with modern communication these are much less of an issue. I think the time we are given to work within is probably the biggest challenge, design programs get shorter and shorter, however this is perhaps a contemporary issue for all designers.
HKJ: What has been your proudest achievement?
AFFLECK: I think being in a position to set up a studio with a team of people I want to work with and to be able to work; to watch it grow over the last few years has been very rewarding. We have been able to get involved in some great projects and bring in some great young talent into our team for such a new office and I look forward to seeing how we move forward in the coming years.
HKJ: What is your goal for the future?
AFFLECK: I would like to move towards "making" not simply designing.


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GORDON AFFLECK, 10 DESIGN PARTNER
For the past 20 years, architect Gordon Affleck has worked leading international design teams in Asia, the Middle East, U.K. and the U.S. A firm believer in collaboration, Affleck employs sustainability as one of the core principles in his design. In order to understand the unique restraints at each site, he believes analyzing and comprehending the environmental, physical and social context are key. There is great diversity amongst the projects he has worked on. Some of them include: the Infinity Loop Bridge, Huawei R+D Headquarters in Nanjing and the Summer International Retail Centre. He has also worked on the high rise, Shizimen Tower in Zhuhai, not to mention the Beijing Olympic Games Multi-purpose Arena, now known as China National Convention Centre. In the past he has worked as International Design Principle RMJM as well as well as Project Manager at Cooper Cromar. Educated at Strathclyde University and now a design partner at 10 Design for almost four years, Affleck sits down with the Hong Kong Journal to discuss the state of architecture in China and overseas. Working for a firm with experience having worked in three continents, with designers from over 23 countries, Affleck discusses the challenges of being an international designer.


Architect Gordon Affleck: 10 ...

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Architect Gordon Affleck: 10 Design

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GORDON AFFLECK, 10 DESIGN PARTNER
For the past 20 years, architect Gordon Affleck has worked leading international design teams in Asia, the Middle East, U.K. and the U.S. A firm believer in collaboration, Affleck employs sustainability as one of the core principles in his design. In order to understand the unique restraints at each site, he believes analyzing and comprehending the environmental, physical and social context are key. There is great diversity amongst the projects he has worked on. Some of them include: the Infinity Loop Bridge, Huawei R+D Headquarters in Nanjing and the Summer International Retail Centre. He has also worked on the high rise, Shizimen Tower in Zhuhai, not to mention the Beijing Olympic Games Multi-purpose Arena, now known as China National Convention Centre. In the past he has worked as International Design Principle RMJM as well as well as Project Manager at Cooper Cromar. Educated at Strathclyde University and now a design partner at 10 Design for almost four years, Affleck sits down with the Hong Kong Journal to discuss the state of architecture in China and overseas. Working for a firm with experience having worked in three continents, with designers from over 23 countries, Affleck discusses the challenges of being an international designer.
GORDON AFFLECK, DESIGN PARTNER AT 10 DESIGN
For the past 20 years, architect Gordon Affleck has worked leading international design teams in Asia, the Middle East, U.K. and the U.S. A firm believer in collaboration, Affleck employs sustainability as one of the core principles in his design. In order to understand the unique restraints at each site, he believes analyzing and comprehending the environmental, physical and social context are key. There is great diversity amongst the projects he has worked on. Some of them include: the Infinity Loop Bridge, Huawei R+D Headquarters in Nanjing and the Summer International Retail Centre. He has also worked on the high rise, Shizimen Tower in Zhuhai, not to mention the Beijing Olympic Games Multi-purpose Arena, now known as China National Convention Centre. In the past he has worked as International Design Principle RMJM as well as well as Project Manager at Cooper Cromar. Educated at Strathclyde University and now a design partner at 10 Design for almost four years, Affleck sits down with the Hong Kong Journal to discuss the state of architecture in China and overseas. Working for a firm with experience having worked in three continents, with designers from over 23 countries, Affleck discusses the challenges of being an international designer.
HKJ: How did you first get interested in architecture?
AFFLECK: I think I always had enjoyed drawing as a child but gradually found more of an interest in working in three dimensions as it was more challenging. I felt that when designing buildings you were actually making something that was truly useful. This seemed to give me a stronger sense of purpose than pure art.
HKJ: Tell us about your office and what projects you are working on now.
AFFLECK: We are an international office with some 23 nationalities working in our studios.
...
AFFLECK: In the last four years a lot of our work has been in China but we also have had projects in Malaysia, India, the UAE, Turkey, Azerbeijan, Switzerland and the UK. We are now looking more seriously at projects in Europe as we expand our studio in Edinburgh. It is quite unusual I think for an architect studio to start in Asia and work westwards.
HKJ: Who is your favorite architect of all time?
AFFLECK: That’s really quite a difficult question.
...
AFFLECK: There has been a wide range of people I have learned from over the years.
...
AFFLECK: It’s a slightly over simplistic question as it generalizes a lot of what is produced in both regions. In saying that Western architecture is perhaps a little more process-driven while Chinese architecture can be a little more romantic in quest, to link form with a conceptual idea. Both these approaches can have drawbacks; I think there is a balance to be struck between both.
HKJ: Do you feel architects in China should do more work overseas?
AFFLECK: Absolutely, there are some very exciting architects working there, from the poetic like Wang Shu to the sculptural like MAD; both of them I believe are looking at work abroad already. When Wang Shu won the Pritzker Prize it opened a lot of people’s eyes to the quality of work being produced in China. There are some truly beautiful smaller scale projects that are often overlooked by the press in lieu of the larger “iconic� pieces.
HKJ: What are the biggest challenges you face as an international architect?
AFFLECK: I think it is important that our studio works internationally to keep learning, looking at things afresh, drawing upon our experiences from the different cultural and environmental contexts we work. Travel and geographical barriers were an issue in the past; however with modern communication these are much less of an issue. I think the time we are given to work within is probably the biggest challenge, design programs get shorter and shorter, however this is perhaps a contemporary issue for all designers.
HKJ: What has been your proudest achievement?
AFFLECK: I think being in a position to set up a studio with a team of people I want to work with and to be able to work; to watch it grow over the last few years has been very rewarding. We have been able to get involved in some great projects and bring in some great young talent into our team for such a new office and I look forward to seeing how we move forward in the coming years.
HKJ: What is your goal for the future?
AFFLECK: I would like to move towards “making� not simply designing.


Architect Gordon Affleck: 10 ...

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Architect Gordon Affleck: 10 Design

GORDON AFFLECK, 10 DESIGN PARTNER For the past 20 years, architect Gordon Affleck has worked leading international design teams in Asia, th...


Architect Gordon Affleck: 10 ...

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Architect Gordon Affleck: 10 Design Zhuhai Museum of Art

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