The Mag’s “Power of…” series is a series of interviews that highlight our interviewee’s status as an industry leader. We speak to them about their experience, insight and the “power” of their initiatives in relation to everyday life. In April, we speak to Benoy’s Global Director, Trevor Vivian, about the power of design.
Great design is about people.
I wanted to make a better place for people. This was what drove me to switch from draftsmanship to architecture over 40 years ago, when I was in university in New Zealand. Since then, my career has taken me around the world, from Australia to the UK, where I first joined Benoy; then to the Middle East, Shanghai and now Hong Kong, from where I lead the company’s APAC operations.
Out of all the cities, I especially enjoyed Shanghai’s Puxi for its human scale. Walking around the neighbourhood was always pleasant: there were many local stores and restaurants, the streets were lined with trees and the buildings had just five floors. It’s very different from Pudong with its aluminium and glass skyscrapers. The best design, in my view, engages at the human scale and evokes an emotional response in the community. So I think a mix of scales and textures is the way of the future…