(1) What do you believe that people want from buildings?
On the surface, people want basic needs met from a building. They want natural light, easy to understand circulation, and easy access to needed facilities. I believe that it’s the role of the designer to figure out other subliminal needs of the user, that are not necessarily apparent to them but improve their experience there. For example, sculpting the volume of spaces to create different levels of intimacy is something the user will never directly notice but will ultimately appreciate.
(2) What do think the relationship between architecture and quality of life is?
I think these two built off of each other. Architecture can improve the quality of one’s life, but someone with a higher sense of quality of life can learn to appreciate a basic building well and do more with the space.
(3) How do you define ‘user-needs’?
Spend time with the user and understand their daily habits and what spaces cater to that.
(4) What do you think makes a building ‘user-friendly’?
Easy to understand circulation and relationships between programs that are digestible and easy to follow