Choosing design over engineering

Choosing design over engineering

An initial desire to take on the role of an engineer was supplanted in the mind of B + H’s Nicholas Kissane, a native of Australia when he became aware of the possibilities open to an urban designer.

“At first it was all about engineering for me,” he says. “But then I took a course in design and while my classmates were working on advertisements for watches I was asked to do one for a home.

“But first I had to actually design that building and that was what steered by away from engineering towards architecture and the creative opportunities it offers.
“It wasn’t about creating something in two dimensions. It was about a complete physical entity.”

Kissane started at B + H two years ago and says what attracted him to the company was how its team focusses on the environment and their impact upon it.

He says: “That is reflected in the sheer number of LEED certified buildings, which is impressive in such an extreme climate as we experience here. “

The practical aspects of urban design also continue to be a major influence.

Kissane says: “Being on site is always great – the day-to-day problem solving is something which I enjoy along with the need to make decisions as quickly as possible.

“I am not so much philosophical about architecture as practical. I understand buildability as I feel I have a strong technical knowledge. To manage projects you need to be practical.”

Nicholas Kissane was born in Ballarat, in the Australian state of Victoria and attended Deakin University in Geelong, west of Melbourne.

He obtained qualifications in architecture and construction management which he says enables him to run projects.

“When you have constraints you are also given opportunities to be creative as you no longer have a blank canvas.”




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