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Big Fish - 12 January 2008

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John Prevc of Make Architects is fired up by the thought of collaborating in a foreign city.
We have projects in Europe, the Far and Middle East and even the Caribbean. But one of the
cities that I am most excited about is just a 45-minute flight away – Dublin.
It’s the similarities between Dublin and the UK that make the city so approachable, but it’s the differences that make it such a great place to work. I have been told by Dubliners that as objective outsiders we have an advantage over local architects. While I buy the argument that too much knowledge can hold back invention, I also believe success is achieved through collaboration with local practices.
Our most productive collaboration in Dublin has been with HKR Architects, and in particular with Nicholas Sutton and his team. Nick has a fantastic knowledge of the physical and emotional qualities of Dublin and it is always a delight to wander around the city with him. This type of knowledge is key to understanding – and building in – a city. Architecture is born out of people and place and this is what so excites me when working abroad.
Designing for different cultures requires a responsibility beyond the individual architect; collaboration is a way in which we can all work to our own strengths to produce better architecture.
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