We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winner for our "Architect's Sugar Architectural Visualization Award" competition – Brent Haynes from Canada!

Brent Haynes from Canada

I began my architectural journey as an undergraduate at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, where I studied the fundamentals of the field. Eager to expand my knowledge and skills, I went on to pursue a master's degree in architecture at Manchester School of Architecture in the United Kingdom, graduating in 2021. With a strong foundation in both theory and practice, I went on to work at various architecture firms in Toronto, Canada, where I gained valuable experience across a wide range of projects.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance, what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where the company/ individuals have been involved?

My portfolio includes work on institutional buildings, boutique homes, high-rise condos, and master-planned communities. My work is characterized by an innovative and collaborative approach that values client needs and user experience. I am passionate about creating spaces that are not only functional but also visually stunning and I love to add an element of shock or surprise.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

I believe that it's all about striking a balance between the needs and desires of various stakeholders, including clients, the public, and the local community. The most successful architecture projects are those that are grounded in a strong concept, but that also take into account the requirements and expectations of these different groups.

For me, the key to creating great architecture is to view constraints not as limitations, but as opportunities to innovate and come up with unique solutions. By incorporating the needs and desires of various stakeholders into the design process, we can still create spaces that truly resonate with people and make a positive impact on their lives.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Participating in architecture competitions has been an important part of my personal and professional development as an architect. These competitions have allowed me to explore different techniques and approaches to design, including visualization, communication, typology, and more.

I see each competition as a unique learning opportunity, where I can push my boundaries and experiment with new ideas. In addition to the learning opportunities, architecture competitions can also serve as a valuable marketing tool for architects. Winning or placing in a competition can demonstrate to future clients or employers that I have the skills, knowledge, and drive to deliver great designs. Even without winning, participating in a competition can still showcase one’s talents and capabilities, and set them apart from other architects in the field. They help build a portfolio of work that highlights unique abilities.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture competitions?

When considering whether to participate in an architecture competition, I believe that it's important to have a clear goal in mind. For me, the primary goal is usually to improve my skills as a designer, whether that means exploring new techniques, trying out different types of projects, or simply pushing my creative boundaries. I find that this kind of mindset allows me to approach the competition with a sense of curiosity and excitement, rather than feeling like it's just another obligation on my to-do list.

It's also important to approach architecture competitions with a sense of fun and enthusiasm. If it feels like a chore or an obligation, it's unlikely that one will be able to produce their best work. To combat this, perhaps try to involve friends or colleagues in the process, working on the project in a charrette-style environment over a weekend or two.

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