Quickfire Questions with Colin Miller

Colin Miller

Quickfire Questions with Colin Miller

Colin M Miller.

When did you join Austin-Smith:Lord?

What is your role within our Creative Collective?
Senior Architect.

What are you working on at the moment?
Major hospital masterplanning, Ayrshire Hospice, Children’s Burn Unit at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, and window replacement at the William Street Clinic, Glasgow.

What aspects of your work are you most proud of?
The number and breadth of project types I’ve been able to adapt to.

Which designers / projects do you most admire and why? 
The makers of architecture without architects.
Image shown above: Typical House, Li Tang.

What is your favourite place / building / landscape and why? 
The Tibetan Plateau – Vernacular Tibetan/Himalayan architecture. No matter whether domestic or palatial in scale, it is so deeply rooted in place and setting and it must tick every environmental box there is. The landscapes and skies are the most incredible huge spaces in all conditions.
Image shown above: Chortens Prayer Flags, Li Tang.

Which of Austin-Smith:Lord’s guiding principles do you most relate to, and why?
Design excellence. It’s why I chose to do this – to make things work well and look good at the same time.

What’s something you’re planning on doing in the next year that you’ve never done?
I definitely need to plan to go up Ben Nevis.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?
Measure twice, cut once.

Complete the following – “I couldn’t get through the week without….”
Hitting my head or injuring myself somehow (oh and coffee and grapefruit juice).