Quickfire Questions with Tanya Simeonova
When did you join Austin-Smith:Lord?
What is your role within our Creative Collective?
What are you working on at the moment?
A mix of residential and masterplanning projects
What inspires you most in your work?
Imagining a journey through a design and crafting functional places dotted with focal points of delight.
What lessons have you learned in your work?
Do one thing at a time; creative tasks require focus and time to get in the flow.
Which designers / projects do you most admire and why?
I admire the work of countless designers; creativity never ceases to amaze. We all tap into an enormous wealth of already existing ideas, rarely anyone produces anything entirely new. I am in awe of how vigorous, fruitful, and sometimes frightening humans’ collective intelligence is.
What is your favourite place / building / landscape and why?
Vantage points with expansive views over a city or landscapes have an appealing draw for me. I have been fortunate to settle in Penarth located on high cliffs affording plentiful vistas of Cardiff, Vale of Glamorgan and Bristol Channel. I grew up in a town spread across the skirts of a mountain where beautiful long view scenery is a short walk away. Enjoying a large panorama resets the narrow perspective imposed by the mundane day-to-day; it is humbling and freeing experience.
What’s something that recently made you smile?
My son making his first steps, and ‘I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue’ after the 6 o’clock news doom on BBC radio 4.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?
“If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?” – Rumi
What is your pet hate?