Drew Heath

Drew Heath is the Director of Drew Heath Architects, an Architectural firm based in Avalon, NSW specializing in handcrafted buildings with low environmental impact.

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WHICH PROJECT MADE YOU HAPPIEST?

It would definitely have to be my home build, ‘Tir na n’ Og.’

Drew has concentrated on being involved in making houses, both designing and building, for the last 25 years, including being involved directly in three Wilkinson Award winning houses (the highest Institute award in NSW). The designs that Drew creates concentrate on craftsmanship, the use of real materials, architectural sophistication and some connection or enabling of landscape within a complex.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS PROJECT THAT MAKES IT SPECIAL AND WHAT ARE SOME OF ITS HIDDEN QUALITIES?

There is an extraordinary amount of detail in every room, on every surface. Many of its qualities reveal themselves upon exploration and are not immediately noticeable from the outside.

WHICH ARCHITECT OR PERSON DO YOU ADMIRE AS AN INSPIRATION?

On this year, on this day, at this minute I would have to say Carlo Scarpa, but of course, this is ever fluctuating. As I change, so do my interests.

 

WHAT IS THE QUALITY YOU MOST ADMIRE IN A CLIENT?

It definitely helps to have a good sense of humour. This relaxes the atmosphere. When building, not everything goes according to plan, so it is important to not let this destroy your relationship with your clients or vice versa.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER THE MOST UNDERRATED THING THAT ARCHITECTS DO?

The ability to run a business.

TELL US ONE (SECRET) THING ABOUT HOW YOU DESIGN?

I make models and I am constantly involved in the building phase.

 

What inspires you, what gives you inspiration to do better?

Walking around site and allowing any ideas I may have, enough time to ripen before the next stage.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?

My greatest achievement? That’s definitely yet to come.

NAME ONE ARCHITECTURAL DESTINATION THAT NON ARCHITECTS SHOULD SEE?

Angkor Wat. It is an historic monument bathed in detail, which will probably never be surpassed, as buildings are not built that way anymore.

 


 

For further information on Drew Heath and his projects, please visit:

Web: http://drewheatharchitect.com/index.html

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