There is nothing like seeing an architect's work first hand. On a visit to a friend's recently renovated home I was compelled to enquire about who had designed the alterations. Virginia Kerridge, it turns out. After some research I discovered she is also the architect behind one of Bondi's most amazing and innovative homes, on Campbell Parade. There is lots to learn about Virginia. In 2011 she won the Houses Awards Australian House of the Year, which is one of many awards she has gained since establishing her practice in 1995. In fact, one of her first projects - converting a warehouse in an inner-city location - was awarded the 1995 RAIA Merit Award for Architecture and the 1995 RAIA President's Award for Recycled Buildings. It also won a Dulux colour award.
Which five words best describe you? I like a laugh.
How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? I took a risk and started working independently young with the idea that if I didn’t enjoy I’d do something else.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Keep going and keep inspired.
What’s your proudest career achievement? To have the opportunity to do great work for great people.
What’s been your best decision? To do my own thing.
Who inspires you? All truly creative people and people who don’t take themselves too seriously.
What are you passionate about? Being able to be creative in some way.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Picasso
What dream do you still want to fulfil? To have enough freedom and time to explore other aspects of creativity, like painting.
What are you reading? A book on the work of the painter Tony Tuckson
images courtesy of virginia kerridge