Gareth enjoys every facet of the architectural process, from initial design through to completion. As a mentor for junior members of staff and part of the employee forum, he strives to support his colleagues, especially with his training in first aid and mental health support.
Gareth is an associate architect specialising in project delivery. Whilst working with us, he has been involved in education projects, most notably Ysgol Bae Baglan and the wider regeneration of Port Talbot along with Sandfields and Margam schools. He is now excited to work alongside Pierre as the Cardiff office continue to develop their expertise in technology and innovation.
Who is your biggest career influence?
My father. He started as an apprentice bricklayer at Cowlin Construction – one of the biggest contractors in the south west – at the age of 15 and rose to become chief executive of the same company before his retirement. Seeing him rise up through the ranks inspired me, not to mention the early introduction to the construction industry. He swears I became an architect just to annoy him.
Poor detailing – the simplest building can be elevated to something sublime with good detailing, while the most wonderful design can be rendered a stinking pile of rubbish with bad detailing. I think the person who designed the building should be involved throughout the process, if only to maintain the quality and vision they outlined. Good detailing should help the design come to life.
Best building in your city?
Cardiff Museum, more for what’s inside it than the building itself. Of course, the interior of the building is wonderful, but I love the collections inside there; they provide an experience. That’s what resonates with me.
Interesting fact that nobody knows about you?
I’m fascinated by evolution and human evolution in particular. I read a book about 12 years ago by Richard Dawkins and it set me off on a course of study and research. I got about two thirds of the way through an Open University degree on earth and planetary science, before giving it up to focus on my full time career. I still retain that interest and I am always learning about the subject. Thankfully, I have a daughter who is studying geography, and as a result, I’ve been given the chance to help her with her studies.
What advice would you give your 20 year old self?
Don’t take everything so seriously. And try and learn to relax, you can’t do everything in one go at the same time. Even now, I’m still learning to have the discipline to walk away.
Part of the Ysgol Bae Baglan team that won every award available.