At the end of 2021 we caught up with the next guest in our series ‘Getting Channel’d with the Pros’, meet Adam Beck, Director at BDA Architecture. Tiffany Richardson from our team was lucky enough to drop into the BDA headquarters and chat to the very busy Gold Coast Architect on business, his career journey and being a born and bred local.
Tiff – You grew up on the Gold Coast and are now responsible for designing many of the buildings that shape our famous skyline. What’s makes you proud to call the Gold Coast home?
Adam – The Gold Coast is a beautiful place. An easy place to live, work and play but I’m most proud of the friendly culture of friends and acquaintances that I’ve made in my 46 year of life here.
Tiff – What do you love about running an architectural practice based on the Gold Coast?
Adam – I really enjoy the collaborative design process with my colleagues in our studio at Mermaid Beach as well as engaging with consultants, builders and clients to produce timeless buildings.
Tiff – Architecture as a career presents such diverse opportunities. What are a few of your most rewarding projects that come to mind?
Adam – On a weekly bases I enjoy experiencing the Capri on Via Roma shopping precinct where our firm won a Queensland State Architecture award for commercial architecture (back in 2012). To this day it is still a wonderful place to relax and run into good friends. I’ve completed modern homes in stunning locations like Hedges Avenue, the Nerang River, Miami and Burleigh Hill for an array of wonderful clients which has been extremely rewarding for all involved.
Tiff – What type of projects would you like to do more of?
Adam – At BDA Architecture we do all typologies of buildings and projects but I’d like to do more highly detailed quality homes for adventurous clients.
Tiff – Clients are key to any business… What type of projects are exciting your developer clients right now?
Adam – We are working with our developer clients on mainly tower projects and smaller apartment projects, they are all boutique and aimed at the owner occupier. These projects are providing wonderful communal facilities and areas that make you feel like you are on holiday everyday.
Tiff – Is there a particular location or certain market segment that is very active for BDA Architecture right now?
Adam – We have a number of boutique projects in Palm Beach, currently most of our work is along the southern beaches to the border. We do however, have a few exciting projects in the suburbs of Main Beach, Surfers and Broadbeach.
Tiff – COVID-19 has impacted us all, are you seeing this impact shaping current design trends?
Adam – Yes, as mentioned before, the common spaces in the new developments we are working on are of high quality allowing people to recreate more at home in their immediate surroundings.
Tiff – Managing people and leading multidisciplinary project teams is a big part of your current role, What do you see as the key attributes of a successful design leader?
Adam – To be approachable, friendly and at times firm. To understand everyone is different in some way and have the sincerity to spend quality time with people when they ask or when I feel they need to have a chat.
Tiff – Where do your best people come from?
Adam – Our best people, which is everyone, come from all over the world and we all enjoy the benefits that come with a diverse multicultural studio.
Tiff – Any advice for somebody just starting out in architecture?
Adam – Get working in an office while you are studying (and as soon as possible). Have a year off during studies to get work experience, meet and get connected to industry people to see if you really love architecture!
Tiff – A bit more about you?
Adam – Born and bred on the GC, have an amazing wife Jess and two fantastic boys.
I’m really very lucky to have a great family and friends inside and outside of work.
Tiff – When was the last time you had a surf before work?
Adam – Unfortunately, I’d have to say two years ago, down the end of Peerless avenue where the BDA office is!
Tiff – Coffee or tea?
Adam – Coffee at 8am and Tea at 3pm.
Tiff – Beer or wine?
Adam – Beer and good red wine.
AFL or Rugby League?
Adam – I’d have to say AFL these days.