We had a chance to interview Tab Bonidy, owner of the Colorado architecture firm, TAB Associates, Inc. and ask him a few questions about his history with architecture and where he thinks the future of the industry is heading. Take a look:
What made you want to become an architect?
I wanted to become an architect since I was 10 years old. I had a private art teacher when I was ten and I designed a home. Ever since then, that is all I wanted to do.
What goes on a day-to-day basis in an architect’s life?
Working on projects is the day to day business. Also, trying to find more work these days is quite important.
What is your favorite aspect about being an architect?
The creative side of solving a client’s desires is my favorite aspect of being an architect. So I would say it is Conceptual Design which is the beginning of a project, although I very much enjoy detailing a project which comes towards the end.
What is your favorite structure/building/piece of architecture and why?
I guess I would say log homes because of their difficulty, but really anything complex, even like a complex steel structure is fun to design.
What is your most memorable piece of architecture that you have personally worked on?
I would have to say either the Cook Residence, the Catlin Residence or the Thomas Residence. They were all challenging sites which is where our job starts and they were all great clients to work for and with together.
What’s your favorite thing about being a business owner?
I would have to say that getting to do things my way. Also, providing a great place to work is very important.
What makes TAB Associates successful?
I believe it is because we really listen to our clients desires. We put our ego aside and design for our clients. We start with a good program and design the concept on the site with all of its amenities right in front of us. We make the process fun for our clients and they are a part of every step of the way. In this way, they know exactly why things are the way they turn out because they are an integral part of the process.
Where do you see the architecture industry heading in the next 5 years?
I can only hope it will get more busy, but that will take a major change in Washington DC. We need to restore our Country back to being a prosperous nation. This will take some deregulation and us becoming energy independent.
Source: Tab Associates