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Interview: Concrete Nation chats to building designer Jayson Pate

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In the first of a series of new interviews with thought-leaders and influencers in architecture, building design, interior design and styling, Concrete Nation spoke to award-winning building designer Jayson Pate. The founder of boutique firm, Jayson Pate Design, has offices on the Gold Coast and Melbourne and is currently working on projects all over the country. We caught up with Jayson to chat trends, raw materials and sustainability.

How would you describe your signature style?
I try not to have a ‘single’ signature style. I like to make the best of my clients' brief, no matter what the requested style might be. Over the past decade, I’ve had some very interesting requests!

Can you tell us a little about your background and what led you to building design?
When searching for a career, I think we all gravitate towards things we enjoy and have a natural talent at. Mine seemed to be in graphics class at high school. This, coupled with a great teacher who inspired me and instilled confidence in me, started me on the path to where I am today.

Are you concerned about environmental and social sustainability in your designs, and what role does that play in your work?
I take sustainability very seriously and am constantly expanding my knowledge on these issues. I’ve been lucky enough to have some great staff, both past and present, who also take the topic very seriously. We implement as many sustainable elements into our designs that fit the clients brief and budget.

Who or what has been the biggest influence on your work?
The biggest influence on my career has been the amazing people I’ve had the opportunity to work with. These people are the clients, builders, contractors and consultants that I get to deal with on a daily basis and inspire and challenge me to constantly become a better designer. Travel is another major influence. Trips to Palm Springs, Dubai, Egypt and particular parts of Europe have taught me that nearly anything is possible.

 What are your thoughts on using raw materials such as concrete in your buildings and homes?
I personally love raw materials and the fact that they are once again being used for their natural beauty and character. In my opinion, these are the best finishes to create timeless design. When the day comes to design and build my ‘dream home,’ it will consist of off-form concrete walls and a concrete roof so it’s fair to say I’m a lover of concrete! I’ll also add other raw finishes such as timber claddings and cabinetry to add warmth and sophistication.

What do you see as the biggest emerging trend in building design?
The biggest trend we are currently seeing is the explosion of the ‘Hamptons’ style design. We have been lucky enough to design a couple of Boystown/Yourtown prize homes, with the most recent being a very popular Hamptons-inspired beach house. The number of prospective clients that have come our way wanting similar designs is quite astonishing.

What has been the highlight of your career to date?
I’ve been lucky enough to win some amazing awards in my short career to date but, funnily enough, these do not rate as my highlights. My highlights are the times I get to sit down with my clients upon completion of their projects and enjoy a well-deserved drink in the homes I’ve been given the opportunity to create for them. The satisfaction that comes with hearing of how much they love living in them is a highlight like no other.

Any stimulating projects you’re currently working on?
There are plenty! I currently have projects on the Gold Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Northern New South Wales, Mackay and Townsville. They range from luxurious, absolute beachfront homes to a 2300sq/m palatial mansion with its very own Olympic size swimming pool. Exciting times ahead.







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