The title is a bit counter-intuitive seeing how I love big old Land Rovers. Almost to the point of an obsession. They hold a deeper meaning to me than just the “gas guzzling grocery getter” that most of them are. (point of confession – yes, I am guilty of this) When I drove my old 110 (looks like the old safari style most people are familiar with) I felt like I didn’t need to simply stop at my destination. Just driving the truck conjures images of mountain stream crossings or possible jaunts on hwy 1 in Australia. Alas neither of those seem to be the destination I reach; however, something internal changes so that when I arrive I am able to view the world as “global” again, not just point A to B. This daily enlightenment is what contributes so heavily to my sense of wanderlust.
….and so, here’s the relevance to architecture. In a traditional, large firm, that wanderlust can be easily crushed for a false sense of client security. In that scenario there is typically a board room and corner offices, there are shelves upon shelves of samples and books, and of course there is almost always a coffee machine at the ready. All of this lies in wait for clients to visit and be impressed.
My studio is a bit of an experiment (although I am certain it has been done before) in nomadic practice. We maintain resources across the country for production assistance and work hard to keep our overhead, and roots, minimal. Currently we are working on projects in 6 states and 3 countries. The flexibility of a small studio will allow me to travel and set-up a remote on-location office for large projects, knowing I am able to rely on developed relationships for production. In its fledgling state this has worked very well and created the need for additional resources. While it certainly sounds like a great deal of work; all of this is handled from a small office, an airport and sometimes a Rover.