Today, we learn about Simon Ho, our newest senior architect, who works out of our Vancouver studio.
What do you like most about design and architecture?
Architecture is a diverse profession. By diverse I mean that it combines and blends both art and science which is unlike most other professions. Shaping spaces that people inhabit is a very powerful yet humbling responsibility for a designer; in many respects architecture touches everyone.
How did you get into the field?
I remember taking a “technical drawing” class in my formative years as a young boy at school in England – basically drafting, and I really, really enjoyed it. I also recall melting a long piece of Lego in the fireplace at home to make a curved wall for a Lego house I was building. My mother screamed at me in shock while my father was proclaiming to her that…“maybe he wants to be an Architect!!”
What work are you most proud of thus far in your career?
I have had the privilege of being involved in a number of Affordable Housing and Seniors’ Housing projects throughout my career. To see residents of all ages and walks of life use and enjoy the spaces that I have designed is extremely rewarding.
What or who inspires your work?
Like my taste in music, this varies immensely. I have always tended towards International Style / Modernism and am enamored with “Hi-Tech” architecture which encompasses the works of Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, respectively. My recent visits to Barcelona have made me admire the works of Antonio Gaudi but most recently, I have been drawn to the works of Eero Saarinen and Enric Miralles. The tectonic craft and quality of these architects are very inspiring.
My favourite restaurant in Calgary is: In Calgary, Murrieta’s on Stephen Avenue or Nick’s Steakhouse by McMahon Stadium; in Vancouver, Hapa Izakaya and Blue Water Café, both in Yaletown.
When I’m not working, I’m….
…on the ice trying to stop vulcanized rubber discs with my body! (I’m a recreational goalie), or hanging out at various ice rinks throughout the province supporting my daughter (she’s a competitive figure skater).
What do you like best about working at S2?
By far, the people. Though I have been at S2 for only a short while, I am deeply impressed by the mutual respect and support shared by all team members throughout the entire organization, bar none. I have always held the belief that our profession is a true team profession; architecture is too complex for any one individual. S2 recognizes and celebrates this fact.