all about unmeasured...

“The importance of pedestrian public spaces cannot be measured, but most other important things in life cannot be measured either: Friendship, beauty, love and loyalty are examples.” – Enrique Peñalosa

As Enrique Peñalosa noted, many things we value are unable to be measured, friendship, beauty, love and loyalty. Most skills are unmeasurable too, leadership, trust, empathy, listening, giving and receiving feedback, to name a few. These are the skills we need for the work we do, both professionally as well as in our personal lives. Skills can be taught, and we can work continuously towards doing them better.

michael lewarne

TL;DR…
I see the world differently, from a parallax viewpoint. I worked in architecture for over 25 years, both as employee and 14 years in my own practice. I understand architectural practice from the inside out. Now I’m working from the outside in, utilising my intrinsic architectural skillset and years of dedicated learning about and application of human skills, such as leadership and empathy.

So what experience do I have?
[As apposed to what experiences I’ve had, which frankly is far more important.]
Please read on…

The dryer bit…
I graduated in Architecture from the University of Sydney too long ago and Industrial Design at the University of NSW, almost a decade after. I’ve undertaken a variety of shorter courses including Seth Godin’s altMBA, where I now coach. I’ve taught variously in the Architecture Faculties at UTS, UNSW and USyd.

My first significant architectural adventure was at Hill Thalis Architecture + Urban Projects where I worked for 9 years. Following, I co-founded Redshift Architecture & Art where I remained for 14 years until taking this stroll out to the edge of architecture with unmeasured.

As the Vice President of the NSW/ACT Committee of the Association of Consulting Architects, I facilitate the Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum and support the architectural profession in whatever way I can.

A story…
I graduated university in 1994 into a recession. Rather than denting the ego knocking on doors, tracking down architectural work, instead I spent my time learning and making more. I started exploring what else I might be able to do to develop my skills, as well as satisfy a curious mind. I studied small business, learnt to make jewellery, built architectural models professionally, was an assistant manager at a fine wine shop and joined an artist studio where I started to make art. I was also lucky in an opportunity to work part time with a brilliant sole partitioner, keeping my architectural skills sharp and continued my learning in the process. What all this did was to allow me to see the world from outside the professional silo, from a different perspective, revealing new insights, and building new and different skills. It was invaluable and to this day effects and infects my work.

A philosophy of sorts…
Curiosity has served me well, drawing me into the pursuit of greater insight, service and opportunity beyond architectural practice, even whilst embedded. The additional study I’ve done gave me breadth. Industrial design broadened my knowledge of design, materials, technology and industry. Seth Godin’s altMBA was about learning new skills and just as importantly to facilitate escape from the architectural silo and its particular way of thinking.

In all I do, I’m unceasingly seeking to expand the nature and boundaries of our lives & work, in a style that is creative, critical, constructive and contributes to the way we navigate the challenges of the world.

Fun fact… I’ve had my work exhibited in Sculpture by the Sea on 4 occasions. Always site specific work. Context is all.

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