What do you do?
I work for AWS, in their specification department, which basically means I help architects, designers, energy raters, basically anyone who plays a part in the selecting of windows/doors in a building from a single dwelling to a 40 storey tower. Giving technically data, CAD files, energy performance, system performance, anything to do with glass and windows.
What has been your most scary/courageous thing you’ve ever done?
Moved to Australia! Pack up everything I owned and relocate to a country I’d never been to before off the back of my (then-girlfriend, now wife’s desire to see what Victoria had to offer (she’d been here before and loved it). It’s still scary thinking ‘are we doing the right thing?’… Only time will tell but so far (6.5 years) it’s been amazing.
Who do you admire and why?
I reckon a lot of people will put the same as I will say… It’s my mum, hopefully, I’m the only one who says MY own mum and others haven’t actually said MY mum…. That would be weird….. Anyway, I digress. She’s 67 years old, lives with her boyfriend in Glasgow, happily retired going on 5 holidays a year! My dad left her a month after her 49th birthday which broke her but then she rebuilt herself. She’s a confident, caring, funny, lovely strong woman who has a son living in Australia (me) and another living between France and South America but still manages to come and visit both of us at least twice a year for up to 6 weeks at a time.
What is it about ArchiTeam that made you want to get involved?
I’ve been trying to get AWS to give the green light to sponsoring the ArchiTeam for a few years now because a lot of their members use AWS already so I see this as a way of directly supporting an organisation that supports them. Also gets us in front of the architects and members who don’t know who AWS is (obviously they live either under a rock or on the moon……)
Just call me oversharing Alastair!