Darren’s love of the studio environment, passion for the creative process and agility at articulating complex concepts to team-members, stakeholders and users ensures a project’s conceptual vision and design integrity are maintained throughout design, construction and delivery.
Favorite Duda|Paine project?
Xi’an Aerospace Museum, because of its strong conceptual approach to a unique program. The roof’s bold structure was fully integrated into the design and helped define a very dynamic space.
What attracted you to the architectural/design field?
Growing up in a small town, even though I built with Legos and drew castles, fortresses and space stations, I never really thought much about architecture as a profession. In sixth grade, my buddy and I even drew floor plans for a 20-story office building. A high school art teacher encouraged me to consider design as a career, and I ultimately landed at NC State. Ever since, I’ve been drawn to the studio environment and to creative people.
What aspect of your job are you most motivated by?
Buildings are inherently complicated and the design process can be messy. As architects, we try to find elegant, sometimes bold solutions to organize and simplify our designs. It’s especially challenging to communicate these ideas to clients, who may have little background or experience in designing a building. The relationship with our clients, seeing the look of excitement in their eyes when they see the vision for the first time, is what motivates me most as a designer.