<h2>B.Arch. University of Hawaii, O.A.A.
Donovan brings a fine-tuned approach and high-level of craftsmanship to Audax following many years of designing high-end custom houses with the late Gordon Ridgely of Gordon Ridgely Architects. Whether working in Audax's design studio, speaking with clients and consultants or checking up on a construction site, Donovan's sincerity, and his commitment to getting things done right, makes him a pleasure to work with. In addition to his good nature, he provides a thorough understanding of refined materials and expertise in 3D software and modeling.
128 Hazelton, Spencer's at the Waterfront, The Chase, The Chase Fish and Oyster, various custom single-family homes in Forest Hill, Leaside and Wychwood Park
<h2>What's your favourite material to work with and why?</h2>
Wood and stone. I love seeing the inherent details in their surfaces. It is the subtle imperfections in their surfaces that give those materials a character and texture that I love.
<h2>When working with a custom home client, what rooms do you enjoy designing the most?</h2>
The kitchens, washrooms and wardrobes because these spaces involve designing lots of detail, such as custom millwork, mouldings, and paneling. These are also very personalized spaces. You have to understand the way each client lives and uses their space, which makes every home we design different. I also really enjoy working on restaurant interiors because they encompass similar design elements.
<h2>How has 3D modeling software changed the industry? </h2>
It has transformed the way architects communicate with their clients and industry trades. By building a digital 3D model of a project, we can now see how all the walls, windows, doors, elevations and corners relate to each other before construction starts. It also allows the design team, including the client, to become more immersed in the design process, and enables everyone to make better-informed decisions.