“A project should be an expression of the client’s personality and character, aside from a manifestation of the designer’s personal style”, architect Aristotle “Aris” Tan states. He finds inspiration from the work of the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. “His designs, though very modern, are poetic and expressive. They have a movement and fluidity to them”, he shares.

Aris translates this in his own work for private home-owners, coming up with residential interiors that have a clean and uncluttered look. “I always approach each of my projects as if it were my first and last one so I can maintain my passion for what I do”, he continues.

Always trying to push the boundaries, Aris challenges limitations to come up with fresh interpretations. “I don’t have a personal design style because I don’t like putting myself in a box. I am continually inspired by architecture’s evolution and the coming together of art and science as a whole”, he says. For 2010, Aris believes design will become more sensitive to the use of sustainable construction materials as a response to changing environmental conditions.

Aris also upholds the value of clear communication between the designer and the client. “It’s always beneficial for the client to be forthcoming of their budget and preferences so that design parameters can be established at an early stage. This way, misunderstandings can be circumvented”, he finishes.

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