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Joe's imagination has no limits

Friday 8 April 2011, 01:12AM


Inbred. DP Director Joe Sanya.

Inbred. DP Director Joe Sanya.

If young people nowadays are asked what they want to be when they grow up, one of the most popular answers is, “I’d like to be an architect.”

Possibly they have be influenced by Thai soap opera or Hollywood images of smartly dressed men or women living the high life while making huge amounts of money designing homes for hi-so clients.

Inbred.DP Director of Design, Joe Sanya, points out that there’s a lot of hard work to be done to qualify as an architect and then more hard work until the rewards begin to come in.

Having worked for more than 10 years in the field, Joe now defines himself as “architect, planner, and interior designer”.

He runs his own business with his partner Gan Chii Mon from a head office located in Kathu, with sales and PR offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore.

He is now a high-profile interior designer, ofetn the first choice of high-end clients both in Thailand and abroad, including the likes of Blue Canyon Country Club, Cape Yamu, JW Marriott Phuket Resort and Spa, Royal Phuket Marina, Phuket International Academy, British International School and Sental Spa in Hanoi.

But Joe says that when he was a young student in Phuket, he never thought of interior design as a career.

His road to architecture was not as straightforward as many other students who finish high school and then pass the entrance exams into university to study architecture.

He started as a fine arts student. He loved it`, but decided eventually to apply his imagination to something more practical: architecture.

ARCHITECT and HOTELEX

He says he enjoyed drawing but was more curious to see his drawings become reality. Drawing, he explains, is on paper only, but the architect’s finished work is a constructed part of the landscape.

“Being an artist you can let your imagination have no limits, but being an architect the limits are the requirements and satisfaction of customers, and the logic of the work that have to think about,” he explains.

There is no point in being an architect of designer, he says, unless the products of the imagination can be translated into reality.

When it comes to interior work, he explains, he must take into account the client’s character and lifestyle, the budget, the logic and the materials to be used to ensure they suit the location and the climate.

“Apart from being creative, a good interior architect must always be open to learning from both experience and from other sources of knowledge,’’ he explains.

“You have to have a creative personality and your own private library inside your head. The most important thing is to have an open mind, to accept comments and the consequences of what you do; every kind of work has its problems.”

“You have to work closely with many people because you are the only one who has the complete concept of how the work will look in the end.

“So, respect others, be a good planner, focus on the details, check each step of the work and always have alternatives. That way you will find your work is much easier,” he says.

– Janyaporn Morel-Jornjarun