F: When you state your practice has a ‘humanist approach’ to architecture and design, can you elaborate on this and where/how this flows in your process?
L: Some architects are concerned with structure, some with materials, some with sculptural qualities, some with minimalisation. Luigi Rosselli Architects is concerned with designing for the humans: for their daily lives, for the human senses, for the psychology of the users, to create a sense of comfort and satisfaction and aiming for the “Architecture of Happiness”.
F: Which project would you say has been your greatest achievement to date? What kind of brief were you given for this project?
L: The Great Wall of WA has been the greatest achievement. We were given a brief to provide short-term accommodation on a cattle station from a client keen to embrace architectural innovation and keen to adopt our sustainability ethos of a naturally cooled building for the tough climate of far North Western Australia.
F: You’ve been working in this field for more than 3o years now, and in that time you have seen architecture grow larger and more daring. You have mentioned you always instil good design and humane architecture – Do you foresee any trends in architecture in the coming years if any? What’s your stance on that?
L: There is a tendency with other professions to attempt to encroach on the Architect’s work: project managers, artists and artificial intelligence (machine learning programs have been developed to adapt designs to open source libraries to different sites, briefs, locations and climates). However there will always be a space for the “left brain” unpredictable professions that solve the many evolving needs and addresses constraints with ideas that have never been lodged in design open source libraries. The role of the architect is the one described above.