Who are you and what do you do?
I was born close to Berlin in Eastern Germany. Being born behind the ‘iron curtain’ was likely responsible for my appetite to keeping an open mind, travelling, leaning languages and for eventually landing in beautiful Perth in Australia, after stops in Switzerland and Poland. When I am not working, I spend time with my partner and my little boy cooking, drawing and building cardboard box fire trucks.
What or who inspired you to be an engineer?
Before starting at Cundall, I worked 10 years as an Architect in both Australia and Europe. During this time, I somehow often ended up with the most technically challenging projects like contamination level research labs and glass houses or the complicated integration of a supermarket and its cooling and delivery infrastructure in a high-density city district. Whilst I did enjoy the creative work, I also loved the work in a larger team of people who are highly specialised and extremely knowledgeable in their field. That is what inspired me to work in an engineering company like Cundall, being a specialist solving problems while keeping an open mind working with and learning from others.
What made you decide to join Cundall?
I first heard of Cundall from a seminar in 2016 but then met Cundall’s Associate in Perth, Oliver Grimaldi, at a conference for sustainable buildings in 2018. We spoke about what Cundall does and my work within sustainability to date and that I was looking for a new opportunity in this space. In the following weeks, I got to know Cundall better through meetings and reading about the company and I was amazed how Cundall lives and breathes sustainability through everything they do but mostly through their exciting and often ground-breaking projects. I also loved how versatile and open-minded the company was, evidently by taking me as architect on board. So, I joined and never looked back.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
We work with many different clients. Some of then are absolute sustainability champions and it is a joy to work with them. But I also like when we speak to project teams and clients who do not know what sustainability is about and after a while, everyone gets excited about the (often cost neutral) opportunities for their project and has a little glimmer of enthusiasm in their eye. I also do a lot of work around climate change responses and really enjoy being so much at the pulse of time. Climate change is THE topic of this century and I love being able to help our clients to do their bit.
What are you most proud of in your career to-date?
I am, of course, proud of individual projects we completed like getting the Greater Curtin Masterplan from a 5 to a 6 Star Green Star Rating or certifying Cundall Australia as carbon neutral, but most of all, I am proud of how my career developed. About 6 years ago, I decided that I wanted to make a bigger impact on people’s lives than I could have done as an Architect and I think I truly achieved this with my work at Cundall.
Tell us the most interesting thing you have learnt or experienced in your time at Cundall
The most interesting part for me was probably to experience how close we are on a global scale. Cundall has offices all over the world and especially now after the Covid-crisis we work closer together with our colleagues in London, Dubai or Singapore, across different cultures, experiences and languages than we ever did before.