Q&A with Ross Anderson, Architect at Tinto

The Tinto team is pretty incredible, even if we do say so ourselves. We’ve got a mix of skills, personalities and experiences, all under one roof in our HQ in Grandholm, Bridge of Don. But who are we?

Each month we’ll be doing a Q&A style blog post with each person that makes up our team, so you can get to know them a little bit better, and hopefully be inspired by what they have to say.

First up, we have Ross Anderson, one of our talented Architects...

Q: What is your role, and what does it involve?

A: I am an Architect within the office. My role involves all aspects of work from the first meeting of clients to delivering projects onsite and everything in between.

Q: What does a typical day look like for you? And what are you currently working on?

A: My day can be quite varied. Some days it’s a case of working through various emails/meetings/drawings etc, other days I can be on various live project sites, meeting with clients and contractors or a mix of the above.

Q: What is your favourite type of project and why?

A: I really enjoy working within historic buildings. The challenge of understanding a building and coming up with clever solutions to introduce something new to sometimes structures that are hundreds of years old, it’s great.

Q: What is your favourite project you’ve worked on at Tinto Architecture?

A: There are a number of projects that I have worked on at Tinto that I have really enjoyed and am proud of the results, I don’t think it would be fair to pick favourites!

Q: What is your dream client or dream project?

A: A dream client is someone who is enthusiastic for the project they are about to undertake and are really willing to engage and work with us. It’s a myth that the best kind of client is one who just hands over the money and lets you do whatever you want, that’s just architectural vanity. Part of what we do is work with people to help them discover and achieve a project that works for them.

Q: What are you passionate about? What gets you out of bed in the morning?

A: My family get me out of bed in the morning. I’m passionate about great architecture and design, without ego. Good architecture should work on multiple levels, but fundamentally we need to create spaces that bring some joy to people’s lives.

Q: What trends do you see coming through in the architecture / interior design space?

A: I’m not one to follow trends generally. I think it’s better to stick to the fundamental principals of architecture and design, such as proportion and scale, natural light, ventilation etc. Get them right and you can create spaces that go beyond fashion and trends.

Q: Where do you get inspiration from?

A: You can find inspiration anywhere. Generally it comes from lived experience, places I’ve visited and lived and people I have met and learned from along the way, that all provide influence in what I do everyday.

Q: What’s your favourite city in the world for architecture and inspiration?

A: Berlin. Followed closely by London.

Q: When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A: An architect or a joiner.

Q: How do you define success?

A: Professionally it is to deliver great projects and help people achieve projects that enhance their lives and the lives of others in some way. Personally, to enjoy what I do and live my life to its fullest.

If you'd like to speak with Ross or anyone else in the team about an upcoming project, get in touch: info@tintoarchitecture.com / +44 (0)1224 821 670.