Meet Oliver Higgins, one of the “Your World, Reimagined: A Global Design Competition” judges

2013/07/19

Next up in our series of judge profiles for the “Your World, Reimagined” global design competition is Architect and Visualizer at Franklin Ellis Architects, Oliver Higgins.

Oliver Higgins, Architect, Franklin Ellis Architects

Higgins will be looking for submissions that incorporate impressive visuals and ideas of the utmost originality during the competition. This includes using well thought out camera angles, which he says are critical to obtaining successful design visuals.

Higgins became a registered architect in 2009, and has since worked at Franklin Ellis Architects in Nottingham, UK. Higgins has been featured on MAXON’s architectural case study page, and he was also the CINEMA 4D category winner of the 2012 Inspired Visions Global Rendering Competition. He is a keen believer in the potential for incorporating 3D visualization at the early stages of a project to enhance the design process and ultimately produce more successful architecture.

A recent revitalization project that impressed Higgins was the refurbishment of the St. Pancras Railway Station in London. The station was almost demolished in the 1960s and fell into disrepair in the 1980s. Following its recent renovation, this international hub is an excellent example of Victorian Gothic architecture mixed with clean lines of modernity.

Another revitalization project Higgins worked on was restoring a historic water pumping station called The Old Pumphouse, which included a contemporary office extension to which his practice later moved. The station was originally designed in 1850 and closed in 1900, but it was later used in various ways until becoming completely run down. It then remained vacant for 13 years until its recent restoration by Franklin Ellis Architects.

“It’s important to ensure high-quality buildings and structures are saved and restored to allow future generations to enjoy them,” said Higgins. “Let us not make the same mistake we did in the 60′s by demolishing some fine pieces of architecture. Save and improve what should be saved, and replace what should be replaced!”

His advice to participants is to consider studying some of the best architectural photographers to see how the light, material, and texture combine to create a perfect image. For example, since the site built for the London 2012 Olympic Games was recognized as a great success, he recommends studying it to see how the area was regenerated.

Keep an eye out for more profiles to come about our “Your World Reimagined” judges right here on Planet Vectorworks! To learn more about the competition sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. in collaboration with MAXON Computer, DOSCH DESIGN, Arroway Textures® and AMD FireProTM graphics, visit our website.

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