The new creative centre of York St John University proposes a semi public theatre venue and an atrium as a mixing valve to encourage interactions and spontaneous learning outside the classroom.
Syafiq credits the Dsg Scholarship for helping him set a purpose to his work and reminding him of his choice to pursue architecture. In the year he chose to apply for the scholarship, Dsg was also looking towards new sectors of the design industry such as digital technology, user experience design, and designing smart cities, amongst others. This shift helped Syafiq expand his horizons on what was possible with design, realigning his inner compass and bringing clarity to what his practice can offer to the world.
Pursuing his Masters in a foreign land was also challenging for him, but with the vote of confidence from the Dsg Scholarship, and being surrounded by brilliant and dedicated architects every day, Syafiq came to truly enjoy his time studying abroad.
The dedication of students producing large volumes of work in high quantities, and their diligent work ethic, truly inspired him to be better. This work ethic definitely shows in his practice today. He affirms that there is a simple direct correlation between the frequency of attempts and the quality of the output, and one should trust every failure to add value to the final product.
The world of architecture also brings many rich opportunities and surprises. Just last year, Syafiq was made the design lead on a project to build a house for a famous pianist, who happens to be a good friend of renowned architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw.
Through the project, Syafiq had the opportunity to work closely with Sir Nicholas, meeting at his residence to discuss and draw designs in real-time. Working with such an iconic figure in architecture has certainly been one of the most unexpected experiences for Syafiq.
For adventurous young minds curious about this profession, Syafiq advises them to aim high, and define success for themselves. He emphasises intuition and risk-taking as elements that are important in a designer’s life, for the most interesting discoveries are borne from accidents and chances taken. One should take their time discovering and playing, then return to reflect upon their discoveries.