Beyond the individual – designer as collaborator – Igor Siddiqui, Architect-turned-Product Designer

A needed change in approach from the  dominance of the individual architects emphasis on the object to collaborating in the existing field ..this extract from an interview with Igor Siddiqui, architect turned product designer on Archinect,  describes the changing emphasis of some of us….

Do you have an interest in returning to architecture?

IS: Well, one could say that what makes one’s work architecture is the designer’s disciplined thinking and process and not to the specific scale, typology or medium of a project. If this were true, I’d say that there is no return to speak of – I’ve never gone anywhere. However, I do think that my relationship to conventional architectural practice has been transformed and my sensibility about space-making expanded. First, I would say that I am increasingly interested in ways of defining space through means other than the introduction of new architectural volumes, focusing instead on imaginative re-tailoring of existing structures, performance-driven surface manipulations, exploiting relationships between objects and occupants, and taking advantage of ephemeral aspects of spatial experiences such as light, sound and smell. Second, by focusing on fabrication and product design, my work is at least as concerned with factory production of designed artifacts, as it is with site-specific construction. And finally, while ISSSStudio continues to take on projects where we have the principal role of coordinating the overall project – typically up to the scale of single-family houses – I am more and more open to working on projects in the capacity of a consultant – the way an engineer or lighting designer would, where we get to apply our expertise to a certain piece or layer of a larger project. This shift in mentality for me has been the greatest shift away from the way that I have been trained to practice. It is the “not everything” approach: rather than aspiring to shape and solely coordinate the big picture, it is a about a specific contribution to a larger or thicker whole. This is the direction that I will likely continue to explore, and one that in my mind suits the increasing demand for collaboration in design.

eSampled, Grand Concourse Competition entry; Igor Siddiqui / ISSSStudio in collaboration with Monica Tiulescu

eSampled, Grand Concourse Competition entry; Igor Siddiqui / ISSSStudio in collaboration with Monica Tiulescu

reSampled, Grand Concourse Competition entry (detail); Igor Siddiqui / ISSSStudio in collaboration with Monica Tiulescu

reSampled, Grand Concourse Competition entry (detail); Igor Siddiqui / ISSSStudio in collaboration with Monica Tiulescu

Learn more about ISSSStudio at www.isssstudio.com

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