One of the greatest strengths of our pan-European architectural practice, is the diversity within the team. Home to 20 different nationalities, each one of our colleagues brings something to the table – and deserves their moment in the spotlight.
That’s why, this month, we’re getting to know a little bit more about architect Mootez Talbi – as well as what makes him tick.
1. Summarise your role at Reid Brewin Architects in one paragraph.
My main role in the office is BIM manager, but as a qualified architect, I also perform several ‘passion projects’ to stay in touch with my original craft.
2. What’s one thing that surprised you about working at RBA?
What surprised me the most about RBA — apart from the remarkable multicultural aspect — is the ease with which one can integrate into the team. You quickly feel relaxed and pretty much at home.
3. If one of your colleagues could win an award (work or ‘fun’) who would it be and why?
This is a difficult question to answer as each of my colleagues has their own set of amazing strengths. If I had to choose, I would give the ‘Greatest Teacher Award’ to my fellow BIM manager, Ouassim Amira — a great listener and mentor, who would make an excellent professor!
An honourable mention goes to David Emmons, winner of the ‘Best Colleague Award’ for his jokes, but also his constant supply of M&Ms!
4. What led you to this career?
I always loved drawing and painting. My father passed on his passion for creativity, as well as technology and computers, so the choice was quite simple, really. I chose architecture because it felt like a good fit and from thread to needle, I specialised in BIM management and eco-materials.
5. What topic could you give a presentation on with little to no preparation?
Music! I love listening to new songs and discovering fresh playlists. If you pass by a vinyl store, look inside and maybe you’ll spot me!
6. If you could trade places with anyone in the world for a day, who would you choose?
I would’ve liked to see life through the eyes of Vincent Van Gogh and hear it through the ears of Mac Miller.
7. What’s the best advice you were ever given?
“Do not spend energy on false problems and false excuses.”
8. What trend do you hope makes a comeback?
Skyrock blogs and Tumblr.
9. If you could only have three apps on a smartphone, which would you pick?
Spotify, Vsco Cam, and Whatsapp.
10. What’s one song or artist that you’re embarrassed to admit you like?
Love Story by Taylor Swift.