One to One with Michael Prewett

Q: How do you see the role of Technology at PDT Studio in 2020?

It’s been interesting to see the transition in the last 10 years from 2D drawings and large format prints to 3D modelling and electronic issuing. Now with the advent of low priced VR hardware and the associated software tools coming onto the market we are seeing architecture firms jump at the chance to showcase their work in this format. I think it really gives clients a way to experience the space we are designing for them as a lot of people do have trouble visualising from a 2D plan. (myself included).

My vision of technology at PDT in 2020 would be easy access to a whole suite of visualisation tools which would enable PDT to produce interactive experiences for our clients very quickly, at all stages of design giving a fantastic end result.


Q: Innovation?

This is big at PDT! We have an “Innovation” group (informally called the Brains Trust) which regularly meets to discuss ideas, new products and technologies. I always come away from these with a heap of ideas and lots of research to do! Initiatives like the push to VR and 360 imaging has come from these meetings.


Q: What has been one of your most rewarding projects and why?

Probably not particularly exciting to anyone outside of IT but the setup of an internal intranet site which has features including document sharing, studio calendars and announcements has been an extremely useful organisational tool. I’ve been amazed to see what people are using it for, what they’ve been adding to it and also how much better and more user friendly it looks now compared to when I first set it up!


Q: Whats the best thing about working at PDT?

Probably the best thing is the people who are great to work with and hardly ever complain about slow computers! I also can’t not mention the office and facilities, which are top notch and the work is always varied and interesting!


Q: What keeps you busy away from work?

Running around after my busy 5-year-old, working in the veggie garden and over indulging when at restaurants!


PDT Architects 31st Aug 2017


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