One to one with Ray Pini

Q: What made you pursue Architecture?  What do you love about it?

When I was a little boy, I loved playing with lego and building little things, so guess it started there.
My love and aim as an Architect – “Try to make the world a better place”.

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

The Corso – North Lakes would be one of the most rewarding and challenging community projects.
It was one of our first Green Star public projects, with a great Client - the MBRC, and dedicated team of designers, project management and building professionals. The project incorporates a dynamic Public Library, Community Centre, “The Space”-a Young Peoples facility, Offices and public spaces.   Thanks MBRC, Ridgemill PM & PDT for a great result.

Q: What motivates you?

The people, capabilities, future and heritage of PDT (Powell Dods and Thorpe) Architects is what motivates me. I have been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with so many great people over the years, since my start in 1984.  

Q: What keeps you busy away from work?

My family is a very important to me, plus my nature walks around Bulimba Creek, as this gives me time to think and contemplate (as long as those birds don’t dive bomb me). The heritage of Brisbane’s place and people is important too, as I am a member of the National Trust and The Royal Historical Society of Queensland, as I think we can learn a lot from our past, to inform our future.

Q: What’s the best thing about PDT Architects?

PDT Architects are a progressive talented team of people, designers and documenters who have the motivation and drive to meet the expectations of the industry. We have the capabilities to work on any project. The annual PDT Skit that celebrates our year, projects and people is another highlight. 

Q: What is your favourite holiday destination?

Mooloolaba is the closet holiday destination, followed by father’s hometown of Grosio, North Italy, and New Zealand is pretty good too (where my Mum originally came from). Otherwise a visit to Fortitude Valley, or Carindale for a cappuccino is a quicker alternative.  


PDT Architects 20th Dec 2016


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