Design for Life: How to Balance Your Creative Practice
Biba Dow co-founded Dow Jones Architects in 2000 and was shortlisted this year for Architect of the Year in the Women in Architecture Awards. In our interview, Biba shares how she has cultivated a practice over time that is enriched by cultural projects and opportunities to share knowledge.
Why did you and your husband Alun want to start your own practice?
We met as architecture students. We were both on the Master‘s course and I think we felt very quickly that we had a similar way of thinking about things, and we started the conversation that‘s still going on today.
I had a clear set of role models of working couples who had architectural or other creative practices. That was really helpful because it was a way of thinking about how you could live your life and do this job and make it work in all aspects of life. The famous ones like Charles and Ray Eames and the Smithsons and Lucienne and Robin Day combined creative practice with living working together. That was my inspiration, really.
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