November’s Man of the Month is:
Here’s a little bit about him:
Bill received degrees in geography and visual arts from the University of Victoria, in 1979 and 1981 respectively. In 1982, after spending a year in Japan, he entered the School of Architecture at the University of British Columbia. In his second year, Bill attended a studies abroad program for architecture in Hong Kong and then spent a year living in Manila and Tokyo, working for Rengo Keikakusha on urban design projects for those cities.
Bill graduated from Architecture school in 1987 with a thesis project called “The Museum of Sand”, a theoretical zone of touristic and therapeutic spaces set in the dense heart of Tokyo. This project spawned a series of small play gardens and domestic objects called “Souvenirs from the Museum of Sand” which he continues to produce today. Some of these objects have become manifest into larger scales in his designs for urban spaces, dance sets, cemeteries and public art.
Bill has developed an oeuvre of interests, which synthesizes his love of geography, art and, architecture, and human occupation of space. His collective portfolio of projects vary in scale from small domestic objects and furniture, to set design, public art, urban spaces, gardens, retail environments, residences, plazas, cemeteries. Bill’s sets for dance have been viewed in both North America, Europe and Asia.
As well as designing, Bill teaches architecture at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the University of British Columbia (SALA). His classes reflect the scope of his interests, working with students on such varied subjects as concrete construction, the architecture of cemeteries, and the creative application of sustainable building practices into contemporary architecture and urbanism.
In 2006, under the banner of Pechet and Robb art and architecture, Bill’s studio represented Canada at the prestigious Venice Biennale of Architecture with a project entitled SweaterLodge.
He is currently working on a mammoth public art piece for a rapid transit station in Richmond, BC, a colour-changing glass environment for a new office tower in downtown Vancouver, cemetery projects in Reno, Nevada North Vancouver, BC and Vancouver, BC and a water-play environment for a park in the Danish city of Hjorring.
This last summer, Bill’s students mounted a project called Upcycled Urbanism in conjunction with the Museum of Vancouver to invite the public to build and choreograph movement spaces along one block of downtown Vancouver. The wildly successful project engaged an estimated 1500 people in an ever-changing space of environment and play.
And here’s how he answered my 6 questions about creativity:
What does it mean to you to be creative?
seeing marshmallows as media
What triggers your creativity?
a paycheque…no, seriously, not sure
What hinders your creativity?
people who don’t get the marshmallow thing
What’s the wildest journey your venturesome spirit has taken you on?
helping my father die
What does being bold and provocative mean to you?
its not really the agenda in my work…I take pleasure in offering the public a refreshed vision of their environments
What’s next for you?
a vacation would be lovely
And here’s something that inspires his creativity:
Watch 32 discordant metronomes achieve synchrony in a matter of minutes.
Check out Bill’s website at: www.pechetstudio.com
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