Welcome to the second episode of the Design Your Life Architecture series - From Lego to Skyscrapers featuring 3XN partner Fred Holt.

This series is dedicated to exploring the lives of architects, when did they first discover their love for it, what makes them tick, how do they handle the responsibility that comes with designing places, cities and buildings that will stand for generations to come.

In this second episode Vince and Fred discuss how despite all the issues COVID-19 has brought it has also helped positively push the discussion on how buildings should be designed. Smart buildings are now a priority allowing for increased airflow and enable occupants to be more dispersed when moving through them.

Fred touches on many aspects of his life from his childhood, growing up in a 60-acre Californian ranch roaming around on his bike and building forts of hay to starting his career as an architect in a San Francisco practice and attending Harvard graduate school of design all before moving to Denmark’s 3XN in 2010.  

The pair go on to discuss their thoughts and roles in the large Sydney Quay Quarter development project, why being an architect is all about creating moments and human experiences that you wouldn’t find anywhere else, how the innovation department GXN is increasingly involved in all the work they do and how Fred balances the demanding hours of the work week with his weekends making killer danish rye bread. 

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