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For most artists, it's a dream: the
fruits of their imagination line
the streets of their city, while
fellow citizens interact with their
creations from morning to night. For Steve
Woodland, however, it's a reality.
As a director of Cox Howlett & Bailey
Woodland Architects (or Cox Architects
nationally and internationally), the Western
Australian Government architect, and
as a recently appointed Life Fellow of the
Australian Institute of Architects, Steve (the
sometimes-artist) describes architecture as
the "fundamental part of my professional
life". And considering the enthusiastic
manner in which he describes his incredible
breadth of 32 years' worth of work, he's
probably, you know, right.
It's no surprise that he lives and breathes
architecture. What's interesting, though, is
that he thinks everyone else does, too.
"It's a huge part of almost everybody's
life," he says. "Buildings can uplift
the emotions, can make people more
comfortable in certain situations, can be
enlightening in others. I love the notion
that buildings can have a really positive
effect on people if you get them right."
Deeply committed to creating a built
environment that's functional and enduring,
while capturing a sense of West Australian
identity, he's an ideal fit for government
architect. His role stretches from working
on strategic projects to enhancing our
government's appreciation of design.
Architect Steve Woodland (far left), visits one of his creations, the
Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle. A nautical
influence is apparent at the musem (also left and above).
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