I had the opportunity to chat with Melissa Johnston, the architect who worked on the renovation of the Cafe Royal:
What role does collaboration play in your work?
Collaboration is essential to what we do. It makes the project more dynamic, to respond to other peoples ideas, instead of just your own. It is more surprising.
How would you describe the creative spirit of our times?
Consciousness about substance and curiosity are key. We are more curious pushing into new frontiers and information has become so available. It has made us more curious and interested in new areas and interested in investigating with substance and quality.