MFx16: Meet Paul Holmes


Paul Holmes
Master of Architecture
Minor in Urban Studies
Tulane University, 2018

What are some of your favorite spaces in Austin?
My favorite Austin spaces are where you can see the city skyline in the background but have a field in the foreground. It makes the city look like a series of towers in a park, a real life rendering of Le Corbusier's proposal for Paris. Places like these include: Town Lake, the Zilker Park Fields, the 183 on ramp to Mopac South and the dirt lot a block south of MF Architecture.

What motivated you to study architecture?
Both of my parents are computer engineers, so I got the need to build things from them. But I wanted a career that wouldn't put me behind a computer monitor all day (8 year old me didn't know about BIM). What motivates me is that all the work leads to something physical in the world, something that can really move people. Spaces really can be powerful. Now I can help create them.

What do you like doing aside from architecture?
I try to spend most of my time outdoors. Whether that means running, hiking, swimming or kayaking any excuse to be out in the sunshine is a good one. And maybe someday I'll share these experience with a special someone. I'm talking of course about a dog.

Where do you plan to travel to next?
The National University of Singapore. I hope to travel there this August for a semester abroad. From there I'd love to travel to the surrounding countries of Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines. I'd also like to see the cities of Seoul, Taipei, Hong Kong or Tokyo. But that's a little ambitious. 

Is there something particular that fuels your creativity?
Nature informs my creative decisions. I think anything we can design has already been done somewhere out there in a forest, canyon or cave. If we stand back and analyze what makes these natural spaces powerful, we can bring that feeling into the places we design. It all requires going outdoors.

What are you reading?
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald