FAIRWEATHER is a collaborative architectural and design studio, exploring opportunities in architectural and interior design, master planning and broader creative strategy including design thinking, problem solving and idea generation.
Paul has always inhabited the space that is the intersection of the business of creativity and the creativity of business, and FAIRWEATHER is a new platform that offers a range of creative and design solutions for architectural and non-architectural projects alike.
After over 20 years as a Founder of Fairweather Proberts, many of them as Managing Director, Paul took an extended sabbatical to refocus his creative energies and explore different modes of collaborative practice. Whilst Paul had been a driving force in the firm’s commercial success as well as a developing its highly respected culture, he sensed that the changing technologies and shifting priorities of the younger generations meant that there were different opportunities in structuring a practice.
Paul found that whilst the more routine aspects of running a business and developing a great culture had their own unique levels of creativity, the energy required to make these aspects of the business both successful and sustainable meant that there was less energy to devote to more purely creative pursuits. He also found that the constant attention required to balance the often creative skills/personalities with sustainable business outcomes interfered with the greater creative game.
Paul has realised that there are lots of technologies that are readily accessible to allow his small team to leverage it’s creative time in project pursuits [without the distraction of previously necessary but unproductive aspects of a business] by tapping into well established existing structures and resources.