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"The Architecture of Problem Solving"
February 29, 2008 | Anna Nicolle | Carleton University Magazine
KPMB Associate Architect, Judy Taylor, was interviewed by her Alma mater in the Carleton University Magazine:

"Every day around the world, architects and project developers apply imagination and skill to creating the buildings and living spaces that our children's children will inhabit. But the task of turning inspired design into usable bricks and mortar usually involves tackling many different practical and theoretical problems. These challenges may be as down-to-earth as a tight budget or as spatial as the challenge of global warming. The key, many architects say, is to understand that problems present the opportunity to find creative solutions. For architects, the process of creative problem solving is one that begins during their initial education and continues throughout their entire careers. One thing is certain: very few problems are tackled the same way."

Inspiring balance

Judy Taylor, BArch/87, specializes in navigating the problems that arise from trying to balance creative ex?pression with functional design.

As an associate at KPMB Architects, Taylor has helped create award-winning educational and public spaces, such as the library at Queen's University and Kitchener's City Hall.

The nature of her work brings her into tight orbit with many different professionals, from engineers and design consultants to project developers. She says it's the collective energy of these different professionals that makes her job so interesting, and makes for the most creative problem solving.

"Architecture is a collaborative art form that draws on the experience and expertise of all of the individuals involved," Taylor says.

She explains that working on large projects requires a high tolerance for the unexpected. While a project can be exceptionally well planned, the only real certainty, she says, is that difficulties will arise.

"I don't believe any one project can achieve a perfect balance. There are too many factors that are unknown and uncontrollable," she explains.

Taylor says the key is to use these problems as a springboard for innovation.

"Restrictions force resourcefulness and creative thinking to find alternative routes and previously unimagined solutions," she says. "For me, each project creates an opportunity to make a significant contribution to one's pursuit of this balance.""

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