2.00 pm: We have an important client presentation so I review some drawings for the Reem Central Park project, a unique retail destination on the beachfront of Reem Island, Abu Dhabi, which has just entered the schematic design phase. The masterplan includes several retail units and restaurants as well as open and sheltered plazas, small amphitheatres for shows and events and outdoor interactive hubs.
The key driver behind the scheme was to ensure that the space was designed around people, placing the end user at the heart of our approach. We played with textures, materials and a varied colour palette to create a range of different spaces for the visitors to explore and enjoy. The location offers an extraordinary backdrop; it is very inspiring and provides a unique opportunity for a landscape designer.
4.00 pm: I sit down with my team to apply the final touches to the presentation boards we will be showing to the Reem Central Park client tomorrow. We do a quick run through and discuss how we are going to present each aspect of the project to ensure the core message will come across strongly and clearly. I suggest taking some sketches with us too – I always find these to be a powerful tool to take your audience through the design process, from the very beginning and demonstrate our creativity and critical thinking.
6.00 pm: Before leaving, I check the last emails from the day. There is one about an office lunch taking place on Wednesday for a new colleague who has just joined us and another one reminding me about some upcoming CPD. I quickly add both to my calendar and switch off my computer.