What inspires your projects?
You almost travel in time when you design, to what it will be like for the folk living, working or visiting there. I create “scripts” based on the projected use of a space. I imagine how it will be used, how objects will be used, what the performance is. This inspires how I configure the space and decide what pieces go into it.
What would be your one piece of advice for a designer just starting out?
If I boil it down I would say enjoy it, be patient and keep focused. Played right, this can be a long career where you are always learning.
The other thing I would say is, value your skills. Don't do things for free, you should charge for your work. Even if you're starting out, there are lots of things you can do that your client can't. After all, that's why they've asked you to help in the first place.