Inspiration can come from anywhere. Nearly every design challenge begins with some exploration and search for inspiration. Today Hilary Barlow shares about where she finds inspiration. Hilary joined Payette in 2013 and was a co-chair of our Young Designer’s Core for two years. She is currently working on the Northwestern Research Space Master Plan and the University of Vermont New Research Building.
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I find inspiration from wide range of subjects and scales such as materiality, detailing and process. While inspiration can strike from anywhere, a constant source of inspiration for me comes from two of my favorite activities: running and hiking. I find that actively exploring and experiencing the world around me, stimulates and encourages my creativity.
I love running long distances for many reasons, but one of them is because it allows me to be alone with my thoughts and consider the built and natural world around me. When I travel to a new place I can’t wait to put on my sneakers and run the streets (or trails)—soaking in the architecture, culture and fabric. The lure of the unknown and challenge of navigating encourages to me to think about how the different structures I pass are built, the surrounding context and cultural impact. For me, running takes me to a place of reflection, creation and discovery. I also experience this feeling while hiking. Nature is embedded with history and is a rich source of inspiration and information. As an avid hiker and National Park enthusiast, I’m inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds me during these adventures. The different compositions, textures, colors, patterns and stimulate creativity offer endless opportunities for inspiration.
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