Q&A WITH WALTER
What did you want to be as young boy?
My dream was to always be an architect but due to my financial commitments to my family that dream could not be pursued, so my first job was as a bricklayer for a wonderful Italian family in Brisbane. Many years later I then eventually completed an Applied Science Associate Diploma in Building Construction. I studied part-time while I worked full-time, it took me 10 years to complete.
What Italian influence have you bought to your business on the Sunshine Coast?
Style and flair of course! All jokes aside, when you have an Italian heritage you really do appreciate the work of true craftsmen. For that reason, I love using high end finishes or finishes that exude quality and beauty. I love natural stone, and try to create spaces that work with the environment and nature and blend the outside with the inside. I also think that the whole alfresco way of dining, which I simply love, works well on the Sunshine Coast and I try to incorporate that into my designs.
How and/or where do you get a fresh dose of inspiration prior to each project?
Inspiration is a journey and it starts when I secure the block of land. I need to look at the outlook and take on how it makes me feel. I like to imagine myself waking up in that space every day and how I would feel living there and what I would want if it were to be my home. That’s how the journey starts and from there I brief my architect to turn those feelings into drawings.
What awards have you received over your career?
I have been fortunate enough to receive a number of awards over the years for things like kitchen and bathroom design to my multiresidential and mixed-use developments. It is always a privilege to be acknowledged for our work and I always respect the team behind me that makes it all happen.
What has been your proudest career moment to date?
I have had many highlights but I did win a State Construction award for my building "Cilento" at Mooloolaba and it was nice to be recognised by my peers.