Beachroad Magazine meet up with Architect Jonathan Ashmore, He founded the Dubai & London based Award Winning Architecture, Interior Architecture and Design practice, Anarchitect in 2013 to specialise in the delivery of bespoke projects for private and corporate Clients.
With a diverse portfolio of built work spanning residential, leisure, hospitality, workplace and culture across the Middle-East and Europe, his practice manifests architecture at diverse scales of design with superlative craft, detail and materiality.
Jonathan approaches each project with an architectural discourse, applied in equal measure to each of the disciplines – Architecture, Interior and Design, to realise highly resolved buildings and interior spaces beautifully balanced in form, function and detail.
Jonathan answers the Beachroad Magazine Q&A.
NAME? // Jonathan Ashmore.
YOUR FIRST JOB? // Bang & Olufsen sales assistant (Part-time whilst studying at college).
YOUR CURRENT OCCUPATION? // Architect.
YOUR GREATEST LOVE? // Architecture.
YOUR GREATEST FEAR? // Laziness.
WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST MEMORY? // Trying to teach my best friend to speak (I started really early).
WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL AND WHY? // Lord Richard Rogers, an inspiration an architect, successful business man and humble human being.
WHAT WAS THE LAST GIFT YOU GAVE SOMEONE? // An Alexander Wang bag to my wife.
IF YOU WERE 80 YEARS OLD, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR CHILDREN? // Live for the moment, time passes too by quick.
YOUR WORST TRAIT? // Perfectionist.
THE WORST TRAIT IN OTHERS THAT GETS YOU MAD? // Disrespect.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOUR ROLE IN A MOVIE? // Harrison Ford (in his younger years).
FAVOURITE MUSIC? // Vocal House.
LAST RECORD YOU BOUGHT? // I can't remember.
FAVOURITE BOOK? // Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell.
LAST BOOK YOU BOUGHT? // The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg.
WHAT INSPIRES YOU? // Beautiful details and craftsmanship.
THE CLOSEST YOU HAVE COME TO DEATH? // A near car collision on the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast.
FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Belgrade, Serbia.
LEAST FAVOURITE DESTINATION? // Sheikh Zayed Road during Morning rush-hour.
HOW DO YOU RELAX? // I like to run early mornings before the world awakens.
WHY DUBAI? // It's constantly evolving and never looks back.
ARE YOU SPORTY? // I used to be a Track & Field Athlete until Architecture took over. (I've also sported the front cover of Mens Fitness magazine which many may not know). BEACH OR DESERT? // Beach.
URBAN OR RURAL? // Urban.
CATS OR DOGS? // Dogs.
COFFEE OR TEA? // Espresso.
WHAT YOU MAKES YOU LAUGH? // Impersonations and dry humour.
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? // Sleep deprivation.
YOUR MESSAGE? // Stay true to yourself and those closest to you and live life with passion.