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JONATHAN ASHMORE // ARCHITECT

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.‎

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