As one of the principals at design firm Workshop/apd, architect Andrew Kotchen was a winner of Global Green's Sustainable Design Competition for New Orleans in 2006. The team's winning design is actualized with Global Green's Holy Cross Project development in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. On the 5th anniversary of the international design competition, we talked to Kotchen about the experience and asked him to answer questions for our Global Green Room Interview series.
What would surprise us about your work?
We don't have singular aesthetic, but there is a continuity in all our projects.
Who is your hero?
That's a tough question! I am going to have to say my kids. They inspire me to be a great father and a great person.
What has been your greatest success?
I would say this business and, through the economic downturn, coming out of it stronger than before and maintaining a strong client base.
What would you say is your biggest failure or challenge?
I can't name one failure as a defining moment. Personally, I would say my biggest failure is not pushing myself hard enough to do better. As a type A personality, I struggle with self-demands and continually wanting to do better and I'm sometimes disappointed by not being able to achieve a level of perfection.
If you had the power to make one global and green change, what would it be?
My wish would be to convert all our energy into wind power.