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TerraMai Q&A - John Patrick Winberry

 

In addition to designing the Beach2Ocean retail space, John Patrick Winberry and UP are working on numerous projects in and around New York City. These projects range from retail spaces, to loft apartments, to single-family homes, as well as a multi-structure compound in the Hamptons. Winberry studied design at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY, where he often visits as a design review critic.

 

Who and what are your main design influences? My design influences are constantly evolving. From music, to nature, to great urban spaces – they all drive me in unique ways.

What and where is your favorite space? I love the intimacy of any small, dark-lit concert hall. The Bowery Ballroom comes to mind. Architecturally speaking, the Salk Institute in California by Louis Kahn is one of the best spaces I ever experienced. The relationship between the architecture and its site creates a public space that I found awe-inspiring.

What architect or designer do you most admire? Tadao Ando. He designs smart, simple forms with a minimal material pallet and manages to continually produce complex and challenging spaces. 

What deceased architect or designer is most overrated? That is a tough one but I would have to say Philip Johnson. I just never got it.

Who would you most like to design something for? Anyone from the 1986 NY Mets. What a team. What a year!

What is your favorite city or town? Downtown NYC, with Florence coming in a close second.

What building or structure do you most dislike? I really despise an enclosed shopping mall.  The idea of a climate-controlled, poorly-lit box just doesn’t sit well with me.

What is the best moment of the day? When it all comes together; design, program and site. 

What is your design philosophy? I am a huge believer that smart, modern, simple moves create great spaces. I also believe design is a lifelong learning process, so I still have a lot to learn.

What advice do you have for people interested in a career in design? Grow a thick skin, watch out for building departments and learn to love those late nights.