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Airports have experienced unprecedented challenges in recent times, with the impact of major changes like Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic on top of the growing demand for international travel. With no sign of slowing down, it is important to consider how the design of airports can be futureproofed for growth, success and sustainability.

Fresh out of university, Aart Koning, Director at CHQ Architects, started his own design firm with two friends back in the ‘80s. From here, he went from strength to strength, working for the likes of Foster + Partners. In this Q&A, Aart talks to us about his career and explains where his love for architecture began.

In this month’s Q&A, James Walsh, CEO of Studio Anyo, fills us in on what inspires him and how young architecture students can get ahead.

Angus Smith studied Architecture at Scott Sutherland School of Architecture. Following his education, he went on to work in an international practice that specialised in dramatic developments for Sol Kerzner and Southern Sun Hotels. After returning to the UK and completing his professional exams, Angus joined Space Solutions, delivering the Bon Accord Shopping Centre in Aberdeen. Since then, and after marrying and having a family, he has worked widely in the North East and the central belt of Scotland.

After winning several student design awards and graduating with first-class honours from Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Mark Ellson joined Holmes Miller as a Part 2 Assistant in 2005. Flash forward to 2022, and he sits at the helm of the practice as Holmes Miller’s Director. Here, FC&A learns how Mark went from a budding architectural assistant to the leader of an award-winning architecture practice.

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