As Cayman matures into a Caribbean island of distinction for its residents and visitors, two individuals have significantly helped to shape the landscape of this unique location: architects Brian Macdonald, managing partner of Design Cayman Architects, and John Doak of John Doak Architecture (JDA).
Doak doesn’t think he has a certain style necessarily. “However, like chefs, I combine the ingredients of budget, client aspirations, accommodations, the assets and constraints of the site to creatively concoct a unique place that is totally tropical and spiced with design picante!” JDA buildings respect the terroir, or locale, by blending context, siting, budget, scheduling and construction feasibility.
The buildings Doak creates are at home in the tropics whether ultramodern, transitional or traditionally styled. “More particularly, our designs are ‘of this place,’ of Cayman. We are not obsessively green, but we do understand how to design buildings that are entirely suitable, energy efficient, healthy and sustainable in the tropical environment of the Cayman Islands.”
Design Cayman Limited is a studio of creative and imaginative designers committed to designing buildings, spaces and places that are as striking and innovative as they are socially, economically and environmentally responsible. Brian Macdonald believes to be successful, they must remain that way.
“Design solutions must be founded on innovation and creativity and balanced by common sense and experience,” he advises, adding that he sees each project as an individual challenge and exciting opportunity to develop the most efficient design response. “The design process starts with listening to the clients and developing a creative and logical response to their needs and aspirations for a particular project. Designing for people is fundamental to this process,” he continues. Sustainability is ingrained into everything they do. “We believe that incorporating proven sustainable design methods is practical, requires less maintenance than traditional design practices and saves money.”
Author: Stephanie Peacock