Tarek Adhami was born in Damascus, Syria and now lives in Örebro, Sweden. He studied architecture in Syria and graduated as an architectural engineer, and has been traveling since then. Traveling gave him the chance to work with several companies, studios and independent architects. Much of his experience is in architectural visualization. Recently, Modelo had the opportunity to learn more about Tarek's unique approach and design philosophy.
On becoming an architect
I think that one of the early factors that contributed into building my interest in architecture has to do with other interests I had in my childhood. My brother and I used to play video games most of the time when we were kids, and I had witnessed the evolution of video games visuals and how it evolved from simple 2D platforms into a more complex 3D engines. I was fascinated by the evolution that was happening. So I started to study and practice 3ds max when I was a teenager. The vast majority of the work I did was inspired by these video games and I was aiming to become a so called ‘3D concept artist‘ for movies and video games industry. By the time I finished high school I had a good skills in 3D softwares but had to face the fact that there was no available universities that teach the major. The house environment that I grew up in had also played a part in building such interest since both my father and mother are architects. I felt familiar with architecture terms, and felt that there was a chance to invest in what I have already learned from the 3d softwares in the field.
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On discovering his voice as a designer
I guess it is more likely professional and personal influences: The professional influences came from the first job I got after graduation. I worked in a studio that only had to deal with architectural visualizations and had the chance to work on many projects that clients used to send us in order to make their projects visually presentable. So I had to model and render many projects that have different architectural styles and that's I believe what enhanced my muscle memory. The personal influences come from the fact that I worked as a 3D concept artist and used to model and design a huge amount of complex 3d organic objects and buildings. This experience was so challenging and made the 3d software later on my sketchbook and a place to design and experiment.
On joining White Architects
I moved to Sweden early 2015 as an immigrant and started looking for a job into companies that have an international atmosphere since I am still learning Swedish. I had a positive hype when I came across White Architects website and saw the projects portfolio they have. So I contacted them and showed my interest to join the group and they reacted positively and I just started working with them in January 2016.
On principles he strives to adhere to
Alongside with being designer and visualizer, I would love to take a part in the visual development process within White architects. I feel that It would be great to find some time to complete working on the experimental projects that I made before, such as the Nordic apartment project that I made for sketchfab community, and the article that followed.
On his role at White Architects
I have just started working as a 3D designer and visualizer with White and the projects that I worked on where in the conceptual early phases. Generally what I do is that I take sketches or written concepts in some cases from my colleagues and start to model these ideas inside the 3D software. Once the model is accepted I can start producing photorealistic images for clients. Therefore I serve as a link between the designers and the clients.
On projects that represent the firm's unique approach
It is too early for me to answer this question since it is my third month. And the projects that I am working on are still in progress. But personally I feel that White architects are so serious about being sustainable in every possible way, and I believe that what makes their design approach so unique.
On his design toolkit
I believe that my workflow has been developed based on the fact that time is so crucial, and the clients care about the design as a result and not about how you did it and what tools you used. So I started to focus on the fastest ways to deliver the design ideas. Most of the time I rely a lot on 3D tool when it comes to architectural design. I try to visualize all the gathered informations from the analysis and studies inside the 3ds max, and then sketch the project mass in a co-responsive way to the visualized data. I combine 3D modeling with photobashing techniques and digital painting skills inside photoshop in order to push the design into a photorealistic approach. These techniques helped me avoiding long time renderings, and it is a method I have learned from different concept artists who work within the entertainment industry. I produce all the architectural drawings such as sections and plans later in the process, since they can be easily generated from the 3d model.
On the state of design software today
I feel that big software companies take Autodesk as an example have made a strong softwares foundation for us as a designers, but the progression of their development curve has started to become slower, especially when you compare the latest software versions to the previous ones, only a few incremental software changes is being added, but not radical ones. On the other hand many smaller software companies and startup projects recently started to take the lead towards more radical software innovations take Modelo as an example and their idea of building web based platform to share and publish 3D and VR content.
On the future of architecture in the next 5-10 years
It's really hard to predict the upcoming changes in architecture in its general form since there are many aspects to put into consideration. One of the challenges is the population booming. Our process of design is going to change from designing a customizable facilities that clients ask for into mass producing buildings as products.
On the firm in the next 5-10 years
It is too early for me to answer this question since it is my third month in. However, I believe that the company is going to evolve fast and might be a leader in some of these changes since White arkitekts are not only care about their project's production but they are also aware about keeping the research and development process on going.
On advice he would give his younger self
Care about your social life as much as you care about your profession advancement. Later on you will realize that these social connections has a direct contribution in building your career reputation.