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Architect: Brian D'Ornellas

Antiguan-born Brian has over 25 years� experience in commercial, hospitality and residential architecture.

Since his promotion to Regional Director in 2006, he has been crucial in developing OBM Internationals’ reach throughout the Caribbean and, closer to home, oversees the operations of both OBM Antigua and OBM Trinidad & Tobago. When not anchored to a desk, he can be found at sea.

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7. 2012 Ford Mustang GT

RL: Why did you choose to become an architect?

BD’O: I was studying Zoology but soon realised that I wanted to do something more creative.

RL: What was your first design?

BD’O: A bank in Nova Scotia.

RL: Describe your design aesthetic.

BD’O: Contemporary Caribbean architecture is what I’m drawn to most. Through the years, I’ve moved away from the classic ‘gingerbread’ architecture to embrace a more modern style.

RL: Describe your design style.

BD’O: Ever evolving. Our first project was an ode to traditional Caymanian design with some added flair. Now we use a very European style. Personally, I am heavily influenced by Spanish, Italian and New Modern architecture.

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RL: What are you working on at present?

BD’O: I’ve been working with the Government of Antigua on the Economic Citizenship plan and I’ve also been very active on a Tourism Development Plan for Antigua.

RL: How has your field changed in recent years?

BD’O: I have noticed that there are more planning and project development projects than there are architectural projects.

RL: What inspires you today?

BD’O: Island development. Seeing how through architecture and planning, I’m able to provide a safer, cleaner and a more beautiful environment for the island communities.

RL: What are the five things you cannot live without?

BD’O: My family, my work, boats, watersports and marine activities.

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1. Falling Water by Frank Lloyd Wright

Brians Top Ten

Brian_Dornellas_Top_Ten1. Designer:

Frank Llyod Wright.

2. Furniture:

Hans Wegner Shell Chair.

3. Design Tool:

Revit.

4. Sustainable Gizmo:

Wind generators.

5. Appliance:

Breville Ikon Multi-Speed Juice Fountain.

6. Artist:

Christopher J. Michel.

7. Car:

2012 Ford Mustang GT.

8. Hotel:

W New York.

9. Book:

Leading Change by John P. Kotter.

10. Holiday:

United Kingdom.

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