With more than 12 years’ experience designing and building residential and retail spaces, Travis Walton opened his own firm,
Travis Walton Architecture & Interior Design (TWA), in 2010.
Since its launch, TWA has grown into a full-service design firm, offering services in architectural, landscape and interior design; interior styling and photography; local and offshore furniture procurement; project management; and contractor coordination and implementation.
What sparked your interest in architecture?
I remember from a very young age always being interested in construction as my grandfather was a builder and my uncle worked in property. The artistic side of me combined the two.
What drives you – has there been someone or something that has inspired your career?
I think it is real passion to create! I love seeing my ideas on paper realised. I also love that I get to create things for other people: spaces, brands, furniture.
You started your firm when you were only 28. What were the main challenges of starting your own business so early in your career?
I started in the industry in my late teens so I was very lucky to have so much experience under my belt by the time I started my business. Everything about starting a small business is challenging, but mostly having limited resources and managing your time effectively. We are very hands on during the construction phase to ensure we achieve the desired outcome. In the early days it was certainly client meetings during the day and design by night. Six years in and I now have an amazing team of people around me.
If you could go back in time, is there anything you would do differently? What piece of advice would you give yourself?
I wouldn’t do anything differently as my mistakes have taught me the most about myself and the business. There were times when I didn’t follow my gut instinct so my advice would be stick to your guns.
Can you describe your design process?
My first step is to always understand the context and the brief. I need to know the motivation behind the project. I believe the success of any good relationship is about managing expectations.
What is your favourite project that you’ve designed and why?
It is so hard to single out a favorite project; however, one of my recent favourites was working with Greene St Juice Co. It was their first retail store, an excellent product and the most genuine people to work with.
What has been your career highlight?
I think being voted 10 ten bars in the world in the FX Design Awards London in 2012 for our Pretty Please Nightclub.
Apart from those by your own company, what do you think are the three best projects in the world at the moment?
The Jane Belgium
Where do you think the architecture industry will be five years from now?
100 per cent digital, fluid, active and sustainable. Actually, that might be more like 10 years.
What or whom have you learned the most from?
A client once told me a famous Chinese proverb: “If you don’t change direction you’re likely to end up where you’re headed.” That really resonated with me and I take this into my practice daily.
What is a website or blog that you visit often?
There are so many as I don’t believe in reading information from one source only.
I like visual stimulation, so Instagram is probably more my thing.
Domain Residence, South Yarra was a finalist in the 2015 Australian Interior Design Awards -Residential Decoration.[/caption]
What are three books that have you either influenced you professionally or personally?