My Architectural Beginning: Kevin Watts’ First Experience with Architecture

“I grew up in Punchbowl, Australia, a small suburb outside of Sydney,” Kevin Watts, President of Watts Architects said. “As a young boy, I was very curious about the world around me and one day discovered in a closet a roll of drawings. I pulled them out on the dining room table and discovered the drawings were of a house. As I looked more closely I noticed an address and I was surprised to see that it was my house, number six, Christian Road.”

Kevin asked his mother about the house drawings and she explained they were the drawings for the house they lived in and were prepared by an architect.

“I had never heard the word ‘architect’ before,” Kevin said. “I found some old tissue paper and with band aids I found in a closet, I held the tissue paper down over the drawings. There were about six sheets. Hour after hour, day after day, I carefully drew every line that had been prepared by that architect and ended up with a set of drawings reproduced by hand on tissue paper. The drawings weren’t nearly as good as the originals but that was my introduction to the exhilarating world of architecture.”

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