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THE TEAM AT DDIR ARCHITECTURE STUDIO

The studio brings together architects and designers from the east and west, from varying backgrounds and experiences; combined to produce complex and rich spaces.

AT WORK

DDIR Architecture Studio was created by the combined inspirations of French-Canadian architect Dominic Dube and Inge Reick, originally from Germany.

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Workspace 23 Mar 2019

Career Advice: Dominic Dube tells us what he expects when he hires designers at DDIR

This week, as we come to the end of March, we at CQ decide to look at design practices through a slightly different lens. In the past, we’ve discussed processes, ideas behind the creation, gaps that lead to design and so on. But heading in a different direction, we decided to ask the designers heading their practices about how they hire employees for their studio. We speak to Dominic Dube of DDIR who shares some insight with us.

Each year sees a rise in number of architecture and design graduates. The abysmal training that design school impart while mass-producing these graduates is an open-secret within the industry. This means, that studios that hire these professionals must not only train them but also educate or tute them.

Looking at this trend and growing concern, we decided to do a series called “Career Advice” featuring designers heading their practices, asking them what do they really look for when hiring employees.

Dominic Dube is the founder of DDIR (Dominic Dube Inge Rieck) architecture studio. The vision for his practice involves integrating architecture and design with art, technology, life and culture. The studio brings together architects and designers from the east and west, from varying backgrounds and experiences; combined to produce complex and rich spaces. Here’s an excerpt of an interview we conducted, asking him what he qualities he looks for in new hires.

What skills do you look for when hiring interns, fresher architects and senior (experienced) architects?

We look at their portfolios and expect clear intent, fresh and novel ideas alongside a good word of reference from their college (in case of freshers) and their older employees (in case of experienced designers). We look for thinkers and leaders to own responsibilities, like each team player at our office does. We believe that everyone is unique and we focus on discovering and honing their individual qualities.

THE TEAM AT DDIR ARCHITECTURE STUDIO

The studio brings together architects and designers from the east and west, from varying backgrounds and experiences; combined to produce complex and rich spaces.

What in your opinion have been deal-breakers while interviewing a candidate?

Instead of a ‘deal-breaker’; I would like to emphasise on the ‘deal-maker’. We look for an honest explanation on why they want to specifically work with us. It is necessary to establish that the candidate aligns with our vision. 

How do you gauge whether the work shown on someone’s portfolio is really the applicant’s work?

The way a candidate presents their work and portfolio, communicates much about their sincerity and genuineness. Some use tried-and-tested templates and known formulas which is a tell-tale. Some honestly express ideas and/or goals that they aspire and work towards it. We do a month’s trial with all candidates, except interns. And then we decide whether we can continue with them or not.

AT WORK

DDIR Architecture Studio was created by the combined inspirations of French-Canadian architect Dominic Dube and Inge Reick, originally from Germany.

Learn more about the studio here! For more tips and insights from architects heading other studios, head to Career Advice.