Dan Brunn, AIA, is a renowned and respected architect, and founder of Dan Brunn Architecture, established in 2005. Dan was born in Israel and raised in LA, hence why he embraces an international approach to design. He has produced diverse projects, from residences to award-winning restaurants. He has also taught a Masters studio at the Boston Architectural Center, and has been a design studio instructor at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Dan Brunn.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
My design focuses on minimalism and the notion of “the beauty of simplicity.” I believe in timeless design that honors materials, hides mechanics and structure, and explores light and volume.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
Working side-by-side with clients is imperative. I always start by interviewing them to understand their needs. This helps me be intuitive, if they can’t articulate specifics.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
My inspiration isn’t taken from a single person. I was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and as a young child, I was surrounded by Bauhaus-style architecture. I not only experienced these Modernist structures from afar, but also grew up in them. The Modernist principles of “less is more” have resonated in me—you could say it’s in my blood. I’ve adapted this concept in my design with a contemporary twist.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I compose music and perform in my band, DLD. Music helps me understand rhythmic movement. I often incorporate golden ratios to choreograph a seamless flow from room to room.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Forging close working relationships has propelled my career. If I could give one bit of advice, I’d say be friendly to everyone because you never know who could be your next client. On a whim, I met the clients for my first major house commission—an $8 million project.
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