design journal

We recently caught up with our friend and partner Iva from IF Architecture to hear about what inspires her, what she loves and her words of wisdom.

How did you get into design.
Looking back, Architecture and design has always been a passion of mine. When I was a child, I would tear out the pages from the 'home' magazine in the newspaper and spend hours tracing over and refining different floor plans in my 'project books.'  

As for the nuts and bolts, after high school I undertook and completed a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University but wasn't really sure what career path to follow.  While I was there I was completely inspired by Associate Professor Conrad Hamann and his courses on architectural history.  I then enrolled in the Bachelor of Architecture at RMIT. 

What was your first paid job
A graduate architect position at Elenberg Fraser.

Where in Melbourne do you:

Scanlan & Theodore on Chapel Street is my favourite store in Melbourne.  Apart from the clothes which I adore for their originality, tactile materials and beautiful detailing, I love the fit out! It is very sophisticated, super elegant and I am obsessed with the terrazzo tiles. My other favourites are, Bassike, Torsa, Acne and Harrolds. 
Pieces of Eight, for jewellery and the most amazing shop-front, Readings on Lygon St and Magnation on Greville St, could (and do) spend hours in there looking at books & magazines.

Twenty & Six, North Melbourne, it is close to the office and does an awesome breakfast & lunch.
Dukes, Windsor, perfect breakfast spot after yoga
Silo, CBD, organic, sustainable, beautiful nutritious food
Il Solito posto, CBD, classic italian, service with a smile
Mamasita CBD, perfect spot for a late night date night 

Pressed Juices in Armadale, for amazing cold pressed juices
Cafe Vue, perfect coffee, its across the road from my house so great for the morning dash on the weekend!
Bar Ampere, a vodka martini thanks!
City Wine Shop, CBD, self explanatory!
True South, craft brewery in Black Rock, with the most gorgeous views to the water

Apart from the obvious, like spending time with my beautiful family and friends. I relax the most by going to Yoga, I practice roughly 4 times a week at a gorgeous studio in Windsor called Hotbox Yoga.
I also love to ride my bike to and from the office, really good way to start the day and a great way to unwind at the end of day and plus you avoid sitting in peak hour traffic!
1000 steps, Mt Dandenong, as it suggests it involves climbing a 1000 steps, perfect to get lots of fresh air into your lungs!
Catching up on my favourite characters... via Mad Men and Game of Thrones.

What has been your greatest challenge
Given that I studied architecture, the biggest challenges have related to running a business!  Staff, tax, superannuation, things like that which I had very little knowledge of prior to starting my own business, I stumbled through for the first couple of years but now have help in that department which has made a massive difference. 

What are your words of wisdom
I really like this quote from Bruce Lee...
“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” 

So my advice would be...  constantly question and/or remind yourself of your passion/passions, if you are unhappy, make the effort to change and if you are happy, be grateful!


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