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David Hillam
Architect and property developer

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Succulent bowl
Scale rule and butter paper
FontanaArte Three Sixty Desk Light

It seems fitting that the man drawing up the plans for many of Perth’s new wave of high-rise buildings prefers to work standing up.
David Hillam, principal of Hillam Architects and director of Edge Visionary Living, prefers an open-plan office with sit-to-stand work stations, which he believes foster a collaborative workplace and break down barriers between staff.
On his own desk he keeps a succulent bowl – a reminder of the increasing trend towards incorporating natural elements into buildings – and a stack of reference books, including those of admired Japanese architects Tado Ando and Shin Takamatsu.
An architect-designed FontanaArte Three Sixty Desk Light illuminates Mr Hillam’s workspace, sitting in stark contrast to the old-school cale rule and butter paper that is never far from reach. “These are the tools of the trade,” he said.