Object magazine 62 — Donovan Hill
Monday April 16 2012
An architectural practice established in 1992, Donovan Hill has made its name with work pushing back on the standard convention of ‘architect as service provider.’ Where a service provider will activate a brief and provide the client with a building to specification, Donovan Hill, through their practice, view themselves as professionals tasked with lifting the project into another realm.
This ‘professionalism’ is grounded in their philosophy of moving past the pluralistic concerns of ‘on time and on budget’ — this is the service provider’s concern. Director Timothy Hill sees the practice as most akin to the creative process accompanying a cinematic production — somewhere at the beginning is a kernel of an idea that, over what could be many years, progresses through the minds and fingers of everyone from producers to sound engineers, from directors to costume designers, and comes out as a synthetic approximation of the initial kernel. Donovan Hill’s role is to direct that idea into a viable end product that achieves everything desired, and hopefully more.