When Seattle principal Brent Rogers isn’t designing high-tech office buildings, mixed-use developments, or cutting-edge academic facilities, he can be found in the garden, in the kitchen, or in his art studio. A self-proclaimed bon vivant, Brent channels his passion and creativity into both his work and his personal life. We swung by Brent’s desk to hear more about what fuels his creativity.
When did you realize you wanted to work in architecture? Two days before I had to declare a major my sophomore year. I was looking for a major that involved creativity and engagement in arts and culture. It could have been an MFA, but the pragmatist in me won out. I had recollections of being in some cool buildings and their impact on me and thought, “Let’s give that a try.”
How does living in the Pacific Northwest inspire you? The amazing connection to the natural world: the sense of community in neighborhoods, the changing seasons and light throughout the year.
Coffee or tea? Double espresso macchiato.
If you could design for a fictional character, who would it be? Bond. James Bond.
Favorite tool of the trade? Hand drawings scanned with Photoshop enhancements.
Favorite movie? Get Shorty.
Are you reading a book you just can’t put down? I have a little cookbook fetish—Modernist Cuisine by Nathan Myrvold right now.
Favorite dish? Whatever is in season, prepared simply. Right now, peaches, leeks, and tomatoes.
Do you have any hobbies outside of the office? I have a painting studio and have been at it for 25 years, including a 12-year stint with Davidson Galleries in Pioneer Square.
Favorite quote? “He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.” – Oscar Wilde on George Bernard Shaw