ARCHITECTURE - My architectural past...

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The image below is directly responsible for ENDING my ‘architectural career’ and starting my ‘games career’... - I had emigrated to the USA as an architect, and was still working as an architect for BAR in San Francisco. I was still doing a lot of my concept design in CAD and was also spending every waking hour playing video games as usual… I was just enjoying my first dabbles with the Internet, and was signing up for any games beta testing gig I could find. I’d already been down at EA to test Psychic Detective, and the opportunity arose to play ‘Lords of Midnight’ at Domark - it was one of my favorite games once-upon-a-time on the Sinclair Spectrum…

Anyway, when I went down there, I just happened to leave this page behind - it was the front of my ‘resume’, and the Trading Cards contained all sorts of pithy information about me on the back. So a certain young chap called John Kavanagh saw it and gave me a call. Within a few months I was working as the art director on a mind-blowing Net extravaganza called ‘Infinexus’...

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The Trading Cards show all sorts of projects I worked on with Rolfe Judd in London and with my dad’s firm, Dalzell and Campbell, in Northern Ireland…

From the left, top row - An image from ‘Thunder Tunnel’, a ‘live’ corporate game for Coca Cola. It was kinda like a malevolent bouncy castle… A CAD concept design for Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, done in modelshop and presented at the House of Lords… An Italian Villa done as a competition entry for a big Modelshop event. We got commended - Zaha Hadid won with something SPECTACULAR… Old Marylebone Road, London - yes, I DID build a few things…

Second row - Cartoon for a piece of architectural software being developed by David Ward. Homage to Will Eisner… Another fast modelshop concept design, I think this was for Sony… Ebury Bridge courtyard, designed in AutoCAD… The supreme quality of my detailing from the Medical Center, Portrush - which incidentally I designed after being inspired by seeing Lesley-Anne Down in ‘Sphinx’. Don’t ask…

Third row - Few lines of (gulp!) poetry from my first published volume…A very detailed model in modelshop of something-or-other, can’t remember…My first CAD project, Victoria Station in early ACAD and AutoShade… One of the water tubes from the Water Play area I designed at the infamous ‘Waterworld’ in Portrush…

Fourth row - This museum concept in modelshop is totally lost to me. Where was it? ...Butler’s Wharf - did a huge presentation on my concept design for this London riverside location… St Pauls, part of the Paternoster Project and a giant ACAD model of that part of London… My favorite job - the Ramore Restaurant in Portrush - Ahhh! You can’t beat designing restaurants as a way of getting a good table!!!