Architecture constantly presents me with the challenge of designing spaces that work within their contexts on all levels and that are both functional and distinctive. The purpose a building is to fulfil imposes certain rules and constraints on the architect’s work, yet these are only the beginning of the long road from pure functionality to functional intelligence. The ultimate goal of both architect and client is the same: a building with a unique design that sets it apart from others. Buildings have personalities – the quality of their design is in effect an aesthetic statement by the owner, like a trademark or business card that is visible for decades. Precisely how the requirements of function and distinctive form are realised depends on the complex context within which a building takes shape, which includes aspects such as the current level of scientific knowledge and what technology is available, responsibility to society and the environment, respect for a building’s surroundings and the people who will be using it, consideration for culture and history, the degree of willingness to try something new, and economic considerations. The constantly shifting equation defined by all these varying elements is the source of inspiration and creative energy my co-workers and I have been drawing on for 30 years now. But in the end, whatever shape a specific building takes, we always design with people in mind. Their needs are the ultimate measure of what we do.