Jean-Jacques Lorraine - Schindehlauer Friedrich

What do you do for a living?

Director at Morrow + Lorraine Architects. My occupation is Architect but what I do for a living is help realise people’s aspirations through design. Architects are fundamentally problem solvers – sometimes that requires us to work out if there is a problem, define what it is and get people to agree that it needs fixing. Sometimes the hardest part is working out what the questions are, before thinking about the answers.

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about design which is a bit like saying I’m passionate about oxygen because design is everything, but I do really love working with people on buildings and occasionally when a “what if we did this…” moment occurs which blows everything into something new, fresh and exciting, think to myself yeah this is good.

The project where this photograph was taken is a housing development that we designed for the Howard de Walden Estate. We lead a very talented and committed design and delivery team all involved in a huge team effort to create highly desirable ats for rental.

How long have you been a cyclist?

It was September 2006 and I was at an architecture conference when one of the speakers said, “I’m cycling from London to Cannes and am looking for adventurous souls to join me.” I think from that moment I became a cyclist.

What bike are you riding?

A Schindelhauer Friedrich in midnight blue.

What appeals to you about cycling?

I love the convenience of getting around town quickly and without fuss that cycling offers.   iding in the city brings me joy as it peps me up before work and chills me out a erwards. Bimbling about town on two-wheels, get to see stuff that I’d otherwise miss out on. Be it a posh restaurant, trendy event or the most up-market party I always get to park my bike right outside the front door.

How often do you ride?

Every day.

What’s your favourite cycle route or destination?

I’ve done a gazillion laps of Regents Park over the years. You would think doing something over and over again would make it boring but I still love it. I think it’s because I always bump into a friend there.