If I’d lived two hundred years ago I would have been a stone mason? On the beach at Rainbow Beach late this afternoon and I was transfixed by the small pieces of sandstone that littered the beach… the colours, the shapes, the textures…. I wanted to scoop up lots and take them home to tile a wall or something similar.

The use of locally found raw materials have, for millennia, informed the style of shelters that mankind has built. Men and women have been creative in their making, gathering materials locally and, using tools and skills at hand, have housed their families.

It is now over forty years since I first started studying architecture and even though I didn’t complete the long path to becoming an architect, I am still fascinated by the way man shaped his built environment.