About Dovide Secter
Dovide Secter earned his Masters of Architecture from the University of Toronto in 2007. After gaining diverse experience in major firms in Toronto and Winnipeg, he established his own boutique architecture firm, Secter Design. Specializing in residential design, Dovide’s aesthetic is decidedly sleek and modern. His focus on the functionality of space and employing the latest technological advances promotes an environment that elevates the lives of those who inhabit them. Developing close relationships and understanding the unique needs of each client is paramount to his practice. He is a member of the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, the Manitoba Association of Architects and the Canada Green Building Council.
1st Place Contemporary Award Winner
Regional Award Winner
Q&A with Dovide Secter
How do you approach the design process?
The design process begins by interviewing the client to understand their needs, habits, tastes and personality. Every project has individual limitations and parameters. These can be site orientation, client requests, property restrictions and design guidelines, to name a few. These unique elements need not be limitations, but rather form the basis of the inspiration for that project. Finally, in every project there is some element that speaks to you and drives the design process. It could be a unique site, unique client need or expectation, or a flash of inspiration.
What is the greatest value you provide your client?
Our value lies in providing a service-based experience to our clients that they can’t achieve in larger firms. Our size allows us to be on the ground, developing relationships and dealing with minute details that set us apart. Another unique service we provide is designing custom furniture, hardware and lighting for our clients. Finding a sofa, table, pendant light or handle that is just right for a project can be challenging, so we often design and work with local manufacturers to produce unique pieces that fit perfectly into our spaces.
What is your biggest challenge as a designer/architect?
Creating the illusion of simple detailing can be exceptionally challenging. Simplicity in form often requires technical acrobatics to achieve. For example: the window that runs to the ceiling, requires a structural detail that buries the lintel in the roof. Creating the simple, clean lines that are often seen in modern or minimalist projects, require great care and attention to detail.
What does the Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest mean to you?
This competition is very important to us, not only to compete on an international level, but to get exposure to other kitchen designers and trends happening today. The level of design is really impressive and the degree of exposure one can achieve has the potential to catapult a practice. It is an honour to be chosen to compete alongside such exceptional designers.
What are some of the current design trends?
The kitchen is constantly gaining greater importance in the home. Once a utilitarian space, it has become the nucleus of the home where most family time, entertaining and socializing takes place. People want kitchens that are multifunctional, beautiful and spacious. Kitchens continue to grow in size, expanding into other spaces and accommodating lounge areas in close proximity. We’re using more high tech cabinetry with stainless steel interiors and pneumatic openers. Open display cabinets with feature lighting are finding places in the kitchen. Smart appliances are helping families cook more precisely and efficiently.
Where do you see kitchen design going in the next 5 years?
Recent trends toward healthy eating, sustainability and local ingredients combined with the new portable digital renaissance we’re experiencing is changing the way we look at food preparation. This focus on quality food means spending more time preparing meals, often using the latest technology as a partner in the process. Digital media, smart appliances, and sophisticated cooking techniques will find their way into the kitchen to assist with many tasks previously reserved only for professionals. Designers and manufacturers will find interesting ways to build these new sophisticated systems into our kitchens, and the surrounding areas.