We had the good fortune of connecting with Nick Shekerjian and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nick, what role has risk played in your life or career?
When I think of risk taking, I think in more specific terms that are obvious interpretations of architecture; the relationship of “ars” (the generation of hypotheses) and “techne” (to test). I think because of this, I look for the right questions as much as I do answers. I think this has lead to work, in large part due to upbringing, that are both skeptical and loving of things aesthetically “stringently-functional” and also deprived of a designer’s hand, a bit empty and absent. There’s the other aspect of risk taking, which is engaging in these things in different contexts, through social opportunities, or new processes which excite you for reasons unknown. You know when you get an itch on a part of you you can’t see, and you scratch it even though you’re unsure if it’s misplaced hair or an infection?
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I think so much of what I do is in service to the freedom and peculiar character of Phoenix, AZ. I’m very influenced by the many wonderful and scary characteristics of this place and hope that whatever I do is always speaking to the hidden beautiful qualities of this place. I’m proud to be a Phoenician.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would go on a long evening drive on the freeway. One of my favorite spots is this section of the AZ-101 north when it turns into the 202 heading west, preferable when the sun is setting. It’s the most incredible panorama of Tempe, the salt river, and the landscape.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have a wonderful network of friends who have and continue to support me very generously; most of them live or have lived in Phoenix, AZ, and our conversations around this strange city have been so important.