Q1. What is your project about?
Curtis Gregory: We are building a collective of freelance engineers specialising in Building Services Engineering. Many people take building services for granted however design can greatly increase the health and wellbeing of the occupants of a building. Building Services engineers also have a huge impact on reducing the energy and carbon impact of our buildings. Debussy Designs is working hard to breathe new life into an industry which is stifled with tradition and inefficiency. We strongly believe that the adoption of new technologies in conjunction with the rising of the gig economy will greatly reduce the cost of designing our buildings enabling us to invest more in bettering the final outcomes.
Q2. Where did the original idea stem from?
Curtis Gregory: Claude Debussy was a very innovative French piano composer whose approach to composition and philosophy, with his delicate balance of sonorous harmonies and simplicity, had a huge impact on the sound of music. He disregarded many traditions and instead followed his feelings to deliver outstanding works of art. There is a very narrow line between engineering and art.
Q3. What challenges have you experienced in your journey so far?
Curtis Gregory: As with any innovation, there is always a huge amount of inertia. It is frustrating when you know that you are sitting on top of a golden ticket which could revolutionise your industry and you are unable to get clients to adopt your ideas. You have to continually battle and improve to get success. I have also lost everything once when my computer crashed and had to call the police when a fraudulent server could have destroyed my business.
Q4. What is that you are trying to achieve by the end of the year?
Curtis Gregory: I am looking to have united a strong and prospering team of freelancers. It would be fantastic for the industry to adopt the shift toward flexible working and the gig economy.
Q5. What do you want the legacy of your project to be known for?
Curtis Gregory: Innovation.
Q6. Where can people find you?