Wayde Tardif is a Senior Designer at Caron. As a design professional for more than 30+ years, Wayde has designed mixed-use, commercial, workplace, residential, hospitality, cultural & institutional projects around the world. Wayde’s range of project types include city and campus master planning, urban design, commercial, retail, office, residential, hospitality, academic, library, and visual & performing arts facilities. In addition to architecture graphics and urban design, Wayde has also played a pivotal role in marketing and branding for companies both domestically and internationally.
I’ve returned from my six-month sabbatical and I’m energized and inspired to continue leading the Caron team as we embark on another successful year together. The main purpose of my trip was to focus on my family, but throughout my journey I had the opportunity to observe urban conditions, buildings and monuments around the world.
When I was younger, I used to practice architectural paparazzi, going out of my way to see buildings by famous and recognized architects. As I’ve grown older, I have become more interested in regular building patterns and small local gems which are well-detailed and catch my eye. I’m a firm believer in traveling beyond your hometown as there are lessons to be learned and comparisons to be made. It can lead to “Aha” moments of innovation. My travels were a kaleidoscope of views and impressions blurred together. I’ve done my best to combine six months of travel in my recap below and welcome the opportunity to share more about my experiences over coffee at our office.