Name: Nicholas Barber
U.S. Digs:: Tribeca, New York
Visa type: E3
Current project: Hotels in Panama and Puerto Rico, retail space in New York and Sydney and houses for friends.
When did you move to the U.S.?
I’ve been back and fourth between America and Australia since 1986. I most recently moved back to New York in 2007.
What’s your story on getting to and living in the U.S.?
I grew up in Colorado, so I always had plans of getting back here. The country gets under your skin in a good way at that age. It’s a very hard feeling to shake.
Why did you want to work in the U.S.?
It’s New York! Seriously, Sydney is wonderful, but the opportunities to work on projects of this scale, with complete freedom creatively and financially, really only happen when you are based in the USA.
What are your creative inspirations?
My beautiful girlfriend, Alix. And Paris!
When you’re not working, what can you be found doing?
Not working? Pete, we are architects!
What are three things any traveler must do when visiting Australia?
Swim and swim and swim. Find a beach of your own outside of Sydney.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Sydney: Palm Beach Monday to Friday, Avalon for the weekends.
Favorite quote to live by?
“On to the next.”
Mentor or Hero?
Where do you read/acquire the news?
New York Times, Atlantic and Google reader (683 subscriptions as of yesterday).
Nick’s Sauce – A few fellow Swagmen
Jasper Leek- musician: The most talented, bashful Australian ever.
Les Robinson – poet: The most courageous Australian ever.
Slice of Advice
What to keep in mind when moving to the U.S.?
Stay true to who you are. The Australians who I have seen have the most success are no different today than they were when they arrived.