TIM Beaumont has run the Bangkok architectural firm Beaumont Partners for almost a quarter of a century with remarkable success. But if his eyesight were a little better, the naturalized Thai born in Norfolk, England, 65 years ago would likely have spent those years roaming the high seas.
“I wanted to be a sailor in the Royal Navy. I went to an interview in Southampton, but because I had a bad eye they turned me down and suggested I try the Merchant Navy. That didn’t appeal to me. So there I was, 15 years old, trying to decide what to do with my life. I always liked art and design, so I decided to go down the creative road, which was probably a very good thing. I discovered that I have a natural talent for design. I can’t sit without picking up a pen and talking about designs.’’