What’s your favourite time of the day?

Hands down, early morning. Preferably pre-dawn. It is peaceful and when I am the most energetic and productive. Miami’s beautiful sunrises add to the morning calm.

What’s your biggest strength?

My vision and creativity.

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?

A good friend once told me I was “full of substance”. To this day, I’m still not exactly sure what he meant (English was not his first language) but, after some deliberation, I chose to take this as a unique compliment.

When are you the most inspired?

When I am travelling. No matter where or how far, I lapse into full-on observation mode and find inspiration, in one form or another, all around me.

The Malliouhana Resort, one of Jorey’s projects. PHOTO: Günter Standl

What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

Many in my circles know that I practised Shotokan karate, a traditional Japanese martial art, but not many know that I was also on the International Shotokan Karate Federation US team for several years.

What has been your biggest learning experience?

Post-college graduation, I travelled to Japan alone –with limited knowledge of the language and no known contacts. I ended up spending three years there, learning a great deal about a culture for which I have always had a great affinity, and a lot about who I was as an independent person.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

Vacationing every summer from a young age on a 35ft sailboat on the Atlantic Ocean with my ‘learn as you go’ dad, non-swimming mum and two siblings. I should expand on the meaning of “adventurous” to include sometimes exhilarating, often frightening and always nauseating. I could never overcome the seasickness.

What is your design style?

Minimalist – but warm and inviting.

The Spa at Mission Hills, another of Jorey’s projects.

What’s your pet peeve?

Lying or injustice in any form.

How do you start your day?

Snuggling with my dog Donovan, who has a routine of migrating to the pillows above my head in the wee hours of the morning.

What’s the best thing that happened last year?

I became the proud recipient of a titanium hip. I’ve always been an athlete, so this debilitating problem was frustrating. I am now up and running – literally!