Design should be beautiful, creative and practical – getting that balance right is key.
I have always been passionate about drawing, and at school I enjoyed all aspects of design – both art and technical drawing – so architecture was a natural progression.
One of the early roles in my career involved moving an entire retail chain from paper design to CAD. A big part of the project was educating people in the business on the value of using the technology and changing their mentality around that.
I am really interested in the move towards BIM, and how we can use it more effectively. It is exciting to now be at a firm that embraces the use of technology and has a dedicated BIM Manager.
For me, excellent design is aware of its environment; a well-designed building can simultaneously stand out and complement its surroundings.
It is crucial that buildings are also user-friendly. The design has to fulfil the brief and meet the requirements of the end user, so they can get the most out of the building.
I am hooked on lawn bowls and have won regional and national titles. I enjoy working with newcomers to up their skill levels as it lifts the game for everyone, which is better for the sport.