“I think great design stems from originality and thinking outside the square.”
ROZ SMITH REGISTERED ARCHITECT rozs@ignitearchitects.com

I’ve always been interested in design.

I actually started out studying physics and computer science but, after a few years in the workforce, I returned to university and completed a Bachelor of Architecture. Since embarking on my career as an architect, I’ve worked for both architectural practices and as a design coordinator for a major construction company.

My role at Ignite is currently focused on documentation review, ensuring our designs will result in sound structures. A really important part of my job has been coming up to speed with the history of design decisions, so that I can ensure the ultimate design is still true to the original project. For example, if we need to change a material I have to consider how it will affect the rest of the design.

I think great design stems from originality and thinking outside the square, but it’s also important to have a really solid knowledge of detailing. My past experience working for a major contractor has made me hyper-aware of what works and what doesn’t!

I’ve always loved being out on the water. If I hadn’t become an architect, I’d probably be doing something more outdoorsy… Maybe competitive sailing.

In 2015 I completed a sailing trip from Rome to Barcelona, with a crew from all over the world. We sailed in some horrific weather, which was an incredible, life affirming experience – it was us against the elements. I remember sailing into a thunderstorm one night, watching the wall of clouds and lightning strikes in the distance – it was scary and beautiful at the same time.