Architecture is about making a positive difference by shaping the way we experience space. I spent some time growing up in Papua New Guinea which fuelled my appreciation for the cultural aspects of architecture. It’s why I love working on community projects; you work closely with the community to understand their needs and drivers, and I get a lot of enjoyment from designing a bespoke solution together. I see the adaptive re-use of historic spaces as an extension of community design; old buildings can tell a lot of stories about how we lived as a society and what we found important. We can be respectful to the heritage of a space while adapting the architecture to suit the way we live today.
As an experienced Project Team Lead, I’m skilled in the design management process and bring a strong focus on detail to each project I work on. I’ve worked on a range of typologies, including community, heritage, and remediation projects.
Photography and sketching are my passions. They capture a moment in time and there’s always a memory or story that you can look back on – you can spark the memories and the senses you experienced at that time.
Adaptive reuse can be initially very challenging, balancing respect for a heritage building, whilst adapting to today’s stringent code requirements – but the results are often incredible.
Caroline Bartlett has been a dedicated member of the Ignite team since 2010. Recently appointed as Associate Director, Caroline is experienced across a broad range of projects including retail, educational and civic spaces, remedial work and healthcare developments. Get to know a little more about Caroline below.