What made you go into a career in architecture/interior design?
I have a rather eclectic background; my illustration career has always run alongside building and boat renovation projects and I have got great satisfaction from both. Creating Illustration for manufacturing involves coming up with a design solution that answers a client’s brief, and which is achievable within the constraints of the manufacturing process. But I find there are many similarities to this in building and renovation. You are using design to solve a problem in an imaginative way, whilst considering the constraints of the site and the materials.
To go on to combine my background in illustration and design with my experience in renovation, and to use it to inform my architectural visualisation seemed a logical step.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love projects, no matter how daunting the scale of the work. I can’t help but get excited about being involved in other people’s plans. Standing on a site and imagining how things will look when they are completed and then being able to share that picture with a client is a thrill.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone embarking on a building project what would that be?
I was given a piece of advice by a shipwright, he said “you can build it quickly; you can build it cheaply or you can build it well. Pick any two.” There are always three variables in any project, and it is a good idea before you begin to have really considered where you would be prepared to compromise if you must. Will it be the time it takes to complete your build? The quality of the finishes and materials, or the budget?
What are the values that drive you and your design work?
I love things to be simple and quite graphic. Colour and light have an enormous effect on my mood, so I always consider these things in a design. I have recently become interested in gardening so the interaction between the inside and outside is vital to me.
What do you love to do outside of work?
Being on a beach or in the sea is how I unwind. I enjoy swimming, paddle boarding, boat trips or hunting for cowrie shells on the beach, they are so hard to find it is like discovering treasure. Any activity to do with the sea and I am happy.
What is the best thing about living and working in Cornwall?
The environment here is so beautiful and varied. Within half an hour of where I live, I can be on the tree-lined shingle beaches of Helford crabbing with my kids, surfing on the north coast, or swimming at the family beaches around Falmouth. I can’t imagine living anywhere else.
Any Architecture or design books or podcasts to recommend?
I enjoyed reading Margaret Forster’s My Life in Houses and Local Architecture by Brian Mackay-Lyons.