Bryony’s propensity for writing lists sees her get any job done, and her biggest thrill is seeing students enjoy the spaces she has created.
What is the role of an architect?
I see the architecture role not just as designing a building’s aesthetics, but looking at the project’s bigger picture, working successfully with the whole design team and the end user. Everybody should enjoy working on a project throughout its life and see people enjoy it once it is built.
What is your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?
Probably a healthcare project that never got built. It was a design for a community hospital on an interesting and challenging site in Cardigan, Wales. We came up with a great design for some really lovely clients and even though it never reached site, it was still a learning curve.
Do you have a favourite building in your city?
The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. It had an extension done a couple of years ago and was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize. Architecturally, it’s a really interesting building with great light.
If you weren’t an architect, what would you be?
I would have ended up doing some kind of engineering following my first degree. But if I was out of the industry completely, something to do with travelling, food or gardening.
- On the industry advisory board for the Leeds University Civil Engineering Department