Connie Ivanova

Part 2 Architectural Assistant

Connie is a Part 2 Architectural Assistant, based in our Bath studio, with a passion for circular economy and sustainable buildings.

She recently joined Women in Property South West and Wales as a guest speaker for their ‘Introduction to the Circular Economy’ event and helped to organise the Young Professionals Climate Conference Follow-up  in Bath.

What does the future hold for the architecture industry?

As a circular economy enthusiast, I do believe that the future of our industry is aligned with these principles. With the rapidly developing climate crisis, circular economy presents architects with a holistic way to address this not only by preserving what is already there, but also finding value in it. It can be scary to think of challenging the status quo but it will bring an exciting change and shift in the thinking within our industry. I’m excited!

What’s your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?

One of my favourites from recent years is the thesis project I designed for my MArch Architecture degree at the Welsh School of Architecture. I developed a concept ‘building for disassembly’ which uses natural, homegrown materials that are able to decay back into the ground. It was about producing alternatives to building standards and helping the community of the Isles of Scilly to adapt to the changing climate and raising sea levels. It also explored how we could preserve and enhance the sense of place and genius loci of the island, as a lyrical ‘landscape terroir’.

If you weren’t in this career, what would you be?

I have a wide variety of interests so it’s hard to pinpoint one thing. A record-store owner? Graphic designer? Zine-maker? Anything in the creative field.

Best book you’ve read?

I am a keen reader and my ultimate number one book is Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis. Anyone who knows me is aware that I’m a huge Red Hot Chili Peppers fan.

Where do you see your career taking you?

Forward! Hopefully, continuously exploring new areas within architecture – it’s a fantastic field to be working in, with lots of great opportunities.