For Ed, it’s all about the process. From early discussions with clients and the digital development of the designs, to watching a project unfold on site, nothing beats the satisfaction of seeing a process through from start to finish.
Ed is a senior associate architect. He leads education, university and more recently healthcare projects across the practice. He also coordinates resourcing for one of three architectural studios in our Bristol office.
What is your favourite project to date?
I have a couple of favourites. Firstly, a large residential refurbishment project located in Leigh Woods, which I took on not long after I was qualified. The client put a lot of faith in my design ability, so I was very fortunate to receive that level of trust so early on in my career. I learnt a lot from going on site every week and talking through everything with the principal builder. He mentored me about how buildings really go together and encouraged me to think about what it is you are actually drawing. Overall, the project progressed my technical learning massively.
Secondly, the refurbishment of the University of Reading’s library has also been hugely rewarding. It’s a complex and challenging job that I’ve immersed myself in for over three years, and we are only just starting to see our designs be translated into reality. It’s very encouraging.
What is your proudest moment?
Qualifying as an architect after 10 years of education and training. Because I did a dual award town planning and architecture course, I took four years to complete my part 1 rather than the traditional three. The whole course takes a lot of will and stamina, but I am so proud now to call myself an architect.
What is the greatest invention ever?
The internet; it has transformed the way we work. You can do a virtual site visit from your desk now, we don’t have to travel across the country, and it has allowed us to think about context a lot more. Architecture is all about people, context and sustainability.
If you weren’t an architect, what would you be?
I’d love to have been a cricketer, but I wasn’t good enough to reach the standard expected. It would have been great to be a journalist, following the England team around the world, but again my skills in that area weren’t particularly strong.
I hate acronyms and the use of jargon. Speak in plain English please.