Eilish’s motivation is to make a positive impact on people’s lives through architecture.
She joined us in 2017 as a Part 1 and is now a qualified architect working in our London studio, primarily in the Schools sector.
During her Masters, Eilish completed a research project, in collaboration with Stride Treglown, which explored the role of circulation spaces in promoting antisocial behaviour in schools. Her work was nominated for the RIBA President’s Medal for Research and was published in the RIBA Book of Abstracts 2018.
Biggest career influence?
Mark, a family friend who was an Architect. When I was about four, he explained to me that architects draw a building idea on paper and then, after a lot of hard work, your idea becomes reality and you can explore the finished building! It had me hooked and I wanted to be an architect ever since. His architecture books still sit proudly on my bookshelf and are always a source of inspiration.
What is your proudest moment?
For my final undergraduate project, I designed a homeless rehabilitation centre in Armagh, Northern Ireland. I loved the project as it had transitional indoor and outdoor spaces for the residents to control their individual living conditions and workshops for residents to learn new vocational skills for effective rehabilitation. The project was runner up for the Royal Society of Ulster Architects Bronze Medal.
What advice would you give your 20 year old self?
Like many architecture students, I often found University overwhelming. Having finally finished training, my advice would be: write a list and take everything step by step; create healthy working hours and stick to them; and finally, today’s work is enough – no matter how much was completed.
What’s your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?
In 2018, I spent six weeks in Zambia building sports facilities in the slum areas around the capital, Lusaka. It was incredible seeing so many children excitedly watch the construction process and it was quite emotional to watch them play sports together on the finished courts.
Where do you see your career taking you?
I would love to work on more pro-bono and community projects. The size or complexity of the projects does not matter as long as they make a difference to people. If you have any projects like this, let me know!
- ARB, Architect
- RSUA Bronze Medal – Runner Up
- Anti-Social Behaviour in Schools research published in the RIBA Presidents Medals – Abstract Book 2018