Isabel Russell

Interior Designer

Isabel believes that understanding the client’s brief, as well as the building’s context and its architectural details, is key to creating interior schemes that will positively impact on the end users’ needs and reflect their ethos.

During her time at Stride Treglown, she has been involved in several projects within the Student Living, Residential and University sectors.

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

Before starting my Interior Architecture degree, I studied Graphic Design at Manchester School of Art, so I would probably have continued with that. I still have a real interest in signage, branding and identity, it’s something I try to include in my current projects as much as possible.

Pet hate?

Too much information crammed onto a page! I am a big fan of whitespace. Keep it simple.

Best building in your city?

Living in Bath, I am spoilt for choice. My favourite spot is Alexandra Park where you get an incredible panoramic view of the city and can fully appreciate the Georgian architecture from a bird’s eye view.

If I had to choose one building though, it would have to be Bath Abbey. I spent quite a bit of time volunteering with The Bath Abbey Footprint Project whilst writing my dissertation. I studied the the restoration work being done to stabilise the collapsing ground beneath the Abbey, with a focus on the 891 ledger stones that make up the Abbey floor. I definitely have a greater appreciation for the building after spending so much time researching its past.

What’s the greatest invention ever?

The aeroplane, maybe? Think of all those places we couldn’t go and explore as easily if we couldn’t hop on a flight (and all the sunshine we would be missing out on)!

What advice would you give to your 20 year old self?

Stop overthinking everything!

Awards

Interior Educators National Award