Jennie Searle

Associate Architect

Jennie is well-versed in current school design guidance and relishes the challenge of producing holistic and aspirational solutions within tight budgets, especially for those pupils who require additional support.

She is always ready to help others and enjoys guiding students as part of the RIBA Student Mentoring Programme at the University of the West of England.

What is the current big trend in the Schools sector?

Sustainability is at the forefront of design across all sectors now. Thankfully, the Department for Education has acknowledged it as an important driver within school design too. Whilst this gives us the opportunity to design innovative, environmentally-friendly buildings, it’s important that we incorporate our existing building stock into the solution by re-using and conserving rather than demolishing.

Best networking event you’ve been to?

Hands down, a wellness retreat hosted by Hydrock at Clifton Lido back in 2019. We had a two-course lunch, relaxed in the lido and ended with two treatments. The bonus was an amazing goodie-bag of relaxation treats (which I’m still using). We need more networking events with a focus on health and wellbeing.

Pet hate?

At work, it’s an untidy project folder. I don’t like disorganisation or chaos. At home, it has to be dirty dishes left in the sink!

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

Since getting married, I discovered the wedding industry and a love for modern calligraphy. If I didn’t enjoy my architectural work so much, I’d like to design and produce bespoke wedding stationery.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Working within the education sector has been such a rewarding experience, especially within Special Educational Needs. I believe high-quality spaces contribute to the learning experiences of a child and I’ve relished the challenge of producing holistic and aspirational solutions within tight budgets, especially for those pupils who require additional support.

Industry bodies
  • ARB
Awards
  • WICE 2021 – Best Young Woman in Architecture, Finalist
  • Part of the team that supported Bowmer + Kirkland to win the Department for Education’s 2019 Contractor of the Year
  • Finalist

    Best Young Woman in Architecture

    Women in Construction and Engineering Awards 2021