Katie Williams

Senior Architect

Based in our Manchester studio, Katie works primarily on Schools & Colleges projects but is also able to draw on previous experience working in the residential, transport and healthcare sectors. She is a Revit Champion and enjoys keeping up to date on all the latest tools.

Why did you choose a career in architecture?

From a young age, I enjoyed drawing buildings and towns including ‘sections’ showing houses linked with ladders. This progressed to expansive town plans and drawing relatives’ house plans. It always felt like that was what I was meant to do and I feel proud that this has materialised into a career.

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

Several small projects at Manchester Airport. They were by no means glamorous or architecturally inspiring but the context of working in such a busy and complex environment was fascinating and energising. I still get a buzz as I head away on my holidays and spot one of my interventions in use.

Do you have a favourite building in your city?

Library walk – a curved route between Manchester Central Library and the Town Hall. Since writing an essay on the space in my second year, I have always loved the way the light catches the stone and the curve frames the sky above. Let’s not mention the 2015 intervention.

Favourite podcast?

I love listening to The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry, hosted by Dr Adam Rutherford and Dr Hannah Fry. They investigate a different everyday mystery in each episode, with some of my favourites being the science behind allergies and how we see colour.

What advice would you give your 20 year old self?

Make the most of those extended university holidays while you can!

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