As an architect and passionate member of our Inclusion & Diversity group, Marié strives to create inclusive spaces and widen access to our industry for people of all backgrounds and identities.

What are the key challenges that our industry is facing today?

Since the start of the pandemic, inequality has become more visible and the gap has grown even wider. It has highlighted that our industry doesn’t currently represent the UK population and the communities we design for. The challenge is for us to be proactive allies to create an inclusive environment, keep the momentum going and not let it become a trend or a tick-box exercise. We can all take small steps to support underrepresented groups into and through careers in architecture and the built environment. We, as placemakers, can make a difference by effectively engaging with communities, and understanding diverse views to shape spaces that feel safe and welcome for all.

Where do you see your career taking you?

I’ve been inspired by so many events and people over the past year, and I’m motivated to continue broadening my skills and experience with social value at the heart of every project. I’ll keep looking out for opportunities to interact with local schools and universities to help bridge the gap between education and practice.

What’s the greatest invention ever?

Kotatsu – it’s a Japanese table with a built-in heater and a thick blanket. Doesn’t it sound amazing? My grandparents had one when I was younger. I loved having hot pot on a cold evening with my family and falling asleep in it (in the kotatsu, not the hot pot).

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

It sounds a bit niche, but I’d probably open up a Japanese dessert café with metalcore music playing all day.

What is your proudest moment?

Bringing together the Cardiff office band to create a music video. It was such a fun, creative project especially while we were working from home.

Industry bodies/memberships:
  • ARB
  • STEM Ambassador
  • G4C Wales (Generation for Change) Committee Member