Mercedes is an Architectural Designer in our Bath office involved in the design aspects of the architectural process.
She aspires to make difference with her work; creating spaces that the end users will enjoy.
If you weren’t in this career, what would you be?
I think it would have to be something creative. I like cinema a lot and I think I would have enjoyed being a film critic or a film director.
What’s your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?
I am particularly enjoying the project I am working on at the moment, Twerton Park. It’s a mixed-use project which combines a new grandstand for Bath City Football Club; affordable housing, retail units, student accommodation and a community centre. There are so many interests involved! The site is located in a deprived area of Bath and I hope it is going to revitalise the area and make a difference to local people. The football club is an important community hub within the area and I’m meeting a lot of interesting people through this project.
What are the key challenges that affect your sector, or are likely to in the next five years?
One of the challenges in the industry is the gender pay gap. The disclosure of the figures opened a conversation that I hope will continue towards a more diverse and inclusive industry. I am moved by the feminist movement that happened during the recent years.
Best building in your city?
Recently I visited the Herman Miller factory which is being restored as Bath Spa University’s new Art and Design campus. It’s a Grade II listed building and the internal space is amazing. I think Bath should allow positive change and welcome vibrant architecture and culture to add to the Georgian parts of the city.
Where do you see your career taking you?
I enjoy change so I hope there are diverse, interesting projects ahead that will allow me to design good architecture and develop my social skills.