Nicole enjoys leading projects and working closely with clients to design and deliver outstanding buildings.
She specialises in education projects but also works in the transport and residential sectors.
What’s your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?
My favourite project is the case study I used for my final exams before I qualified as an architect. I was the job runner on a bespoke, six-bedroom dwelling. The client wanted some quirky elements including a secret staircase going from the study to the wine cellar! We had a lot of fun with that building and it was fantastic seeing my first design come to life.
What are the key challenges that affect your sector, or are likely to in the next five years?
If any building needs elements of fun and enjoyment, it’s a school. However, producing great designs takes time and requires funding – both of which are in very short supply for schools. Every project is a balancing act and our role is to ensure the quality of a project never suffers due to a tight budget or programme.
If you weren’t in this career, what would you be?
A graphic designer. I really enjoy the creative and visual elements of my job.
Best networking event you’ve been to?
About six years ago, I went to a go karting event, which was great but very eye-opening. Considering the industry is male dominated, I didn’t have high hopes of a 50/50 split of males and females. That said, I was not expecting to be the only female out of 40 people taking part! On the plus side, my team came second…
What advice would you give your 20 year old self?
Be confident and don’t be nervous to ask (stupid) questions!