Philippa particularly enjoys networking and meeting new people. Passionate about growing our Solent network, she regularly attends events and conferences and currently sits on the committee for Women in Property and the Little Britain Challenge Cup.
Philippa is a senior architect. Since being part of our team, she has predominantly run education projects, and has become increasingly involved in business development across our Southampton region. Her interests range from technical aspects of a project, office culture and providing mentorship to part three architects.
Why did you choose a career in architecture?
Art was my favourite subject at school but I also really enjoyed physics. I loved the conceptual side of drawing but I’m equally interested in how things are put together. Art can sometimes be fluffy, but I’m generally grounded in the practical side of life so architecture was the perfect balance between the two.
I was heavily influenced by the northern industrial heritage, especially railways, mills and the wider Victorian landscape. Their architecture was quite practical, and I’ve definitely channelled that attitude into my work.
What are the main challenges facing education?
In the current economic climate, procurement and budgetary changes have brought restrictions on design. We are having to become savvier about how we approach briefs, especially when we strive to deliver quality buildings. To do so, early consideration should be taken around feasibility and sites should be chosen with care and scrutiny.
Do you have a proud moment?
I am proud of being able to balance a career and a family, and I am also pleased that Stride Treglown is accommodating of that. Even though I came back from maternity and worked part time, it’s been great to have an opportunity to run a challenging job straight away – they had the confidence in me to do that.
What is your favourite networking event?
The Little Britain Challenge Cup because it’s such a big annual event and I’ve been on the committee for eight years now. The event involves two days of yacht racing against other construction and property professionals, followed by evening entertainment and networking.
It’s also very exciting to run their social media – I’m a big advocate of using the online world to connect with others and grow your network. I wouldn’t be at Stride Treglown if it wasn’t for meeting Rachel Bell on Twitter!
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?
I’ve reached Everest base camp and it was the best thing I’ve ever done.