Shona specialises in education projects. She is passionate about designing for wellbeing and always looks for sustainable approaches and solutions.

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

As a child I took part in pantomimes and fell in love with set, prop and costume design. I love creating things that bring joy to others. I still have a passion for cinema and live shows and enjoy making costumes for events.

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

Lightwoods House in Bearwood was the restoration of a Grade II listed building which had been neglected and left to ruin. The restored 18th century house and surrounding park has revitalised the area and created a community focused space which now hosts a multitude of events. Unravelling the history of the building and restoring the damaged historic features was very interesting. Hopefully people will enjoy Lightwoods Park for many years to come.

Best building in your city?

I’m still mourning the old Birmingham Central Library.

Best book you’ve read?

The Secret Lives of Colour by Kassia St. Clair is a book I enjoy dipping in and out of. It’s a great collection of stories explaining the history behind the colours we see and take for granted every day. Both interesting and thought provoking.

Pet-tecture by Tom Wainwright is currently inspiring a few personal projects. It’s an anthology of small scale designs for the four-legged companions and feathered friends in our lives.

Industry bodies

ARB