Sian enjoys working with end users to develop buildings which respond to their needs and support their aspirations. She firmly believes architecture should make a positive contribution to its context.
Based in Winchester, Sian works predominantly in the education sector, leading and coordinating school and further education projects.
If you weren’t in this career, what would you be?
I’m an animal lover and a shameless crazy cat lady, so I would’ve loved to train as a vet. Or a florist? Flowers and plants are good for our wellbeing and I have a cut flower patch in my garden. I like to be imaginative with floral designs, indulging my creative streak and love of colour.
What’s your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?
At my last practice, I worked on a community facility for an inspirational charity which provides support, jobs and training for adults with learning difficulties and/or physical disabilities. It was the first project where I attended the interview, presented, and felt engaged with the client and their aspirations. The building is a great asset for the charity and, being local, I visit regularly.
Best building in your city?
I live in Chichester, so it has to be the cathedral. Apart from the obvious historical significance, it has beautiful gardens and cloisters which are open to the public. It’s a focal point of the city – both a meeting point and a place for peaceful solitude. I also love the Pallant House Gallery extension by Long & Kentish architects. The façade is such a neat, contemporary addition to the historic streetscape. The galleries inside have an intimate feel with an amazing collection of British modern art.
What’s the greatest invention ever?
Biggest career influence?
My parents. My father was an Architectural Technologist and worked on some fascinating projects in London when I was growing up. My mum is a fine jewellery designer and has created some stunning pieces of silver work in her career. Between them, they taught me to appreciate both the bigger picture and the minute detail.
What is your proudest moment?
My son makes my chest burst every day. I’m proud to be raising him whilst maintaining my career.
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