Toni is Sector Lead for Office and Workplace and uses her expertise in commercial design to lead mixed use and office projects across the UK.
Toni particularly enjoys the people aspect of her job, working closely with the client and design team but also occupiers and communities, to design and deliver vibrant and well-considered buildings and places.
What key trend is affecting your sector, or is likely to in the next five years?
The evacuation of the office and the overnight home working experiment caused by Covid-19. It has left us, as individuals, organisations and cities, asking how and where we want to work in the future, and how that might impact our homes and neighbourhoods.
Many have discovered the benefits of home working. Many have missed the interaction of the office and associated activities. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to reassess and put into practice the lessons from 2020-21 to enhance not just working lives but life in general.
Biggest career influence?
I’m part of the RIBA Student Mentoring Scheme at the University of Bath and I’m often inspired by the students and their work there. They’re extremely dedicated to their course and continue to offer new ideas and push boundaries. I always thought there wasn’t enough of a link to practice when I was at university, so it’s great to help bridge that.
Favourite networking event?
The BCO conference in Berlin. There was a change in structure to previous years; much more informal and relaxed. The street party was great fun and I enjoyed meeting lots of new faces. The conference was themed around diversity, so there were more female and younger delegates than ever before, which was encouraging.
I did a half marathon a couple of years ago, which I thought I’d never manage. It was great to cross the finish line and complete it, even if not in record time.
- Women in Property South West Committee Member
- RIBA Student Mentoring Scheme
- NLA Expert Panel for Work