Architecture can be defined simply as a response to people and place. Truly remarkable architecture embodies a deep understanding of and empathy for a unique place and a very specific group of people who will inhabit the spaces we create. On each project, we strive to spend as much time as possible getting to know those inhabitants and try to immerse ourselves within their site in an effort to gain a fluent understanding of their needs and aspirations. Equipped with that fluency, we endeavor to create inspiring learning environments in which the act of learning is itself a joyful experience for all.
I view architectural space as an active object in a learning environment. For me, the in-between spaces are as important, if not more so, than whatever formal learning settings we might create. I spent my own high school years in a relatively new but soulless building and one which required a one-way system to ease congestion as we moved between classes. The minimization of those in-between spaces neglected the places where our lives beyond the bounds of the building were formed.
I like to think we create architecture from ideas rather than things. In my role as Director of Design, I love the fact that I can be embedded within multiple projects in the office at any one time, and support my colleagues as they cultivate those creative ideas through the conversation of design.
I love that I am a part of a team that can, with each new project, transform the spaces within which we teach our children. It is a responsibility that I both relish and respect.
ARB registered (UK licensed architect)
Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Practice, University of Lincoln, England
B. Arch (Hons), Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee, Dundee
BSc. Architecture, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, University of Dundee, Scotland