What is your current Job Title or Role?
Architect and Director of AJ Architects
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Speak to someone who works in the field you are interested in. There is so much support out there and having someone to give you advice or a work experience placement is a great way to explore a career in STEM. Always remember that you can be whatever you want to be!
How did you get to where you are today?
After spending most of my childhood dreaming of being an architect, I applied to college to undertake a construction course - I was the first female to start and complete this course! This led me to university where I studied architecture and undertook a number of work placements which then led to qualifying as an architect.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
This is one of the things I love most about my job. It's so varied. I can be in the office doing admin, meeting with clients, looking at potential building sites or existing buildings, drawing up potential ideas by hand, creating 3D images and visualisations, finalising technical details, writing construction specifications to going out on site. I get to meet and talk with lots of various people in the industry from planners to suppliers.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
I have always had an interest in how things work and go together and loved bringing creativity into play with pragmatics. When I was 13 I had work experience with a local architect, David Burley. I then worked for him whilst at college and university and still do work with him to this day!
What do you enjoy most about your role?
All of it! If I had to pin it down to one thing then I would say it is the way in which everything that I do can help make a positive change in peoples lives.
What do you like to do outside work?
Volunteering my time for Women in STEM Plymouth, being a STEM and Go Construct Ambassador as well as spending time with my wonderful family in the great outdoors. You'll often find me on the beach surfing or paddle boarding or out in the beautiful countryside running.