In addition to academia I have worked within industry in architectural practice in Northern Ireland, New York and Scotland. A combination of ‘real-world’ professional experience and academic training has enabled me to enhance skills in translating client briefs in combination with building user-needs into the design of space and program. I have acquired an understanding of a range of architectural and design tactics in different design briefs and I utilise design research methods to develop an empathetic, ethical, user-centred and rigorous approach within my work.
Northern Ireland: W&M Given Architects
Working as a Part1 Architectural Assistant with W & M Given Architects, I have assisted Architects in a range of projects from strategic planning, project management, commercial and speculative work for a client base consisting of Education & Library Boards, Local Authorities, Property Developers, Individual Clients and Government Departments. Projects worked on have included:
- Riding for the Disabled Equestrian Centre, Coleraine.
- Private Housing
- Sheltered Housing, Tobermore.
- Ballysally Housing Estate: Area 5, Coleraine
- Currynierin Housing Estate, Londonderry
- Gransha Hospital Car Park
- Ballycastle Gaelic Club
- Magherafelt District Council Offices
- St Colmonells Rectory, Ahoghill
- West Bann Office Development
- Macrete Ireland Ltd, Concrete Works, Toomebridge
- Dundooan Holiday Cottages
New York: Misra and Associates Architects, part of the Misra Group of Companies
Working as a Part1 Architectural Assistant with Misra and Associates Architects, I was exposed to Architecture, Interior Design, Project Construction and Property Management. Projects worked on included:
- Renovation and Extension 221 West 13th Street, Manhattan, New York
- Renovation and Extension, Randolf Houses, West 114th Street between 6th and 7th Ave. New York
- Change of use, Yama Project, Apartment block to a Restaurant and Offices, Manhattan, New York
- Haramah Inc. Project, Large Housing Project, Manhattan, New York
- Sauteurs, Parish of St Patrick, Grenada, West Indies
- Le Royal Meridien, Chennai
- Private Residence Conversions
Scotland: Fieldwork and Ushida Findlay Architects
Headed by Professor Kathryn Findlay of Ushida Findlay Architects, Fieldwork was a research unit within Dundee School of Architecture concentrating on design-led research through live projects. As part of my MA Degree I worked within this practice on ‘The Hill’ project.
After graduation I undertook part-time employment with Ushida Findlay Architects, an internationally renowned architectural practice working primarily in the design of private residences and pool-houses, whilst starting my PhD research. Projects worked on included:
- ‘The Hill’ London, UK – Arts and Cultural Centre – RIBA Stages A-C
- ‘The Egg’ Pulborough, UK – Domestic Conversion -RIBA Stages A- C