Following on from my first degree studies in Bath and Munich, I joined the Manchester School of Architecture in 2010 to add further contrast to my architectural education.
I am interested in architecture when it is real and engaging, as well as intrigued by how space is used, understood, negotiated and adapted. This has led to a dissertation and fifth year project which questions the permanence of the built environment and the role of the architect. My studies have previously focussed on the individual as an end user of the designed built environment, which has led me to design a user-controlled circus school for a Mancunian circus company. Fingers crossed, the project will be realised during 2012!
Although I have worked in architectural practices around the country, my enthusiasm for architecture comes from the ways it can be communicated; this enthusiasm was cemented whilst working for the Architects' Journal both as a news intern and as Editor of the Buildings Library. I believe that in order to stay relevant, architecture must descend from its academic 'ivory tower' to confront the people it affects and respond to them in real time. Always a keen conversationalist, I contrast studio time with riding my bike, dangling from a trapeze, knitting and baking.