Volunteering with children while completing my degree, teaching and then working in the learning team at architecture education charity Open-City - where I met Matt - opened my eyes to how you can often have more agency when you’re in the margins of a discipline, rather than centre stage. This appealed to me then and still does.
It is something very special to be able to help children take what is in their imagination and make it a reality. Why does the world need to look the way a few individuals have decided it should be? Why can’t we all question the status quo? It is a
Concurrently and unforgivably in this day and age, social mobility continues to go backwards, particularly in the creative industries. Until I see this tide change, I will be driven to undertake these rather mad but wonderful builds – and hopefully raise aspirations, build skills and open up new avenues for the next generation.
I’d love to have more time. Matt, Lucy, Tilly and I all have multiple jobs. That is good – it keeps things fresh and you definitely don’t get bored - but it is also born out of financial necessity. It would be amazing to have more time to devote to this initiative and to maximising the value it can offer. More time to draw, paint and make would also be fun, and to test out new models for collaborative practice, design and making.
Project - Room For Art
I do what I do because I can see the profound and positive impact my collaborations bring to others. By sharing the skills I have gleaned over the years, I am able to empower and enable those I work with to positively shape the places in which they live, work and play.
Much of my time is spent being reactive and consumed by the morass of decision making and agitating that required to bring our projects to life. One very small positive to be gained from all our recent isolation, is the real benefit that having mental space to reflect, brings to thinking creatively and strategically. As the world speeds back up I will cherish this space and defend it from being eroded. I hope to think more, do less and make better.