What sparked your interest in architecture and urban design?
As a child, I used to build model cities with Duplo and Lego, but playing with my sister’s farmyard set was my favourite. Having grown up in the countryside, I had an appreciation of old buildings in rural settings. Making model places through play allowed me to imagine the lives of people who lived on the farm. I’m a very visual person, so modelling and creating is where my natural strengths lie.
What advice would you give to anyone starting in the profession today?
Never forget where you come from. It’s often the personable side of engagement that people are drawn to. Our experiences and background teach us something about place and interacting in the built environment.
What do you enjoy most in your work?
I have an interest in both Urban Design and Conservation for different reasons, as each has its own requirements and focus. I love working on a variety of projects, anything related to scale, from city wide urban design projects right down to designing the smaller, more intricate details such as cornicing in heritage properties.
Weekends are for…. baking!
(Laura has won our office bake-off competitions twice in a row now!)
How would your colleagues describe you?
As having a bubbly personality! I would like to think that it’s because I’m a good listener and I’m willing to get involved.