The projects I like the most are the ones that are not straightforward. I find a real pleasure in developing the project brief, putting different pieces of a complicated puzzle together to end up with a polished building that looks cleverly simple.
where it all begun
A family holiday in Barcelona. A visit to Gaudí's museum in the Sagrada Família. A chain suspended by its endpoints to create a catenary arch. A mirror underneath showing the reflected image of the structures, unveiling Gaudí's inspiration.
That's where I realised architecture is the perfect combination of art and science. That's when I realised: I want to become an architect.
many years later
I went to the University of Louvain (Belgium) to study Architectural Engineering. Combining late night studio work with intense training sessions and matches for my other passion: handball.
Moving to Frank Lloyd Wright's hometown Madison (Wi, USA) in 2005 meant giving up handball, but also discovering the joy of long distance running. People thought I was crazy running through snow at - 20 °C. I'm up for a challenge.
In Madison I also expanded my interest in Green Design and became a LEED AP. Wanting to broaden my sustainability knowledge even further, I ended up in Cambridge (UK) where I graduated with an MPhil in Environmental Design in Architecture in 2008 (and experienced some great rowing adventures).
the next step
was RMJM where I worked on wonderful projects for Coventry University, the University of Bedfordshire and the University of Hertfordshire. A truly amazing work experience was being the site architect for the Laboratory for Molecular Biology in Cambridge.
I returned to Cambridge University to get my Part 3 qualification in 2009. In the same year I enjoyed my best project ever: I became a mum to Noah. 2 years later his joyful brother Jasper was born. Double the fun. Double the trouble.
Since joining MCW in 2012 I have taken a particular interest in BIM and I hold the Certificate in Building Information Modelling (BIM) – Project Management by the RICS.
I joined MCW because of the wonderful people and great projects. The good music and amazing cakes came as a nice surprise. And so did the lunchtime runs.