Paula Mejia-Wright




Why architecture

I always wanted to be an architect. I am not sure I know exactly why as I didn’t really know any architects when I was young. In my mind architecture was the perfect combination between art and science, design and technology, and these were my main interests.

Where I am from

Growing up in Medellin, Colombia definitely shaped who I am. Medellin was one of the most troubled cities in the world when I was young, but it also has some of the most hard-working, loving and self-less people I know who helped to change the city for the better in the last years. Adversity shaped my country and taught us to work very hard for everything we wanted to achieve.

Colombia is also where I studied architecture and learnt that good design is not about cost but skill.

My experience

Most of my professional experience has been in the UK. I came to England in 2002 and have been working here ever since. I have worked on projects in Europe, North and South America for a variety of practices. I have worked for MCW since its very beginnings and have absolutely enjoyed being part of such an amazing, talented and caring team.

Being me

Being me means being a mum to two beautiful little girls and sharing my life with a talented Yorkshireman. When I was young I was a national synchronised swimmer for more than 15 years. During that time I became a massive sports fan, I relate to the effort and dedication that sports people have to put in so they can perform and enjoy re-living the feeling of physical achievement through other people in a variety of sports. 

Good design is not about cost but skill.

My city, Medellin - 1
Me swimming - 2
My little girls - 3