For you, what’s the most important stage in the design process?
Value engineering and design development. If as a designer you don’t have the negotiation or people skills to mold cleverly around project constraints, personalities or budgets, ultimately the design will always suffer.
What values do you admire the most at Scott Carver?
Work/life balance. The culture at Scott Carver is such a pleasure, I’ve never worked anywhere that’s felt so people centric. It feels like an extension of self-working here, surrounded by like-minded individuals and centered around quality creative solutions.
What’s been a career highlight so far?
The Liberty Hotel Boston - the refurbishment of an old prison in Boston. I ran this project from inception to completion and secretly loved getting the chance to get away periodically for a few days from the hustle and bustle of my projects in New York. It was my first ‘grown up’ project in my 20’s.
Do you think interior design has the power to impact people’s lives in a positive way?
Absolutely. An example most can relate to would be the prevalence of open-plan layouts in modern design. Whether a home, office or lobby space - interior design has the unique power, if executed correctly, to enable people to connect emotionally, which creates for better outcomes whether in a working, public, hospitality or domestic environment.
What projects are you most proud of during your time at Scott Carver?
Sheraton on the Park, Rydges North Sydney and Hotel Indigo Auckland. All of which are still in pre-construction or active construction. I have such a passion for hotel projects and I’m super proud of the strength and growth of our team in the hotel sector.
What first inspired you to study Interior Design?
I’d always had a dream to practice creatively in some way every day - it was in my blood!
When it comes to design, what are you most passionate about?
This is an interesting question and likely not the answer most designers will give - I'm most passionate about value. I can appreciate a $20K sofa or an original Eames chair along with the best of them, but I firmly believe that value is an overlooked contributor in design. You don’t need to be the most on trend or brand driven designer to create beautiful spaces. It requires often being clever and resourceful - these challenges amplify the design experience for me… being creative financially and physically.
Name the biggest overall lesson you’ve learnt since working at Scott Carver?
Patience. After living in the fast-paced environments of London and New York, and initially running my own business for my first year in Australia, working in a team environment and on hotel projects again I have revisited the practice of patience.
What do you like to do most in your spare time?
Ideally ski - but living so far from the snow in Sydney it’s not always possible! On a day to day basis it would be yoga, reading at Berkleouw books, running and cooking.