Meet the Designers: Laura Walker, Senior Designer
6th October 2017, 11:05am
We're rounding up week 1 of our 'Meet the Team' feature with Laura Walker, our lovely Senior Designer!
What attracted you to a career in Design?
I’ve always been creative - for as long as I can remember I would be colouring or drawing; and as I got older I would help my Dad build various objects around the house. He owned his own furniture company, so it must have been in my genes! I loved learning how to work with a variety of materials in the workshops at Uni. I'm a creative perfectionist, what else could I be but a designer?!
What does your role entail?
On a day to day basis, I space plan using Revit. As a lead designer on a scheme, I am responsible for designing the initial concept layouts. I will then liase with the Contractor and the Client - which could be the Head Teacher or a member of the local Council - and then develop the layouts until all parties are in agreement. Once a final layout is agreed, as a Design team, we will create a colour scheme for the project, choosing colour finishes for all furniture items.
Which projects have you recently worked on?
I am currently working on a batch of schools in the Dumfries and Galloway area of Scotland - the scheme is called Dumfries Learning Town. The scheme started with Dalbeattie High School and has now progressed to include St Josephs College, North West Academy and The Bridge central hub. North West Academy is the culmination of four schools: two primary schools and two secondary schools, to date this is the biggest school I have designed. St Josephs School is a refurbishment and extension of a beautiful Boarding School built in 1909 by the Marist Brothers.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Visiting sites to see my design in completion. Seeing the spaces up and running and full of people completely unaware of how much hard work has gone on behind the scenes to make it a reality, really makes the job worth while.
Can you give us a fact about yourself that people may not know?
For a little person, I can eat A LOT! This is a skill I have had since birth, when I entered the world weighing a whopping 8lbs 13oz. I literally have no full-o-meter: back in my uni days, I once ate four Big Macs in one sitting.
A more interesting fact is that I come from a family of creatives. My Grandfather and Father ran a successful furniture and upholstery company, my Mam is a seamstress, my Sister and Brother-in-Law own a designer Bathroom Studio, and my niece Aimee is already following in the same footsteps, excelling in Art and Design at school and drawing beautiful portraits in her own time.
Complete the sentence: outside of work, I can most often be found….
In a lovely restaurant, or decorating my house. My husband and I bought our home in 2016 and are working our way through each room, we just have the kitchen to go now. However this may all change as I become the owner of a beautiful Cockapoo puppy in a week's time!