To celebrate Lily Kozlovska’s recent completion of her RIBA Part 3 course and deservedly earning her chartered and registered Architect status, we caught up with her to find out more about her background, interests and influences.
Tell us a little bit about your background in architecture
I studied at Riga Technical University, completing my studies at The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) to qualify as a Chartered Architect. Having over 8 years’ experience in the industry, I have been working with both private and commercial clients specialising in high-end and historic architecture and interior design over the past five years.
What got you into architecture originally?
I have been interested in drawing and design for as long as I can remember. My progression into a career in architecture seemed very natural, fulfilling my desire to combine creativity with practicality and problem solving. I could not imagine myself doing anything else.
Describe your role at Lees Associates
I joined Lees Associates in 2017 as Part II Architectural Assistant and was able to obtain my RIBA Part 3 qualification during this time. Recent experience with Lees has allowed me to become a more confident Architect while working with an extensive external design team, meeting our clients’ bespoke requirements and challenging deadlines.
Where do your particular passions, skills and interests lie?
Having worked on a variety of projects, I came to realise that historic and conservation architecture was a particular interest of mine. The rich history on display in many beautiful buildings across the country fascinates me. Listed buildings being part of the existing housing stock in the UK need not only to have their historic fabric preserved but to be made fit for future generations too.
Which project are you most proud of?
I am excited about the opportunity to work on several projects for Harrods. It’s a beautiful listed building and has special architectural and historical interest as a department store, which continues in its original use since the 19th century. I feel privileged to be part of a team that has already successfully completed many projects within such an historic landmark.