In the next of our Meet the Team series, we catch up with New Zealand registered Architect, Nicola Ransley.
Tell us a little about your background and how you got into architecture originally
As a young child I spent hours drawing, painting and creating things, and as a teenager decided I wanted to be an Architect. In 2017 I made that dream come true and became a New Zealand registered Architect. I came to the UK in search of new experiences in both my personal and professional life.
Where do your particular passions, skills and interests lie?
What I enjoy about architecture is having the ability to create something in your head, visualise it, transfer it to paper (or these days computer) and then see it come together in real life. The idea of being able to create a building that is visually pleasing, has a great feel to it, and is designed with your client in mind to improve their quality of living is really rewarding.
I love the use of different materials and textures, especially the use of timber, concrete and glass. I have always been influenced by contemporary designs but am broadening my knowledge by working on listed buildings here in the UK.
What project are you most proud of?
Predominantly my career has been in residential design but I am most proud of a childcare centre I designed within an existing commercial building. I was the lead designer on the project and was given creative control over the design of both the exterior and interior of the building.
Do you have any interests outside of the office?
Outside of the office my interests lie in travel, adventure, scuba diving, photography and I love spending time beside, or on, the ocean.