In a special festive edition of our Meet the Team series, we talk to our favourite canine colleague, Bonnie!


What got you into architecture originally? 

I stumbled into this role really. I never thought I’d run an architectural practice but here I am. I’m not complaining, it’s a good job and I find it very rewarding. I also hold a senior management role in a global consultancy company but I work from home on those days…ZZzzzzz.

Describe your role at Lees Associates 

I wear many hats at Lees Associates: office manager, mentor, security detail (no squirrels, no birds, no neighbours above, no delivery boxes and hourly perimeter checks), office clown and avid sun baker. 

What are your main passions, skills and interests?

Chicken, carrot, whatever you’re eating. Security. I try to enjoy a relaxing nap in the morning sunshine beside the printer but do struggle to fully relax. I find myself on full alert as I just can’t shake the thought another threat might be imminent…from something…somewhere…anywhere. 

What do you most enjoy about what you do?

Greeting my pack every morning, sharing their lunches and keeping them safe. I’m partial to a spot of rope tug followed by an old fashioned tummy rub. I’m a transparently fickle personality, showing favouritism to anyone eating lunch. If you don’t share, no problem, no grudge held. I just move on to the next person still lunching. Surely someone….

What project are you most proud of?

I do my best work on the terrace.

What are your plans for the future?

To expand my architectural enterprise to include more offices. I need to learn to relax or there’s a risk I may not be around long enough to enjoy what I love.

What do you get up to outside the office?

Running on the beach, jumping through long grass, messing up neat piles of autumn leaves and making new friends on the work commute they just love me. I’m probably guilty of spending too much time checking my social weedia accounts.