2019 promises to be full of challenge. It will certainly be uppermost in architects' minds that their practice is often very quickly and unpredictably affected by political and economic instability and uncertainty.
During 2018, RIBA North East celebrated and supported the rich diversity of architects in the North East.
James wanted to work in architecture as soon as he knew what the word meant. He was an all-rounder at school, and what he really loved was problem solving; investigating and exploring a new challenge and finding a satisfying solution. Architecture seemed a source of an endless variety of such challenges.
Henrietta couldn't tell you why or when she first realised she wanted to be an architect, but it was from a very young age. She always had an interest in design and began her journey into architecture working on tree houses, woodland camps and dolls' houses.
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Grace is of South Korean descent but was born and bred in the North of England: Manchester. She grew up during the rise of Manchester music and a new entrepreneurial spirit, which was contagious, edgy and exciting. The city, its communities and people fascinated her and she loved to explore its hidden places, drawing and making things at every opportunity that a 16-year-old could find.
Simon grew up in Whitley Bay, then completed his Part 1 studies in Architecture at Newcastle University. He worked locally before heading up to Edinburgh College of Art and University to complete his Part 2.
Robin grew up as one of five children in rural South Lakeland on the edge of the national park. His father trained as a joiner and had a workshop which occupied the ground floor of the house which made a great, if hazardous, creative playground throughout and he was always getting in trouble for leaving the workshop in a mess with bits of projects left all over the place.
As Daniel's father worked in construction, his family homes were always part building site growing up and it felt natural that he too aspired for a career in the industry.
Through school, Shannon was always interested in Design. Her decision to pursue Architecture was made after attending a Post 16 Architecture Open Day at Northumbria University. The full day event included an insight into the university and the studio facilities, a project brief and small scale concept modelling.