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.
This year, RIBA North East are celebrating and supporting the rich diversity of architects in the North East.
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.
This year’s Design NOW! Symposium sees a stellar line up of speakers in NewcastleGateshead across graphics, illustration, digital and product design. The symposium takes place at the Northern Design Centre, home to over 25 innovative design studios and Northumbria University’s Design School.
RIBA North East members showcase their diversity, skills, interest and backgrounds, highlighting how it has impacted on their careers within architecture.
An insight into the student mentoring process that takes place in the North East with local practice Ryder Architecture