Behind the Design Spotlight: Chloe Potter

14 June, 2021

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With this year’s London Festival of Architecture focussing on ‘care’, Pick Everard architect Chloe Potter discusses how this overarching theme should not be limited to healthcare environments and extends to everything we design. She also shares more about her goals for progression, and her career journey since joining us almost five years ago.

What is your role at Pick Everard and how long have you been working here?

I am an Architect based in the Bury St Edmunds office and have been with Pick Everard for nearly five years.

My role is focussed on delivering quality design projects from inception to completion. I work closely with the wider design team to understand the Client’s aspirations and provide innovative solutions in line with their budget constraints.

How has working at Pick Everard enabled you to develop as a young professional?

Pick Everard provides a supportive environment to push my creative boundaries and has allowed me to gain valuable experience across a variety of complex projects.

Which area of architecture are you most passionate about?

I love creating high-quality public sector projects for local communities to enjoy. Having the opportunity to enhance people’s experience of the built environment is a real privilege and what first got me interested in architecture.

What is the importance of events like the London Festival of Architecture for current and future generations of architects?

They provide inspirational and thought-provoking designs that challenge how we look at the changing world around us. It shines a light on the different approaches that are taken across the industry to tackle the same problem and how we can use architecture as a tool for positive social change.

What does this year’s London Festival of Architecture theme of ‘Care’ mean to you?

Care shouldn’t be limited to ‘healthcare environments’. The public realm can play a huge part in self-care and if the last year has taught us anything, it’s that access to high-quality to public space is paramount.

Designers have a duty to ensure these spaces are fully accessible to our diverse communities, and if we ensure this is at the heart of everything we do, we can create a more inclusive, and ultimately more caring, built environment.

What advice would you share with budding architects currently completing their studies?

First and foremost, never be afraid to ask questions. As Architects, we never stop learning and it is important to recognise the wealth of expertise that surrounds us. Being part of a team is central to the role we undertake in the construction industry and sharing knowledge is a vital part of that. Always remember – there is no such thing as a silly question!

Secondly, the road to becoming an Architect is a long one, make sure to focus on each individual challenge, take a step back and feel proud of your accomplishments.

What is your ultimate professional goal?

To be honest my main professional goal has, until recently, been focussed on becoming a fully qualified Architect.

Having now achieved that and being able to look further ahead, I would love to undertake a restoration and conservation course (yes, that means even more studying!) and work with historic buildings to ensure they can be protected and enjoyed by future generations.

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