A developing journey in sustainable design
After 18 years of experience I was keen to explore other routes to bring my passion and experience in sustainable design to fruition.
I have a most unusual career having trained as an architect for many years that naturally led me into the design world, my work life has taken me in other directions through the media and television world. I worked as a media presenter for 15 years on numerous television design shows for BBC, ITV and the Discovery Channel, including BBC’s Changing Rooms and DIY SOS. I integrated my passion for sustainable design into presenting at Grand Designs Live, EcoBuild, WRAP and the Energy Saving Trust. These strands have run alongside one another allowing me to promote and develop the concepts of sustainability in the built environment through both practical built projects and media based channels.
Frustrations have risen over the years with the minimal impact that individual traditional design and construction projects can have particularly in the field of domestic design – so after 18 years of experience I was keen to explore other routes to bring my passion and experience in sustainable design to fruition.
Through my discussions with Shannon greater clarity came about the potential opportunities that could exist.
Through my discussions with Shannon, carried out over a number of weeks, I was able to better appreciate and realise the values of my combined practical and media experience. With her steer, greater clarity came about the potential opportunities that could exist. Together we explored bringing these ideas to life through developing a framing of them to turn them into reality. It wasn’t realistic to think I would or could step into a traditional career opportunity so throughout our discussions Shannon’s creativity and vision were essential in approaching possible tracks.
Shannon’s coaching has allowed me to apply creativity to proposals that are now coming into fruition.
Developing my personal sense of value and position in the field of sustainable design through Shannon’s coaching has allowed me to apply creativity to proposals that are now coming into fruition in the fields of biophilic design with Interface flooring, domestic energy conservation and sustainable materials. Through our shared conversations and vision I was able to reframe my experience to combine my practical built environment experience with my media skills towards a more commercial direction, taking my career into a new and stimulating direction.