Our Pride Road founder and Past Chair of the RIBA North West Solo Practitioners Group, Past Chair of Women in Property’s (WiP) North West branch
The Need for Something New
Having clocked up over a decade of professional experience in a larger practice environment, I decided back in 2009 that it was time to strike out on my own. With the recession hitting the industry pretty hard at that time, I would freely admit this was out of necessity more than anything else – but would probably add that it turned out to be the best possible thing that could have happened.
Carving a Niche
Having established Raynes Architecture in the years that followed, I was able to carve out a meaningful architectural career that also allowed me to balance my working and family life. Working closely with owner occupiers and those with smaller projects, I found a stream of business that was able to ride out the economic downturn comfortably, whilst giving me the chance to help develop properties that truly contributed to people’s lives and reflected their individual personalities.
Evolution to suit the Modern Day
As an active council member of the Royal Institute of British Architects I am not only passionate about architecture, but I try and use my considerable professional experience and national acclaim as a platform to make the industry a better place for women as whole. I believe in industries evolving for the women in them, not staying in the dark ages.
Creating Pride Road Architects was not only the perfect lifestyle for me – a career I am incredibly passionate about – it gave me a great work life balance. One that I want others to benefit from as their lives take them on a great journey too.