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2 February, 2024

Meet our new Graduate Architectural Designer – Kate Pittendreigh

Kate graduated from Robert Gordons University with a Bachelor of Science in architecture in 2020 and her master’s in architecture in 2023. Her master’s thesis, titled Common Ground, proposed a development on the Isle of Lewis providing a central hub for crofters, new and old, to come together to share knowledge and local resources in both indoor, and outdoor spaces. The secondary part of the thesis, Common Crofts, provided opportunity for potential crofters to explore and experience crofting before fully committing to the lifestyle. The project received commendation from the Highlands and Islands Architectural Association (HIAA) for best meeting the criteria and scope of the original brief.

What made you select Architecture as a career?

I’ve always had a love of design and architecture! At school, I knew I wanted to do something that combined design with a more technical aspect – architecture was the perfect choice. Initially my main interest was the design aspect, however, throughout my studies I developed a huge appreciation for architecture and urban planning as I saw the impact it can have on everyday lives.

What interests you most about our industry?

I think we’re at an exciting time in the industry due to the many new forms of technology and different methods of construction. Architecture has become a lot more environmentally aware and as designers we need to consider Long Life, Low Energy, and demonstrate how the principles of the circular economy can help create more sustainable, net zero architecture for the future.

What led you to LBA and how are you settling in?

I had admired LBA for some time and was very excited when, shortly after graduating, I saw they were advertising for an architectural designer – I submitted my application, got interviewed, and started the very next week! Prior to working for LBA, one thing that particularly appealed to me was their commitment to developing part 2 architectural designers – this dedication has become even more apparent since I started working here. Settling in was a breeze – the entire LBA family are extremely friendly, supportive, trusting and fun to work with. The resident guinea fowl are the icing on the cake, ensuring you start each day with a smile on your face!

“Kate has settled very well into LBA, she has hit the ground running working on a variety of projects of varying scale and scope and has demonstrated a keen interest in the projects she’s working on. Kate is a great addition to our fantastic team!”

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