I have always been interested in houses and the idea of ‘home’; indeed, I once contemplated a career in real estate (which now seems quite bizarre).
That interest was subsumed by others, and instead I built a successful career as a researcher, technical writer and project manager in the community sector. However, my fascination with space and dwellings never went away, and when my partner and I bought a block of land, I found myself awake at night doing floor plans in my head.
Fast forward three years: we were living in our gorgeous 9 star home designed and built by Positive Footprints. After having spent hundreds of hours researching and thinking about environmentally sensitive design, construction and fit-out for our house, I suddenly lacked a building project. While I was undoubtedly doing good and worthwhile work as a writer, I felt despondent at the idea of continuing along that path for several more decades. I wanted to use a different part of my brain and to think in different ways. I had decades of social change activism and environmentalism. Drawing on that passion, I decided to explore and contribute to new ways to design, construct, live in and interact with the built environment generally, and housing specifically.
And so, at age 43, I enrolled in a building design course, to train for a totally new career. I now have an Advanced Diploma in Building Design (Architectural) and - after 18 months working with Ingrid and Christina at CHI Design Studio - I am branching out again.
Future Focused is a new business, bringing together my research skills and my passions for design and environmental and social justice. I have experienced the joy of achieving a high quality, environmentally responsible home after lots of hard work; but I’ve also spoken with many people who feel absolutely daunted by the whole shebang. I can help those people.
Adv Dip Building Design (Architectural), 2015
UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Grad Dip Women's Health, 1993
Bachelor of Arts (Politics & History), 1992
Activities & Affiliations
• Individual member, Building Designers Association of Victoria
• Member, Friends of the Earth Melbourne
• Member, Alternative Technology Association