FOUN­DA­TIONS OF A CA­REER DE­SIGN­ING LIFE AS AN AR­CHI­TECT

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CLASSIFIEDS - Laura Tri­este MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD, Wed­nes­day, July 8, 2015

WHETHER it is a kitchen up­grade or mu­seum ex­ten­sion, ev­ery as­pect of de­sign­ing a build­ing is im­por­tant to Rachel Nee­son.

As the owner of Nee­son Mur­cutt Ar­chi­tects, with more than 20 years of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in the in­dus­try, the chal­lenge of the job is some­thing she still en­joys to this day.

“There is so much ef­fort in­volved in our pro­fes­sion, how­ever if you are ded­i­cated it can be ex­tremely re­ward­ing,” Ms Nee­son said.

“I love the com­mu­ni­ca­tion with clients and the de­sign process, although it can be frus­trat­ing.”

Af­ter com­plet­ing a bach­e­lor de­gree at the Univer­sity of Syd­ney in 1994, Ms Nee­son gained a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in ar­chi­tec­ture prac­tices, as well as tak­ing on small jobs for friends and fam­ily, such as kitchen and bath­room ex­ten­sions.

“By de­sign­ing and see­ing through to con­struc­tion, you learn so much about deal­ing with the ma­te­ri­als and deal­ing with peo­ple and what things cost,” she said.

She started the busi­ness with her late hus­band Nick Mur­cutt in 2004, through which she has worked on projects like the Prince Al­fred Park and Pool up­grade, the Beres­ford Ho­tel, and most re­cently the Aus­tralian Mu­seum ex­ten­sion.

“Get­ting the tone right is re­ally im­por­tant,” she said.

“You are try­ing not only to tick all the boxes of mak­ing it safe but cre­at­ing some­thing that helps it be­come a place that feels like it be­longs there and that peo­ple nat­u­rally en­joy be­ing in.”

Ms Nee­son said ar­chi­tec­ture is a time-in­ten­sive in­dus­try and she re­lies on her fam­ily to help her bal­ance her work and home life with her chil­dren.

“As an em­ployer, it’s im­por­tant to try and ac­com­mo­date ev­ery­one’s lives be­cause we want peo­ple to be happy at work,” she said.

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