FOUNDATIONS OF A CAREER DESIGNING LIFE AS AN ARCHITECT
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.