Meeting the architects
Hi, my name is Sam Cooke, and this is the second blog in my series which describes my introduction to the property sector having joined Luma Marketing a few weeks’ ago.
Taking advantage of Luma’s industry connections, I introduced myself to some of our close contacts and asked if they would be willing to let me interview them about their businesses.
Paul and Naomi Kelsall founded Kelsall Architects in 2016. They had previously worked in an international architecture practice and their portfolio on their website is wide-ranging and sophisticated – and really shows off their experience and talks about their approach to architecture.
Paul and Naomi talked more about this when we met. The practice works in an interesting way, by starting from how the building functions from the inside out, always trying to put people first. They prefer to get involved in projects from the earliest possible stage and this can mean strategic feasibility studies to ascertain the best usage for the site and the community.
I had been especially excited to meet with Paul and Naomi as I had considered a career in architecture because of my own love of design. I knew that the training was a long process – but I hadn’t realised quite how long it was. If you want to become an architect, the normal process is to start with a three-year degree. This is referred to as Part one. There is then a year out in industry, then back to University for a Masters course, RIBA Part 2. Part 3 can then be completed after a further year in industry.
Kelsall Architects’ website is incredible from a design perspective which indicates how skilled they are in this regard as well as showing off their portfolio and talking about their recent news. Their biggest news – which they also shared on their social media – is that they were nominated by RIBA to attend a reception at 10 Downing Street, recognising their emerging practice as one to watch.
When I met Paul and Naomi I noticed straight away that they were nice people who love building relationships as well as building buildings. Paul talked about his many role models and I was inspired that these include his parents. I loved this and it was unexpected.
I really love Kelsalls Architects’ marketing. They place little mascots on top of models of their developments, on street-scapes – all across their website and social media channels. The little mascots remind me of LEGO characters in a real-world environment. Perfection!
I would like to thank Paul and Naomi for their time and letting me learn more about their practice, their brand identity and how to get into architecture.
If you want to learn about Kelsall Architects here’s a link.