Architectural Designer, Writer & Artist.

I love rain through sunshine, swimming in waterfalls and chasing thunderstorms.

Experience

  • Architectural Designer (@Blue Designs), Writer & Artist

    at The Naked Architect

    August 2015 - at Present

    Gauteng

    A humorous take on the daily life of an architectural designer. Architecture, Green Building, Design and Sustainability are all laid bare. And no I won't be taking my clothes off! https://www.bebee.com/groups/the-naked-architect https://www.facebook.com/groups/258263907906727/

  • Sole Owner & Founder

    at Blue Designs Architectural Designers

    August 2004 - at Present

    Gauteng

    I am an Architectural Designer with over 15 years experience in the Johannesburg Area. I have worked on small projects - double garages, swimming pools etc and new houses from a 1300m2 house in the Featherbrooke Estate, to houses of only 110m2 in size. I have worked on a small complex, a Warehouse, Schools, a Clinic and New Houses in the Waterfall Country Estate, Eagle Canyon & Copperleaf Golf Estate. In 2017/18 I designed three houses in the Blue Valley Golf Estate and worked on several large renovations and a nursery school. For more information check out Blue Designs at http://www.bluedesigns.org. Specialties: Architectural Design both new projects, additions and renovations. Heritage Renovations and Heritage Commission Approvals, House Plans, Building Plans, Project Management, Town Planning, Municipal Approvals, Council Approvals,

  • Driver

    at Avalon Property Development

    November 2003 - July 2004

    Gauteng

    Whilst I learnt AutoCAD at night I worked on a building site in Krugersdorp during the day. I was a buyer and general dogsbody and loved every minute of it. I think everyone who wants to work in architecture should spend the best part of a year on a building site.

  • Marketing & Advertising Manager

    at McMillan Scott

    October 2002 - September 2003

    London

    I was responsible for a weekly, a biweekly, a monthly and a quarterly for both British Airways In-house newspaper and magazines and two health publications. Whilst I was there I grew the neglected BA monthly and quarterly – making a profit for the first time in 2 years.

  • Sales Manager

    at Normany Publishing

    May 2000 - November 2000

    Gauteng

    Sales Manager –, I worked on two titles – Smart Office Computing and Start & Manage Your Own Business. I was hired to grow corporate business; advertisers included Mercedes and Standard Bank. I left because the company was relocating to Cape Town.

  • Advertising Manager

    at Primedia Publishing

    August 1999 - March 2000

    Gauteng

    I launched Money Marketing a monthly newspaper for financial advisors. As well as being responsible for the advertising, I designed the look and layout of the paper, I wrote the media pack and marketing materials, compiled the circulation lists and organised independent editorial contributions. I resigned because the organisation at the time was highly political.

  • Group Display Head - Investor's Chronicle

    at Financial Times

    June 1997 - November 1998

    London

    Investors Chronicle is a weekly investment magazine. I was responsible for the non financial advertising - clients included BMW and Renault. I also trained staff in sales and presentation techniques. I took a redundancy package so I could move to South Africa.

  • Sales Executive

    at Financial Times

    March 1995 - April 1997

    London

    Sales Executive on Financial Advisor a weekly newspaper for financial advisors

  • Researcher

    at Kings College University, London & Bromley Hospital

    March 1990 - September 1994

    London

    I ran a Study on Caffeine Withdrawal. My duties included recruiting and monitoring subjects for the trial, testing saliva for caffeine, physiological testing – heart rate, tremor, EEG, - psychological testing – reaction times, mood and performance questionnaires. I wrote a thesis and published papers.

Education

  • Diploma in Journalism

    at City University

    1994 - 1994 (1 year) London

  • MPhil

    at King's College, London

    1991 - 1994 (3 years) London

  • MPhil in Psychophysiopharmacology

    at King's College, London

    1990 - 1994 (4 years) London

  • Diploma - Journalism

    at City University, London

    1993 - 1993 (1 year) London

  • BSc (Hons), Philosophy, Nutrition, Microbiology & Physiology

    at University of Nottingham

    1987 - 1990 (3 years) Nottingham

  • BSc (Hons)

    at University of Nottingham

    1987 - 1990 (3 years) Nottingham

Services offered

  • Architectural Design

    We specialize in expertly designed house plans / building plans drawn to individual client specifications. We design and build new homes also alterations / additions to existing buildings.

    Blue Designs is an Architectural Design company established in 2004 -we have over 12 years experience in the construction industry. Our approach is client centered, we believe in making the building process as smooth as possible.

    We have long established ties with Council and Town Planners which enable us to offer prompt municipal approvals. Blue Designs is based in Johannesburg.

  • Town Planning

    From Consent Applications for second dwellings, guest-houses, businesses and hotels, Consolidations, Re-Zoning, establishment of Townships, Sub-Divisions and Liquor Licenses, we offer a comprehensive service. For more information call Claire on 011 -025-4458

  • Writing

    I have written over 110 Articles and 3 E-Books on Architecture, Design, Green Building & Sustainability.

  • Art Commissions

    I am an Artist as well as an Architect. I work with acrylics, fabric paints and mosaics. I am starting to experiment with mixed media and am beginning to sculpt.

Languages

  • French Elementary

  • English Native

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