Q&A with Amelia Holliday
Director at Aileen Sage Architects
Graduation year: 2004
Q. Tell us a little about your current role.
As a director of a small design focused architectural studio, my work is varied from design and project management to business administration and marketing. We work on projects ranging from new houses and alterations and additions to exhibitions, urban design and public commissions. Every project and therefore every challenge is unique which I enjoy.
Q. How did your degree prepare you for the workforce?
An architectural degree gives you a broad education. It also trains you in problem solving where you are constantly thinking in different registers to address an issue – from formal design thinking to structure to construction to questioning how people interact and live together in a building or a city.
Q. What is the most valuable thing you took away from your time at UNSW?
A broad set of architectural skills that can be applied to projects of various scales. Also an understanding of different cultures and backgrounds and how these might inform your design thinking.
Q. Do you have any advice for current Built Environment students?
This is an incredibly interesting time to be an emerging practitioner. There’s many unique opportunities on offer and many new ways of working and contributing that are facilitating this. Follow your instincts and have a go. Be open to the knowledge of others – especially those that come to a problem from a different place and perspective.