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18 January

OV Architects Inspire

Insight into Architecture


On Monday evening this week, King’s students were in store for a treat, during a super Careers session, led by King’s Head of Careers, Helen Airdrie. Over 20 King’s students attended the virtual session, where they heard about careers in various branches of architecture.  OVs, Josh Wickens (Os 04-11), Lydia Robinson (K 91-98) and Lizzie Turner (née Baxter, S 03-10) all shared their experiences in Architecture, as well as King’s parent, Kwesi Marles and Mark Martin, Director of a Worcester-based multi-disciplinary integrated design company.

OV Josh WickensJosh opened the evening by talking about his architecture training (he is currently doing his Part III training) and he explained that studying for architecture takes a long time (anywhere between 7–10 years) but, he said, “I get to do what I love everyday”.  Josh also shared with the students some of the projects he has worked on already, saying that “with this profession, you give a bit of yourself to each project”.

OV Lydia RobinsonLydia is Creative Director of, and heads up, a five person architect firm in Cheltenham and said that what she loves about being an architect is that you “make a difference to people’s lives, and that’s very rewarding.”  Her company has been shortlisted for a number of awards over the years, including winning the RIBA Regional Award & Conservation Award for a renovation project in 2017.  Lydia is now specialising in historic buildings and explained that training to be an architect is “not a race” and you can take as long as you want to get to where you want to be.

OV Lizzie BaxterLizzie talked about her experience of Interior Architecture and what her route into this profession has been.  She explained that interior architects tend to focus on either the FF&E (everything that is movable in a room: fixtures, fittings and equipment) or in ID (what remains intact) and she talked about her experience of working for Martin Brudnizki Design Studio in a PR and Communications role, which gave her exposure to some incredible projects.  A piece of advice to students was to follow interior designers on Instagram, collect articles and magazine features and work on your own bedrooms.

OV Lizzie Baxter (2)


We are grateful both to the fantastic OVs, as well as to Mark and Kwesi for the giving so generously of their time on a Monday evening, and for sharing the wealth of their experience with the current King’s students.

You can read the full Careers write-up from the evening here.