Esther joined gcp in 2017 after completing her Part 2 studies in Canterbury and moving back home to Bristol. Prior to this, Esther worked in a global practice in Bristol, gaining experience on large, multidisciplinary projects. She also had the opportunity to work in UAE and Qatar on large, fast-paced Rail projects developing her Revit skills greatly.
Esther is currently at the University of the West of England completing her Professional Practice qualification to become a fully qualified Architect. She is hoping to qualify in 2019.
This month marks Esther’s second-year anniversary at gcp, so what better time to ask her a little more about herself.
So Esther, by now you know the format! Tell us, what inspired you to pursue architecture?
I always liked designing, creating and rebuilding. From a really young age I started redesigning my bedroom and rearranging my furniture!
If you weren’t training to become an architect, what would you be doing?
Although I’ve always wanted to be an architect, I have also loved the idea of joining the police force.
What’s your favourite project that you’ve worked on to date?
I would probably say Malvern as it my first opportunity to really understand the construction side of the project and get to see the progress as it is being built.
Also favourite non-project is setting up the Instagram account with the Media team.
Esther has been instrumental in getting gcp’s Instagram account up and running this year. Her boundless enthusiasm really shows on our account. Check it out here.
So what’s been your best moment at gcp in the last year?
Being able to wear my Santa onesie to work on the last day before Christmas!
(Photographs NOT available, unfortunately!) Moving on … tell us about a happy moment from your personal life.
Meeting my nephew when he was just a day old.
Ahh! We love seeing all the cute pictures and videos you take of him here in the office!
Tell us something we might not know about you? What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to learn instruments. So far I’ve taught myself drums, guitar, bass, ukulele, banjolele and I’m currently learning the piano and harmonica.
Wow. You really have surprised me with that! Thanks Esther, it’s been a pleasure. Just to wrap up, how about you tell us about a favourite place you’ve visited?
I went to do a volunteer house build project in Costa Rica which was amazing then travelled around the country after. It has some stunning beaches and lots of cute monkeys and sloths.
Esther has worked on a wide range of housing jobs whilst with gcp including West Road, Lympsham; Station Road, Brent knoll; Malvern and of course, Corbet Close, which was featured this week on Instagram.
Outside of her architectural work, Esther is a prominent member of the media team and, along with Sarah Makroum, instigator of weekly volleyball matches and daily five-to-four quizzes!
August has been a busy month for staff interviews and we’re not done yet! Keep an eye on our blog for what’s to come.