Careers guide: Maria Cheung reveals her path to becoming head of interior design at Squire and Partners

Maria Cheung is director and head of interior design at London-based architecture firm Squire and Partners. She describes her career progression for the Dezeen Jobs careers guide. Cheung oversees the design direction of the interiors department at Squires and Partners, reviewing each proposal’s technical aspects, as well as managing planning and resources. Her role involves […]

Careers guide: Tom Dutfield describes his path to becoming ECE Architecture’s first in-house architectural visualiser

Having specialised in CGI and 3D graphics, Tom Dutfield joined design studio ECE Architecture as its first in-house visualiser. He describes his career progression for the Dezeen Jobs careers guide. Dutfield creates imagery for a range of interior and architectural projects at ECE Architecture, producing visual output and modelling schemes using rendering software including Revit […]

Careers guide: Clotilde Passalacqua describes how she became interior design manager at IKEA

Clotilde Passalacqua oversees the interior design of all IKEA stores across the UK and Ireland, guiding a team of specialists to adapt each store to its location. She told Dezeen Jobs how she got there. Passalacqua leads the home furnishings and retail design team at IKEA’s UK head office in London. Her role involves ensuring […]

Careers guide: Sonia Norskog describes her role as an interior architect at Hacker Architects

Sonia Norskog is an interior architect at Hacker Architects in Portland, which specialises in the residential, educational and cultural sectors. She explains her career progression for the Dezeen Jobs careers guide. Norskog’s role sees her responsible for developing exterior and interior concepts for a variety of clients, with a particular focus on large-scale cultural and […]

Careers guide: Heiko Weissbach reveals how he became head of CF Møller Architects’ Berlin studio

Heiko Weissbach oversees a team of architects at the newly opened Berlin office of CF Møller Architects. He explains how he became head of the firm’s latest studio for the Dezeen Jobs careers guide. Weissbach is responsible for overseeing a team of architects and designers at the CF Møller Architects Berlin studio. He acts as the […]

Careers guide: Ammunition founder Robert Brunner reveals his path into industrial design for iconic brands including Apple

Robert Brunner started out in civil engineering but now heads San Francisco design studio Ammunition, creating products for brands including Apple, Adobe and Beats By Dre. He told Dezeen Jobs how he got there. His career began in the model shop of a local design firm in Palo Alto. Working closely with a colleague in […]

Careers guide: Ben Meade explains what it’s like to be design director for Alloy Developments

Ben Meade is design director of real estate firm Alloy Development in New York. He explains his path into property development for the Dezeen Jobs careers guide. Meade is responsible for managing the design development of all projects, from overseeing renderings to guiding “the conceptual look and feel” of all proposals. Working closely with a […]

Careers guide: Els Van Hoorebeeck describes how she became head of interior design at TOG

Els Van Hoorebeeck leads the interior design team at The Office Group, who specialise in designing flexible work spaces. She describes her career progression for the Dezeen Jobs careers guide. Leading a team of in-house architects and designers, Van Hoorebeeck oversees all creative output for The Office Group (TOG)’s interior design projects, from site acquisition […]

Careers guide: Narinder Sagoo explains how he came to oversee the visual output of Foster + Partners

As head of design communication Narinder Sagoo oversees all project visualisations, from concept sketches to photo-real digital renderings at Foster + Partners. For the Dezeen Jobs careers guide, he discusses his appreciation of both digital and hand-drawn images. Sagoo began his career at Foster + Partners over 23 years ago, after completing his architecture studies […]

Careers guide: Claudia Orsetti describes how she became project leader at Heatherwick Studio

Claudia Orsetti joined Heatherwick Studio six years ago, having previously worked at architecture firms SANAA and ACME. For the Dezeen Jobs careers guide, she explains how she worked her way up to project leader. Orsetti’s role at Heatherwick Studio involves leading the strategic thinking of her team, offering guidance and advice through all stages of […]

Careers guide: Morris + Company director Miranda MacLaren explains how she ended up specialising in housing

Miranda MacLaren leads the residential team at architecture studio Morris + Company. For the Dezeen Jobs careers guide, she gives her advice to young architects looking to work in housing. MacLaren spread her architectural studies across three London schools – The Bartlett, The Cass and Westminster – while her first jobs were with firms Waugh […]

Careers guide: Phil Parkin reveals how he became a senior project designer for Starbucks

Phil Parkin is a senior project designer at Starbucks. For the Dezeen Jobs careers guide, he describes how he ended up designing stores for the world’s biggest coffee-shop chain. After studying interior architecture and design at university, Parkin gained experience working at a range of architecture and design studios and agencies including FITCH, Kinnersley Kent […]

Careers guide: Linda Boronkay explains what its like to be design director for Soho House

Linda Boronkay oversees all interior design for Soho House’s members clubs. She reveals her career path into hospitality design for the Dezeen Jobs careers guide. After founding her own interior design firm straight out of university, Boronkay went on to work for a spectrum of studios including Tom Dixon, Martin Brudnizki and Woods Bagot. It […]

Careers guide: Joseph Bennett describes his experience of the production design industry

Joseph Bennett designs 3D sets for film, fashion, advertising and events. He describes his working history as a production designer for the Dezeen Jobs careers guide. Bennett’s first taste of the film industry came after leaving university, when he worked on the sets of music videos for bands such as The Cure. He spent the […]

Careers guide: BDP architect Kieren Majhail explains how she is championing diversity in the workplace

Kieren Mahjail joined architecture firm BDP 11 years ago, at the height of the recession, having just completed her studies. For the Dezeen Jobs careers guide, she describes her experience in the industry as a young British-Asian mother. Majhail joined BDP as an architectural assistant. She recalls the effect the recession had on the construction […]

Careers guide: Alara Alkan describes her route into design research at Birsel + Seck

Alara Alkan details how she became a researcher at product design studio Birsel + Seck for the Dezeen Jobs careers guide. While completing furniture design studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, Alkan became involved with numerous research-based initiatives and developed an interest in pairing scientific analysis with design-led problem-solving. “I have always sought out […]

Careers guide: Kelvin Ho of Akin Atelier reveals how he started his own design firm

Kelvin Ho designs interior concepts for boutique hospitality clients and high-end fashion retailers at Akin Atelier. The architect tells the Dezeen Jobs careers guide how he accumulated experience needed to found his own studio. Completing his first internship at the studio of architect Lorenzo Natale, Ho came to appreciate the traditional and fundamental values of […]

Careers guide: Thomas Ingenlath explains his path to designing performance cars at Polestar

Thomas Ingenlath studied industrial design but now leads the strategic direction of car brand Polestar. He explains his career progression for the Dezeen Jobs careers guide. Ingenlath leads the development of bespoke electric car designs at Polestar, a brand owned by Volvo which recently began producing cars under its own badge. “Having the opportunity to lead and launch a new […]

Careers guide: Jose Sanchez reveals how brings architecture to video games with Plethora Project

Jose Sanchez creates educational, architecture-led video games at design studio Plethora Project. He tells the Dezeen Jobs careers guide how he applies an architectural mindset to the gaming industry. After originally studying to be an architect in his native Chile, a move to London’s Architectural Association provided Sanchez with an opportunity to “completely reinvent” his […]

Careers guide: Tina Breidi describes how she became project manager at Design Indaba

Tina Breidi brought together her passion for creativity and travel, to pursue a career as a project manager at global conference Design Indaba. She details how she got there for the Dezeen Jobs careers guide. Born in Lebanon, Breidi initially studied product design and gained experience as an industrial designer at Beirut-based Spockdesign. A move […]

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