Harriet Keel – Exploring the hearts and minds of the individuals in Team GT3!

Describe a typical GT3 working day in the life of Hattie.

I like to start my day with a coffee & the daily Wordle whilst getting organised with my to-do list before getting my head into Project Work. Usually, my day consists of producing drawing packages, researching, and creating/applying design concept presentations, with some meetings and design reviews in between. However, no working day is the same; I could be in the studio, out on-site, or visiting a showroom for design and product inspiration. There is no typical working day as an Interior at GT3!

What design trends inspire you most and why?

Design trends that consider sustainability; we’re designing not only for the current generation but for future generations too. It’s important to consider the impact the built environment is having on our planet, so having an increased focus on the materials we use and where they come from is crucial. If we combine this focus with our design application, through natural light, textures and materials, biophilia, and earthy tones, this will help to enhance our well-being and connection to nature. Sustainability shouldn’t just be a trend, but something that is naturally integrated into design, without having to compromise on design or quality.

How would you describe the culture of GT3?

The atmosphere in the studio is always lively and encouraging, which is reflective of the inspiring and hard-working attitude here at GT3. There’s a nice balance of having fun too, with our monthly socials, Lunch Clubs and friendly ‘banter’ in the studio. It’s a combination that makes the working day both efficient and enjoyable!

If you didn’t take the Interior Design route, what other kind of career could you see yourself in?

I loved studying Psychology at A Level, so if I didn’t go down the creative route, I imagine I’d be working as a forensic psychologist or a detective of some sort… but I can still experience this vicariously through the many TV Crime Dramas I watch!

What made you want to follow your chosen career path?

When I was younger, Art was my favourite subject, and in my free time I loved playing The Sims and watching Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, so growing up I always knew I wanted to do something that involved my artistic abilities and passion for interiors. Pursuing a career in Interior Architecture meant I could combine all the things I love whilst challenging myself and learning new skills along the way. The industry provides endless opportunities for expanding your knowledge and passions into many different routes and sectors.

Do you have any hobbies? If so, what are they, and why are you passionate about them?

I’ve had a season ticket at Bramall Lane since I was 10 years old, so I often travel back to Sheffield and around the country supporting Sheffield United. I played football for Sheffield FC until the age of 16, so it’s been a huge part of my life and I’ve always been passionate about the sport. The GT3 Fantasy Football League is a weekly hot topic in the studio, causing some competition and rivalries!

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