Profiling Suzanne Blair in FC&A

Suzanne Blair, an associate director based in our Newcastle studio, was recently profiled by Future Constructor & Architect (FC&A) for its ‘Architect in Profile’ piece.

It’s a fantastic piece where Suzanne shared her greatest architectural influences (a wide range of cultures) and how she approaches her projects (putting people first). Have a read of the piece below:

Have you always wanted to pursue a career in architecture/design?

I didn’t spend my childhood dreaming of being an architect – I am not sure I knew what one was. However, I became more aware of architecture as a potential career path in sixth form as I developed an interest in design and art but also technical subjects.

Who/what has been your greatest influence and source of inspiration?

I love to travel and find different cultures, places and people fascinating. Architecture in Scandinavia tends to be wonderfully simple and uses natural materials beautifully. Dutch architecture is often innovative and does urban planning extremely well and the Chinese have some impressively quick construction methods. Pull out all the best bits and we would have an impressive built environment and industry.

How do you approach your projects?

People first. A building needs to be intuitive to use, easy to navigate, and perform properly for the functions it contains. You have to put yourself in the position of every person using a building. That’s one of the reasons I joined GT3, its People Architecture vision fit perfectly with my own values.

To read the full article please head over to the FC&A website:

To find out more about our diverse portfolio of work, please head over to our projects page.