Kate Archibald

Commercial, Hospitality & Residential

Kate Archibald

“As Australian designers, I don’t feel as a body, that we prescribe to any one look or style; it’s dynamic and constantly changing.”

Kate completed a Bachelor of Design (Interior Design) with first class honours in 2010 where she received a scholarship to travel to Uganda to complete part of her thesis. Since graduating she has travelled to Vietnam to work with Architects without Frontiers and also worked with various interior design firms here in Australia including Bates Smart and Foolscap Studio.

Her portfolio includes award winning corporate, hospitality and multi-residential designs. Kate’s key attributes are the ability to drive the concept side of the design process and her attention to detail. When she is not at work Kate enjoys making jewellery for commissions, she has also completed a degree in fine art majoring in jewellery design.

1 What is the Australian interior design industry like, how is it unique?

Australia is unique, as it’s so isolated. This isolation has allowed us to really separate ourselves as a design force, and as a result, I think the Australian design industry creates some amazingly unique, creative spaces and designs. The design language within Australia is so diverse, and that in itself makes it so unique. As Australian designers, I don’t feel as a body, that we prescribe to any one look or style; it’s dynamic and constantly changing. Hence the results are so wonderfully varied.

2 How do you stay on top of new technologies in the design world? And keep up to date with CAD, BIM etc?

Keeping a sharp eye on industry blogs and magazines is a great way to stay in touch with new technologies. It’s always good to be aware of them and the ways in which they may be able to help you work faster. Access to consistently utilising these new technologies may be limited depending on if and where you are working. However, most programs can be downloaded as free trials so you can still experience them and get an understanding of their capabilities.

3 What is your creative process when starting a new interior design project?

Inspiration can come in many forms; from images, patterns, colour palettes, experiences, forms or ideas. The inspiration however, is mostly shaped by the end user and how they are going to experience the space.

4 What advice would you offer students looking to get into the interior design industry?

Volunteer. Get involved early in the industry in any way you can. Read magazines and books. Go to places you love and think why they work. It can be a long hard road, so you really want to make sure you love the job, however, it can be a really rewarding and fun one.

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