Georgie Marks

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Georgie Marks

“The industry is a fantastic place to be in, it is also a hard industry to crack. It’s all about being driven and focused on the end goal.”

Georgie has been working at Mim Design for the last 2+ years since she finished Interior Architecture at Monash University. She has always had a passion for the industry and considers herself lucky to say that she gets to partake in amazing and career changing achievements with each day that she goes to work.

Georgie works on a variety of different projects ranging from residential to workplace. She has recently completed a large extension and re-development at her home as a co-owner with her mum, Georgie has also recently starting her own art business - Art by George.

1 Tell us about your career journey and how it has evolved?

I was introduced to architecture and design via my mum, a practising designer, in my youth. I was focused on the goal of entry into my course since year 9. I knew it was what I had to do, so I threw my everything into that drive and passion that I now get to practise as my career. I started at Mim Design straight after the completion of interior architecture at Monash and have been working here for the last 2 + years.

2 What is the most exciting project you have worked on?

I’ve recently completed a large extension and re-build at my own home. I am a co-owner with my mum, we bought the house a year and a half ago and I threw my all into the town planning, building design, interior architecture and overall look and feel of the house. Being onsite for me and watching the house develop from its early stages has been a huge learning process for me. The house has recently been shot for a magazine and I just couldn’t be prouder.

3 What's the most challenging part of the job and how do you overcome it?

The most challenging part of a job for me is knowing when to stop and hold the reins on design, not taking things too far or too seriously. I’m motivated by the processes more than the final outcome in the work that I do. Making sure you achieve the best result for not only yourself but for the client means a lot of ground work at the start of a job, injecting time, interest and research which to me is what makes for a great outcome.

4 What does a day in the life of an interior designer consist of?

No days are ever the same, It’s about the project you are working on and what phase of a project you are working on. At the company where I practise you could be working across three projects a day. The phases of a project can range from pre-concept, concept, documentation to project completion to project photography, it’s an ever-evolving industry.

5 What's the number one piece of advice you would give students just getting started in the industry?

Determination. The industry is a fantastic place to be in, it is also a hard industry to crack. It’s all about being driven and focused on the end goal, that’s what a graduate’s key focus should be on. A huge part of my learning and current knowledge prior to working at Mim Design was by trailing architecture and design firms, narrowing down what avenue to go down.

6 What technologies/software do you work with and how do you keep up to date?

At my workplace we utilise AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, Sketchup and most importantly sketching. I believe the current industry standard is Revit for documentation purposes, so it’s important for graduates to do their research into their desired companies' procedures and technology usage.

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