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Staff Spotlight: Emma Buck

By December 7, 2018News
Emma Buck

Throughout your experience as a customer of David Granger Design, we have a range of processes and teams in place designed to ensure the service you receive is first class.

We’re dedicated to providing you with expert advice on any questions you might have regarding your project. We know the process can sometimes be challenging (especially when it comes to planning issues), so we aim to help make the whole process a lot clearer.

This month we spoke to another of our Architectural Technologists, Emma Buck, about her role in our client projects…

When did you start working at David Granger Architectural Design?

I started here in summer 2016 after graduating from Plymouth University.

What does your role involve

I was new to an office environment and all aspects of an architectural company, so my journey began with finding out where and in which role I fit in best within the company.

Since starting at David Granger Design, my role has developed. I began with the basics of surveying existing buildings and drawing up details to provide a starting point for later sketch designs and planning applications. Now I’m mainly involved with producing a package of working drawings for clients, which can range from small extensions to residential developments. More recently I’ve been helping to resolve technical issues within conversions and new builds. My role is developing daily along with my knowledge of the structural aspects of construction.

How does your role fit into the journey of a client’s project through the company?

Often I am involved with the start of projects which begins with the existing surveys and draw-ups. The survey is an opportunity to gain information which can help at the working drawing stage of the project. Occasionally I get involved with the detailed planning stage where the client is happy with sketch designs, and I will provide the necessary drawings for a planning application.

Once we’re granted planning permission, I provide a set of working drawings which are used by builders, structural engineers and product manufacturers to complete the construction.

What makes you proud of working at David Granger Architectural Design?

Giving clients the chance to build their ‘dream homes’ gives me pride in not just what I offer for the clients but what the company provides. Mainly I am proud to be working alongside the team. Each person has helped me differently to grow as an architectural technologist.

What is the most exciting change you’ve seen in the industry?

Over recent years the technology used within construction has developed rapidly, and more renewable energy sources are becoming more widely available and feasible. As I’ve not been in the industry for long what’s more exciting is what’s to come in the future of new technologies to provide better living.

Computer software has advanced massively in recent years. Technology such as Computer Aided Design and Building Information Modelling enables us to provide exceptionally realistic 3-dimensional imagery for projects and is the start of virtual architecture, which is all very exciting.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

I am a novice CrossFitter and enjoy bodybuilding, so when I’m not in the office, you can usually find me at the gym. I also love to travel – especially to somewhere a little more adventurous that pushes me out of my comfort zone. My favourite place to visit has been Switzerland, as it has such a diverse landscape. Within one day you can be on snow-topped mountains and sunbathing by a beautiful lake (also it is the home of Lindt chocolate).

What is the best customer experience you’ve had?

As I’ve only been in the industry a couple of years, I have not had many experiences with clients. Recently I got the opportunity to join David in an initial meeting. It was a real eye-opener to see first-hand his professionalism around the clients and learning what critical information to draw out from the discussions, and how to use that information to initiate the design ideas for their project.

Often during surveys, we get to meet the clients and its always a great experience to have a conversation and experience their excitement at the realism that they are starting the journey to achieving their dream home.

What do you enjoy most about working for David Granger Architectural Design?

The variety of work is one of the things I enjoy the most. You never get two days the same, so you never get bored. Each job offers another chance to learn something new, and it’s always a great feeling when you find new solutions that help push the boundaries of design.

Everyone in the office is different from one another, yet it has created a great working environment. There is never a dull day in the office which helps to make working at David Granger Design enjoyable.