Upon completion of studying Interior Architecture & Design at Leeds Metropolitan University, my university peers and I held an exhibition of our end of year projects for the public, at which a prospective employer came and after chatting with them, invited me to undertake a two-week work placement, starting immediately.
This then developed into a full-time role at that practice which is one of the major Architecture practices within the Manchester and National Design sector. Here I developed my skills on various types of projects including Office schemes, Hotels, Restaurant concept schemes, Residential and Private Residential schemes within Manchester City Centre. After over four years at the practice and being involved in numerous award-winning projects, I chose to seek a new professional endeavour, venturing into furniture consultancy within the interior design sector, working with architects and interior designers on projects. I chose to explore the furniture sector of interior design as I believe that whilst there are so many meticulous details that have to be considered in an overall interior design scheme unless you carefully select the right furniture, the form and function of a space won’t be met to the right standards.
In this new role, I have been exposed to numerous project types and am currently undertaking a breath of projects both within Manchester City Centre and nationally. As part of the role, I keep myself immersed in up and coming trends with the design and furniture world and document these through the companies various social media outlets.
“Manchester has well and truly stolen my heart and I am now more than proud to call myself an adoptive Manc.”
What / who inspires you?
I take inspiration not necessary from one source alone but instead, when developing a project tend to look into to contextual, historical or cultural threads and develop a concept from this that becomes the anchor point for a project. Visiting galleries regularly, subscribing to design newsletters and attending networking events enables me to be inspired by new interesting sources.
How has living/working in Manchester helped you achieve your goals?
Being born in Liverpool, my natural instinct would be to despise everything that Manchester stands for, however, Manchester has well and truly stolen my heart and I am now more than proud to call myself an adoptive Manc. Manchester is such a unique and diverse city with an incredible creative scene, whether that be art, music, design or any other creative outlet, the city truly is in a league of its own. The city of Manchester for me provides the perfect playground for the creatively minded, with Architecture and Design developing the cityscape at an ever-increasing rate, this leads to the opportunity to work with more forward-thinking clients and in turn, more extravagant designs and briefs, allowing for more considered and cohesive projects.
What’s your most significant accomplishment to date?
In my recent professional years some of my top accomplishments/projects would include :
The Corn Exchange – Being part of the design team that helped create one of Manchester’s number one food and drink destinations, leading to me designing the Apart-hotel scheme that now resides at the Corn Exchange, this project was of particular interest as it involved working with such an ornate and beautiful existing building and trying to remolded this for modern-day needs.
Axis – Designing and delivering the interior for what will become a landmark residential tower on the Manchester skyline providing a highly desired aesthetic for living in Manchester City Centre.
Oxygen Towers – Designing and delivering the interiors for Manchester first vertical village, design work parameters communal spaces, receptions and lobby, gym areas, yoga studio, apartment interiors, penthouse interiors, party rooms and many other aspects, this introduced me to a large scale scheme with amenities that I had previously not been involved with designing.
What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?
My advice to my 16-year-old self would be to do everything exactly as I did it, as I truly believe that you should never regret or want to change anything from your past, as it was exactly what you wanted to do at that moment in time. I would tell Ryan to say committed to what drives his passion and most of all stay true to himself. Enjoy these younger years as it’s a time to develop and nurture your personality which is just as, if not more important than relying solely on academic achievements when driving yourself forward through your career paths.
What are your business goals of 2018?
After being in my current role since July last year I now feel fully absorbed into the new role and 2018 holds the promise of developing existing client relations and as of recent very exciting new opportunities have arisen with myself and my colleagues winning high profile contracts within the Manchester construction and development market.
Where do you see yourself in twenty years’ time?
Within the next 20 years, my aim is to have successfully developed my own Interior Design based consultancy firm, specialising with either the contract sector or private residential sector within Manchester, offering a unique and bespoke service to customers with a tailor-made service that delivers high-end projects from concept to completion. Developing from this I then wish to incorporate and branch out into property development and management.
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