Meet the team: Nathalia

August 10, 2021

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Nathalia

Though we say so ourselves, we have some pretty wonderful people here in the lab_ who make everything we do possible - and more. So, to help you all get to know them a little better, we kicked off a series of ‘meet the team’ posts, and next up is Nathalia.

Having been with us for over 7 years now, Nathalia is a much loved member of the spacelab_ crew. Whether through her work with clients, here within the lab_, or the wider community in general, she’s always looking for a better way of doing things - to connect people, to inspire, and to bring communities together. Always honest and always there for you no matter what, her kindness is truly infectious, and it’s impossible not to be a better person because of it. She really is the true embodiment of everything we strive to be and stand for here at the lab_, and for that, and so much more, we’re forever grateful.

We asked Nathalia a few questions to help you all get to know her better.

What inspires you?

People who work with what they love and are passionate about it.

What exciting projects are you working on at the moment?

We’ve just completed the new home in Hoxton for structural engineering company HTS. After more than 2 years working on this project, it’s so rewarding to see the space come together and the client so happy with their new home.

We’re also currently designing a parklet to sit in front of the depot_; a space to connect with our neighbours and help build a community around us. It’s a small but really exciting project as it’s something we’re doing because we truly believe in it.

What would your ideal project be?

A public space to bring the local community together and help improve everyone’s lives, with a completely participatory design approach where the final users are heavily engaged in the whole process.

If you could change one thing within your industry what would it be?

Prioritise project quality over fees. As architects and designers, we always thrive to deliver the very best quality design, which takes time to develop and continuously improve. But the current industry practice often doesn't promote the value that this well-considered design development can bring.

What is one thing that you’ve enjoyed about lockdown that you want to take with you going forward?

Taking a step back, rewinding, and re-thinking what really matters, what we should be focusing our efforts and energy on, and what the true purpose of what we’re doing is.

What’s one thing you are looking forward to with your return to the lab_?

Definitely the team.

If you could know that one thing would be changed in the world in 5 years time, what would it be?

Humans working together towards the same goal - looking after our planet and respecting each other.