Carly is a recent graduate of the University of Bath, where she received a BSc in Architecture. Her final year thesis entitled A Place for Art explored the role of architecture as gallery or museum and its influence in defining the relationship between artworks and their spectators. This study fed into her final year design project, which comprised a succession of exhibition spaces and studios for Bath’s artistic community.
Since graduating, Carly has been working as an architectural assistant in the Bath office of Stride Treglown, primarily gaining experience in large-scale residential developments.
During the summer of 2009, Carly volunteered with the Guatemalan-based charity From Houses to Homes. During the two month placement, she worked alongside local builders and fellow volunteers to construct new houses for impoverished families of rural Antigua. Replacing make-shift shacks of cardboard and corrugated metal, the volunteers built single-room blockwork dwellings, each with a metal roof, lockable door and window to let in natural light. Without any electricity or machinery, volunteers were required to dig foundations, mix concrete and complete all building works by hand. The experience highlighted the difficulties posed by building with scarce resources in an area of extreme weather conditions and limited vehicular access.
Carly’s time in Guatemala has sparked a keen interest in architecture as basic shelter and she hopes to extend her skill base with a view to one-day working in emergency practice and post-disaster zones.