I have been working at The Landmark Practice since March and have settled in well with the team. For my professional profile, please take a look at our ‘Our People’ page – this article tells you a bit more about ‘me’.
My name is Jacob, Bristol born and bred. I grew up just south of the river, but actually went to school in Hotwells, right across the road from the Landmark office. My mother ran the community centre next door, so I know the area and a lot of the local people quite well, both from that and from involvement in numerous community pantomimes from a young age. Not that pantomime is a driving passion of mine … my mother takes her role as Director very seriously.
The Polygon (a row of houses behind the office) in Hotwells is where I first became interested in art, design, model making and in particular architecture. Janet, who lives on the Polygon would run an Art class every Tuesday from her studio in her house. I attended the class from age 8 to age 18 and enjoyed every minute. Janet fed my passion for architecture with books and visits to magnificent buildings, encouraging me to sketch or create models that kept my passion alive.
At age 18 I attended Bristol School of Art, where I specialised in Graphics and Product Design. From there I moved on to study 3D Design with Sustainability at Falmouth University. My aspirations to work in the world of Architectural Graphics stuttered a little as I established myself in the UK workforce and on the property ladder. I had a brief career as a Supermarket Manager, not the closest discipline to the design world but a job that gave me good grounding in all round business acumen and experience of working to the tightest of deadlines. Most of all, it enabled me to afford to get married and buy a house in my beloved home city. I have now returned to my calling at The Landmark Practice.
Working part-time, I still dabble in payroll, events and community relations for the Supermarket that I used to manage. Now I have my weekends free, I have not wasted anytime in getting out in the great outdoors. My wife works for an outdoor company so we are away most weekends camping, climbing mountains or surfing. We have already managed Ice Climbing and Skiing in the Cairngorms and Surfing in Devon and Cornwall. With a walk around the entire southwest coastal path booked in.
I am looking forward to all the challenges and rewards that working as part of The Landmark Practice offers in the future.