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Daniel Knox – Architect

Employer: Mitchell Evans Architects
Primary School: Love Lane Primary
Secondary School: Cowes High
Where do you live and work now? Cowes IOW

Was there an experience you had at school that made you want to go into the area of work you are in now?

I started my career in Construction as a Carpenter and then transitioned into Design. I enjoyed both Art and Design Technology throughout school.

What are the main roles and responsibilities of your job?

I’m responsible for creating Concept Design proposals, preparing Technical Drawings, providing Contract Administration and managing projects on site. 

Could you briefly share a bit about your career journey? (What did you study? How did you end up where you are today?)

I re-entered education as a mature student, initially at the IOW College studying Level 2 Bench Joinery (evening classes), leading to working as a carpenter for a few years. Feeling a lack of creativity resulted in my aspiration to become a designer. I undertook my architectural training at Portsmouth University (undergrad degree, masters degree and Part 3 qualification). 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Having a potential impact on our built environment.

What is the hardest thing about your job?

Managing multiple complex relationships between clients, consultants and contractors. 

What skills or attributes do you believe have been crucial to your success in your career?

Communication, multitasking and attention to detail.

If you could give advice to someone aspiring to have a job like you, what would it be?

Its a long process of continual learning, so learn to mange your time.

What do you think was a benefit about growing up on the Isle of Wight?

Being outside a lot!

What was the most difficult thing about growing up on the Isle of Wight?

The isolation from wider opportunities.

What do you want to do next?

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