Joint lead of Engineering for Change Aquaponics Society
September 2018 -December 2018
Leading and co-ordinating a small group of individuals to build an Aquaponics unit in central Edinburgh. We sourced, designed and built the unit from scratch, following intensive system research. We researched and then planted according to the climate conditions and coordinated ongoing care and management of the system.
Working with well known UK based NGO – Architectural Activist in Cox’s Bazaar Bangladesh.
May – June 2018
Liaised and ran workshops with Bangladeshi community members to identify current issues and propose better design female WASH facilities.
Part of a small team of female architectural activists working in conjunction with the NGO to create community based solutions for gendered WASH facilities and communal space designs for women and girls, through the active involvement of Rohingya women and girls residing in camps. Scoped appropriate community based solutions using my knowledge in feminist architecture, a critical understanding of the culture dynamics and diversity of experiences and preferences within the female population. Design development and proposal of the female WASH facilities which will be a pilot study to be deployed in other camps.
Engineering for Change – Setting up an aquaponics system in rural Cambodia
January – July 2018
Part of a team of 4 who designed and built an aquaponics system for a rural family in Cambodia. My role was to document the experience to explain to other people why, what and how we achieved this and to produce a short film.
Organiser of ‘R sustainable Fashion Show’
Sept 2017 – March 2018
Along with two others I organised a fashion show to raise awareness and propose a solution to the social and environmental implications of the fast fashion industry. I created a brief for the artists and designers that aimed to promote interdisciplinary collaboration. Through this we discovered an organisation called ASCUS and organised a workshop with them to show our designers the importance of collaborating with science in design.
Sculpture tour guide at Houghton Festival
Guiding festival go-ers and the press around the Houghton Hall and Gardens, giving information on sculptors such as Richard Long, James Turell, Racheal Whiteread and Zhang Wang.
Foster + Partners HQ, London
Working in the sustainability department of Fosters + Partners, I was looking at the merits of having green roofs, which we could then propose to clients. They used the figures I researched on green roofs and added them to grasshopper to apply to digital maquets and to quickly assess if it was appropriate to suggest a green roof for a design. I also helped research into the country of a potential project to assess what design solutions would be appropriate to propose for a sustainable resort.
Internship at the Earthship Biotecture, Taos, New Mexico
March 2016-April 2016
Working as part of a team of International interns, I helped build a radically sustainable Earthship. Earthships are off the grid houses (harvest their own energy, water and food), and they are made primarily from recycled waste (tyres, cans and glass bottles). This was an invaluable experience that increased my knowledge and passion for sustainable design and off the grid living.
Installation artist at Glastonbury
June 2016 And 2017
2016 – I created a sculpture that raised awareness of ocean degradation. It was composed of rubbish sculpted into a coral reef, and spray painted white to make it less assuming. The back drop to the piece was an ocean scene of floating jellyfish composed of plastic bags. I got great feedback from the sculpture, and was invited back the following year to create something else.
2017- I created a large tear drop sculpture composed of wire faces, based on people from different ages/sexes/races. This sculpture aimed to emphasis the impending impact of climate change on climate refugees.
Illustration for Edinburgh Student Newspaper
December 2016- Present
Using Photoshop and Illustrator I have explored different ways of drawing for the music section of the newspaper.
Performed in the Edinburgh Fringe
As a main character in ‘The Seussification of a Midsummer Night’s Dream’. We set up our own theatre company and had sell out shows with excellent reviews from the Edinburgh Fringe and theatre go-ers.
I work part time, teaching ages 3-70+ how to swim and improve their techniques. I have developed interpersonal skills, patience and the importance clearly communicating, adapting my approach and checking understanding.
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