Building a business and reputation
A passion for design inspired Rachael Walker to pursue a career as an architect and allowed her to fulfil her dream of running her own business.
The architect and designer has nine years of experience and in 2017 established Rachael Walker Architects Ltd which she runs from her home near Pitcaple, Aberdeenshire.
Rachael is a chartered member of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Architects Registration Board. She also prides herself on a one-to-one personal service which ensures a consistent approach.
She said: “Starting your own business can be one of the most challenging things you can do professionally and I’m very proud I’ve enjoyed several successes so far.
“It has been a dream come true to see the business grow and I’m planning to increase my portfolio again this year with new commissions.
“I’ve always been very passionate about architecture and design and being able to surprise and delight clients with innovative design solutions is a challenge I approach with a lot of enthusiasm.”
Following a successful business launch, Rachael hopes to grow her firm by securing new commissions from those who are keen to refurbish their existing home, convert buildings or start a new-build project.
The firm specialises in residential projects, providing elegant, sustainable and innovative design solutions to buildings across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, the Highlands and further afield.
Before launching her business, Rachael worked at another north-east firm where she led private residential projects including new-build, renovations and listed building conversions.
She has also worked with an Inverness-based practice where she gained experience in architectural conservation and working with listed buildings on Highland sporting estates.
Rachael said: “I am committed to providing high-quality bespoke designs, tailored to suit the client’s requirements and approach each project on an individual basis.
“The best results are always achieved through a collaborative approach.
“I also look to address the immediate environment in my designs, so they are sympathetic to their surroundings, and maximise the use of renewable energy. With a background in conservation, I am conscious of the need to protect our built heritage and ensure every effort is made for design solutions that will allow old structures to be brought back to life without damage to their original character.”
Rachael studied architecture at Robert Gordon University’s Scott Sutherland School where she graduated in 2009. She is still involved with the university through a mentoring scheme for entry-level architecture students.
Rachael said: “I’m keen to offer students the opportunity to gain a greater awareness of the profession, so they can think about how they will approach their own careers after graduation.”