Episode 22 - Architecture and stepping out on your own with Kirby Licence.

In this episode of the Build Hatch Podcast, we had the opportunity to hear from Kirby Licence, founder of ‘Brik Design Studio’.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Kirby is a graduate architect who grew up on the Central Coast of NSW.

  • As soon as Kirby was able to hold a pencil, she was drawing houses and made scrapbooks of houses from a young age.

  • Kirby attended a selective high school and shares a snapshot of her upbringing.

  • Following school, Kirby attended University in Newcastle for her architectural degree. Kirby had aspirations to transfer to Sydney Uni however loved studying at Newcastle.

  • Kirby openly shares the personal struggle of her sister being diagnosed with bowel cancer while at university.

  • Between her undergraduate degree and master’s degree, Kirby took a year off to spend time with family and during this break continued her learning by working for a Building Designer.

  • After a gap year, Kirby worked with an interior designer which led to a confirmation of her goals to work in residential architecture, rather than big projects.

  • Kirby defines a town planner and the advantages of getting this experience while working with one.

  • The vision behind ‘Brik Design Studio’ and the reason Kirby stepped out on her own to start her own architectural firm at such a young age.

  • Kirby has teamed up with Sam Horn (from episode 18) and they now work collaboratively on many projects.

  • Her first project of designing a Hamptons inspired design home.

  • The advantages of working alongside a builder from the draft planning stage.

  • She shares her favourite part of designing a building and the process she uses when meeting with clients.

  • Kirby is currently working on pre-designed homes with customisable internal features.   

  • She shares some of her favourite materials and current trends of 2020. 

  • Kirby explains passive homes and what they mean to her.

  • Kirby’s advice to new architects and being not afraid to reach out and don’t be shy to ask for experience from others in the industry.

  • All of Kirby’s business is generated through Instagram.

Sit back and enjoy this interview with graduate architect Kirby Licence.


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