We’re pretty proud of our bi-lingual architectural practice – so much so, that we like to hand over the reins of the Reid Brewin blog once per month, to one of our colleagues. In this instalment, we’re getting to know Ana Rita Garcia – our team Leader who speaks three languages and lives in Paris.
Summarise your role at Reid Brewin Architects in one sentence:
I help my team to accomplish our collective goals, while keeping our clients happy.
How do you think Reid Brewin Architects differentiates itself from its competitors?
Our cultural diversity makes for a remarkably interesting office. We stick together while sharing knowledge and love for architecture in a bid to continually push the practise forward.
What would you like to achieve over the next 12 months – at Reid Brewin Architects and individually?
I would like to see the great work we have been doing continue, particularly when it comes to developing new projects and facing new challenges.
What three words do you think best describe Reid Brewin Architects?
Diversity, teamwork, and determination.
What would you like to see change in the working environment?
I would love the Covid-19 restrictions – around lockdowns and social distancing – to be lifted, to allow us all to return to the office, and see each other in person once more.
If one of your colleagues could win an award (work or ‘fun’) who would it be and why?
I am split between Charles and Santiago for the ‘Spirit Lifter Award’, as they are always close to hand when the ‘mood’ needs to be lifted. Sophie would definitely win the ‘Every Occasion Is A Good Occasion For Teambuilding’ award — she’s always investing in personal or professional development.
If you were the boss of Reid Brewin Architects for a day, what one rule would you implement?
I would diarise an out of season Burn’s Night celebration – because once a year is not enough.
Share an interesting fact about you that not many people know
I am secretly a Jedi.
It’s the work Christmas party and you’re next up on karaoke – what’s your song?
Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. An absolute classic.
How do you switch off while away from your desk?
I metaphorically drown myself in books – be it reading or writing them.