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At home with the architects… meet Sophie Doolin

We’re rather proud of the team here at Reid Brewin Architects, because they’re the ones who continue to drive our multicultural practice forwards. Home to 12 different nationalities – some of whom have been with us for years, and others just few short months – each one of our colleagues deserves their moment in the spotlight.

This month, we’re getting to know about our British-born, Paris-based team leader, Sophie Doolin, and finding out a little more about her role, what she loves most about it, and why Reid Brewin Architects is a great place to work.

Summarise your role at Reid Brewin Architects in one paragraph:

I’m one of five team leaders in the RBA office. Together, we oversee the different live projects to ensure information is constantly shared between colleagues. As our workload has increased and the developments themselves have got bigger, we are required to spend a lot more time managing and coordinating the team — and ensuring we continue to deliver an exemplary service to our clients.

How do you think Reid Brewin Architects differentiates itself from its competitors?

We have an incredible team with a diverse mix of nationalities and each of our colleagues plays an integral part in making RBA what it is.

What would you like to achieve over the next 12 months – at Reid Brewin Architects and individually?

There’s a project that I’ve been working on for four years that will finish very soon, which will be a huge milestone for me and the company. I also have another project that’s about to start on site so I’m looking forward to seeing what new challenges will emerge this year.

What three words do you think best describe Reid Brewin Architects?

Diverse, agile, and collaborative.

What would you like to see change in the working environment?

A return to the pre-COVID office environment. Although I think we did a great job of implementing remote working so quickly during the first lockdown, I’m looking forward to being under one roof again soon.

If one of your colleagues could win an award (work or ‘fun’) who would it be and why?

Charles, for making the most sarcastic comments in a day, David, for dropping in the best film references mid-conversation, and Myriam, for knowing everything!

If you were the boss of Reid Brewin Architects for a day, what one rule would you implement?

An intensive day of teambuilding in custom RBA clothing, probably involving an elaborate architecturally-inspired treasure hunt around Paris, al fresco drawing classes, cheese and wine tasting, followed by an exclusive disco after-party on a boat along the Seine. I’m secretly hoping Alex and Adrian will see this and be inspired for a post-Covid summer extravaganza!

Share an interesting fact about you that not many people know

One day I hope to see Wales beat the All Blacks!

It’s the work Christmas party and you’re next up on karaoke – what’s your song?

All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey, because it’s objectively the best Christmas song!

Alternatively, for any other time of year: Shake it Off by Taylor Swift to get the party going or

Everlong by Foo Fighters for an end-of-the-evening singalong.

How do you switch off while away from your desk?
Running along the river, making my own clothes, or enjoying a gin and tonic with friends.

Connect with Sophie on LinkedIn.

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