Monique has recently joined Create as a Trainee Architectural Technologist and will be studying and furthering her career through the Guernsey Apprenticeship scheme. Monique grew up in Guernsey and attended Blanchelande College and Guernsey Grammar Sixth Form Centre. Having now completed her education, Monique is furthering her knowledge in building construction, architecture and design and has recently completed a diploma conversion course in Interior Design through The National Design Academy in Nottingham, allowing her to progress onto the main degree. Outside of work, Monique enjoys spending time drawing & painting and regularly has her artwork displayed in the Guernsey Eisteddfod.
Q: Before working at Create, what was the most unusual or interesting project you’ve worked on?
A: Considering I have just begun my journey in full time work, the most interesting job I have completed to date was my research module for my degree on Victor Hugo’s House, Hauteville, whereby I extracted pictures and information about the house to form a visual report. I was unaware that this house even existed and the crazy interior had been kept and restored to the extent that it had been.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I enjoy working with a professional team and I also love being in a position where I am able to express my own concepts.
Q: What have been your biggest professional challenges?
A: My biggest professional challenges to date would definitely be my Open University Degree due to the fact that distance learning can be extremely challenging so keeping focused and motivated is essential.
Q: What is your favourite building?
A: My favourite building would be The Beirut Terraces or the ‘vertical village’ in Lebanon whereby sits a 25 storey building consisting of individual simplexes, duplexes and penthouses. I think that natural light is a crucial design element and these terraces demonstrate that perfectly. (Pictured below).
Q: What are you most looking forward to this year?
A: I am looking forward to starting the HNC in September and gaining more knowledge on the built environment.
Q: How would someone describe you?
The Beirut Terraces