Olivia Mackie - Building Designer

I am passionate about creativity and design.

 

My parents owned a clothing and textile design business so I was constantly surrounded by it all from a very early age. I loved watching the whole design process unfold. From the early conceptual phases, the refinement stages and then finally seeing the finished product come to fruition before my eyes.

I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Arts with a Major in Graphic Design. For me, good design is a bridge between creativity and practicality. My design approach involves finding a harmonious balance between the two and building a concept from the ground up.

I worked for a number of years as a graphic designer and photographer before gaining 4 years of professional experience working in a Landscape Architectural firm where I had the privilege of being part of a team behind multiple international award winning designs.

I believe that building design has the ability to affect people in a powerful way to enhance life and wellness. I’m interested in how spaces influence the way in which people interact with their environment and with each other.

I see the natural environment as a constant source of inspiration and building design as a way of connecting the built environment with nature; both to interact with it and to make the most of the elements through environmentally sensitive design.

I am currently in the process of designing my own home on our 7-acre bush block on the south coast for my 3 kids, 6 chooks, 1 puppy and 1 husband. I love living on the NSW South Coast and being by the ocean – my happy place.

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