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Work experience

Oct 2008Nov 2008

Freelance Interior Designer

Rawls & Company

Providing support to the studio team across all areas of interior and graphic design, space planning, creating plans and visuals and contributing to the design, layout and content of industry design guides.

Jul 2006Sep 2007

Junior Interior Designer / Professional Placement

Four IV Design Consultants

Developing skills in all areas of design from concept initiation, sketches and visualisation to creating detail drawing packages and design presentations for the luxury retail market.  Working across multiple design teams on site and in the office and being able to adapt to projects at various stages developed confidence in communication with colleagues and independence in decision making and execution of work.

Also had the opportunity to answer a brief set by FX Magazine to design a conceptual office breakout space.  Joint collaboration with fellow placement student - see article below.

Jun 2005Sep 2005

Junior Interior Designer / Work Experience

P+ Design and Build

Working independently on the refurbishment of a design based office interior, working from existing drawings to develop space planning and creating concept design boards to be presented to the client in an independently led meeting.A second project involved creating a concept design for a new build residential property based on the client’s requirements; including space planning and landscaping.

Oct 2003Aug 2004

Presentation Artist

Inside Right Ltd

Working independently and alongside designers and stylists to create individual interior design boards to present to clients in the housing development market, interpreting design concepts and improving design communication.  Experience on site involved dressing a showhome property under supervision of the styling manager.

Four IV Coverage in FX Magazine


Helen Beswick

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & DesignNottingham Trent UniversityBurton StreetNottinghamNG1 4BUContact: Hilary AinleyCourse AdministratorT: 01158 482907E: [email protected]

Fred Quesnel

Four IV Design Consultants11 Northburgh StreetLondonEC1V 0ANT:  020 7336 1344E: [email protected]



Sep 2004Jun 2008

BA(Hons) Interior Architecture & Design - First Class Honours

The Nottingham Trent University

Four year degree including placement year.

Advanced Design Studies - Final Year Project and Exhibition Project:

REACT: Recycling Awareness Centre -

Aims to challenge peoples' perceptions of the value of recycling through six material experiences for children and adults that encourages dynamic interaction through spatial interventions.

Full re-design of a disused building including survey and evaluation of the original building, proposals and concept for redevelopment, technical drawings, space planning, detailing and visualisation of spaces and interventions. (See Portfolio, right)


'An Investigation into the Concept of Humanisation in Adaptive Re-Use'

Diploma in Industrial Studies:

Awarded for completion of one year placement in professional practice

Course competition to create a conceptual space utilising wall and floor coverings from Tektura Wallcoverings, Miliken Carpets and Johnsons Tiles in a unique way.  Overall winner - see work in article below.

Sep 2002Nov 2002

Qualification in PDA Design Unit - Photoshop 1

The London College of Fashion
Sep 2001Jun 2002

Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & Design

Newcastle-under-Lyme College

University Competition Winner


Enthusiastic, motivated designer with a professional outlook, combining the creativity of design with the detail of reality.  Particular interest in sympathetic reuse and architectural development.


Qualified in BA Interior Architecture and Design with First Class Honours, I am a hard working, creative individual looking for a position in a dynamic team to work as an Interior designer, Architectural assistant (Part I equivalent), Junior Detailer or Visualiser.My experience has foundations in both interior design and architecture and I enjoy taking big ideas to small details.  I am able to adapt to work in many areas of design, having been employed in several different sectors, including luxury retail design during my 14-month placement at Four IV Design Consultants, exhibition design, workplace design and residential show home design.

I am a dedicated individual and work well both independently and as part of a team, am very organised and feel that my communication skills and the ability to articulate ideas and information, strengthen presentation delivery, meeting strategy and benefit client facing situations. I have a versatile approach as I have developed a wide range of skills including space planning and design, furniture specification and bespoke detailing, culminating in the creation of technical drawings using Vectorworks, and concept presentations for clients, which include detailed and sketch visuals rendered in Photoshop. I am also able to model in 3D using Vectorworks and have had some experience using the Renderworks package.


Architecture for Humanity UK (AFH UK)

Volunteer Designer

A non profit organisation promoting architectural and design solutions to global, social and humanitarian crises. 

Team member and materials co-ordinator in the Crisis Open Christmas projects 2006 & 2008, creating habitable spaces for the homeless over the Christmas period.  Working with Crisis, London's homeless charity and receiving coverage in Architect's Journal - see below.

Crisis Open Christmas - AFH UK