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Laura James .

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Head of Scotland

A qualified architect with over 17 years’ experience, Laura has responsibility for the Scottish business. She works with our multi-disciplinary teams to deliver projects across a wide range of sectors in Scotland, including defence, aviation, life sciences, public and power.

Laura has a passion for people. She is currently the chair of the company’s diversity and inclusion group, BakerHicks Belonging, and is also a member of Women in Property. For clients, she takes time to get to know their needs, enabling us to deliver technically excellent and sustainable designs in line with their vision. In turn they appreciate her openness and approach, resulting in successful working relationships that last.

My advice for anyone looking to get into the industry is to try and find a suitable work experience placement. A multi-disciplinary practice would be a great place to start so you can switch between the departments or specialise in one. If you have a passion, follow it. Knowing what types of building you want to design or how you want to make a positive change across the sectors can make the early stages of a career incredibly rewarding.

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