Squire & Partners celebrate raw materials at The Department Store Studios
Squire & Partners has launched The Department Store Studios, a new local workspace next door to their award-winning offices in Brixton.
Although we couldn’t head out to Canary Wharf for a face-to-face, we were able to virtually chat with Christina Sigliano, Senior Director, JLL and CoreNet Global UK Chapter President, about her exciting dual-role.
Wow, what a fun year to take over the CoreNet Presidency here in the UK! We have been immersed in uncharted times, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is not a ‘business as usual’ year. Sadly, CoreNet won’t be able to host the typical insightful events and enjoyable networking opportunities, so the entire board are having to all roll up our sleeves and plan relevant, virtual events. Working from home poses all sorts of challenges and lack of human interaction is definitely one of them. Being able to connect with other members and still feel part of the CoreNet community is a key focus for me. In the next two weeks we will be announcing the CoreNet Virtual Events Calendar.
I love the people I work with and, in my view, the real estate industry is so interesting and rewarding. My role is EMEA-wide, so I deal with lots of different cultures and that adds to the charm of coming to work each day.
The ‘war on talent’ is a major focus for our clients, so helping them find the best spaces and subsequently transforming their offices into wonderful locations, where employees can thrive and feel a sense of belonging, is a great journey to experience with a client.
Working across so many different countries means you have to help clients overcome a plethora of hurdles, including different ways of working, workplace guidelines and building regulations, to name a few – and helping clients navigate through these matters is what I most enjoy.
A well-designed interior can propel a company’s culture forward and help the workforce behave differently.
Good design is a powerful tool and shouldn’t be underestimated.
I was fortunate enough to have started my career in the real estate industry – despite having studied economics and thinking I would work within banking. I followed my instinct and joined a great company straight after leaving university. I can still remember that interview and immediately knew it was the right company for me. My advice would be to work hard, be passionate about your job, hone your ability to ‘read’ situations – as some of the most difficult decisions cannot be based on data alone – have a positive outlook, take the time to get to know colleagues and clients and, most of all, enjoy the journey.
I am not sure I would change anything – but choosing the right designer is key to the success of a project. I think there should be a healthy tension between the client and the designer, to get the best outcome. The client understands the company culture and the company brand, whilst the designer knows how to interpret this into the physical built environment. This relationship is key to exploring the boundaries of what can be achieved, within the confines of an office space.
A well-designed interior can propel a company’s culture forward and help the workforce behave differently. Good design is a powerful tool and shouldn’t be underestimated.
If money didn’t matter, I would buy a ranch in Australia and I would spend my days on horseback, with my two crazy sons, having a giggle with them whilst rounding up cattle, enjoying the outdoor life as well as the magnificent scenery and abundance of wildlife.
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British flooring manufacturer Amtico asks the questions as part of The Young Designer Series, in association with Mix Interiors’ 30 Under 30.