Brief introduction, name, job title, location.
Kris Bowen, Landscape Architect, Stansted Mountfitchet
When you were at school what did you want to be and why?
When I was younger like many boys I wanted to follow my farther into the fire service as I spent a lot of my time there. As I grew older I grew a passion for architecture and engineering.
How did you get to be where you are today?
I got here by a stroke of luck to be honest. During my A levels I studied design but wasn’t sure I wanted to take it further, I found it tough going and was going to drop it. But for my design teacher Mr Cavanagh who basically told my parents and I that It would be stupid for me to drop the subject and that I was ‘quite good’. This spurred me on and I continued and re-ignited my passion for architecture and with my teacher’s guidance I discovered landscape architecture and that I could peruse a career in it and 5 years of study later I’m here and loving it.
What aspects of your job do you enjoy the most, and why?
What drives me and what enjoy the most, is designing places that people will inhabit and enjoy seeing your designs on plan being brought to life. Designing places that people will use for years to come.
What is your proudest achievement?
I think it would be gaining my Masters, it was something I never thought It would be something I could achieve. That and being able to work on some of the practices biggest projects.
What is the best advice you’ve been given in life?
Similar to what Mat previously said, never get stuck always look to diversify your skills and improve your knowledge in many areas.
What is your next adventure / goal?
I want to continue to develop my skills as a landscape and work on and run bigger projects within the practice and push us to achieve higher acclaim within the profession. Just continue to design places people will enjoy.
You can email Kris directly: firstname.lastname@example.org