The gdm architects team grows

Words: Ulla Tervo & Nathanael Smetham

Ulla and Nathanael joined gdm architects in January. Who are they and how have they settled in;

Ulla Tervo;
"I joined gdm architects as a senior architect at the beginning of the New Year, having previously worked in London architectural practices for 13 years. I am originally from Finland but moved to the UK in 1998. My life in architecture has been fulfilling and included studies at the University of California, Berkeley; work for some of the most prestigious architecture companies in the UK; and winning the RIBA Bronze Medal student prize in 2004 for the best undergraduate portfolio in the country. My decision to work for gdm architects was an easy one: interesting design-led projects with a great variety of project types and sizes; an office with an established, long-held reputation; working in a beautiful 600 year old building, surrounded by landscaping and the River Medway and very near to the town centre; as well as great colleagues and a relaxed atmosphere.
During my time at gdm architects so far, I have worked on designing offices, residential and industrial buildings at feasibility and planning stages. I have really enjoyed the collaborative atmosphere, internal design reviews, meetings with clients, and the fact we have a bit of music playing in the background whilst we work! I look forward to getting to know everyone more and continuing to work on the many exciting projects which we have recently been commissioned on."


Nathanael Smethan;
"The start of a new year is a great time to begin new challenges, with this I decided, late last year, to join gdm architects to further my architectural career, building on 18 months post part 2 experience and combined 7 years in architectural practice. Having spent nearly 7 years at my previous practice my decision to join gdm architects was to allow me to gain new challenges, experiences and working on different types of projects.
Since joining I have been working on a large multi-unit residential development, utilising Revit to draw/model the units. The use of Revit as a tool for BIM helps streamline the design process by reducing the amount of drawing duplication, easy collaboration between other disciplines to solve any clashes or errors before they appear on site and by loading the model with as much information during the design stage makes it easier to schedule out/update information as required. The whole team at gdm are very welcoming and friendly making the office a great place to work."