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Susan Venner

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Women in practice profile: partner, Venner:Lucas Architects

WHY DID YOU BECOME AN ARCHITECT By accident, though I did spend a lot of time making Lego houses as a child

FIRST PROJECT The refurbishment of St James’s Hotel, Victoria

SECTORS YOU WORK IN Residential, commercial, education

BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION That going home on time to pick up your children means you’re not taking your job seriously

HOW TO MAKE IT WORK Choose the practice culture you work for carefully

BEST DEFENCE AGAINST SEXISM Confident women and enlightened men

Place of study The Bartlett
Current projects Several new-build private houses to Passivhaus standard in the UK and France, a prototype low-energy swimming pool
Featured project Sunnybank, a sustainable family home in the Scottish Borders
Client Jim Lucas and Jennifer Mole
Completed January 2010
Budget £650,000
£/sqm £272

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