Jessica Heald
Associate

"At ARM, we’re always pushing the boundary in some way, which motivates me to get the best design outcome. Because it’s not just a building, it has meaning.”

“I decided when I was really young that I wanted to be an architect. I saw it as a mix of maths and art plus managing and coordinating. At school, I thought of myself as an all-rounder and I saw architecture as the peak of that: a number of elements coming together into something really satisfying.

I’ve worked at ARM for about six years and have had terrific mentors along the way. We have so many people here with knowledge in so many different areas of a project, so it’s been an amazing experience to be able to draw from all those backgrounds. Amber Stewart has mentored me on the National Museum of Australia Redevelopment and taught me a lot about the interior design part of the project. She’s been a fantastic mentor.

The St Jude’s Church renovation recently finished construction. I had done the initial design images for that project and seeing it built was really satisfying. The first time I visited St Jude’s I was actually quite emotional. I was trying not to get too teary about the fact that it looked so fabulous.

I’ve had the opportunity to work with some great clients. The current project I’m working on is an apartment building for Launch Housing. It’s for women and children who have experienced domestic violence. The client finds the design really important because they want the people moving into the apartments to feel proud of where they live.

The façade has a 2D image of 3D wrought iron, which has a domestic sense of both beauty and security. The ornate nature of the facade we’ve designed defies people’s expectation of an institutional housing building, even though it’s a simple design with standard construction materials.

I love working on complex projects and big ideas. At ARM we’re always pushing the boundary in some way, which motivates me to get the best design outcome because it’s not just a building, it has meaning.”