Me & My Job - Robin Dwiar, finalist, RHS Young Designer 2016

Robin Dwiar, finalist, RHS Young Designer 2016

How did you get started in the industry? I attended Writtle College, studying landscape design and gardening. After college I got more experience in the sector and landed at job at the RHS. Now I am a landscape architect for International Design Group in Bristol.

What advice would you give to others starting out? Always look out for other jobs and bits on the side. It is vital to keep learning and strengthening your skills. You can never be armed with too much knowledge in other fields of horticulture.

What does your typical day involve? Our current projects are in Cuba, Egypt and Pakistan working on land development. My typical day involves a lot of paperwork, meetings and phone calls.

What is the best aspect of your job? Working with a huge variety of people from all different industries. This allows me to expand my knowledge even further.

And the worst? Paperwork takes up more time than I would want. It can hinder my creativity as a designer.

What have you been working on recently? Very exciting projects in Pakistan. This involves designing land for golf courses. However, I feel the most exciting part was being selected as one of the finalists in the RHS Young Designer 2016 competition.

What has been your biggest achievement at work? The competitions are some of my biggest achievements and when starting work at the RHS I was given a lead role quite early on.

What does the future hold for the industry? As our population is expanding the importance of public places will only increase. Community space such as parks and gardens will become more important. As horticultural designers we hope to make those spaces efficient and beautiful.

How do you unwind after a hard day at work? I find getting home to my partner with a cold beer and a film is the perfect distraction.

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