Far and away: Designers taking their work abroad
Felicity is the business director of BAR Studio – steering business development through relationships and negotiations with owners, operators and design collaborators. She creates the foundation for projects in the studio by delaminating their scale and complexity in order to map out deliverables and project staffing. She is also responsible for managing the internal studio finances.
Felicity started her career working on private projects and in small-scale architectural practices in Perth and Melbourne. In 1997 Felicity relocated to New York, joining Schwartz Architects as a designer. At Schwartz Architects she was the assistant project director on the iconic Staten Island Ferry Terminal project and ultimately became an Associate, anchoring business development. In February 2003 Felicity returned to Australia and founded BAR Studio with Stewart Robertson. Since establishing the practice Felicity has utilised her business skills to grow BAR Studio to a highly-effective studio that undertakes a select body of work. Each project BAR Studio undertakes represents 3–5 years of the lives of the studio staff, and Felicity’s focus is in steering the studio toward the projects, relationships and processes that will deliver a rewarding experience for its clients, collaborators and the studio itself.