Katie Thomas graduated from BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design in 2014 and has now completed a Masters in Architecture: Spatial Practices. Katie has recently partnered with Tyrone Mings, an AFC Bournemouth Footballer.

“Having finished my studies at AUB in September, I have started an Interior Design and Architecture practice, KTM Design.  I have always planned to start my own business, but towards the end of my MA course a local investor contacted me expressing an interest in starting an interior design and property development company together, so I jumped at the opportunity. The investor is AFC Bournemouth footballer Tyrone Mings, who also has a long-standing passion for property, and worked as a mortgage advisor before becoming a professional footballer.

Whilst running the design practice, I am also a visiting tutor on the MA Architecture: Spatial Practices course and will be an interior design short course tutor from January. 

I started my BA in Interior Architecture and Design with very little knowledge on the subject, but over the three years of the course I gained a good grounding for starting my career. I particularly enjoyed the third year where I began to get into my stride as I had the freedom to explore my own ideas and discover solutions to design problems that I personally felt needed addressing.

I continued on at AUB with my MA in Architecture: Spatial Practices, which broadens one’s thinking significantly and allows you to develop your own practice as a spatial designer. The autonomous nature of the MA prepared me well for running my own design company, and the collaborative architecture-performance project that I undertook provided me with an array of new skills and industry contacts.

You can see a short film of the architecture-performance event I held for my MA, on YouTube. The INFINITE set was designed and built to promote the integration of disabled and non-disabled young performers, and encourage inclusivity in the arts.

At AUB you get the freedom to be truly creative and discover who you are and where your passion lies, whilst being encouraged and pushed by your tutors at all times. People are always at the core of my work. I take a user-centred, holistic approach to designing democratic spaces  – they are spaces for everybody. I am passionate about creating multi-sensory spaces that provoke an emotional response, and get people really thinking about the environment that they are in. I aim to redefine how people understand space and how people interact together.”

What is your One Piece of Advice?

“Never let your own fear stop you from taking risks.”