Katie Thomas studied BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and MA Architecture: Spatial Practices (distinction) at AUB, graduating in 2015

Since then Katie has gained experience with the Design Studio at Harrods and is a visiting tutor with AUB’s BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design as well as teaching its Interior Design short course.

Katie now runs her own Bournemouth-based interior design business, KTM Design. We met up with her at one of her latest projects, the refurbishment of Ristorante Barolo, an Italian restaurant in Winton.

How long did this project take?

I started it in October. I got involved in the overall space planning, so working out how they could make the best use of the building meaning they could increase it to its full capacity. We’ve increased the number of covers in here by changing the layout. We’ve done this by getting in the booth seating and making sure it’s really flexible. They have lots of birthday parties and Christmas parties here so it’s about being able to do it so it can all be moved around.

So quite a complex brief then?

It was. They have such a strong client base, they wanted to make sure they still catch their existing clients, the more traditional, perhaps older people, whilst also making it quite contemporary and appealing to the next generation.