#MeetMeMonday with Jessica Smits

#MeetMeMonday with Jessica Smits

Alex Whitmore caught up with Architectural Technician Jessica Smits and asked her a bit more about herself and life at PF+A.

Why do you love being a part of PF+A?

It’s nice to work for a company that wants to make a difference to people’s lives, starting with their employees. PF+A feels more like a family than just colleagues.  

What ignited your passion to make a difference in the world and enhance people’s lives?

My grandad's job as an engineer saw him work on projects across the globe, including the iconic Petronas Towers in Malaysia, which I have been fortunate enough to visit. I wanted to be like him and leave a lasting impression on the world and change people’s lives, even on a small scale.

What personal attribute are you most proud of?

My positive and upbeat outlook on life. I get a lot of pleasure out of making other people feel happy.

What PF+A project that you have worked on is your favourite?

I loved being involved with the metal ribbon that weaves through the PF+A Jersey office. It has been great to see the design that I 3D modelled go from laser-cut pieces to an impressive structure in the office.


What is your favourite place in the Channel Islands?

Being fairly new to Jersey, I have made a real effort to get out and explore the island on foot by doing the coastal walks. I never get tired of the views and love being close to the sea. I think my favourite place would have to be Portelet.


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Chloe Whitmore

E: chloe.whitmore@pfaarchitecture.com

T: 01481 712633

Chloe is the first point of contact in the Guernsey studio. She has moved from a career of more than 20 years in the legal profession to managing a creative environment and its people - a welcome change for her! Her experience and legal background are a great asset for the Group.

Ollie Muston MCIAT

E: ollie.muston@pfaarchitecture.com

T: 01481 712633

Having been educated and grown up in Guernsey and developing a passion for technical design work, information technology and an intrigue for building design and history during his GCSE years, Oliver decided to commence his career in 1999 as an Architectural Technologist with Lovell Ozanne one of the largest architectural practices in the Channel Islands,  During those first inspiring 9 years he gained his BTEC HNC qualification increasing his fundamental experience and developing his knowledge base by working on multi-million pound commercial and residential developments including, Mixed Use and Redevelopment Areas (MURA), offices, apartments and industrial units.  

Moving to the States of Guernsey’s Property Services Team in 2008, Oliver was able to learn invaluable working skills and practices, increasing his expanding skillset in tendering and contract administration, whilst having the opportunity to work on public buildings and the differing challenges brought about by these types of projects. These projects encompassed education premises, States buildings with high security requirements, projects at the airport and harbours and fully accessible health facilities.  Full Accessibility audits for the health facilities became a prominent project for Oliver as his career progressed and he carried out a number of audits and reports for substantial business within the Island.

Now with a total of 21 years’ experience within the industry, his expansive knowledge not only covers all areas of a very vast field, but includes all aspects of a project from inception right through to the final handover of a completed project; which, for Oliver is the most rewarding experience. 

Oliver’s exceptional wealth of knowledge has lead him to gain his chartership with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and was formally invited to become an Interview Assessor for the Institute in 2015, a position limited to only a small number and in which someone can only be invited by the Institute.  Oliver completed the necessary assessor training a few months later.  

Ever striving to continue growing and expanding his professional knowledge, Oliver is a driven member of PF+A and one of the top in his field. With his professional yet friendly approachable nature he is an individual able to facilitate and communicate to clients, contractors, sub-contractors and other third parties to ensure that a project is always the best it can be.  Internally an exceptional trainer to the less experienced members of the team with an ease of teaching methods to ensure an unseamingly level of continuity for their development.

In his spare time Oliver enjoys spending time with his young family of three daughters, experiencing travelling and cultural diversity and of course Guernsey’s beautiful outdoor environment.