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Jaya Garella

Jaya Garella

Founder/ Designer, Studio Garella Ltd.

For 20+ years, I have been a practising design professional based in London, working on architectural and interior design projects in the high-end residential sector with projects involving the restoration, renovation, and extension of period and listed properties in conservation areas. I have served both private clients and London’s “Great Estates” as lead designer and director in a respected London practice and recently through my own independent practice. I am committed to the principles of traditional architecture and the acceptance of historical context as a major determinant of style. Working in collaboration with fantastic ‘makers’ and artisans is the most enjoyable part of my job.

Statement:

I have been a proud member of the UK construction industry for over 20 years. When I first started, I was often the only woman around the table in meetings and on sites. I am pleased that this is rarer now. Despite ticking several of the diversity criteria myself, I have been fortunate enough to have been regarded as an equal professional. At the age of 50, I ventured into independent practice, supported by incredible goodwill, and continued collaboration with my friends within this wonderful industry.I am quite aware that not everyone’s experience of the industry is the same. I can only hope to inspire and mentor others with my own positive, personal experience, and support WIC in its efforts towards promoting equality on our diverse paths within the construction industry.