Inside the Studios: Meet Catalina Ionita

Catalina Ionita is an Architect and PhD candidate who is passionate about placemaking. She says, “I feel like great places always start a few streets away. Vehicles slow down, walking becomes more enjoyable.”

Catalina talks about how she was attracted to work at Chapman Taylor due to our positive design culture and sense of community that promotes diversity and inclusivity.

Take a glimpse inside our UK studios in the first of six films that provide an in-depth insight into our practice, projects and studio culture.

If you’re interested in joining our team, why not visit our careers page for further info.

Catalina Ionita (BA(Hons) MArch ARB RIBA AFHEA)

Architect, UK

Catalina joined the Manchester studio in 2021 as an Architect supporting the Feasibility team. She brings a passion for successful placemaking to her work in the residential and mixed-use sectors.

She has experience working on a wide range of projects at all work stages, including large residential developments, masterplans, offices, and listed building restorations.

Catalina is teaching a Masters of Architecture and Urbanism course one day a week at Manchester School of Architecture, whilst completing PhD research, with a focus on art-centred placemaking. In 2020, she made RIBA’s Rising Stars shortlist for her project work and her research on ethics and sustainability in architecture. Cat is also a committee member for Women in Property North West, with a strategic role as Inclusion Champion.

Areas of expertise:

Place making / Residential / Mixed-Use /Research

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