ANDREW | STUDIO PRINCIPAL
CLAIRE | PROJECT DIRECTOR
EDUARDO | DESIGN DIRECTOR
Andrew Sapio | Studio Principal
Andrew is a passionate character. From an architectural background, his passion for the workplace drove him to conceive Workplace Designs in 1997.
Specialising in the technical side of design, Andrew’s approach allows design solutions to be robust and practical, while retaining excellent aesthetic characteristics. Having worked with large blue chip organisations such as Xerox and Sony, Andrew developed a strong relationship with the Microsoft Corporation.
What are you passionate about personally?
Italy! I try to find as much time as possible to visit the land of my forefathers and enjoy the beautiful country, the people, the football, the wine and most importantly ……. the food!
Describe the most impressive sight you have ever seen
That’s a tough one: The Pyramids were impressive, especially the King’s Chamber in the Pyramid of Khufu. However, the Sistine Chapel has without doubt the most phenomenal piece of artwork one could wish to experience and the Chapel itself is filled with such an amazingly spiritual presence.
Lasting impression someone has left on me
In 2011 my daughter was ill and to help lift her spirits and to provide a positive feeling within our circle of family and friends she raised £42k for the TCT charity. I cannot think of our ‘Shave-A-Thon’ event without feeling like the proudest Dad in the world – truly amazing!
Claire Pickersgill | Project Director
Claire leads the Project Management side of the business. She prides herself on understanding the bigger business picture and client strategy as well as the finite detail of project works and installations. Pulling the team together she drives the coordination of skills and works packages; combined with her knowledge of building contracts, statutory consents and obligations and the contractor’s role, as well as her status as an RICS Chartered Surveyor, her service offering extends beyond pure Project Management and Contract Administration.
What would be your alternative career?
I would be doing something creative. I’m not sure it would be enough to make me a living but I love crafting. I used to work in a haberdashery when I was at school, which is where it all started, so perhaps I would run a small business selling all the crafting materials that are so hard to find nowadays.
Describe your perfect weekend
It would be in the countryside, probably camping and climbing a big hill just to get to the top. Dinner would be cooked on a BBQ, followed by a game of cards over some beers or wine, lit by tealights and the inevitable mosquito coil!
I would love to write a book. I have no idea what it would be about or when I will find the time to do it, but it’s definitely in the back of my head somewhere.
Eduardo Guimaraes | Design Director
Eduardo is from an architectural background and has been working in the interior design industry for over 10 years. His career started at Brighton and Hove City College as Interior Design Lecturer and Head of the Interior Design Department as well as working as Senior Interior Designer in a Design Studio in London.
In the past five years with WDL Eduardo has been involved in numerous large scale projects where he has provided specialist interior design consultancy and workplace strategy advice, being key contributor to the success of our services delivery.
Where can we find you when you're not working?
I love being in contact with nature. When not working, you would probably find me in a park somewhere or by the sea.
No matter where you live, spending time outside does wonders for your soul!
Daydream you wish would come true
To design and build my own home from scratch.
Studying architecture I always fantasised what my home would be like if I had the opportunity to design and build it myself… I am still dreaming about it!
Lasting impression someone has left on me
In my grandmother I have the most incredible role model and example of strength, courage and determination.
She is 91 and she still gets up every morning to go to work with a smile on her face!
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