Rachael Livingstone

Architecture student

1. What made you interested in working in the Built Environment?

I was interested in and had some experience in retrofitting and rejuvenating properties that were needing updating and futureproofing. Following the completion of my first property renovation, I realised I enjoyed nurturing a building back to life and giving it a more fruitful purpose. I always had a true admiration for architecture and my curiosity at how and why buildings looked the way they looked. Studying architecture and moving into the world of the Built Environment will allow me to use these skills and ambition to improve the lives of people who need it the most.     


2. Why did you join the Built Environment Change Makers?

I joined the Built Environment Change Makers to advocate for the environment and campaign for the people affected most who are overlooked, ignored or ultimately displaced by the disasters carried by the capricious nature of climate change. Joining a cohort of professionals who have their sights firmly set on similar goals creates a strong impact for change. After all, there are power in numbers.  


3. What are your top 3 knowledge areas that you are bringing to the Built Environment Change Makers?

  • Sustainable and environmentally conscious design
  • Inclusive education
  • Disaster displacement.


4. What are you hoping to achieve?

I hope to achieve impactful changes that aid in the goal of getting the Built Environment to the goal of net zero carbon. These changes will have a global knock-on effect for the better and especially for people and countries that suffer the most. Inclusive education is also a firm driver in everything I do. I aim to provide a channel for people who are at risk of falling through the cracks and open the doors to all who need an empathetic hand to hold to aid them in reaching their full potential.