One to One with Susan Playford


Q: What’s the best thing about being the Managing Director for PDT Architects?

I am incredibly proud of our culture.  We have an amazing team of diversely talented individuals who are incredibly generous about sharing their time and knowledge with each other. I think that type of comradery is special.  It makes work a pleasure.

Q: What made you pursue Interior Design?  What do you love about it?

Like anyone in this industry I have a genuine love of well-designed buildings and spaces. More than that, I enjoy the process of design and the infinite possibilities.   I can spend lengthy periods of time examining tiny details and researching materials. I have always enjoyed the planning aspect of a project – making a space work in a two-dimensional form is intensely satisfying.

Q: What motivates you?

I love challenges and learning and this role has kept me busy with both.  I have had to develop a new set of business skills over time for my role and this has been rewarding.  I still enjoy researching and reading about business management.

Q: What keeps you busy away from work?

My family.  We have three daughters who live busy lives and I seem to spend most of my free, (if you could call it that), time running after them.  I really enjoyed the down time over Christmas.

Q: What is your favourite holiday destination?

I went to Stockholm a few years ago and absolutely fell in love with its charm.  It was summer and I was there for a week by myself so that may have had something to do with it?  I am going back with my family around Christmas this year so it will be interesting to see the city in a completely different season.  
Closer to home we have spent two weeks at Mooloolaba every year since the girls were born.  We all really look forward to that every year.

Q: What book are you currently reading?

I am one of those people who usually have a few books on the go, both fiction and non-fiction.  For some reason, I have an immense interest in Tudor history and so there is always a book about that on my bedside table.  I have also just started “The Mandibles” by Lionel Shriver.  I thought her book,  “We Need to Talk About Kevin” incredibly well written although quite disturbing.


PDT Architects 16th Feb 2017


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