Hi everyone, my name is Cassandra Cameron and I graduated from the BIA program in 2010 and I currently work for Freeman Ryan Design.
I first met Susan Freeman, director of Freeman Ryan Design, at a guest lecture series in 2nd year BIA. Susan spoke about the field of exhibition and gallery design, a topic I had no prior knowledge on.
I realised that this could be a perfect amalgamation of interiors, art and graphics, and I began looking into the field. A few days after her lecture, I approached Susan and landed a 2-week internship during my summer holidays. A year later Susan approached me to start as a part-time junior for FRD. I left my job in a Glebe cafe and began my career as a designer, aged 28.
That was 6 years ago. Since then my time and experience at FRD have been varied and really rewarding. I have worked on and travelled to museums all over Australia and overseas in Auckland, Texas and California. I am currently working on an aviation museum in Bodø, Norway, and a new interactive media display in the Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore. For this project FRD are collaborating with electronic media artists and experimenting with touch-sensitive 3D models of a selection of the museum’s ancient collection items.
The most exciting thing working at FRD is the interdisciplinary nature of the office. The work we do ranges from gallery and museum design and masterplanning, to art installation, heritage interpretation and curatorial/content development.
The team at FRD is made up of architects, interior designers, graphic designers, writers, curators and historians. It is a small company situated on a vibrant street in Surry Hills. We are a really close-working team with a diverse group of personalities. Some of the most interesting conversations I’ve had in my life happened right here, at this desk.
I also love that I’ve been given the opportunity to grow into a multi-faceted designer. With the support of my directors I am now studying graphic design. At BIA I loved the graphics side of the degree. I really enjoyed the hours spent creating presentations and it’s great that I can use these skills here, together with my 3D skills.
If I were to give any advice to my fellow BIA graduates it would be to pay attention to what you really enjoy. It’s an extremely rewarding degree if you give it your best, and can open so many doors and opportunities if you really go for it. If you have a hunch that you’d like to head in a certain direction, or your skills seem attuned to a specific area e.g. planning, materials, or graphics, do some research into the avenues available to you. From all the creative people I’ve met since graduating, I’ve learned that your career is a layering of experience. Just go where your gut tells you to go, and step by step you’ll end up where you should be.
Photographs: RFD except Singleton Army Museum (John Gollings)