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Kirstin Cavanagh

ASSOCIATE: PARAGON INTERFACE

Kirstin studied Architecture at Wits University, completing her Master’s degree in 2009, and began working at Paragon Interface in 2010. Her decision to work within the interior realm of architecture was informed by her fascination with how people use space, and how good design can influence and improve people's behaviour and daily routines in a conscious and subconscious way.

Throughout her years at Paragon, she has worked in project teams on large projects such as ABSA Towers West and Alexander Forbes' head office in Sandton. She has also been responsible for designing and implementing office fit-outs in a variety of countries throughout Africa - Mozambique, Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Kirstin is currently focused on running the smaller projects within Paragon Interface. These range in size from 300sqm to 10,000sqm, and include offices, schools and showrooms. She enjoys establishing a close working relationship with clients and tenants, and guiding small teams of highly competent designers and technicians to create interior spaces that are tailored to suit specific needs and objectives.

Kirstin believes that interior architects are privileged to be exposed to the inner workings and culture of many different industries and businesses, and to then have the responsibility to share their knowledge with clients, and work with them to achieve the best possible solutions to optimise their companies’ functioning.

Kirstin is a member of the South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) and the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA).