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Nick Petry

My interest in construction started at a young age. I received a hammer and nails in a small leather apron for my 6th birthday, not that exciting for kids these days but I thought it was great.

It was no surprise a few years later I went on to complete a building apprenteship with a local builder. Over the course of 10 years I gained an extensive wealth of knowledge in residential and commercial construction. I also developed an interest in the form and functions of a building, mostly due to the fact I thought I could do better.


Whilst I was still hands on with building I enrolled myself in some CAD software training and gained all the knowledge required to produce technical drawings.

It was this initiative as well as my hands-on experience which caught the eye of a local architect who offered me a job instantly after my initial interview.

At this firm the learning kept going and I was studying after hours for a National Diploma in Architectural Technology. After a successful few years working on a large variety of projects my pursuit of design led to the formation of Smartdraw Architecture.