Get to Know Morag Dearsley, Design Associate

Heather McLean

Morag is an Associate at Form DC, and has been with us since 2016.

We caught up with her to find out a bit more about how she got to where she is today, and what she does to relax...

What’s the best part of your job?

Having the opportunity to work with such a diversity of companies. As part of the briefing process, we really get to know what companies do, how they work and their culture – basically getting under their skin. I’ve worked with so many interesting clients from companies building nano satellites to retrieve data from space, scientists working on tests to provide early identification of sepsis, companies providing mapping and analysis software, to whisky distillers!

Who, or what, inspired you to pursue a career in Commercial Interior Design?

I’ve always loved art and design, but managed to fall into a nursing career first, which I did really enjoy, but always had a yearning to work in the creative industry. I did a night class in Interior Design, whilst working in London, and this spurred me on to embark on a different career path.

What’s the best piece of advice you could give someone just starting out in Commercial Interior Design?

Get out there and look around! From looking at building elements and new materials, to patterns in nature - this all helps to inspire design. And sketch, sketch, sketch….!

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on at the moment?

There isn’t one thing in particular, but a large part of my job is ensuring that we are designing in a sustainable manner, with a circular approach and a focus on health and wellbeing, which I’m extremely passionate (well, nerdy..) about. Our design is always about people!

Have you taken a huge leap of faith at work? And did it pay off?

My change of career has been my biggest leap of faith and, yes, it definitely paid off!

Tell us one thing which has surprised you about your chosen career path?

Commercial workplace design is very holistic, which is what I love about it. At university, you focus on conceptual design but, in the real world, you’re designing for specific people and businesses. There are so many different elements that need to be considered.

What was your first paid job?

I worked as a Saturday girl in a China shop, in Jenners, where I did get to meet the Queen once!

What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not working?

This will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me – gardening and undertaking my horticulture course at the Botanics!

Name one thing you’re willing to spend more money on to make sure you get the best quality.


Many thanks for sharing, Morag!