The key to setting something ordinary apart is in the details. It’s the details that saw Annika Rowson of Rowson Kitchen & Joinery Ltd, take out several prestigious titles this year. She won the National Kitchen & Bathroom Association (NKBA) Chapter Recognition Award for Taranaki, the NKBA Kitchen Distinction Award up to $25k, the NKBA Kitchen Distinction Award $25k - $40k, and was also highly commended in the Trends International Design Awards (TIDA) Designer Kitchen Awards.
New Plymouth born and bred, Annika dabbled in several careers including photography and pharmacy before finding her ‘wow factor’ vocation in kitchen design. Along with her talented joiner husband, they began their business in 2009 and have never looked back. Their business focuses on boutique design and high quality.
Entering and winning an array of awards this year cemented Annika’s decision to gain a formal qualification. In August she enrolled in BCITO’s National Certificate in Design (Kitchen Design), Level 4.
Annika says she feels incredibly proud and very grateful to see her hard work recognised on a national level.
“We’ve really raised our business profile and are now receiving enquiries for projects outside of New Plymouth, which is fantastic.
“It’s a great confidence boost knowing that your work is not only being enjoyed but recognised by industry. It’s extremely reassuring that I’m on the right path and confident in my design style.
“With me becoming formally qualified in Kitchen Design we’ll be even more well-respected and can lift our profile even more.”
Finding time for study has been the only lifestyle change that Annika has had to make. “I had such a busy schedule already – designing, site visits, meetings, consultations, presentations, and evenings busy with our two young boys. Blocking out set times for studying is the only sure way to make sure you get everything done – but it’s well worth it.”
Annika told us she is finding the content in the qualification relatively straight-forward, having been working in the business for more than seven years now. She says, “I encourage anyone working in the industry as a designer to get qualified – this will really add to your credibility as a qualified professional in your field. It adds value to what you offer and helps you gain the trust of your customer from the very first meeting.”
Congratulations on your achievements this year Annika! We look forward to seeing more of your award-winning work as a qualified Kitchen Designer.
Chris Jack, former All Black and BCITO-qualified carpenter is joining us this year as an ambassador to help promote construction trades within schools.
During the last week of May more than 500 hand-picked students accompanied by careers advisors and teachers from schools throughout the country attended BCITO’s Big Construction Tour, which returned for its fourth year.