Tell us a bit about your career paths, and how you came to join forces.
Dominique: I have a Masters of Architecture and worked in residential architecture for six years before finding my feet and landing in the studio of Arent & Pyke, where I spent another six years being nurtured and given the most incredible foundation for my career from [founders] Sarah-Jane and Juliette. Shan and I met at Arent & Pyke and formed a close friendship and a huge amount of professional respect for each other, collaborating often with the support and guidance of our dear mentors. We talked a lot, worked a lot, dreamed a lot and then left to start our families. Very naturally we came together over a large project which we simply could not have done on our own. Our collaboration blossomed so very naturally from there, and we made Duet official earlier this year.
Shannon: I have a Bachelor of Interior Architecture from UNSW. Once leaving university, my design training started in the commercial world. I spent many years designing commercial fit-outs, which gave me the necessary knowledge around detailing, documentation and deadlines. But I always craved something more personal, tailored and creative. I then made the leap to residential design where I met a friend for life in Dom. On my very first day at Arent & Pyke, Dom opened the door with a warm smile and made me feel so welcome and assured. Little did we know we would be business partners many years down the track. In fact, we never intended this to be the outcome – it was simply an alignment of our life stages, aesthetics and a large amount of luck. We started our journey together whilst both on maternity leave when neither of us could tackle a huge job solo – so we combined forces and before we knew it, we had 11 jobs together and decided to put one logo on the title block. And We are Duet was created.