Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Market-Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects. These are their stories.
Here, Maria Salenger addresses the design process for Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ.
Describe this project in one word. Rhythmic.
How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?The architecture is spacious and energetic to give artists a flexible and inspiring place to be creative collaboratively.
Design is a process. Explain your journey. Collecting the unique aspirations and needs of the college, we developed the project’s quantitative and qualitative aspects closely with our consultant team and user group. The design process of performing arts space is an enlightening experience no matter how many projects you have already completed.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow? Listen to and trust in the vision of your client.
The continual quest for design inspiration recently took our product design team to the 10th Annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market—the largest folk market in the world. The event exposes attendees to local artisans, traditions and wares from across the globe, with more than 190 artists (representing 60 countries) and 20,000 attendees participating. Citing economic empowerment and sustainable income as part of its mission, the artists take home 90% of the money earned on the sale of their goods—for most, this is ten times the income they would earn in one year at home. Essentially, this translates as earning power to sustain their villages and preserve their crafts.
Following the event, the design team returned to the office inspired and more connected to our global community—as they had the opportunity to directly engage with the artisans. In the following weeks, we will feature several of these inspiring individuals and their work. We hope you will find these stories as fascinating as we do.