Get to Know Architect Amanda Martocchio
How did you get into architecture?
I was the kid who always had a sketchbook with me. My creative drive turned toward architecture when, in high school, I attended a summer course at Parson’s School of Design that introduced me to various design-based professions. Architecture was for me a revelation, and stuck.
At what point in your career were you ready to venture out on your own and start your own firm? Tell us more about that.
After architecture grad school, I was in NYC working in large firms designing cultural and commercial buildings. But, working on large scale architecture, designers don’t always get to engage with the people who will be experiencing the building on a daily basis, or get to focus on the elements of the design that make it truly resonate: the materials and their connections, the tangible details, and the interior environments.
Working at a smaller scale, with clients personally impacted by our designs, whether on a custom home or small commercial project, allows me to encounter all aspects of architecture, but on a more intimate, hopefully life-enhancing, level. That appeals to me. I started my own firm over 20 years ago, just as I was becoming a first time mom. Call me crazy! Ironically, the construction of my first solo project was like giving birth to another baby. Challenging, but awesome.
Tell us more about how you work with clients.
Especially in the design of homes, the most important thing we can do, working with our clients, is to listen. Before any design work is done, it is this gathering of information: observing how clients live, studying their site and surrounding environment, understanding a client’s priorities, etc. that sparks our design strategy.
We remain very engaged in the project throughout design, approvals, and construction. And, during construction we are often specifying furnishings and rugs---the contents of a space. It is thrilling when the architectural strategy and its details marry with the interior objects. I call this the integration of hard and soft. I love it all!
How would you describe your style?
It is my hope that people would describe my work as quiet, warm, artful and integrated with its surroundings.
What is your dream project?
A small private home for a contemporary art collector in the Northeast woods.
Anything else to add?
I am lucky to have both a very talented team on my staff and professionals within the community with whom I work. Builders, developers, craftspeople, vendors, masons, furniture makers…the diversity of people who love what they do, enriches our work and makes it fun.
For more information, please visit: amandamartocchio.com