Amy Edwards… a quick conversation.
Did you always know you wanted to be a designer?
Yes, for the most part, although it took me a while to find Interior Design. My dad was an aeronautical engineer; seeing his incredible sketches and mechanical drafting sparked my interest in drawing and problem solving.
I am very interested in how space affects people--whether they perceive it or not. From office productivity to recovery time during a hospital stay, there are methodologies that can be incorporated into an environment to elicit a response. I find this type of problem solving to be quite powerful!
Getting to know about another industry is fascinating to me. To know a client’s business--their day-to-day life-- is one of the most interesting things about my job. Through design I’ve worked with wide varies of people: neonatal pediatrician & nurses, theologians, researchers, innovators, chefs, and IT professionals. Helping to solve their organization’s problems, improve their environments, create opportunities for growth, contribute inspiration, and improve outcomes is integral to improving a space. Design can be a vehicle for change and I feel fortunate to use creativity to elevate experiences for clients.
So you are teaching now. Can you tell us what you are teaching and your teaching style?
Students have access to so much more technology than ‘in my day.’ I’m impressed by their drive to explore solutions by moving immediately into realistic renderings or virtual reality. It makes sense, technology has really advanced our practice and there are great tools that can be utilized at every stage of the design process enabling the sharing of ideas and content. In some ways I’m learning right along with them. In others, I am their coach, fostering their talents and helping them explore their potential. They will be bridging the gap between the best practices of today and the limitless opportunities of the future.
What recent projects have you worked on?
Projects at Arcturis are so varied, and I really appreciate that. I enjoy the close connections we make with our clients. Creating spaces that impact lives is the most important part of what we do. We can see and feel the effects of our work through the ongoing partnerships we create with our clients.
I’ve enjoyed working with the team at T-REX and seeing their business evolve. Their fast-paced growth has never out-shadowed their ability to stay nimble and create spaces that strengthen and excel the diverse types of work of their resident companies. It’s exciting to get a glimpse behind the curtain of some of the most cutting-edge tech work being done in the country.
How do you give back to your community?
My good friend has MS, and I’ve been participating with her in the annual BIKE MS Ride. What started as an opportunity to get fit and spend time with friends has become a huge part of my life. Our team, United by Design is in its 10th year. This group has branched out not only to support the MS Society but also Pedal the Cause, The Wolf Ride for Lupus, and a few organizations that are important to our teammates.
Can you share any experiences that might help others?
My husband and I worked with friends to frame a house a couple of years ago. It’s been one of my most valuable experiences. Working beside some ‘do it yourselfer’ architects and getting their insight on “the way things should be built” was eye opening. Constructability is always so important to any project. Having experiences like that can help you make key decisions in the way details should be designed.
So, what about music? Who are you listening to these days?
I love everything from Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. They are a couple who perform separately and together either way they are incredible!
Amy Edwards thanks for this quick conversation. It was great to hear more about your life. We love what you add to the Arcturis team.