Featuring: Jennifer Biggers (Fort Worth, TX) - As a Project Manager within all disciplines of our collaborative process, Jennifer’s ability to streamline a project is an asset her clients appreciate, as well as her consultants and teammates. Jennifer’s responsibilities include design development documents, construction documents, selection of furniture and finishes, and overseeing the construction administration.
What is your area of expertise?
I am a registered Interior Designer. I also have a Master’s in Architecture and am in the process of taking my architectural licensing exams. I have passed four exams, and have two more to go.
What are some interesting projects you’ve worked on?
I helped produce the construction drawings to restore one of the oldest courthouses in Texas, which was built in the late 1800’s and was falling apart. I also have worked on several detention and public safety buildings. We would tour local in-use facilities and would see how evidence from crimes, as well as prisoners, were processed into the system. Several times we had to move into rooms, while the inmates were escorted through the halls we were in.
What are your favorite design styles/designers?
I prefer simplicity in design, and those who know how to create a moment. I have visited Mies Van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Chicago and Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye in Paris, and both Architects are able to capture this moment as you are walking along the tree lined trails. The path suddenly opens up and the homes are visible. In both instances, you are removed from the traffic and people that lie on the other sides of the tree and are planted back into nature.
What are some of the design trends you’re seeing coming up in Texas?
Like everywhere else, clients are requesting more integration with technology and flexibility, especially when it comes to their personal workspace. Clients still want the open plan, but are realizing the need for privacy. Dallas/Fort Worth is one of the fastest growing cities, and as a result, our clients are realizing the need to go above standard to retain their key staff members. As a result, lounge spaces and break areas have taken a higher importance than before. Lounge spaces take on more of a living room feeling with games and break areas provide snacks, better coffee, and spaces to work.
Do you have any pets?
I have a cat. Her name is Dani, after the boy from the Shining. She has her moments of being nice.. but is usually a jerk.
What are some things you’re listening to right now?
As I work I listen to Podcasts. I finished Dr. Death, about a local surgeon in Dallas, and have started Man in the Window.
If you weren’t working in Interiors and Architecture, what field do you think you’d be in?
I would probably be a florist. That seems like a peaceful job.
Thank you for this quick conversation, Jennifer! Thank you for being a great asset at Arcturis, and especially in our Fort Worth office.