Originally from Vilnius Lithuania, Andres lived in London England for 15 years where he started his career in construction. After winning the green card lottery, he and his wife moved to Portland, Oregon, sight-unseen. Andres worked as a lead carpenter at Otis Construction for 18 months before joining us at Arciform to be one of our Client Services Managers. Andres joins Jeremy Gould in a team led by James Kistner that will be tasked with with advocating for clients’ goals and budget throughout the design and construction process and consulting on buildability and feasibility for each of the projects in his portfolio.
How long have you worked for Arciform and what has been your favorite part about working at Arciform so far?
I have been here for six months. I enjoy the type of projects we get and the clients we work with. Helping clients get what they are really looking for by giving them the best support I can and seeing the final project makes me really happy.
What inspires you about restoring and renovating older homes? What drew you to this line of work?
I love architecture, it plays a big role in my life. I enjoy being a part of the entire process of creating something. It amazes me that we can recreate original materials and complete the installation to make it seem like it has always been there.
Describe one of your favorite past projects. What were the challenges? What were some of the features that made it memorable?
While living in London I managed a project where we turned a run-down hotel into a 5 star, luxury oasis. The biggest challenges were the tight budget and four week time-frame. I managed 60 employees and 10 subcontractors…and lost a lot of weight and sleep! It was memorable because we achieved stunning results in such a short period of time with a limited budget.
Tell us what you consider the hallmarks of a well-executed project. How do you know when something is right?
My main goal is to see a happy client, they are my number 1 priority. I’ll do whatever it takes to ensure that they are satisfied with the results. The client’s eyes tell me everything, that’s how I can tell if something is right.
What’s your working style? How do you like to work with a client?
I listen to the client’s needs then give my opinion on what would work best for their project. I let them know that I am there for them throughout the entire process to guide them through with the least amount of stress.
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
1. I want to see all 50 states, starting with California.
2. I’d like to skydive at the Grand Canyon.
3. I want to build a house from the ground up. I’ve started sketches and am working on the mental preparation! My preferred location would be on the hill so I’d have a view of the mountains.