Here is Marty after a Cape Lookout hike with “my two favorite people in the whole, wide world, Erik & Birgita.”
After working with Arciform for several years, we are delighted to promote Marty Hegg to the role of Design Department Manager. This recognizes the extremely important (but often behind the scenes) role she plays in every design we execute for our clients.
We sat down with Marty to learn a bit more about what inspires her about the design process.
When did you know you wanted to work in architectural design? Tell us how you got inspired to do this work.
I have a hundred technicolor & tactile memories from Kindergarten: my best friend’s living room walls (Easter egg lavender)…
…our green scratchy frieze upholstery on the “davenport”…
…the oh-so-fancy red, flocked wallpaper at Eve’s Buffet (Fred Meyer’s restaurant)….
… the brick-look flooring in my Aunt Mary’s kitchen….
… and my parents’ terrycloth bedspread I used to pretend was a fancy garden for my Fisher Price toys to play in.
Going over to friends’ or relatives’ homes, I often gave myself a secret, solo house tour to get the layout in my head. I have been drawn to interiors ever since I can remember, especially how different materials and colors can change the look and feel of a space.
Describe one of your favorite Arciform projects. What were the challenges? What were some of the features that made it memorable?
The Hardison home is one of my favorite Arciform projects. I used to think Victorian homes were a little stuffy and formal, but these clients, Anne and all of the crew infused their home with such a sense of play. It is beautiful yet welcoming, cozy and creative, designed for the whole family to really enjoy.
Getting the submarine hatch up to the deck at the 3rd floor addition was a huge challenge! Actually, finding and purchasing the submarine hatch alone was a little scary.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love hunting for and finding anything from tile to cabinet hardware to great paint colors, then sharing them with the design team or clients. Pinterest is one of my favorite ways to collect gems to spec for our clients (paper-free, so I don’t fill any file cabinets).
I work with some incredible people, too! It is a beautiful thing to work alongside people who are both creative AND problem solvers. The design-build world is such a dynamic environment. I love walking out in the shop and seeing designs take their beautiful shape. I learn something every day from at least one person under this big roof.
What are the top 3 things on your “bucket list?”
1. To be an aerial photographer over North & South America for a month or so (childhood dream career).
2. To trace my maternal roots while exploring as much of Mexico and Spain as possible.
3. To visit Slovakia and see the house my grandfather grew up in, discover the Tatras Mountains & travel up the Danube.