In the Spotlight - Mary Myers

Kandice Korte
Morgante Wilson Architects

May 30, 2019 - 5 min read

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In the Spotlight - Mary Myers

Meet Project Manager Mary Myers, a licensed architect who loves her job at MWA as much as we love Mary! Attentive, discerning, and creative, you’ll never guess the ways her work’s been influenced by both Belgium and TV – and why she considers a proper dining table to be indispensable. Read on to learn more!

Television? Let’s start with that!

I love the Beaux-Arts, pre-war apartment belonging to the parents of the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. The rooms are all well-defined, meaning they have full walls and doors, and often, a dedicated function. It stands in such contrast to the open floor plan most common to apartments of today. I love the richness in the details and materials, and I love the reminder that the kitchen was once only used for cooking -with the occasional informal snack at a center table!

We’ve heard you have a thing for tables.

Dining tables, yes! Whether it’s a cozy breakfast table, or a dramatic farm table, every house needs a comfortable place for family and friends to gather, share a meal, and foster good conversation. That’s a big part of what makes a house a home.

What else makes a house a home?

When it offers its residents a sense of protection, allowing rest and respite from their day; ease as they go about the everyday functions of life; and finally, a sense of beauty for inspiration.

You forgot bread.

Ah, yes, I do love to bake sourdough bread. It’s very satisfying – and so is the smell that fills the house!

So, we can assume your dream house would include a nice oven. What else do you dream about?

My dream house is either a renovated canal house in Amsterdam with a great mix of old and new materials and finishes, or a country house somewhere like Montana with a modern farmhouse vernacular language, and a sprawling landscape with mountains in the distance. The real dream would actually be both!

What draws you to Europe?

I lived in Antwerp, Belgium with my family for three years when I was a teenager. We moved there for my dad’s job. My siblings and I went to a small, international school; most classmates were either from other European countries or were from Indian families living in Antwerp to work in the diamond trade. There were maybe five other Americans in my class. I try not to forget the Dutch and French language skills I gained there, but I don’t think I’ll ever shake my love of travel that the experience created.

What do you like most about your job?

Designing a custom home and then seeing the design through its construction is an extremely complex process, which is one of the things I love about being an architect. While houses have been built in roughly the same manner for so many years, it often feels as if it is the first time. And, in fact it is! It’s the first time a specific set of craftsmen have come together to create a structure unique to its owner. Not many processes exist like this anymore. A custom home is made up of countless handmade and manufactured pieces and parts, that are put together by countless skilled craftsmen and trades people to realize the design. I like that in order to oversee the process, one has to keep an eye on the “big picture” of the original design, while paying constant and vigilant attention to all the details. I like that the end result, and the process, will always be unique.

My favorite thing about MWA itself is the sense of camaraderie and community within the firm. I feel supported, encouraged, and empowered to develop as an architect here.

If you weren’t an architect, what might you be inspired to do instead?

I briefly had an interest in being in politics; perhaps I would be working in housing policy – either nationally, or perhaps working to create refugee housing where needed.

Inspiring, indeed. Thanks, Mary!

Thank you!

Kandice Korte

Morgante Wilson Architects