In the Spotlight: Sasha Montes de Oca

Morgante Wilson Architects

Feb 22, 2021 - 5 min read

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In the Spotlight: Sasha Montes de Oca

An Architectural Interiors Design Assistant since 2017, Sasha has a few thoughts to share about her job, her home, and her secret talents. Allow us to introduce you!

Let’s start with working at MWA. What do you love about it?

I love getting to see the entire design and construction process. Our work day consists of drawing, designing, site visits, installations, and so much more. We get to run around and solve problems and collaborate with some very cool and interesting individuals. Our work never gets boring. It’s overwhelming sometimes, but it’s always fun!

What have you learned about architecture and design from working at the firm?

The number one thing I’ve learned is that it’s truly a collaborative effort to make a design come to life.

Who or what inspires your work?

Anyone who’s passionate about living life beautifully. And kindly.

Any new building products you’re really into right now?

I love, love iridescent glass and acrylic. And terrazzo floor tiles.

What’s one thing every house needs?

A bar. Covid has created some bad habits!

My other must-have would be a mudroom. It’s awesome to have somewhere to clean off shoes and put down items you’ve carried through harsh elements.

Tell us what’s on your coffee table right now.

A book on Knoll furniture, a rose-scented candle, and a sweet treat tray.

What’s the last thing you bought for your home?

An art print from the Notice shop down the street from the office. It’s a print of hand-laid flowers in the shape of Frida Kahlo.

And what’s the most meaningful thing in your home?

Besides the living things – the amazing family in it and my cat Kiko – I’d have to say the most meaningful things in my house are my childhood books.

Describe your dream house for us.

From the outside, it would be a Sears-style chateau. Inside, it would have traditional elements like crown moldings and casings, but with very minimal, colorful furniture. And lots of statement lighting all around!

What are some of your passions outside of architecture and design?

Watching movies with friends, water coloring, going on nature walks, and taking beach naps.

What might someone be surprised to learn about you?

I’m super handy! I totally fixed my dishwasher last weekend.

If you weren’t in the architecture field, what might you be doing instead? Besides plumbing work, that is!

I’d be glass-blowing, or doing museum installations. Or maybe I’d be climbing to the Mount Everest base camp. Not to the top of the mountain – just the base camp!