Heidi is inspired by the ability of architecture to provide a sense of place for its users through a unified and artistic statement. The daily action and clear design process of architecture brought her to Duda|Paine where she is engaged in its collaborative studio culture with extraordinary people of expertise to pursue a common, well designed goal. Heidi’s background in Biology and Arts with a Master of Architecture allows her to create thoughtful design with qualities of light, space, materials, textures and community.
What attracted you to the architectural field?
I found it was the perfect blend of my science and art backgrounds. While studying entomology, ecology and the effects of the built environment on the insect populations, I learned that to protect our ecosystems we must design responsibly with artistic sensibility and holistic thinking.
What professional and community organizations are you involved in?
I was recently living in NYC where I was deeply involved in the AIA NYC Chapter. From 2017-2019 I was on the AIA Board of Directors and prior to that as a co-chair of the Cultural Facilities Committee programming events for the AIA NY Center for Architecture. Additionally, I was a mentor for the national I Mentor program and was paired with a NYC low income high school student in the Bronx for the 4 years of her high school experience. Both of these experiences were eye opening, deeply engaging, and filled with fascinating people.