My personal aesthetic would be classic modern. I love clean lines, quality and things that will stand the test of time and never go out of style. With clients, most of what I do are commercial spaces, so designing a space that fits their brand while incorporating elements that will take the abuse of years of wear — and not look dated in a few years — is my approach.
Our work is so diverse. We do everything from multi-story, multi-use, new construction to historic renovations. We don’t limit our work to a specific style of project, so one day we might be working on a space plan of a restaurant, the next day it might be construction drawings for a law firm, and the next day it could be a rendering of the façade of a building downtown. I think what sets us apart is that there aren’t hard lines about who does what. We all jump in and help each other on whatever needs to get done whether it be a parking plan or a roof detail. There are no egos and no hard lines in the office, and we use each other’s strong suits to get the work done.
These striking modern red sofas lend an undeniable modernity — and a lasting impression — in this office’s communal area.
Industrial notes of metal and concrete interplay with a sleek white backdrop, bold red carpet and gleaming marble conference table.
A bold yellow wall anchors this unconventional break room. Jacklyn says she’s seen a trend toward more residential-style design in corporate settings.
I think the biggest trend I’m seeing now is bringing the residential feel into a corporate setting. I think building spaces where people are comfortable to work, to break out into collaboration areas and still work effectively, makes a lot of sense to me.
I also love natural light in public areas. Using up an entire window wall for private offices means that anyone inside doesn’t get a view or they get a limited amount of natural light. Being able to see the exterior helps keep people connected to nature rather than confined within the walls of their cubicle, which can improve the well-being of employees.
I don’t know much that is timeless in the aspect of design since it’s constantly evolving and improving. With ADA and building codes, we’re always adapting to meet their guidelines. I feel I spend a lot of time updating things that don’t work anymore.
What has been your most challenging project to date and why?
I’d have to say it would have been the first big project I worked on by myself. I thought I had a good understanding of what I was doing, but every once in a while, I’ll go back into that drawing and just shake my head at how differently I work now, how my drawings are much tidier and how much I learned by watching a building start from nothing to walking through the halls of a structure I’d helped designed.
The contrast of this incredible modern light fixture against the timeworn walls and ceiling and exposed brick is stunning.
Light, modern elements seamlessly mix with the rustic, warm vibe for a covet-worthy conference room.
Soaring ceilings and an airy, loft-like feel make this a dream office.
I love hearing someone talk about a space they love, not knowing that I worked on it.
This is a tough question. From talking to designers from other parts of the country, I think we, in Birmingham, tend to not jump on the trend train as quickly and still tend to lean towards more traditional design. Each year this becomes more and more obsolete, though, which makes me very happy.
I think first the inspiration comes from the client — how they work, their logo, their brand color, things they like and dislike, their goals. I start with that, look at the building and how they lay out in the space, research inspirational photos online or from products in the library and mix it all together to create something special just for them.
This versatile laundry room-meets-workspace is designed with style and durability in mind.
We love this break room’s subtle cafe feel with its chic banquette.
This futuristic custom front desk is sure to make a good first impression.
Everyone I’ve worked with has become a mentor and a role model to me. I work for and with so many wonderful people who have experience in so many areas of architecture and design. I love that I can ask a question and someone will have an answer, a firsthand account or a suggestion.
Keep a Pinterest board for things you love, ideas you’d like to implement and anything that inspires you. Designers are visual, and if you show them an image of something you like, they can draw so much about what direction they should go. I go back to my boards constantly looking for inspiration and details for projects.
This library’s communal space is anchored by a unique circular seating piece with floating orb-like light fixtures above.
This colorful and fun cafe vignette is designed to withstand daily wear and tear, while remaining warm and inviting.
This communal living space invites residents to relax on the couch, at the bar or at one of the tables.
I think companies and manufacturers will continue to make improvements and products that will have less impact on the environment, improve air quality and create less waste. I already have seen such a huge improvement over these last 10 years. I’d like to see employers caring more about the well-being of their employees and creating a positive work environment through the design of the space. Flexibility in how we work and how to be considerate of the next generation of the workforce is key.
Be a master at Tetris.
Thank you, Jacklyn, for sharing your insights, inspirations and impressively diverse design portfolio.
This article originally appeared on Style Blueprint.