Western Art & Architecture: Designing the West
In the June/July 2021 issue of Western Art and Architecture, our founder and CEO Laura Umanksy and creative director Gina Elkins sat down and talked about our westward expansion, our architectural growth, and our main driving force: everything we do is for the love of home.
Laura and Gina both talked about their design roots and how they were introduced to design and architecture at an early age when their parents built their own family homes. From there, Laura studied art and earned her master’s degree in architecture. Likewise, Gina studied architecture and has been in the field for more than 14 years.
In the article, Laura talks about the firm’s motivation: “The reason we get up in the morning is for the love of home,” Umansky says. We’re so passionate about creating spaces and environments for our clients that they are going to make memories in. At the end of the day, it’s not about us; it’s about the homeowner.”
The dynamic duo values “performance and wellness along with beauty and comfort.” Both working moms, Laura and Gina understand that clients need functional space and materials that will hold up in daily life with pets and kids: “I use my own home as my test kitchen, and I know what works and what doesn’t.”
The Western Art and Architecture issue features some of our past projects, including Viscaino in Pebble Beach, California, Mountainview in Aspen, Colorado, and our Santa Fe Hacienda project in New Mexico.
It was an honor to be featured in the Western Art and Architectural June/July issue. To see the full article, click here.