How do you work to incorporate current design trends?
"With the advent of D.I.Y. architecture and interior design TV programming and websites, it is an exciting time to design commercially! The general public is much more aware of the latest trends and it is fun to incorporate residential trends, which are leaning towards “industrial chic”, into more “casual and comfortable” commercial designs."
If you could meet an historical figure of any era, who would it be?
"Thomas Edison – He was always in the mindset to “make things better” and his philosophy was never fail – just find many ways how NOT to do something. I have always found his methods to be a great way to tackle all aspects of life."
PAST: Darcy is from a large Navy family and lived in several places around the country before finally settling in southern California. Living in Newport Beach, Darcy divided her time between hitting the waves and running on the Corona del Mar High School track and cross country teams. She received an athletic scholarship to attend California State Polytechnic University in Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona). Juggling architecture school while training and competing in college athletics helped Darcy develop an early appreciation for time management. She learned how to prioritize tasks, but also to never underestimate what can be accomplished with good planning. After college, Darcy moved to Roanoke, Virginia to begin her architecture career.
WORK: Darcy's diverse portfolio includes high-end office environments, technologically advanced manufacturing plants, higher education, government, and healthcare facilities as well as residential and commercial designs. Darcy enjoys learning something new every day, especially during the design phase of a project. She finds that one of the greatest aspects of being an architect is the ability to understand, investigate, and translate every client's specific needs into three-dimensional designs. Darcy's commitment to teamwork promotes a collaborative design environment for the clients, consultants, contractors, and designers. This team-spirited approach is the key to taking a project from concept design through construction to end with a facility that exceeds the client's expectations.
PLAY: Darcy still enjoys running, but now it's just for fun, and she definitely avoids the hurdles! Biking, hiking, skiing, and especially body surfing (you can take the girl out of California, but you can't take the California out of the girl) are some of her favorite outdoor activities. She also enjoys remodeling work on her own house, and has the scars to prove it. Her favorite activity is taking long hikes with her husband and children through the beautiful woods of Southwest Virginia - Sunday afternoons don't get much better than that.