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MICHAEL GOODEN // MODERNIST BUILDING BY THE MELODY Written by SYDNEY COOPER MERRICK PORCHÉDDU

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ocated in a two-story office space in Deep Ellum lies Dallas’ homes while finding his niche in residential architecture. “I was most exciting design firm, M Gooden Design. The firm has much more interested in creating spaces where people could three projects to look forward to in 2018: a 14,000 square- come home after work to relax and enjoy themselves,” he said. foot project in Preston Hollow called Taula House (meaning Gooden went on to enroll in Baylor’s inter-university architecture “balance house”), which should wrap up in late summer; another program with Washington University, where he received a full was just completed in Little Forest Hills; while the third is breaking academic scholarship. While there, he experienced isolation since ground in Denton. Past projects include the Perch Haus with its he was the only student on the path to architecture at the time. But vanishing point entry stairs in East Dallas and the PV14 House—an his resilience paid off—after his experience at Baylor, he was able to award-winning icon for Dallas residential real estate—which sits learn how to integrate his design talent and passion for architecture. on one of the highest elevations in the city, overseeing the sunset Later, he worked for nine years at the prestigious architecture firm behind the skyline amidst the glassy waters of White Rock Lake. Corgan, where he focused on residential towers, office buildings, The creative behind M Gooden Design is Michael Gooden, a and hospitals. “I loved it there,” Gooden said. “It’s where I found welcoming and soft-spoken Longview native. Before he became my design point-of-view and aesthetic: modernism. I kind of fell into the founding principal of his own firm, he grew up interested in it. One of my mentors was really into being efficient with design; playing music as a guitarist. Gooden moved to Denton where planning and making sure things were organized to make sense.” he attended high school. That was where he fell in love with With his experience piling up in the corporate world, Gooden architecture after signing up for a drafting class. “Denton opened launched his own firm, M Gooden Design, in 2015 with an emphasis my eyes to possibilities, culture, and art,” he said. “My high school on advancing residential architecture. He compares his approach had a great architecture program. Honestly, I credit that to where to architecture to another art form he still has love for: music. I am today.” He soon found himself competing in and winning “I didn’t realize how strong the similarities are between creating state competitions for architecture. While he was advancing as music and architecture,” Gooden explained. “In songwriting, a young designer, Gooden was still creating music and going on you may have an intro and then that same melody or element tour during the weekends and summers, thinking he would be a will show up later on in the song. Similarly within a space, you full-time musician. He describes the time with his band as “playing may walk in the front and see a type of material or texture, and music at theatres and bars for peanuts and the cheapest of beer.” it may show up throughout other places in the house as well.” Once he graduated, Gooden decided architecture was where he Today, Gooden’s advice to young architects is minimal, much belonged and how he could build a life for himself (no pun intended). like his aesthetic direction: “Discover who you are as a designer Gooden developed his architecture résumé at a small firm and let that influence the architecture.” You will find Gooden located in the Denton Downtown Square. The company focused enjoying tacos at Pepe’s & Mito’s or sipping an Old Fashioned on houses, which is where he learned to document and draft at Dot’s Hop House & Cocktail Courtyard in Deep Ellum. Catch @MGOODENDESIGN on Instagram. “WHEN WRITING A SONG, YOU WANT TO CREATE A THEME SO THERE IS CONTINUITY, WHETHER IT BE THE RECURRING MELODY OR LYRICS THAT TELL A STORY. WE TRY TO FOLLOW THESE CLEAR THEMES IN ARCHITECTURE, ALL THE SAME.”

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