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HMH Architecture + Interiors 1701 15th Street, Unit B, Boulder, Colorado hmhai.com
INSIGHT FROM Blending the personal with practical, architect Cherie Goff brings a simplistically derived, solutiondriven approach to each endeavor. “I pride myself in taking complex criteria and distilling it into a spacious, livable design. Finding the simplest solution that addresses all of the criteria is the goal of every project,” shares the partner of acclaimed Boulder-based architecture and design firm HMH Architecture + Interiors. Goff, a Colorado native and LEED Green Associate, combines a love for the environment with a penchant for modern design to create sustainable, site-sensitive buildings with abundant natural light and connections to the outdoors. Other bedrocks of her work include clean lines, clear volumes and open plans that are often shaped by changes in the ceiling. “I have a passion for capturing a feeling of warmth and comfort,” she says. “A home is an extension of a family: both a retreat and sanctuary, a place to reconnect to each other as well as the natural environment.”
THE PROFESSIONAL WHAT ARE THE KEY INFLUENCES IN YOUR WORK TODAY? I grew up in Summit County and was raised with an appreciation for nature, outdoor recreation and the unique spirit and style of Colorado.
WHAT DO YOU REGARD AS THE GREATEST SUCCESS IN YOUR CAREER TO DATE? Taking a leadership role in our company has been a big confidence booster. I’ve been challenged learning new leadership and communication skills and have found that our team is HMH’s greatest asset.
ARE THERE GENDER DIFFERENCES IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN?
As a woman I bring an emotional connection to the residences I design. People want highfunctioning homes with all the little extras that improve daily life. I think women tap into that.
1. Views out to the golf course, sunlight, shade, outdoor living, kids racing about: these are the qualities that most factored into the design. 2. Clad in a protective layer of stone, wood, metal and stucco against the harsh Colorado weather. 3. Open-plan living and dining space connected to the deck terrace becomes the main social area of the residence.
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