We have a series of blog posts where each person here at Convergence shares an image that influenced/ inspired them to join the architecture/ design field. The image can be whatever strikes the person’s fancy- a building, a park, a scenic image, a design motif or detailing… any visual representation that can help to share a bit of insight into how and why the person got into this field and the work that we do.
Today, Alisa is sharing her inspirational image.
A few years ago my family stayed at the Alexandra Ellis Caring Cabin after bidding on a stay through the Children’s Cancer Association auction. “On average 40 friends and family members visit CCAs beautiful Caring Cabin hideaway on the Oregon Coast each month.” I was in awe of the care and thought put into designing this beautiful home, built with the sole purpose of giving families with critically ill children a place to recharge and create memories to last a lifetime. Huge windows and numerous outdoor spaces help connect guests with nature, both inside and outside of the home. Staying there for a few days really hit home to me how the built environment can spark joy and help bring people together.
Not long after my stay at the Caring Cabin I stumbled upon the book “150 Best Cottage and Cabin Ideas”. I spent hours poring over the various cabin designs and associated floor plans in the book. I’ve always loved trying to figure out the floorplan of a building by piecing together photos or walking around it in real life (in fact this was a favorite activity of mine as a child). Always curious what’s behind a wall and how rooms connect to one another. After realizing how transported I was envisioning these buildings in my mind, I decided to take a leap of faith and pursue the career in architectural design that I first considered as a teenager. While cottages may be fun to dream about, what I am most interested in is designing safe and inclusive spaces that nurture and connect people. Creating a little bit of wonder in the process is icing on the cake.