A Chat With...Brittney Radz-Spannbauer

 

Brittney

BRITTNEY RADZ-SPANNBAUER

INTERIOR DESIGN ASSOCIATE III, DSA

We sat down with Brittney for a snapshot of what she does on a day to day basis, the why behind her passion for interiors, and a little bit of fun along the way.

Q: What does a typical day look like for you?

A: Well… with the large variety of project types and scales I deal with; every day is unique. My job ranges anywhere from hand sketching major design concepts, selecting furniture/décor for model homes and staging it, site visit observations for design quality construction checks, reviewing and redlining projects in the Construction Documents phase, sample selection requests, showroom visits, pulling together material finishes, detailing how to construct a ceiling pocket, coordinating budgets and timelines with GC’s, working on marketing content, business development, etc! I love my job; it always keeps me on my toes!

Q: What do you most like about your job?

A: I absolutely love the ability to tap into my creative brain and problem-solve through my spatial lens. I’m an artist, so to me each project is a special piece of my artwork. I love that I get to take these intangible visions in my head and turn those into tangible spaces my clients will use for years to come. The happiness I see on my clients face at the end of our project fills me with joy as well!

Q: What is your favorite project to date?

A: Without question, UT Southard Family Building. I was inspired by several details of the building’s original style and features in its mid-century modern form. This 54,000 sq ft project was seriously challenging due to many factors. We had the tightest time constraint imaginable… just 9 months from the start of the interior design concept to the end of construction. Our client requested that each department look entirely different yet feel cohesive all under one roof. The building had five different departments (all of which had their own lobby, a custom designed reception desk, offices, conference rooms, and break rooms), an auditorium, a legal US Post Office, multi-purpose banquet hall with high acoustic requirements, an international conference room, multiple large bathrooms, language learning classrooms, offices, interview rooms, master’s student classrooms, etc. We also had to split the project in 2 phases due to fire wall separation codes which just added more problems to work through. At the end of the project, we were all so proud of what we accomplished as a team. It’s beautiful and has so many unique ceilings, wall details, finish types, etc. throughout it.

Q: What is your favorite architectural style?

A: Modern, Post-Modern, Neofuturist, Biophilic Design, Mid-Century Modern, Urban Flair. However, I love designing every style type out there!

Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: I have an adorable 1 year old daughter who now takes up most of my spare time HAHA. However, in those rare moments of me time these days, I love creating oversized (4’x6’) acrylic and oil paintings, dancing, traveling, photography, exploring nature parks and trails around FL with my husband, our daughter and our 2 dogs.

Q: What is your favorite quote?

A: “Life is divine chaos, embrace it.” – Solbeam

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