architect page goolrick

Designing a small space requires careful thought. But it's possible to create a functional yet stylish family home - for five - within something as small as 100 square metres. That's what New York-based architect Page Goolrick did for Charles Fisher, who I interviewed for the latest issue of real living magazine. It's not surprising that she has won awards for her work, and had products that she's designed picked up by the Museum of Modern Art Design stores.

Which five words best describe you? Curious, inventive, thoughtful, tenacious and generous.
How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? I started out at a very large corporate firm (SOM) then worked for a mid-sized one for several years, followed by several years with a small firm, gaining broader experience as my responsibilities increased, before opening my own. This allowed me to see how projects of all scales were executed.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? To question assumptions.
What’s your proudest career achievement? Designing products for The MoMA Design Stores.
What’s been your best decision? To expand my practice to include the design of products, lighting and clothing while keeping architecture as my primary focus.
Who inspires you? My father, he is a writer and he has taught me the value of good editing.
What are you passionate about? Solving problems.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? FDR, an incredibly brave inventive optimistic bold problem-solver.
What dream do you still want to fulfill? To create a product that helps to improve the lives of those living in poverty.
What are you reading? The New Yorker and The Greater Journey, David McCullough's book about Americans in Paris between 1803 and 1900.

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