In the last six years, DPGA has had many great opportunities to work on restaurant and bar projects throughout Colorado. As a restaurant architect, the work is very rewarding and I really enjoy working with the owners. As a project type, restaurants and bars allow for more creativity, but they also feed the technical side of my brain.
I met an architect recently who, up until 2008, used to do custom home work…he left the industry in the Great Recession to pursue other business interests. He misses working with clients to realize their dreams – and this drove his love for architecture. I have found that restaurant owners are very much like home owners in that their businesses stem from their dreams.
Many owners and chefs have spent a great deal of time day dreaming about how it will be when they have their own restaurant. The menu, the staff, the design, the name…its all there. And for many, its been a dream for a long time, much like a couple who are finally realizing their dream of a custom home. These are creative types who have a passion for their craft and it needs to be “just so.” I get it.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is helping clients visualize and realize their dreams. I love to see the client’s sense of pride, passion, and excitement build as they describe the look and feel of their new business. When the connection is made between architect and client that says, “yes, I get it and we can make that happen…”, I know we’re off to great things together. This process is exhilarating, and I think I get as excited as my client.
It is this feeling that has led me to specialize in restaurant work…I also love to eat!