We had the good fortune of connecting with Douglas Fredrikson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Douglas, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I grew up in Atlanta and attended Georgia Tech for Undergraduate school in Architecture in the 70’s. It was a time when Atlanta was booming and also the first awareness of the energy crisis that still captures our attention. I started to focus on design of buildings and environments that were more responsive to the use of energy. This led me to moving to Phoenix in 1976 and pursuing a Masters Degree in Solar architecture at Arizona State University. I really became aware of the fact that architecture in it’s purest form is a response to local and natural climate and why building in certain geographic locations look like they do. To this day i as part of my initial process of design i look at the factors that exist and will shape the design of the buildings i do as a responsive element to the elements encountered.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My architecture and practice is very personal……it is always a direct response to a particular site and it’s climate and merging with the program that my clients are trying to find success in. As a designer i always had the most contact with my clients when i was working in larger firms and made sure to always be available for them. I run my practice today as a small focused high end design firm with the same attitude. When you hire the firm, you get me for the duration of the practice. This is a defining signature of my practice where a client always has my ear and not passed down through numerous people or departments in a firm. This has led to many repeat and long term clients and a very respectful recommendation from all my clients and life long relationships.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am fortunate enough to have designed some of the most notable clubs and hotels in the Southwest that are fun places to hang out and visible icons in their locale. I would start with The Buttes hotel in Tempe, then Papago Golf Club and Lou’s Bar and Grill in Phoenix , Grayhawk Golf Club and Isabella’s Kitchen in Scottsdale, Troon Country Club the first Clubhouse i designed in Scottsdale,the renovation of Camelback Inn in Paradise Valley winning Custom house Saguaro Ridge in Desert Mountain. Then we would go to Sedona to see Enchantment Resort, Seven Canyons and El Rojo Grande Ranch. Finally ending in Palm Springs and visiting the Escena Club, La Qyuinta and IW Club. All great projects showing off wonderful design appropriate for climate and program ….all with spectacular views and cocktails.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents and their support in ingraining of responsibility and ownership are my most important influences. Today it is my partner in life and practice Alexandra who keeps me motivated and focused…..she is the black and white to my technicolor.
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