Specialist Spotlight: Christina Perry, Associate IIDA
New and Creative Utah Spaces blend Architectural Design, Interior Design, and VR Architecture
Christina Perry is an Interior Specialist at Curtis Miner Architecture.
Interior design wasn’t Christina’s first choice – she formally studied architectural design in school, with some interior design classes. But once she started her architecture internship, her interiors talent was discovered: The staff interior designer was out on maternity leave, and Christina was asked to step in and take over – the project was well-received, she enjoyed herself immensely, and she has been designing Utah interiors ever since.
Meeting the Clients’ Vision
After meeting with the client and getting a feel for their vision for the space, Christina begins to select finishes. She builds a complete palette one material and texture at a time until everything works together seamlessly to accomplish their vision. With her architectural background, Christina understands the importance of visual communications, so she creates 3D models of all the interiors, using renderings and virtual walkthroughs to show the concepts to the client. This makes it easier for the client to understand what they’re getting, and to be sure they’re happy with it. Once the finishes are ready CMA incorporates everything into the construction drawings so it can be built.
“One of my favorite parts of my job is trying to figure out something new and unique for every project,” states Christina, “Whether that comes from a creative use of finishes, or designing a unique accent feature within the building, I just love to be creative and see those designs come to life. When we spend so much of our time indoors, we ought to be able to spend that time in well-designed spaces!”
UVU Autism Center
One of her favorite well-designed spaces is the UVU Autism Center, completed in April 2017. Christina collaborated with the CMA higher education architects and other team members on the design of the building and led the interior design. “The Autism Center just had such an amazing purpose behind it and it’s going to help so many families in our community, so our whole office really put our whole hearts into it,” reveals Christina, “UVU was a fantastic client and really let us use our creativity to design a beautiful and unique space for them, so I’m just so happy with how it turned out and I’m proud we could be part of it.”