Member Spotlight: Jenny Guggenheim, Associate IIDA

Name: Jenny Guggenheim
Company: Guggenheim Architecture and Design Studio
Position: Owner/Creative Director
Years of Experience: 12 years of professional design practice
IIDA member since: 2002

Why are you a member of IIDA?:  I initially began as student member to learn more about professional practice and practical application of studio work.  I continue as an associate member for ongoing community support, mentorship, and professional growth.

Favorite IIDA event:  Awards season is always fun-  it’s great to see all of the beautiful work our community is contributing to Portland and beyond!

What are you currently working on?:  Our studio is really diverse right now-  just the way I like it!  We are working on a ground-up veterinary hospital, a new cottage and barn in Maui, Hawaii, a cider bar in The Pearl, and many wonderful residential renovations. Diversity in the studio keeps us agile and fresh with new ideas and allows us to continually grow in new directions.

What is the one thing you can’t live without?: Right now it’s matcha lattes and quality time with my toddler, Sadie!

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?:  Jeff (business partner and husband) and I always joke that I would have been a good detective or private eye. Instead, I use my observation skills and keen intuition to create beautiful and meaningful spaces for our clients.